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Cinnamon Donut Puffs

Fluffy, buttery, sugary-crunchy but not too sweet, these Cinnamon Donut Puffs are an absolute dream!

Thank you, Donna Hay, for the recipe that put such a (cinnamon sugar) sparkle into my kids eyes! But guess whose eyes weree also sparkling? That’s right, I had zero qualms about hiding a few of these beauts before dishing them up for the littles; I could enjoy them with a mid-morning cup of steaming coffee and my current book (Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen, highly recommend btw!) in peace and bloody quiet.

xoxo Donata


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

1½ teaspoons baking powder

⅓ cup (75g) caster (superfine) sugar

1/2 cup (125g) unsalted butter

1 egg, lightly beaten (whisk it gently)

⅔ cup (160ml) milk

Cinnamon sugar coating

⅓ cup (75g) white (granulated) sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

3½ tablespoons (50g) unsalted butter (melted)


Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease 24 x ⅛-cup-capacity (30ml) non-stick patty tins.

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.

Place the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring with a spatula, until melted. Break the egg into a medium jug and add the milk and melted butter. Mix to combine, using a whisk. Pour the egg mixture into the well in the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

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.

To make the cinnamon sugar coating, place the sugar and cinnamon in a medium shallow bowl and mix to combine, using a spatula. Place the butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring with the spatula, until melted. Allow to cool a little.

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. Serve the doughnut puffs warm or allow them to cool completely back on the rack. Makes 24


If you can’t find patty tins, you can make these puffs in 24 x ⅛-cup-capacity (30ml) non-stick mini muffin tins – just bake them for an extra 3 minutes.

Recipe by Donna Hay from Basics to Brilliance Kids: New Edition, September 2022

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