Homemade baked cinnamon donuts with cinnamon streusel and a cream cheese glaze are not only EASY to make, but they are ridiculously delicious and a perfect treat to start your day!Donuts are NOT my thing. Okay, I thought donuts weren’t my thing.
I am not a fan of a fried yeast donut, which is crazy considering I love all things yeasty 🙂 But I think all the dripping sugar from the glaze on the donut, does me in. I just would rather waste calories on something else. So for years, i just said No thank you to donuts of all kinds.
However, I have discovered, I do like–no LOVE, some donuts. A few years ago, a small gourmet donut shop opened near my house. Everyone was raving about the shop. I paid little attention. Until someone brought be a baked apple cider donut. Hello, AWESOMENESS!
The donut was not what I thought of at all when I thought of a donut. It was a tender, light, and full of flavor. I was hooked. And when I saw some of the specials like Peanut Butter Chocolate, Tiramisu Cake….well, I was more than willing to taste test a few 😉
Plus, there is something about the word donut that makes my kids do a happy dance. Maybe because they have been taboo, because Mom just isn’t into that sort of thing, or maybe because they hear other kids squeal at delight with the mention of a donut. Not sure exactly what does it to them, but I needed to capitalize on their glee when donuts are involved.
So I bought a donut pan. I figured that if I baked any quick bread recipe in the shape of a donut, my kids would not be able to resist. I was right.
They taste like a cross between a cinnamon swirl coffee cake and a cinnamon roll–YUM! They are a tender cake, topped with a crunchy sweet streusel, and then finished with a tangy cream cheese glaze. There is NOTHING NOT to love about these bad boys.
And they are secretly a bit healthier for you. Yes, they still have sugar, but they are made with half whole wheat flour, giving you a boost of fiber and nutrients with your indulgence.
Trust me this is one to convert any donut hater to donut lover!
Now onto the baking.
Step One: Grease the donut pan. This step is oh so important if you want your donuts to come out of the pan beautifully intact. If not, you will be eating them out of the pan with a spoon–which, I guess would work 🙂Step Two: Make the batter. It is as simple as one bowl and a few ingredients I bet you have in your kitchen at all times.
Step 4: Top with Streusel. Just a bit of flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter.
Step 5: Bake. Just 10-13 minutes.
Step 7: Make the glaze: cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk. EASY!
Step 9: DEVOUR!!!!
- For the Donut Batter:
- ½ cup whole wheat
- ½ cup unbleached flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon melted butter.
- For the Struesel:
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ tablespoon butter, melted
- For the Glaze:
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- ½ tablespoon milk
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease the donut pan.
- Bake the batter by combining the flours, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Mix egg, butter, milk, and vanilla together and stir into dry ingredients until just combined. Divided evenly between 6 donut molds.
- Prepare the streusel by mixing together the butter, flour, sugar and cinnmon together. Sprinkle evenly over donuts.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes.
- Cool for 10 minutes in the pan and 10-15 minutes out of the pan.
- Prepare glaze by mixing together milk, cream cheese, and vanilla. Drizzle over cooled donuts.