Donna Hay: Basics To Brilliance Kids

Service that sweet tooth with this simple cinnamon doughnut recipe by Donna Hay. The doughnuts are baked, not fried, making it the perfect recipe for cooking with kids. 


  • 1¼ cups (185g) plain (all-purpose) flour

  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster (superfine) sugar

  • 125g unsalted butter

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten (whisk it gently)

  • 2/3 cup (160ml) milk

  • Cinnamon sugar coating

  • 1/3 cup (75g) white (granulated) sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 50g unsalted butter 


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease 24 x 1/8 cup-capacity (30ml) non-stick patty tins.

  • 2.

    Using a sifter or sieve, sift the flour and baking powder into a big bowl. Add the sugar and, using a spoon or spatula, dig a small well in the middle.

  • 3.

    Place the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring with a spatula, until melted.

  • 4.

    Break the egg into a medium jug and add the milk and melted butter. Mix to combine, using a whisk.

  • 5.

    Pour the egg mixture into the well in the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

  • 6.

    Divide the mixture between the prepared tins, filling each one just to the top. Bake for 12 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown.

  • 7.

    To make the cinnamon sugar coating, place the sugar and cinnamon in a medium shallow bowl and mix to combine, using a spatula.

  • 8.

    Place the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring with the spatula, until melted. Allow to cool a little.

  • 9.

    Wearing oven gloves, remove the puffs from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for 1 minute. Carefully move the puffs onto a wire rack and, using a pastry brush, brush them all over with the melted butter while they’re still hot. Toss them in the cinnamon mixture to coat.

  • 10.

    Serve the doughnut puffs warm or allow them to cool completely back on the rack.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (24 servings)

  • Energy 102kj
  • Fat Total 6g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Protein 1g
  • Carbohydrate 10g
  • Sugar 6g
  • Sodium 21mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Tip: If you can’t find patty tins, you can make these puffs in 24 x 1/8 cup-capacity (30ml) non-stick mini muffin tins – just bake them for an extra 3 minutes.

For more recipes like this, purchase your copy of Donna Hay's new cookbook, 'Basics to Brilliance Kids' at or from your favourite book store.


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