Cinnamon Streusel Baked Donuts

by Heather on July 12, 2012

So here’s the thing.  Wes is apparently not ever in the mood to sleep these days.  Not at night, not during naptimes, nothing.

I love my little dude so stinking much, but how do you tell a 4-month-old that mama needs sleep to be able to play all day long, make up silly songs, snuggle and read?  ‘Cause you know they don’t speak English (or really any other language for that matter)…and the whole reasoning bit kind of flies out the window.  Promise, I’ve tried.


Yes, tried to reason with a baby.  I guess you never know when it might work!


So on the eve of our first flight together I’ve decided to share my favorite donut recipe to date – because if there’s anything that I like to eat when I’m having to prop my eyelids open with toothpicks it’s soft warm donuts with mounds of buttery-cinnamony-salty goodness baked on top.


For the donuts:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For the streusel:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp oatmeal
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Preheat your oven to 375.  In a bowl whisk together the sugar, eggs, oil, yogurt and vanilla until smooth.  Gently fold in the flour, baking powder and salt.  Spray a 6-donut mold with nonstick spray and evenly distribute the batter into the donut molds.  For the streusel you can do one of two things:  one is toss everything in a food processor and pulse until crumbly (this is what I did).  If you don’t want to dirty the processor or don’t have one, mash everything together with a fork until crumbly.  Evenly sprinkle the streusel topping onto the batter and gently press it into the batter.  Bake at 375 for 9-10 minutes – no longer or else they’ll be dry!  You MAY have to gently push the streusel back onto the donut while it’s still warm (which I did), but I promise you’re going to want every bit of that glory on your donut.  Let cool for 5 minutes before eating!

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to talk to Wes about the chances of him sleeping and eating well on the plane tomorrow.  He’ll probably just flash me a big gummy smile and coo at my eyebrows, but it’s worth a shot right?

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 12, 2012

Do you think putting the streusel in the pan before the batter would work? Good luck with the flight!


2 Heather July 12, 2012

hey claire! actually i tried that way first and while i think it would turn out prettier (if it worked), it actually just makes the streusel stick to the bottom of the pan…the brown sugar caramelizes and no matter how many times greased the pan (butter, oil, nonstick spray) it just turned out better to put it on top :)


3 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) July 12, 2012

These look awesome. I know I would love them.


4 Kim in MD July 12, 2012

You are killing me with these doughnut recipes! This one might be my favorite so far! I hope Weston travels well for you, Heather. Good luck and have fun on your trip! :-)


5 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 12, 2012

I am loving this donut obsession you’ve been having. This looks amazingggg!!!


6 Kristina July 12, 2012

sweet and salty – I can almost taste them now! good flight snacks indeed, and if you could share with the little one, a carb induced nap! ;)


7 Jill D. July 12, 2012

All I can say is that all of these donuts look amazing!! What donut pan do you use??


8 millie July 12, 2012

oh wow.. these look delicious! i need to get my hands on a donut pan! :)


9 Steph July 12, 2012

Oh how I loathe the 4 month sleep regression! Good luck on your flight!


10 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 12, 2012

My aunt used to make a similar donut when I was a kid! These sound awesome!


11 janetha July 12, 2012

you’re gonna turn into a donut. careful, then nate might eat you for breakfast. hmmm.. that could be a naughty thought. wasn’t trying for it to be.. hmm…


12 Laurie {Simply Scratch} July 13, 2012

Oh DANG Heather! I have a weakness for doughnuts… and these, with the steusel are tops!


13 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 13, 2012

Sleep will come, I promise! In the meantime, eat more donuts!! They look delicious. :)


14 Baking Serendipity July 13, 2012

I am absolutely loving your doughnut kick! And wishing you good luck on the flight :)


15 Jenni. July 16, 2012

Oh, they sound (and look) divine! I’m hungry now!! Good luck with the flight and your kiddo :)


16 Feast on the Cheap July 21, 2012

These look so ridiculously good. I have a little 2.5 week old at home – whom I also love so stinkin’ much – and I’m wondering if I’ll ever have the energy to cook/bake again. You give me hope my friend – even if it’s delirious, sleep-deprived hope.


17 Michelle @ Taste As You Go August 1, 2012

All of a sudden, I need one of these donuts!


18 heather October 21, 2012

we made these a few weeks ago and are making them again this morning… they are delicious!


19 Heather October 21, 2012

i’m so glad you liked them!


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