Baked Vanilla Donuts

Baked Vanilla Spiced Donuts (pictured are mini donuts)

We all love donuts in their many forms of deliciousness… Sometimes it is not in our routine to fry up some tasty donut treats, however, we can pop some batter into our donut pans and have a much healthier option (of sorts). I will share with you one of our favorite baked donut recipes. It is easy to make, super delicious, soft, and fluffy.

let’s get started.


2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt ( or 1/4 tsp of fine salt)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups buttermilk – Room temp
1 egg – room temp
2 tbsp butter – melted
2 tbsp avocado oil ( or other neutral-flavored oil)
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 tbsp milk ( more or less if needed)
1/2 tbsp vanilla bean paste ( can use vanilla extract)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400* and grease two regular size donut pans or three mini-donut pans. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg, butter, oil, and vanilla. Mix together well.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and use a spatula to fold the batter together well.
  5. Once combined you can either spoon the batter into the pans or you can spoon some of the batter into a Ziploc bag or piping bag with the end snipped off. Once in the piping bag, you can pipe the batter 3/4 of the way up the donut pan. You do not have to tap the pan as it will settle in the pan when baking.
  6. Place the donuts into the preheated oven and bake for about 10 to 13 minutes (depending on your oven) or until golden brown and cooked through.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool for 3 minutes in the pan. Using an oven mitt, carefully flip the hot donuts onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Once the donuts are cool you can make your glaze. In a bowl combine the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla bean paste. Whisk until thick and smooth. Add a little bit of milk at a time until you get the consistency you like.
  9. Dip the cooled donuts top side down into the glaze. Place back onto the wire rack to set slightly. Once the glaze is slightly set dip them in the glaze for a second time. Place back onto the wire rack and if preferred, sprinkle them with an array of colorful sprinkles or toppings of choice. You can also leave them plain. Let them sit for about 30 minutes or so until the glaze is completely set. Now you are ready to devour these tasty treats.
  • If you want to leave out the spices you most certainly can. You can just add vanilla and they will still be so tasty. I do this on occasion.
  • If you want to only coat the donuts one time you can half the glaze and go from there. You can also add a bit of cocoa (2 tbsp) and make a chocolate glaze or dip them in melted chocolate chips with 1 tbsp coconut oil, and 1 tbsp golden syrup to make a creamy chocolate glaze.
  • Sprinkles, sanding sugar, cookie crumbs, or choc chips make for a great topping for the top of the donuts. You can also add in some cookie crumbs or leave out the spices and add sprinkles to the batter at the end before adding to the pan for funfetti-style donuts. The sky is the limit on flavors and toppings. Make them your own.
  • DO NOT let them cool completely in the pan if you are using a metal pan. They will surely stick. Let them cool for 3 to 5 minutes or less and then gently release them from the pan and flip on to a wire rack to cool completely. If you are using a silicone donut pan you can just leave them in the pan for about 10 minutes or so and then release them to a wire rack to cool completely. Do not leave them in the pan because they will get mushy and we don’t like mushy donuts…

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