Browned Butter Glazed Cinnamon Donuts

by Kelli H. on September 12, 2012

I have a bit of a problem. I don’t drink coffee every day, so on the days that I do, it really works! It really provides me with energy, and even makes me a little shaky…The effects of the caffeine stay with me for hours. You might think I’m kidding, but every Friday night I can’t fall asleep until wayyyy later than my normal bed time. That’s why I usually only allow myself to drink a latte on Friday or Saturday mornings.

On those Friday nights when I can’t fall asleep, I lay in bed browsing Pintrest, or just make up my own breakfast recipes. I usually try to think of the ingredients I have on hand. I never go to the store for breakfast ingredients. If it’s not on hand, I don’t make the recipe. Luckily, when I spotted this recipe floating around on Pintrest, I pinned it under my Breakfast Time! board.

Last Saturday Ryder woke me up earlier than normal, so I had plenty of time to decide to make these homemade baked donuts before David even got out of bed. These were so perfect! They are absolutely delicious, and if you’re jonesing for fall (I am NOT), these will totally satisfy that craving for you. The brown butter glaze is out of this world delicious. Please don’t judge me for eating a spoonful of it. Seriously, at least just make the glaze! I’m pretty sure I could eat this glaze on anything. It almost reminds me of caramel.

Browned Butter Glazed Cinnamon Donuts
Recipe from Buns in my Oven 
Makes 6 Donuts

1 cup flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted

Browned Butter Glaze
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium size bowl; whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl; combine buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

3. Transfer batter to a pastry bag or makeshift Ziploc “pasty bag” and cut a hole in the bottom. Fill donut pan with batter evenly. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from oven and let sit in pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

4. While donuts cool; prepare browned butter glaze by melting butter in a small saute pan over low heat for about 7 minutes, or until butter is browned. Pour browned butter into a bowl, try to leave out the solids on top and any solids in the bottom. Whisk in powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until a glaze forms. Dip donuts into glaze.

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elizabeth @ chronic venture September 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

oh my gosh yumm!!


Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board September 13, 2012 at 12:45 am

These look and sound amazing! I always mean to try out new, “fancier” breakfast recipes on weekends when I have time, but then all I want to do is be lazy and it never gets done!


Sonia the Mexigarian September 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

suddenly my cheerios look sad and bland. the donuts look so delicious. maybe if lando wakes me up early (as usual) i will make this sunday 🙂


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