Mini Sourdough Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Okay, I think I’m in love my with Dash mini doughnut maker.* Not too long ago, I used it to make mini snowball doughnuts. Next to a cup of cocoa, a side of tasty bite-sized doughnuts are pure heaven.

This week I’m proud to present: sourdough cinnamon sugar doughnuts.

They’re essentially snickerdoodle doughnuts with a hint of sourdough tang and I can’t get enough of them.

Mini sourdough cinnamon sugar doughnuts

Better Than a Bakery

I love make these doughnuts for friends and family, and they’re a great way to use up sourdough discard. Hot and fresh doughnuts are a fun dessert for any occasion, and since they’re little, it’s much easier to keep calories in check. Of course, I eat way too many at once than is good for me. I can never seem to eat just one.

Funnily enough, I think these doughnuts actually taste better the day after they’re baked. They have some time to soften and absorb all the amazing flavors. I personally prefer these doughnuts to the ones I’ve purchased at local bakeries. I may be a bit biased toward my own baking, however.

Mini sourdough cinnamon sugar doughnuts

Mini Sourdough Discard Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

A small treat that uses sourdough discard. Tastes a bit like a snickerdoodle cookie, but it's a doughnut and that's even better.
Prep Time 13 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 58 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 28 Doughnuts
Calories 107 kcal



  • 113 Grams Sourdough Starter, Fed, Unfed, or Discard (1/2 Cup)
  • 70 Grams Butter (5 Tablespoons)
  • 60 Grams Milk (1/4 Cup)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 4.2 Grams Vanilla Extract (1 Teaspoon)
  • 150 Grams All-Purpose Flour (1 1/4 Cup)
  • 100 Grams White Granulated Sugar (1/2 Cup)
  • 8 Grams Baking Powder (2 Teaspoons)
  • 1 Grams Salt (1/8 Teaspoon)
  • 1 Grams Cream of Tarter, Optional (1/8 Teaspoon)


  • 114 Grams Butter, Melted (1/2 Cup – 1 Stick)
  • 100 Grams White Granulated Sugar (1/2 Cup)
  • 7.5 Grams Ground Cinnamon (3Teaspoons)


  • Preheat the mini doughnut maker.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients: starter, butter, milk, egg, and vanilla extract.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cream of tartar.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Spoon the batter into a piping bag.
  • Lightly grease the doughnut maker, pipe the batter into the pan, close the doughnut maker and bake for 2 minutes 30 seconds.
  • While the doughnuts bake, combine the cinnamon and sugar for the topping in a separate small container. And melt the butter in yet another container. Set both containers aside aside.
  • Use a toothpick to flip the doughnuts and bake for another 2 minutes 30 seconds.
  • Let the doughnuts cool on a cooling rack for about 2 minutes.
  • Dip the finished doughnuts in the melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar.


I’m a little heavy handed when it comes to the butter and cinnamon topping. I also like lots of cinnamon in my cinnamon sugar. You can go for a lighter flavor with a little less cinnamon and you don’t have to thoroughly cover your doughnuts with the topping. A sprinkling can suffice if that’s your preference.
Keyword Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts, Sourdough Discard, Sourdough Discard Doughnuts

Did You Try It?

I have so much fun making mini sourdough cinnamon sugar doughnuts and coming up with new recipes. But you know what I enjoy more? Finding out that you had fun, too! If you liked these doughnuts, leave a star rating or post a comment below. Your feedback can help me make my website better.

*As an Amazon associate, I do earn a small commission whenever people purchase from my affiliate links. However, I do not get paid for my opinions, and I only recommend products that I regularly use and enjoy. Similarly, DASH did not pay me to write a review for their doughnut maker – I just really love using mine.