Homemade baked donuts are such a treat! All you need are some basic pantry ingredients, a donut pan and some sprinkles. Bake this easy donut recipe with the kids for a great afternoon snack that everyone will love.
Baked donuts are so easy to make – you will NOT believe how quickly you can have this delicious treat. From start to finish these homemade donuts will take you under 30 minutes to make including baking time!
Plus this chocolate glaze recipe is so simple and easy to make you’ll want to put it on everything.
If you love classic donuts, you’ll probably asking yourself right now:
What are baked donuts?
Baked donuts are a great alternative to fried donuts. They are more similar to cake and are baked in a donut pan as opposed to deep frying the yeast dough of a classic donut in hot oil.
The fact that they’re baked not fried makes people always ask:
Are baked donuts healthy?
They are definitely healthier than fried donuts, but I wouldn’t necessarily say they are “healthy” 😅… But I bet that with the right substitutions you can make baked donuts healthier 🙂
Can you bake donuts without a donut pan?
If you really want the adorable donut shape – then you will need a donut pan to bake donuts. But, if you are cool with making baked “munchkins” or donut holes, then I have good news for you!
You can make baked donuts in a muffin pan. If you have a mini muffin pan, even better because everything mini is adorable, right?!
What ingredients are needed to make these homemade glazed donuts?
Luckily you can make these with ingredients you almost for sure already have in your pantry, this is all you need:
- Flour, I use all purpose
- White Sugar
- Baking powder
- Ground nutmeg
- Sour cream
For the Chocolate Glaze:
- Confectioners Sugar
- Cocoa Powder
- Hot Water
Ok, now that you’ve got all your ingredients together you’re ready to bake!
How to make this baked donut recipe from scratch?
- First thing first (always!!) pre-heat your oven 😉
- Mix all the dry ingredients.
- Next, mix in the sour cream, egg and vanilla and mix just until combined.
- Then you’ll gradually add in the oil.
- Next you’ll want to transfer the batter into a piping bag: my favorite way to do that in by placing the piping bag into a tall glass and open the bag. Pour the batter straight into the bag (in the cup) and lift the bag out of the glass. Only when you’re ready to pipe you can cut the tip off the bag.
- Pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan.
- Bake and cool before glazing!
- Once cooled and removed from the pan, use the back of a large piping tip to make the donut holes more prominent (see photos below).
How to store baked donuts?
Whenever I develop recipes I like to test how to store them and make sure it works, before I tell you to… These baked donuts did not last very long during my “test” because the kids wanted to eat them all right away 🤣!
But I did test them over night and I’m happy to report that they stayed fresh in an airtight container on the counter.
Can you freeze baked donuts?
Yes! This easy baked donut recipe freezes really well, but I recommend freezing them before glazing. The glaze can be prepared in under 5 minutes, so it is best to prepare right before serving and glaze the defrosted donuts.
Looking for more easy recipes?
You’ll want to check these out:
Easy Baked Donut Recipe with Chocolate Glaze
- Donut Pan
- Piping Bag or Large zip top bag
For the Donuts
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup canola oil
For the Chocolate Glaze
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon oil
- 2-4 Tablespoons hot water
- Colored Sprinkles as desired
Make the Donuts
- Pre-heat oven to 350°. Spray 2 donut pans with non-stick baking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
- Add egg, sour cream and vanilla and mix until just combined.
- Gradually pour in oil while mixing to combine.
- Transfer the batter to a piping bag or a large zip top bag. Cut the bottom corner off only when ready to pipe.
- Pipe the batter into the donut pans filling about ¾ of the way to the top.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until the donuts are baked through. Let cool before taking out of the pan.
Make the Chocolate Glaze
- In a small mixing bowl mix all the ingredients together adding hot water as needed to get to get a spreadable consistency, not too thick, but not too thin.
- If it became too thin add a teaspoon at a time of confectioners sugar until you reach desired consistency.
Decorate the Donuts
- When the donuts are completely cool, carefully remove from the pan.
- Using the back of a large piping tip cut out the circle of the donuts to make them look more like donuts.
- Using a spoon spread chocolate glaze on the donuts and immediately top with sprinkles.
- Happy Baking!