Cinnamon Buttermilk Crumb Donuts

I’ve already waxed poetic a lot about how donuts are life in this house. I love making them a whole lot. National Donut Day was not too long ago and you better believe I celebrated. These cinnamon buttermilk crumb donuts might be the best of them all though. The topping is EVERYTHING people. I baked them too, so it made me feel a little less guilty about them. The warm spices and brown sugar make them fall ready (since August is basically flying by at the speed of light). They were really easy to make too.

I made that glorious crumb topping first. It was simply a matter of stirring all of the ingredients together until I had a lovely, uniform mixture. Then I put it in the refrigerator while I worked on the donuts. That way it would get more solid and easy to crumble.
The donut batter was a snap too in my stand mixer. The buttermilk was the key here. The tangy flavor and the acid in it cut through all of the sweetness. It also reacted chemically with the baking powder to make the donuts super light and fluffy! I love the science of baking.
To make them as neat as possible, I piped the batter into my very well greased donut pans. I had two pans of 6 all filled up to get a perfect dozen out of this recipe.
Then I pressed a thick layer of the crumbs firmly into the pans on top of the donuts. They were all ready to bake for 15 minutes! Oh my goodness did the house smell incredible as they baked. The crumbs got slightly brown and crispy on top and the donuts puffed up so nicely.

After they cooled, they were ready for snacking with a great cup of coffee! The donuts were everything I hoped for and more with so much flavor and texture. All of the warm spices had me starting to be ok with fall coming soon. Slow down though summer, ok? Hope you all love these delectable treats too! xoxo

Cinnamon Buttermilk Crumb Donuts
Cinnamon Buttermilk Crumb Donuts
5 from 3 votes
Cinnamon Buttermilk Crumb Donuts
Cinnamon Buttermilk Crumb Donuts
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins

These cinnamon buttermilk crumb donuts are such a fantastic treat with the fluffiest, most warmly spiced donuts and a gorgeous, crunchy pecan crumb topping!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cinnamon Buttermilk Crumb Donuts, Donuts
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 162 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 whole egg
  1. First, make the crumb topping. Simply stir all of the crumb ingredients together thoroughly in a mixing bowl until it is a uniform mixture. Then set it in the refrigerator while you work on the donuts. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and spray two donut pans that each have 6 molds really well with cooking spray. Then whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl to aerate the dry ingredients. Set up a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and combine the sugar and butter in its bowl. Beat them together until fluffy. Add in the buttermilk and the egg. Finally, slowly add in the dry ingredients until you have a soft, sticky batter.

  2. Transfer the batter to a piping bag and pipe a thick, single layer in each of the molds. You should get an even dozen. Then take out the topping mixture and crumble it up. Sprinkle a thick layer on top of each donut and press the crumbs in firmly to the donut batter so that it all holds together. Bake them on the same rack of the oven for 15 minutes, until golden brown on top and fluffy. Let them cool a few minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely. Serve immediately with coffee! They also keep really well for a couple of days sealed in a container.

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Buttermilk Crumb Donuts
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 79
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.8g14%
Saturated Fat 5.1g32%
Cholesterol 34mg11%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 132mg4%
Carbohydrates 20.2g7%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 15.4g17%
Protein 1.5g3%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
These cinnamon buttermilk crumb donuts are such a fantastic treat with the fluffiest, most warmly spiced donuts and a gorgeous, crunchy pecan crumb topping! #donuts #breakfast #brunch #cinnamonbuttermilkcrumbdonuts #jeanieandluluskitchen

10 thoughts on “Cinnamon Buttermilk Crumb Donuts”

  1. How have I lived my whole life without owning a donut mold?!! I’ll need to correct that soon. This recipe looks delicious!

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