Baked Cinnamon Mini Donuts with Chocolate Sauce

December 6, 2016 By Cathy — 16 Comments
These sweet mini donuts are coated in cinnamon sugar and served alongside a rich chocolate sauce for dipping. YUM!

Baked Cinnamon Mini Donuts

Believe it or not, this is now my second post inspired by my kid’s Spanish class. Yep, anyone that claims that foreign language studies in school aren’t productive clearly isn’t reading this blog. One of my very first blog posts included a recipe for carne asada tacos that I made for my son to share with his Spanish class for Hispanic Heritage month. Today I’m going straight for your sweet tooth with a treat inspired by churros y chocolate that he is bringing for a class party.

I first learned about churros from my seventh grade Spanish class. As a student I struggled with the Spanish subjunctive, when to use usted instead of tú, and how to roll my r’s, but one thing I learned pretty quickly was how delicious churros were, especially when dipped into chocolate.

To be fair, you can’t dip “usted” in cinnamon sugar and chocolate, so I really can’t call it a contest. But from that very first description to that very first bite, I was hooked.

Baked Cinnamon Mini Donuts

These baked mini donuts are a slightly healthier version than fried churros and a whole lot less mess. It’s a simple batter that is piped into a mini donut pan, baked and then rolled into cinnamon sugar. The chocolate dipping sauce is sweet, but not cloying and because they’re mini, the donut to cinnamon sugar coating ratio is just right.

To say that his class gobbled them up would be an understatement. And to say that this was perhaps his favorite homework assignment, well that pretty much goes without saying too.

But the one thing I realized after Jack asked me if I could make something for him to share, is how much I loved being able to do this for him. And better yet, how much he still wanted me to do it. See, we’re crossing that line from adolescence to teen and my goal is to stay present in his life as much as I can.

Baked Cinnamon Mini Donuts

Sometimes being present in his life is shuttling him from place to place. Sometimes it’s brushing down that stubborn cowlick in his hair as he walks out the door. Other times it’s giving him enough space so he comes to me when I’m needed, instead of me hovering over him. So when he came to me and asked if I could make him something for his Spanish class, I happily obliged.

Sure, maybe it’s just a mini donut to him, or maybe it’s a little reminder that Mom is here to help. Or maybe it’s a reminder to me of what it feels like to be that kid in seventh grade Spanish class. Symbolism or not, the pay-off thank you hug was well worth it. And the leftover donuts weren’t bad either.

Baked Cinnamon Mini Donuts

5 from 2 votes
Baked Cinnamon Mini Donuts
Baked Cinnamon Mini Donuts with Chocolate Sauce
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Total Time
29 mins
These sweet mini donuts are coated in cinnamon sugar and served alongside a rich chocolate sauce for dipping. YUM!
Cuisine: Dessert
Servings: 5 1/2 dozen
Author: Cathy Roma |
  • Mini Donuts
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 4 oz 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Donut Coating
  • 2 oz 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • Chocolate Dipping Sauce
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 6 oz milk chocolate chopped
  • 1 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • *special equipment: mini donut pan
  1. Mini Donuts: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together on high speed with a mixer. Add the egg and beat until combined.
  4. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients, then 1/2 of the milk, repeating until everything is incorporated. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Fill a pastry bag with the donut batter and pipe into the the donut molds, filling each mold just shy of 2/3 full.
  6. Bake for 8-10 mins or until a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean.
  7. Repeat with the rest of the batter, spraying the donut pan before refilling.
  8. Donut Coating: Combine the cinnamon and the sugar.
  9. Release the donuts onto a wire rack and using a pastry brush, brush each warm donut with a little butter then dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  10. Chocolate Dipping Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine all of the ingredients over low heat.
  11. Heat until chocolate is melted, stirring frequently.
  12. Remove from the heat and stir until sauce is well blended and smooth.
  13. Serve donuts alongside chocolate sauce for dipping.
Baked Cinnamon Mini Donuts

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16 responses to “Baked Cinnamon Mini Donuts with Chocolate Sauce”

  1. Ohhhhh I LOVE churros!! They sometimes sell them at events here in town, and I can’t resist to buy a bag filled with steaming hot churros topped in cinnamon-sugar. Don’t you love how inspiration can come from the most unexpected places? I’ve had Spanish class for 2 years but never thought to turn churros into mini donuts… 😉

  2. My kids are taking Spanish and I have yet to be inspired to make donuts. Ha! You are a great mom and these babies look to die for dipped in that chocolate!

  3. I love this post Cathy! Your photos and your styling are just beautiful! You’re such a great mom to make all these delicious looking donuts for Jack and his class! I love how they are baked and not fried because I think I know I’d have a very hard time stopping at one or two!!

  4. Wow, these look so awesome Cathy! I’m sure your boy and his class just LOVED these. I’m with Mary Ann, I would definitely not be able to stop at just one or two!

  5. Oh my gosh, what a fun treat! Would be so great to enjoy over the holidays 🙂

  6. Cindy says:

    Oh my, I am dipping right along with you. I wanted to hop into that bowl of chocolate sauce myself. Love the way that gif makes me want to literally pop into this recipe. Thinking this is perfect Xmas morning with my family all around to gobble them up.

  7. Ooh, those look great! Spanish class is clearly an excellent way to get inspiration and you basically had me at chocolate sauce. 🙂 I have some donut molds on my Christmas list…

  8. I can not handle the cuteness going on here! Who doesn’t love anything ‘mini’?! Especially when it means we get to eat more!! 😉

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