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Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Roll Donuts

Cinnamon roll in donut form, lightened up with Greek yogurt so you could eat these guilt-free!

Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Roll Donuts - Cinnamon roll in donut form, lightened up with Greek yogurt so you could eat these guilt-free!

Cinnamon rolls. We all love them, right? That buttery cinnamon sugar goodness and that dripping cream cheese glaze…

Okay, well I could actually think of one person who wouldn’t like this. She hates cinnamon AND peanut butter. She’s a dear friend of mine but man, her food aversions are really getting in the way of a lot of goodies, like these donuts here.

Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Roll Donuts - Cinnamon roll in donut form, lightened up with Greek yogurt so you could eat these guilt-free!

See, the kind folks over at Voskos sent over a variety of their Greek yogurt for me to play around with it and I couldn’t help but use them in these cinnamon roll donuts. With all of that indulgent cinnamon sugar and cream cheese goodness, we have to cut back somewhere, right?

But even with the addition of the yogurt, these donuts do not taste healthy at all! In fact, the creamy yogurt lends off such a fluffiness to the base of the donuts, which then gets baked in a pool of buttery cinnamon sugar and then finished off with a drizzle of vanilla bean cream cheese glaze. Yeah, those black specks there brings about so much magic to the glaze.

Now that’s a breakfast I can get on board with.

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Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Roll Donuts

Cinnamon roll in donut form, lightened up with Greek yogurt so you could eat these guilt-free!

10 minutes10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 large egg

For the cinnamon sugar

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons milk

For the vanilla bean cream cheese glaze

  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

Directions:

  1. To make the cinnamon sugar, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon and milk. Bring to a boil; remove from heat.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat a donut pan with nonstick spray. Pour 1 teaspoon cinnamon mixture into each cavity, spreading it out in an even layer.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
  4. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, butter, milk, vinegar and egg.
  5. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
  6. Scoop the batter evenly into donut pan. Place into oven and bake for 7-8 minutes, or until donuts are slightly browned and spring back when touched.
  7. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, milk and vanilla bean seeds on medium-high until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. If the glaze is too thick, add more milk as needed.
  8. When the donuts are done, cool for 10 minutes and drizzle with glaze. Allow glaze to set before serving.

Adapted from Top with Cinnamon.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Voskos. All opinions expressed are my own.

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11 comments

  1. If we want sugar free,which sweetener would taste best? Would it be the same sweeteners for each thing we are making or do we need to get a few sweeteners for this?

  2. What are the calories?

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    A super delicious donut. Best donut I’ve tasted, even better than almost every donut at Bill’s Donuts in Centerville, OH, considered one of the top donut shops in the US. Would have received 5 stars, but bake time is WAAAAY off. Seven to eight minutes at 325 isn’t even close. It’s more like 18 to 23 minutes. Even if our oven is off on temp, it’s not so bad that it takes triple the time in the recipe. Unless you use a blast furnace, you won’t bake these donuts in eight minutes.

  4. I used gf flour and they turned out great! However, the cooking time was a lot longer than the original stated time. It took probably 8 minutes longer than the recipe said.

  5. I don’t own a doughnut pan. Would it be possible to use a muffin tin instead or a rectangular cake pan and just turn it into a cake? Would really like to try this recipe!

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  6. These little donuts have a fabulous texture and tantalizing sourdough taste! I made then in my electric babycakes donut maker, and they turned out perfect. I used white wine vinegar which added a more poignant sourness, and instead of doing the cinnamon sugar on the stove, I simply mixed cane sugar and cinnamon and rolled them in that while still hot. This will definitely go on my list of donut favorites!

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  8. This recipe is amazing! I left out the vinegar because I thought it made it taste funny… I’ve made a few other substitutions to make it healthier and use whole wheat flour. Ive made a regular cake donut and a pumpkin maple pecan donut from this recipe, but using my own icing recipe. It’s very versatile and has great texture. Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

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