Cinnamon Toast Crunch doughnuts are made with yeast raised donuts double dipped in cereal milk glaze and topped with crunchy cereal.
Special occasions demand special treats.
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, job promotion, completion of a half-marathon, or anything worthy of a sweet and decadent treat, you need this Cinnamon Toast Crunch doughnut.
There is just something so heavenly about fried dough with sweet glaze, especially when enjoyed with a cup of black coffee.
Breakfast Cereal Donuts
What’s not to love about Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal?
It’s the kind of cereal you can eat straight out of the box.
If CTC isn’t your favorite cereal, this breakfast cereal donut recipes works with any sweet crunchy cereal. Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks, and Frosted Flakes are great alternatives.
However, if you’re a BIG CTC fan, you’ll want to check out this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Ice Cream Pie.
These Cinnamon Toast Crunch doughnuts are super soft and fluffy. The doughnut will slightly collapse as you bite into it, but it will spring back.
This recipe will make at least twelve 3 1/2-inch doughnuts. You can bunch up the scrape dough and re-roll it ONE time.
Don’t be tempted to keep re-rolling the dough. Those doughnuts will be not as fluffy.
Double dip the freshly fried doughnuts in cereal milk glaze.
Yes! Glaze them twice for the ultimate treat.
The glaze is a simple mixture of cereal milk (cereal infused milk), powdered sugar, cinnamon, and a touch of salt. Mix everything together until smooth. That’s it!
Fried doughnuts are best eaten within hours of frying. Overtime, the cereal topping will get stale. Do not store glazed doughnuts in an airtight container!!!
The glaze will melt and make the doughnut super soggy. If you do plan on eating the doughnuts at a later time (say 1-2 hours in the future), keep them in a paper bakery box or store it in a container with the lid ajar.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Doughnuts
Yeast raised doughnuts:
- 1 ½ cups whole milk, warmed to 110°F
- 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 6 Tablespoons (3 oz) unsalted butter, softened, room temperature
Cereal Milk Glaze:
- ½ cup whole milk
- ⅓ cup Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
- 2 cups powdered sugar, plus more to thicken
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of kosher salt
- additional cereal, to garnish
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine milk, yeast, and sugar. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk in egg until incorporated.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour and salt. Attach dough hook attachment to stand mixer. With the mixer running on low, add ⅓ of flour mixture. Once dough starts to come together, add another ⅓ of flour mixture. Add softened butter one tablespoon at a time, mixing well after each addition. At this point the dough will be sticky. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing. Add remaining ⅓ of flour mixture.
- Once dough starts to form, increase mixer speed to medium. Knead for 3-5 minutes until dough is smooth and soft. It may still stick to the sides of the bowl, but it should be easy to scrape using a spatula or dough scraper.
- Transfer dough to a large greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and allow dough to rest for 30-45 minutes at room temperature until dough has doubled in volume.
- Punch down risen dough. Working on a lightly floured surface, roll or pat dough to a thickness of ½-inch. Use a 3 ½-inch doughnut cutter (or 3 ½-inch round cutter and a 1-inch round cutter) to punch out as many doughnut rings and doughnut holes as you can. Gather up the scrapes and re-roll one time to punch out additional ring and holes.*
- Cover doughnut rings and doughnut holes with plastic wrap or kitchen towel while you heat up oil. Attach kitchen thermometer to a large heavy bottomed saucepot (Dutch ovens and cast iron pans work best). Fill pot with 2 to 3 inches of oil. Set over medium heat until oil reaches 350°F.
- Carefully place two or three doughnut rings into hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pot. Cook for 90 seconds on each side, until golden brown. Cook doughnut holes for 50 seconds on each side. Use a slotted spoon to transfer cooked doughnuts onto a paper-towel lined baking sheet. NOTE: Oil temperature will change as you add raw doughnuts into the pot. Monitor oil temperature using a kitchen/candy thermometer to make sure doughnuts do not burn.*
Cereal Milk Glaze and assembly:
- Soak cereal in milk for 10 minutes. Strain and reserve cereal milk.
- Mix together powdered sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add four tablespoons of cereal milk. Stir to combine until mixture is smooth. Add additional cereal milk if glaze is too thick to your liking.
- Dip warm doughnuts into glaze, allow excess glaze to drip, and then set on a wire rack to set up. Repeat with remaining doughnuts.
- Add a few tablespoons of powdered sugar to thicken glaze. Stir until smooth. Dip doughnuts once again and immediately top with cereal. Enjoy immediately while doughnuts are warm and fresh!
Ready for more fried donut recipes? Try these favorites:
- Use Letter Donuts to create your own sweet messages! Perfect for birthdays or special announcements.
- Brown butter glazed old fashioned donuts. Self explanatory.
- Cinnamon sugar twist doughnuts are a cross between crunchy churros and fluffy beignets.
Reader Questions and Reviews
WOW, what a recipe! This looks so amazing, and over the top delicious, I can’t wait to try it!
Thanks so much! I hope you like it!
Why, oh why must you taunt me with this wickedly sweet goodness! I think I’d create a buffet of different cereal toppings as it’d definitely get the attention of my boys. Yum!
Thank you, this is such a great recipe! Me and my girls wanted to make a Cinnamon Toast Crunch donuts like the ones we had at our local gourmet donut store, and these came out so so much better in every respect! The donut recipe itself is a wonderful base recipe — my husband told me we had to save it for future recipes with different toppings too! Thanks again, it’s one for the family recipe binder 😃