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I love doughnuts. They are definitely a weakness for me. I crave them often, but rarely give in. I remember over 2 1/2 years ago, my sister had a baby. I was at the hospital visiting, and my mom had brought her a box of doughnuts. When I got pregnant with my youngest, that memory came back to me, and the whole pregnancy, all I wanted was doughnuts. I was seriously looking forward to having my baby, just so I could get a box of doughnuts while I was in the hospital. Ok, mostly excited for the baby, but I definitely was excited for those doughnuts as well! Sure enough, without even telling my mom about the craving, she brought me a box of doughnuts that first day in the hospital. And I ate way too many of them.

This is one reason I don’t make doughnuts at home very often. I have no self control around them. But recently, Land O Lakes came out with a new product – a butter spread with cinnamon and sugaralready in the butter. And yes – the very first thing that popped into my mind was a hot doughnut, slathered with a glaze made from that cinnamon-sugar butter.

This doughnut experiment is my most successful to date. I won’t even admit to how many of these I ate. The glaze was the perfect topping for these doughnuts. And it’s probably a good thing that my local doughnut store doesn’t sell these, because I’d probably be right there, first in line!

Cinnamon-Sugar Glazed Doughnuts

makes 18 doughnuts

2 (.25) oz packages active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup shortening
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 quart vegetable oil, for frying

1/3 cup Land O Lakes Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons milk

Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let sit for 5 minutes to foam.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine the yeast and water, warm milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 1/2 cups of the flour. Mix on low speed until completely combined. Add in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the side of the mixer. (You may need a little more or a little less flour, depending on the humidity of where you are.) Place the dough in a greased bowl and allow to double in size.

Flour a surface and roll the dough out to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a doughnut cutter. Cover the doughnuts and allow to rise again until doubled in size.

When the doughnuts have almost doubled, heat the oil to 350° in a large heavy skillet or dutch oven.

To prepare the glaze, heat the Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread in the microwave or in a small pan until melted. Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add in the milk 1 tablespoon at a time until it is thin enough to dip the doughnuts in.

Slide the doughnuts in the hot oil, a few at a time so not to crowd the pan. Turn over when the first side is golden brown – this only takes a minute or two. Cook on the second side to golden brown then remove from the oil to a wire rack. Allow the doughnuts to cool enough to handle them, then dip in the glaze. Return to the wire rack for the glaze to set up.

Check out some other great blogger recipes using Land O Lakes Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread!

Disclosure:  this is a sponsored post from General Mills, but all opinions are my own.  I genuinely loved this product.  Please check out Land O Lakes here:


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22 Responses to Cinnamon-Sugar Glazed Doughnuts

  1. Bev Weidner says:

    I just fell out of my chair. That glaze gives me VERTIGO it’s so beautiful.

  2. Coco Cooks says:

    Those doughnuts are perfection. They look so light and airy. Krispy Creme better watch out. I loved this product!

  3. Joanne says:

    Ummm you’ve made me super excited to have a baby. Like, really.

    You’ve also made me really super excited to go grocery shopping. Cause I kinda need these.

  4. Kim says:

    Oh my gosh…these are a thing of beauty! Absolutely gorgeous. I’d pin them, but I better not because I’d seriously eat them all and my thighs would never recover.

  5. Lynn says:

    These look amazing! I too am a Donut-aholic who rarely gives in, but when I do forget about it! Not a good thing! I may have to make these sometime when Im having people over for a breakfast where Im not eating them all 🙂

  6. Those look so incredibly good. I love doughnuts. When I first started dating my husband I told him that eating doughnuts in the AM was ok, because you just burned it off the rest of the day…he was like…um, no. Oh well, these look soo good thought and I am totally tempted to whip some up in the AM. I am trying to do more with yeast so this would be perfect.

  7. Holly says:

    These look like Krispy Kreme doughnuts!!! Gorgeous photos!!!! I am SO with you on the love of doughnuts. There’s nothing like em! I can eat way way too many! Lol

  8. Katrina says:

    These look so freaking yummy!

  9. I am now starving! These look amazing! I’ve always been scared to try yeast, but this might push me over the edge to give it a try!

    Yum! Thanks for sharing your recipe!



  10. Rhondi says:

    These doughnuts have me drooling! I will be making some this weekend and I also have no willpower when it comes to warm glazed doughnuts. My kids might get one to split 🙂

  11. Amber says:

    What can be used in place of a dougnut cutter? As I don’t have one and I don’t have money for one right now..

  12. Wow, those look great! That glaze looks amazing 😀

  13. absolutely beautiful! I am craving one right now! superb photos 🙂

  14. I wish I could stick my hand in my computer screen and grab one (no wait, all) of these doughnuts, they look AMAZING! I look forward to trying these! 🙂

  15. Wow, these look incredible! The last time I tried making doughnuts at home they weren’t a patch on Krispy Kreme but maybe I just had the wrong recipe!

  16. grace says:

    deborah! these look perfectly poofy, and it should come as no surprise that i find the glaze outstanding. bravo!

  17. These sound so good and donuts usually don’t temp me, but my mouth is watering!

  18. butter with cinnamon and sugar ALREADY IN IT? There are no words.

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