Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze


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Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

Easy Baked Glazed Donut Recipe

When I bought my donut pan, I didn’t know I was going to enjoy making homemade donuts as much as I have been. But boy, I’m glad I finally got around to picking up that donut pan.

These donuts remind me of the Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts. These vanilla donuts are baked, not fried, so they are not exactly the same as KK’s, but they’re remarkably similar. 

Let’s face it, baked and fried, apples and oranges, but you’d be surprised how similar these are.

If you’ve never had a KK doughnut, you’re missing out! 

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

No Krispy Kreme? No drive-thru? No problem.

It’s probably better that way, anyway. And you can make these baked vanilla donuts.

They are dense and yes, they are a ‘cake-style’ donut, but they are very moist.  They are not cakey or dry like many cake-style donuts tend to be.  You know those donuts that taste like you’re eating dry cardboard or ground up chalk?

These are not like that at all. The texture of them is what you’d have if there was a marriage between a donut and a muffin top.  Moist and dense.

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

This recipe is so easy and yielded great tasting donuts. Like, you need these in your life, right now! 

I loved that they were not fried because I just don’t make fried food.  Not because of health or dietary objections.  Oh no, that’s not the reason I don’t do fried food.

It’s because the thought of standing in front of a pot of grease and having it splatter all over me, my stove top, and stink up my house with that grease smell that lingers for days is a triple whammy.

No thanks.  I’ll bake, sans grease.  In 10 minutes of baking time I can have these bad boys.

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

What’s in the Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts? 

To make the baked vanilla donuts, you’ll need: 

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Cinnamon 
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Butter

And to make the vanilla glaze recipe, all you’ll need is: 

  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk or heavy cream

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

How to Make Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts

From start to finish — making the batter, baking the donuts, letting them cool for 5 minutes, and then glazing them, and even doing the dishes — this recipe was a 30-minute project.

Simply whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add in the wet ingredients. 

Using a piping bag or a Ziplock bag with a tip snipped off, pipe the batter into a 6-count donut pan. 

Bake the vanilla donuts until they spring back quickly when gently poked. 

Let the donuts cool for about 5 minutes before dipping into the vanilla glaze. 

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

Can I Make This Recipe Without a Donut Pan? 

Yes! If you don’t have a donut and really don’t foresee yourself buying one, you can make these donuts as muffins instead.  I tried that with the leftover batter because I could have made 7 donuts but instead I made 6 donuts + 2 small muffins.

But maybe looking at these will convince you to just buy the stinkin’ donut pan. I have no idea what took me so long, either.

Can I Bake These in a Mini Donut Pan?

I’m sure you could, but I don’t have the patience for baking mini foods so I can’t advise you on the bake time. I’d fill the mini donut pan about 2/3 full and watch them like a hawk in the oven! 

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

Can I Add Sprinkles? 

Of course! Add the sprinkles a minute or two after you’ve glazed the vanilla donuts. 

Can Glazed Donuts Be Frozen? 

Yes! Let the vanilla glazed donuts cool completely on your counter, then seal inside a freezer bag for up to three months. When ready to eat, thaw on your counter. 

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

Tips for Making Baked Vanilla Donuts 

I think making the glaze with some sort of cream, rather than water or milk, is best. That’s what I did because I love a good, rich glaze. I want to try making the glaze with coconut milk next.

Interestingly enough, the baked glazed donuts got better the second day.  There were two donuts left over and 24 hours later, the glaze had really soaked into the donuts leaving them heavier, denser, and even more moist and rich.

If you like “light and airy” donuts that are really cakey and dry, don’t make this recipe. And definitely don’t let them sit with a glaze on them for 24 hours. But I actually love that really dense and heavy texture. I’ve always said I love leftovers.

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts — Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

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Yield: 6

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts

Baked Vanilla Glazed Donuts

Slightly dense and cake-like, these vanilla glazed donuts are baked rather than fried. Perfect for weekend brunches and special occasion breakfasts!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the Donuts:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I omitted)
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (use more if you like a stronger vanilla flavor)
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk or heavy cream


    For the Donuts:

    1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F and lightly grease or cooking-spray a donut pan (or muffin tin).
    2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon (and salt).
    3. Add buttermilk, egg, vanilla and melted butter. Whisk or stir to combine.
    4. Use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off) to pipe the batter into a 6-donut pan. Or just be extra neat and do this with a spoon, which is what I did.
    5. Bake 8 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven, until donuts spring back when touched or until dough is set. Donuts will not be golden brown, but should be springy. (I always underbake my baked goods but in my oven these took 10-11 minutes to set up)
    6. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes.

    For the Glaze:

    1. While donuts are baking or cooling, make the glaze by combining powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and liquid of your choice. Add the water or milk, one teaspoon at a time, until desired consistency is achieved.
    2. Dip the donuts into the glaze while warm (or cool).
    3. Add sprinkles or other extras at end, if desired.


This recipe 6-7 donuts, depending on your donut pan size. Double or triple, or halve (beat the egg and then divide in half) the recipe as desired.

For the extra bit of batter, rather than waiting for my one donut pan to come out of the oven, I made two small muffins in a muffin pan with it. It took about 15 minutes for the muffins to cook through.

To make Vegan: My suggestion would be to replace the buttermilk with almond milk or if you enjoy coconut milk, I’d use full fat coconut milk (because it’s thicker like buttermilk); increase the amount of baking powder and/or add baking soda, use melted margarine or Earth Balance, and use a flax/chia egg rather than regular egg.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 4g

More Baked Donut Recipes: 


Baked Chocolate Sprinkle Donuts — Making donuts at home is as easy as making muffins! These chocolate sprinkle donuts are baked rather than fried so you can have seconds, of course!

Baked Lemon Donuts with Lemon Glaze — These taste like the Starbucks lemon loaf, but in donut (or mini muffin) form!! Easy, no mixer recipe with a tart-yet-sweet lemon glaze that’s PERFECT!

Banana Donuts with Browned Butter Caramel Glaze — Banana bread in the form of soft, fluffy baked donuts and donut holes!!

Baked Cinnamon Donuts — If you’re a cinnamon roll fan, you’re going to love these donuts.

Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donut Muffins – Part cinnamon-sugar donut hole, part mini-muffin, no matter what you call them, they’re fast and easy to make, and so tasty and pop-able.

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  1. I have never made donuts before and tried your recipe. Not only was it so fast, but its super delicious! The donuts alone are scrumptious!!

    Rating: 5
  2. I love these! I tried other recipes and they were really dry so I am super happy these worked and were nice and moist!

    Rating: 5
    1. I’ve only made it as written so I cannot really comment on what will happen when you start making changes.

  3. Yummmm!!!! Made these within 5 minutes of my donut pans arriving in the mail. So soft and spongey… doubled the recipe (except for the sugar), used rapadura sugar, half wholemeal and half white flour and didnt make the glaze, instead popped some choc chips on the top instead. Soooo good. Problem is we ate almost half whilst they were still hot 🙊🙊🙊

    Rating: 4
  4. Hi, I just made a double batch of these and they look and smell delicious! Just one question, however – how should I store them? In the fridge? Or at room temperature in an airtight container? Thanks!

  5. Omg, this recipe is amazing. I cannot wait to make these!! But I have a question, I currently do not have buttermilk. What’s a good replacement for this recipe?

    1. Please google ‘buttermilk substitutes’ or ‘how to make buttermilk’ and based on what you learn, and based on what you have on hand, I’m sure you will come up with something that’ll work. Enjoy!

    2. Best substitute is one cup of milk with one tablespoon of lemon juice added. Leave it for 5 or 10 mins. Then pour it through a fine sieve to remove the curdled pieces, you can sometime still notice these in some bakes. For donuts or buttermilk pie (my personal favourite buttermilk recipe) you don’t really need to sieve it. Depends on how fussy or lazy I’m feeling.

  6. My 7 year old daughter and I made these. We subbed buttermilk for soured soy milk with vinegar. Awesome recipe. Both kids loved it. Super easy. Thank you!

    1. Thanks for trying the recipe and great swaps with the soymilk/vinegar. Glad your kids were happy, too!

  7. I don’t know how I missed this recipe! They just came out of the oven and they are delicious. Yes, I cheated and ate mine warm after dipping it into the frosting ;-) I love my donut pan and realize I haven’t used it in a while. Thanks for another great recipe.

    1. Glad the recipe worked great for you (it’s a couple years old so easy to forget about some of these!) :)

  8. I was at B B & B today and saw mini donuts pans on clearance and thought, oh yea, I want to get a donut pan, so I bought one mini pan and one regular. I came home and made these donuts! Very good! I love them! You were so right on target about the length of time it takes from start to finish, just under 1/2 hour! I almost felt like I cheated. I even took the time to fill a pasty bag! And after all the donuts ( mini and regular ) were glazed and all the dishes were done, I was looking around thinking ” wow, am I forgetting something?” I took my apron off, and popped about 4 mini glazed donuts in 2 minutes flat! LOL another YUMMY recipe! I love old fashioned donuts and I’m going to try to figure out how to make those eventually, but because of you, another fun day in the kitchen, or should I say a fun 29 minutes :) thanks again Averue!

    1. That’s awesome that you bought a pan at BB&B! They have great after Xmas sales there on donut pans. About 2 yrs ago I totally went nuts and bought a ton. I need to make more donuts :) Glad these were a 29 minute success!

    1. You probably could. I don’t ever fry anything b/c my house stinks for so long after..ha! If you tried it, LMK how it went!

  9. I can’t wait to try these out! I love experimenting with Sunday breakfast =) just wanted to let ppl know that some craft stores (hobby lobby, michaels, Jo Ann’s) usually sell wilton doughnut pans… Mine sells it for $10 and they have a 40% off coupon nearly every week… $6 doughnut pan? Yes please!! I’ll be picking one up this week!

    1. Amen to being resourceful and finding deals! Around this time of year places like Michael’s and BB&Beyond and even Marshalls/TJMaxx get them in. And like if you use a coupon at BB&B for 20% off, you’re talking $6 to $8. It’s like the price of a cup of coffee and a cookie at Starbucks, or cheaper! Oh and they always have holiday gift sets where you can get like 3 pans for $20 bucks and they have really cute and fun sizes. I have like…about 8 Wiltons in all diff sizes :)

  10. Oh my gosh!! Freshman year of college, we would all pile into someone’s SUV and pass the Krispy Kremes on our way to Walmart. One night on our way back to the dorm, the hot donut sign came on just as we were passing. Fastest U-turn of my life, but it was the best donut of my life. Always worth it, and I am so excited to make this tomorrow for breakfast. Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

    1. Wow your story reminds me of when I used to live in Myrtle Beach. The only things open after bar closing was Walmart and…KK. 24 hr drive thru. Too convenient! :)

      Ok so you have to know that the baked, non-yeast version will NEVER live up to your KK memories from freshman year. But life moves on and we try to bake things not fry them as we get older and our metabolisms arent what they used to be. LMK how they turn out for you!

  11. I was going to just use a mini muffin tin. How much batter should I put in each tin? Half way full, 2/3’s?


      1. Wow, those Cinn Sugar mini donuts look amazing! Those are next on my agenda! Thanks for sharing!

        I ended up filling the Van Donut/Mini muffin tins about 2/3 way full and it was a little high. The popped up over the top and were a little “poofier” than I would have liked.

        Thanks for the great recipes!

      2. Mini donut pans are super temperamental sometimes. Literally 1/2 teaspoon batter can sometimes make the difference which is why I don’t make a whole ton of mini anything…no patience :) If you liked these donuts though, you will LOVE the cinn-sugar mini donuts/muffins. I love that batter/dough even more than the donut dough so you can’t go wrong!

  12. These look amazing! Can’t wait to make them! I had to laugh at your comment about not frying food! I absolutely hate frying food! And all that comes with it…the splattering hot grease, etc! Thanks for sharing! =)

  13. Just made these today with a little tweak – made them chocolate! I added 3 TB cocoa powder and some dark chocolate chips. Delicious! Thanks for the really easy recipe. There are a lot out there and this one was simple and quick!

  14. I also do not think these taste like Krispy Kreme….which is fine by me. I’m never was a fan. I made these for my family twice because they loved them so much the first time. I did add a little more vanilla because I really wanted to taste vanilla and some wheat flour. My husband said that the recipe was a “keeper” and my 5 & 3 year old ate them without a fight, which is usually most mornings. I would recommend everyone to try these. They were yummy!

    1. I am glad to hear they were a hit for you, your hubs, and two kids ate them without any fighting…love that!

  15. Thanks for the recipe. These were really easy to make and tasted very good. However, I do need to say that I don’t think they taste like a Krispy Kreme at all. I did use All Natural Vanilla Extract. However, I see in one of the comments above that you stated that you need to use a “high quality real vanilla extract”. It would be nice if you stated in the recipe above that they may not taste quite as good if you don’t use a high quality extract and that you achieved these results with a high quality extract. That way people know up front that if they use a lower quality extract, they may not taste like a Krispy Kreme and may not achieve the same result. Just a thought. However, again, they tasted very good!

    1. I don’t think that using a ‘high quality’ vs. lower quality vanilla is going to make-it-or-break-it in terms of the recipe ‘working’ as long as it’s real vanilla, not imitation.

      The donuts are similar to a Krispy Kreme, but you’re right, you cannot compare a donut that’s baked at home with one that’s deep fried in commercial fryers and loaded up with artificial flavors and ingredients. I prefer to avoid fried food when possible and also to make things at home, too. Glad you thought the donuts tasted very good!

  16. i made these yesterday and they were fantastic! i am addicted to my wilton donut pan so i was thrilled to stumble upon this recipe.

  17. I love making my boys foods as theyre 3 and 2 both have severe gastrointestinal dissorders and my youngest has blood cancer and bloodautoimmune disease..i really want to try these for them as they cant have store bought so theyve never haf donuts..i just bought one of.those electric mini donut makers that are.counter top plug in, do you think I could use that instead of oven?

  18. I’ve been “pinning” and baking doughnuts since I got the pan for my birthday a couple if months ago. These are by far my favorites. Of course, your cinnamon bun doughnuts were fantastic also! Thanks for the great recipes!

  19. I love baked donuts- have the regular size and two mini donut pans, so I’m looking forward to trying your recipes.

  20. I made these and was disappointed; I put less than the recommended amount of cinnamon but they tasted like cinnamon donuts – not at all like vanilla. Oh well

    1. Were you using a high or decently high quality real vanilla extract? If you weren’t, then that’s your answer right there. And for the glaze, the same. LOTS of the flavor comes from the glaze as well as the donuts, so you need to use a high quality vanilla in both places because the base is a standard donut base of flour, egg, and sugar, so you need to doctor it up to your liking and tastes. For me, these are very flavorful and very vanilla-ish and I make them often. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  21. I’ve only eaten Krispy Kreme twice, but these don’t remind me of them at all.

    My icing didn’t turn out as nice as yours, but they’re still quite good. And they’re perfect looking. I recommend using a small spatula to scoop into doughnut pan.

  22. Ok… every time I come here I remember that I need to get a donut pan… and since I have no plans this weekend, I have no excuse! Donut pan to be purchased tomorrow! :)

  23. I was so happy when I stumbled upon a donut pan at HomeSense for 1/2 price! My youngest son has been begging for donuts lately. Due to both my sons’ food allergies, Donut shops are out of the question. I will be substituting the buttermilk with rice milk mixed with apple cider vinegar, and the egg with 1/4 cup of applesauce. My son is excited to try one donut with chocolate glaze, one rolled in cinnamon sugar and one rolled in just icing sugar. Oh the sugar high! Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles

      1. This weekend was all about DOUGHNUTS at our house. Saturday I made the vanilla doughnuts using the above adaptions and they turned out great! Our favourite topping was the Cinnamon Sugar and Strawberry Glaze. (used my homemade strawberry jam) Yummy! Sunday was Triple Chocolate! The possibilities seem endless…..

      2. I’m so glad they were a hit and the strawberry glaze (or triple chocolate!) sound fabulous!

  24. That’s it, I’m buying a donut pan on my next shopping trip……today! These look delicious! And I’m thinking this is a great Christmas morning treat to devour while we open gifts. I, too, share the KK love, and here in Alabama there is no KK shortage — they even sell them in mom ‘n pop gas stations. Cracks me up.

  25. hi averie!! :) i just picked up a donut pan last night and these are perfect! thanks! hope you are well. i miss ca but also love ny. :) but i’ll be in LA again on wed for a week (with a trip to vegas during the weekend for the manny pacquiao fight). told ya before i’m the prez of his foundation…we have a huge vip event coming up on monday…big as in martin sheen is the mc!! and he’ll be introducing me! life crept up to me these past few weeks! :)

    1. you’re a globe trotter! I was just thinking of you today wondering how nyc was going for you.

      martin sheen and you as the prez of his foundation…just a ‘small’ little project for you in all your spare time :)

      you’re a superstar, mi-an!

  26. OMG! These look delish! I am so making these, I’ll let you know how they turn out. I’m guessing this will be my Saturday morning thing to do. Thanks for the recipe, I’m so excited to make these. I’m actually debating on making these now.

    1. they are sooo easy. They will take you about 5-7 mins to mix up the batter, bake in 10, and done :) enjoy and lmk how they go!

  27. I have never made donuts at home, and I don’t usually buy them because most places in the city don’t make them fresh. I really want to make some after reading your posts lately!

  28. I don’t have a doughnut pan but I did try making blueberry doughnuts the other day (I used biscuit cutters – not really the same…) and they were okay. I need to try this recipe! And maybe a doughnut pan lol.

    1. The donut pan is easy, BB & Beyond or Target. Or you can make these as muffins in a muffin pan but I think your kids would go ga-ga over donut shapes rather than muffins :)

  29. We don’t really buy doughnuts anymore; from Dunkin Donuts I loved the simple chocolate frosted ones or glazed. When I was younger we would go to our local farmer’s market where many Amish people (who commuted from Lancaster) would sell awesome food and crafts. They had many kinds of homemade doughnuts, still warm, the best were the glazed apple raisin. YUM :) Yours look amazing!

  30. Finally, a donut I can eat :)
    Fried donuts always make me sick, so I am looking forward to giving these a shot!

  31. These look fabulous, great job! I’m tempted to get a donut pan now! I’ve never made donuts and am a little afraid to.

    1. don’t be! for the egg you can use a chia/flax egg and for the buttermilk, I’d use coconut milk with a splash of apple cider vinegar so the baking soda/powder really get activated.

  32. oh man now I am craving donuts!!! i know what you mean, not sure how i survived without my donut pan, haha

    1. So easy girl. Pretty much as easy as your biscuit donuts. Too many donuts, so little time :)

  33. OBSESSED with my donut pan. I broke it in with cake batter donuts for my birthday! But your cinnabon donuts are definitely on my shortlist :)

    1. your donuts look…amazing. Girl. Seriously. Vegan AND Gf and not all kinds of weird crazy flours. Basic. Beautiful!!!

  34. wow averie these look delicious!!! after seeing all these amazing donuts, i know i need to get me a donut pan. thanks for sharing!! :)

  35. I had a Krispy Kreme donut once and never went back again. Sure they were good, but I had this overwhelming feeling of guilt after I ate them. I love the idea of a baked donut.These look awesome, Averie!

  36. They’re so perfect and round, and that frosting looks amazing! I love this idea of the Secret Recipe Club – I have to check it out. So genius!

  37. I can’t even remember the last time I had a donut, let alone made one! PS. Your photos are looking really good, mama! :)

  38. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are the best doughnuts ever. In my opinion, at least. =)

    I found out a few weeks ago that my fiance had never had a hot doughnut right off the conveyor belt – what?! So we quickly took care of that missing life experience! Like you, I have many good memories of late-night stops at Krispy Kreme…that ooey-gooey-chewy treat was delightful at two and three in the morning. =)

  39. These look just like Krispy Kremes, which are SO hard to come by on the east coast. Gorgeous photos! I really need to get a doughnut pan now….

  40. It’s funny because I was going to say I actually prefer my doughnuts with sprinkles, but I have no idea why! I just think they taste better. But I haven’t had a doughnut since before I went gluten-free. So sad because I miss them! Krispy Kremes were THE best in my opinion. Although my local grocery story had ones that rocked too. Another store had doughnuts, but they were AWFUL. Always dried out, hard, crunchy <- all things a doughnut should not be.

  41. I’ve never made donuts at home before AND haven’t really eaten them in a long, long time just based on how bad the ones are for you in the cafes and all that jazz. But, this would give me reason to go and get a donut pan. Being able to bake at home AND attempt something I have never tried before…DING! These do seriously look like crispy kremes. I better go eat something before I try to eat these through the computer screen!

  42. I actually haven’t ever had KK… but I think that is okay because I am Canadian. :P Instead we have Tim Horton’s and I always like to get the honey dip doughnut. It is a yeast doughnut (so light and airy!) with a layer of a honey glaze.

    I’m going to keep my eyes out for a doughnut pan… seems like a lot of fun!

  43. I really, really, really need to invest in a donut pan. The BB&B in my town closed, so I have been putting it off. I just need to suck it up and either order it online or drive a little ways to buy one. All of these donut recipes are driving me nuts! I MUST MAKE DONUTS! :)

  44. I used to love krispy creme donuts. They were here for awhile, but I don’t think they caught on too well. These look awesome, Averie!

  45. Oh my goodness, these actually look crazy. You are crazy! I totally believe that these are even better than the fried kind.
    I used to love chocolate donuts. I liked them chocolate base AND chocolate filling! Here in Canada, the place to get donuts is Tim Hortons! We only just recently got Krispy Kream up here! I have to admit, I have never had one, and most likely never will.

  46. I LOVE donuts. There is a place in Brooklyn named “Dough” and they have a hibiscus donut which is superb. They also have a NUTELLA AND BISCOFF filled donut that makes me wish I had a hollow leg and was nursing triplets so I could eat one every day.

  47. very interesting that the donuts get better the second day… one reason i don’t tend to make donut recipes is because i feel like they’re stale by the day after, thus justifying me eating all 6 (or 12) the day i make them!

    my all time favorite donuts are from a a little shop in green bay wisconsin we stumbled on during a road trip years ago. i debate making the 3 hour drive every once in a while just for the glazed old fashioned donut. makes my mouth water thinking about it!

    1. Well this recipe first off only make a half dozen so after you have a couple and hubs or others have a couple, you aren’t left with many leftovers but if you are, the second-day-old was just fine :)

  48. Bought the donut pans, thanks for the push. After my run it is baking time and I’m going to impress hubby and daughters with these delightful looking treats. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  49. Awesome photos – I feel like I could reach through my screen and grab on straight off the plate. YUM!!

  50. My donut pan is one of my favorite kitchen purchases. Definitely worth the money!

    These look fantastic, especially the texture. And I agree about the icing – the more the better in my book! :) I love a good chocolate glazed donut from Dunkin’ Donuts once in a blue moon, but you’re right that there are definitely some locations that have better donuts than others. I generally feel like I can make a better donut (with less scary ingredients) at home.

    1. Glad Im not the only one who thinks that about DD’s. And yes, at-home donut pan is the best 8 bucks Ive spent in awhile!

  51. MMMMMMM. I love Krispy Kreme, but the last time I gorged, I mean had some I felt really sick afterward:( SOOOOO, making a semi healthier version at home sounds like just what the doctor ordered for this preggie chick:) haha.

  52. These donuts look tremendous. That donut pan of yours is really making some beautiful sweets – love it! And I am completely loving that wood panel/tabletop – gorgeous photos!

  53. When we were kids my grandmother would make them (or we’d help) and just used the canned biscuits. Krispy Kreme was a fave and I think b/c they didn’t have one in the city I grew up in – just in the city where my dad was living. So it was a huge treat when we stayed with him on the weekends.

  54. omg.. those look soo good. I don’t dare get a donut pan or I’d probably make them all the time.

  55. mm yes dense and moist over cakey anyday! Glad the family loved them, they must seriously love how much you’ve been baking lately! I used to buy the french cruellers from DD’s growing up. And the jelly donut were also my favorite!

  56. The look so delicious! I love the glaze that you added on top. They almost (*almost*) look too pretty to eat. ;)

  57. I got my doughnut pan and started playing this weekend! I WILL come up with my version of the perfect gluten free/dairy free doughnuts if it kills me. I do love the pan though!

    1. oooh, Sarena I can’t wait to see that!! I have been trying for a while… and eating all the yummy “trials” ;) -Kris

    2. I am thinking that the flour could be replaced with an almond/coconut or some other GF mix and for milk, use almond milk. The buttermilk is thick/dense so if using almond milk, the flour could be thicker and denser, i.e. like an almond or coconut flour would be. Then add more baking soda/powder. If also removing the egg, further compensations are necessary but it’s do-able..I just haven’t the time to trial it…I’ll save that project for you :)

  58. These look great and I actually prefer baked donuts to fried. The fried ones seem to sit in my stomach like a lead weight. I’ll gladly take the taste of a Krispy Kreme without the heartburn :)

  59. These look delicious! Headed to BB and Beyond today for my donut pan!

    I know hat you are into pinterest – I tried signing up but am on the waiting list. Any way you could send me an invite? I am addicted already and don’t even have an account :)

      1. Thank you so much! I’m about to waste a lot of time.. I think ymail is yahoo’s version of gmail but it never took off, lol

  60. awesome recipe and photos! i agree: cakey donuts are the best.
    i am with you on avoiding frying – the thought of really hot grease and me not being confident is enough to keep me away. so i have never made donuts. for me, it’s one of those things where i am happy to buy one when i want one.
    the most popular donuts in canada are tim horton’s. i have fond memories of enjoying them, way back to childhood. my favourites are choco glazed, choco coconut, and chocolate walnut crunch. a good apple fritter is also divine (at the market, say).
    glad your donuts were such a hit with the family! sounds like the pan was a good $8 “investment” and will be used a lot!

    1. our neighbor in aruba is canadian and they own several Horton’s. I love their coffee that he brings down…and I bet the donuts are great. He doesn’t bring those down though :)

  61. All I can think about right now is how much I want a donut! These look absolutely wonderful. I also love Krispy Kreme donuts but try to stay away from anywhere that sells them as I can easily inhale several in a sitting!

  62. Good morning! This doesn’t have to do with donuts, but I have to tell you, I made your homemade Butterfinger bars last night and they were INCREDIBLE – Tasted just like the real thing! Even the texture was similar! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  63. YUM – ok, you’ve convinced me. I’m going to get myself a donut pan as soon as I return back to the states. I actually looked for one here in HK today when I was grocery shopping but there were none :( I may have to hit up an actual cake shop to get one!

  64. These doughnuts look so yummy! I need to invest in a doughnut pan so I can bake some up : )