Mini Waffle Donuts

Mini doughnut waffles made in your waffle iron, easy, cute and delicious! These are cake doughnuts and the best waffles ever!
Mini Waffle Donuts topped with combined white sugar and cinnamon
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These Mini Waffle Donuts happened because I have mini doughnuts on my mind today, truth be told, because I was thinking of making mini doughnut muffins as I was driving home from dropping the kids off from school. This is what -30 weather does to me, I start thinking of glorious, homey, delicious things to bake. Straight to mini waffle donuts.

stack of Mini Waffle Donuts on white plate

Actually to be perfectly honest, these are not waffles but actual donuts.I took a simple cake doughnut recipe and slightly altered it to make the dough work for cooking in a waffle maker.

These are quite seriously donuts, with a cinnamon sugar coating to top it all off.

close up stack of Mini Waffle Donuts in white plate

You can vary the size as you wish, I found a medium size to be perfect. You don’t want to make them square, else they lose the fun look that they have and then simply resemble waffles.

Just take a moment to absorb this photo. You might now understand why I am so darn excited to share this recipe with you.

Mini Waffle Donuts in the middle of white plate

The Breville waffle maker is amazing. You simply put the dough in the middle like shown below and close the lid.

doughs of Mini Waffle Donuts in Breville waffle maker

After the three minutes are up you lift the lid to see this golden brown beauty within. It may look like a waffle but it is cakey like a doughnut inside, very thick and dense. Remember, these are cake donuts so we are not getting a yeast doughnut result either!

A little side note: 5-10 seconds in the microwave reheats these up perfectly and you’d never know they weren’t fresh!

golden brown Mini Waffle Donuts in Breville waffle maker

Make sure you try those mini donuts this weekend and let me know what you think!



Mini Waffle Donuts

Mini doughnut waffles made in your waffle iron, easy, cute and delicious! These are cake doughnuts and the best waffles ever!
5 from 41 votes
Mini Waffle Donuts topped with combined white sugar and cinnamon
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups flour

For the topping:

  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter


  • In a large bowl mix the sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. 
  • Add the eggs, milk and melted butter. Beat well.
  • Stir in the 3 cups of flour, mixing well until it’s thoroughly combined. You are going to have thick, sticky batter. 
  • Preheat your waffle griddle. 
  • Place the batter in the middle of each waffle part (some waffle makers will have 2 or 4). You can do large or small doughnuts. 
  • Cook for 3 minutes until golden brown. 
  • Remove the doughnuts from the waffle iron and place on a cooling rack. 
  • Combine the white sugar and cinnamon for the topping. 
  • Dip the waffle in butter, shake off, then dip into the cinnamon sugar mixture. 
  • Set back onto the rack and continue with the other doughnuts until finished. A little side note: 5-10 seconds in the microwave reheats these up perfectly and you’d never know they weren’t fresh! 
  • Store (as if you are going to have any left) in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 278kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 285mg, Potassium: 179mg, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 320IU, Calcium: 85mg, Iron: 1.3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Cake doughnuts done in the waffle maker then dipped in a cinnamon sugar coating. Absolutely amazing!#waffles #dougnuts #donuts

Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Maria says

    Delicious! I almost didn’t try these because of the reviews that said they are very dense. I substituted coconut sugar, hemp milk and einkorn flour and they are a nice traditional waffle texture. Thank you!5 stars

  2. Lisa M BarTUska says

    We found this recipe and made them right away. They are a little dense, so we added bacon to the batter. Now they are perfect.5 stars

  3. Nancy says

    My boyfriend kept telling me they tasted like cinnamon toast so maybe cinnamon toast waffles instead!5 stars

  4. Linda says

    I have made these in a regular round waffle iron for years, only without the nutmeg, daughter is highly allergic, and she loves them. And she hates any sugary topping. Maybe they need to not cook them so long. Hers are always tender and cake like. I like your recipe. Same as the one I have been using, like I said, with no nutmeg or cinnamon. Think the haters are just too picky. Keep up the great work. Hope to find your cookbook soon for my collection. Thinking of writing my own soon. Many cultures will be in mine.5 stars

  5. Dave says

    good flavor, dry as hell though. made in a big Belgian waffle maker, maybe that adds to the dryness. thanks for the recipe!

  6. Stephen says

    . The whole recipe makes a ridiculous amount so I would half it but the taste was great. I added cloves as well, yum! 5 stars

  7. Lissa K says

    Love the waffles and the cinnamon dip was great on top. Makes a LOT!5 stars

  8. KayleneP says

    Wow these look great – now saving up for this waffle maker!

    5 stars

  9. Klayoven says

    The mini doughnut waffles remind me so much of Lieges waffles!! Love them… can’t wait to try the recipe. <3

  10. baconhound says

    I have the WORST waffle maker ever made. Part of the waffle comes out burned, and another patch is still pale white. I stopped making waffles because of it! 

    I’d love to make some salted caramel waffles for the family on Christmas morning! 

  11. sugarnflowers says

    Best waffles are Belgian with lots of berries of any or mixed kinds and a generous dollop of whipped cream. 

  12. ChristineHunter says

    These look amazing.  My favourite waffles have to be blueberry!

  13. Joycelyn says

    That’s a beauty of a waffle maker.  I like how the setting/panel/light looks to be easy to read which is always a bonus for us with not so great vision. Love your mini waffle donuts too, what a clever idea & what a perfect size for little hands!

  14. Tanya Frewin says

    Chocolate raspberry waffles.  Just.  Yeah.  So delicious.

  15. Argenplath says

    I love Belgian liege waffles but what I love even more are fancy kitchen gadgets! :p

  16. Peggy Doyle says

    I love the gluten-free waffles that Creole Envie has on their menu. there aren’t a lot of GF options out there in restaurants.

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