Cinnamon Cake Doughnuts
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Quick Cinnamon Donuts

Quick and delicious and covered in cinnamon sugar, these doughnuts are the perfect morning treat! Makes about 12 donuts
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: breakfast
Cuisine: american
Keyword: donut
Servings: 12 doughnuts
Calories: 871kcal


  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 T shortening or lard
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 t . vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 t . baking soda
  • 1/4 t . salt
  • 1 quart oil for frying
  • Sugar Coating:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Stir the lemon juice into the milk and set aside until milk thickens. In a medium bowl, mix together the shortening and ¼ cup white sugar and ¼ cup brown sugar until well incorporated.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla until all of the lumps are gone and mixture is smooth.
  • In a small bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Alternate stirring in flour and milk into the egg mixture until a soft dough forms.
  • Dust a work surface with flour and briefly knead the dough. Pat out the dough into a disc and roll out to about 1/3-inch thickness.
  • Using a donut cutter, a biscuit cutter, or a glass and cut out as many donuts as you can. Re-roll out dough scraps to use up all of the dough. If you don’t have a donut cutter, use your fingers to poke a hole in the middle.
  • Lay out doughnuts on a wax paper lined tray and let stand for 10 minutes. Heat the oil to 375 degrees. While waiting for the oil, make the sugar coating.
  • In a bowl , mix together the remaining sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
  • To fry donuts, gently drop 3-4 donuts in the hot oil and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, flipping once (the handles of wooden spoons or wooden chopsticks are the best tools here). Remove from the oil and drain on a wire rack. Continue with the rest.
  • To coat the donuts, place the still warm donuts, one at a time, into the sugar mixture and jiggle a little bit so that you get a nice sugary coating. Set back on the wire rack and continue with the remaining donuts.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 871kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 82g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg