apple cinnamon donuts

I own a lot of practical kitchen supplies like a nice set of knives, pyrex mixing bowls and donut pans. Ok- so the donut pans are a bit of a stretch in their practicality, but as of late, they have become more used than my baking pans (gasp!).

ready to be glazed
ready to be glazed

Since nowhere in LA has classic apple cider donuts (pleaseeee correct me if I’m wrong!! I’ll have to go) I decided to bake some cinnamon donuts with an apple cinnamon glaze. And I would bet a pretty penny that minus the apple juice, you have everything you need to make these babies in your cabinet.

These are so easy, and best part is the clean up is very minimal!

So get some pans, whip up these donuts and your friends, family and coworkers will LOVE you forever.

powered sugar and cinnamon alternatively works to top the donuts

cinnamon donuts with an apple cinnamon glaze

prep time: 10 minutes
cook time: 10 minutes
time before you get to eat a warm donut: 20 MINUTES!!
yield: 6 donuts


1 cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk- buttermilk would be yummy too!)

2 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 large egg, room temperature

For The Glaze:

2 Tablespoons apple juice

1 cup powdered sugar aka confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F)
  2. Lightly grease donut pan, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients (milk, melted butter and egg). Whisk together.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients bowl. Mix until combined. It will be pretty thick.
  5. Two options: a) spoon the dough into the pan b) spoon dough into a large ziploc bag, seal the bag and snip a corner at the base of the bag to create your own pastry bag. This makes filling the pans a bit more clean and seamless.
  6. Bake donuts for 10 minutes.
  7. While donuts are baking combine glaze ingredients in bowl suitable for dunking the donuts.
  8. After 10 minutes, test the donuts. If you touch them and they spring back, they’re ready. If not, bake for another 1-2 minutes checking intermittently.
  9. Remove donuts from oven and let them slightly cool in the donuts tray.
  10. While allowing the donuts to cool slightly (slightly being the operative word, because warm donuts are the best!!) set up some parchment paper under cooling racks. Note: this step isn’t necessary but makes clean up a lot easier.
  11. When donuts have reached a temp where you can handle them, pop them out of the pan and dip them into the apple cinnamon glaze. Alternatively, you can mix some powdered sugar and cinnamon together and dip a few in that mixture too.
  12. Eat one immediately. You deserve it. You just made a freakin’ donut.

I’ve included links to some donut pans below. Let me know how your donut making goes!!

donut discriminate

IMG_1234HAPPY NATIONAL DONUT DAY!!!! I can’t think of a more fitting day to publish my first post. True life: I loved donuts so much as a kid, I chose Krispy Kreme as my sixth grade class-project stock to invest in-my sweet tooth’s a b*tch and guides more choices in my life than I’ll admit…Anyway, as a proud owner of not one but two of the same light pink donut sweatshirts (sent by 2 different friends for my birthday this year) it’s safe to say that I know my way around a donut shop.  So without further ado:  a (not so) ordinary guide to LA’s Donuts. I figured why have a “best of” when all of LA’s shops are perfect for different cravings

*I donut discriminate*

Nearly Sexual Experience: Sidecar Doughnuts their cinnamon crumb is my favorite donut right now. Plus they bake them fresh hourly, so you’re guaranteed it served warm (prime)!

Sweet and Salty Fix: Cofax has a honey sea salt donut that is so freakin’ good it should be illegal. On top of that their breakfast burritos are bomb as hell- add the avocado.

2AM Cravings: SK’s Donuts for real went there earlier tonight for my donut fix. It’s cash only if the order is under $10, which is usually the case if you’re going solo.IMG_2488IMG_9834

When You Want a Cronut, but can’t Fly to NYC on a Whim: Kettle Glazed closest thing to the OG.

Old-School Vibes: Randy’s not only is their signage iconic, but they do all the classics very well.

Can’t Decide if You are Craving Fried Chicken or Donuts: Birdies LA holy hell this place was made in my dreams.  It’s also open 24/7l so if you find yourself craving a late-night bite in DTLA go here. Immediately. They also are home of a 24 karat donut for a cool $100.

You Want Ice Cream with Your Donut: ICDC serious sugar fix here- house made ice cream + donuts.

Your IG Feed is Lacking a Good Donut Pic: California Donuts these guys are insta famous! PlusIMG_2484 you can order custom letter donuts for events.

Gourmet and Boozy Flavors are your Jam: Blue Star makes all their dough (it takes 18 hours) in house and always have out of the box flavors.

Keepin’ it Klassic: Krispy Kreme klassier than a Kardashian, the OG glazed gets me every time.

P.S. I still have some LA spots on my list to try: Donut Man, HuckleBerry, Sycamore Kitchen, and Donut Friend!

What are your fav LA donut spots?? (other cities happily welcome too!)