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This Baked Donut Recipe is fluffy, moist, and everything you dream about in a donut from your favorite donut shop. Made with a classic old-fashioned donut dough and covered in a sweet chocolate glaze, and sprinkles. 

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Is there anything better in the morning than a warm donut? You can easily bake a batch yourself without busting out the deep fryer, creating lightened up homemade baked donuts. I use Greek yogurt in this recipe that makes these donuts extra fluffy.  You get the same flavors as a classic fried donut, without any grease! 

These make a fun and easy treat for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or any occasion. Made with an extremely easy mixture, that resembles a classic cake-like, old-fashioned donut that’s lighter and fluffy. I topped these donuts with a chocolate icing but you can use any icing flavor you prefer. 

If you’re looking for sweet and homemade Valentine’s Day breakfast ideas, these baked donuts are perfect. You can easily box these up in a mini bakery boxes as gifts for teachers, friends, party favors, or just because. 

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INGREDIENTS

  • Flour: all-purpose works best with this recipe. You could also use whole-wheat flour if you wanted a healthier option. 
  • Baking powder +  baking soda: makes the donuts rise and get a fluffy texture.
  • Salt: enhances the sweet flavors.
  • Ground nutmeg: this is a key ingredient and absolutely needed. You only need a small amount but the flavor goes a long way and gives these donuts their distinctive “old-fashioned” flavor.
  • Eggs: binds the donut dough together.
  • Brown sugar + granulated sugar: adds the perfect combination of sweetness. 
  • Milk: whole, low-fat, or non-fat will work. The more fat, the more flavor the donuts will have.
  • Yogurt: either Greek plain or vanilla flavors yogurt will work. This will make the donuts extra fluffy and light.
  • Butter: unsalted is best so you could control the salt. 
  • Oil: canola or vegetable oil works great.
  • Vanilla extract: enhances the flavors. 
  • Chocolate chips: you could use either milk or semisweet chocolate chips. I use semisweet because the bitterness compliments the sweetness of the donuts.
  • Sprinkles: for fun, you can use any sprinkle colors that you prefer. Switch up the sprinkles for different holidays and occasions. 

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HOW TO MAKE BAKED DONUTS

PREHEAT OVEN. Grease donut pans with butter or nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
 
MIX DRY INGREDIENTS. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
 
MIX WET INGREDIENTS. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugars until combined. Add the milk, butter, oil, yogurt, and vanilla extract and mix again.
 
POUR WET INGREDIENTS INTO DRY MIXTURE. Fold the ingredients together, just until combined. The batter will be thick and it’s ok if there are a few lumps.
 
FILL DONUT CAVITIES. Fill 3/4 way full by using either a pastry bag/ziplock bag, cut off a corner and pipe the batter into each donut cup. You could also spoon the batter into the donut cups but using a bag will help create a neater look.
 
BAKE. For 10-11 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of donuts comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
 
MAKE CHOCOLATE GLAZE. In the meantime, you can make the chocolate glaze, in a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, milk, and vanilla extract. Melt in 30-second intervals, storing in-between each interval until smooth and melted.
 
GLAZE DONUTS AND LET COOL. Dip each donut in the chocolate glaze, top with sprinkles, and place on cooling rack to set. 

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HOW TO BAKE DONUTS WITHOUT DONUT PAN

I highly recommend using a donut pan for a perfect round donut shape and they are fairly inexpensive. However, you can definitely do without them for this recipe. 

Use a regular or jumbo muffin pan. Roll small sheets of foil into cylinders and add to the centers, make sure the rolled foil is tall enough and is taller than the muffin pan. This will help form the “donut shape”.  The length should be around the size of your index finger. 

Grease the muffin pan and foil cylinders before adding the donut batter. 

Put the donut batter in a pastry bag or large ziplock bag, just make a cut in the corner. Squeeze the batter in a circle around the foil and bake accordingly to the recipe. 

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RECIPE VARIATIONS

Since this donut batter is similar to a plain old-fashioned donut, you can easily customize the flavors and donut toppings. 

Chocolate donuts: add 2-3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to the recipe for an extra chocolate flavor. 

Vanilla donuts: instead of a chocolate glaze, top the donuts with a vanilla bean icing instead. 

Spiced donuts: add a few dashes of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or gingerbread spice, for a warm, spiced flavor. 

Funfetii donuts: add 1/3 cup of rainbow jimmies to the donut batter. 

Chocolate chip donuts: add 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips to the donut batter.

Peanut butter donuts: top the donuts with a peanut butter icing and peanut butter chips or mini Reese’s peanut butter cups.

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TIPS

  • Use a pastry bag or ziplock bag to fill the donut pan for an easier fill. You could also use a spoon or ziplock bag.
  • Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature. This will help the ingredients come together, creating fluffier donuts.
  • Be sure not to over-mix the batter, a few lumps are perfectly fine.
  • Make these baked donuts into mini baked donuts by baking them in a mini donut pan.
  • Switch the glaze for different flavors such as vanilla, lemon, strawberry, powdered sugar, mocha, etc.
  • Use different sprinkles for different occasions. Rainbow sprinkles for a birthday, red and green sprinkles for Christmas, etc.

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THIS BAKED DONUT RECIPE IS

  • Fun to bake for any occasion, holiday, or anytime you want freshly baked donut!
  • Easy enough for kids to help make- let them dip the donuts in the icing or add sprinkles of their choice.
  • So delicious, it will satisfy just about any donut craving.
  • Fluffy, cake-like, moist, and has that nostalgic old-fashioned donut flavor. 
  • Quick to make. You can make these from start to finish in less than 30 minutes. 

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Both adults and kids of all ages will fall in love with each bite. Not only are these baked donuts a healthier alternative, they take much less time to make than a traditional fried donut. 

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LEFTOVERS & STORAGE

I always recommend enjoying these donuts the same day for the best flavor and freshness. 

Store any leftovers in a single layer so the glaze doesn’t stick. You can either store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or on the counter in a cool area for up to 4 days.

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Baked Donuts

This Baked Donut Recipe is fluffy, moist, and everything you dream about in a donut from your favorite donut shop. Made with a classic old-fashioned donut dough and covered in a sweet chocolate glaze, and sprinkles. This recipe could be customized by adding flavors and adding your favorite donut glaze and toppings!
4.45 from 18 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chocolate donuts, baked donuts, valentine's day treats
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16 donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt; vanilla or plain flavored
  • 2 Tbsp. butter; melted
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 1/2-2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • sprinkles; optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease donut pans with butter or nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugars until combined. Add the milk, butter, oil, yogurt, and vanilla extract and mix again.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and fold the ingredients together, just until combined. The batter will be thick and it's ok if there are a few lumps.
  • Fill donut cavities 3/4 way full by using either a pastry bag/ziplock bag, cut off a corner and pipe the batter into each donut cup. You could also spoon the batter into the donut cups but using a bag will help create a neater look.
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of donuts comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  • In the meantime you can make the chocolate glaze, in a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, milk and vanilla extract. Melt in 30-second intervals, storing in-between each interval until smooth and melted.
  • Dip each donut in the chocolate glaze, top with sprinkles, and place on cooling rack to set. Enjoy!
  • It's best to enjoy the donuts the same day since they are so fresh. They will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator or a cool area covered or in an airtight container.
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  1. 5 stars
    Very delicious. Love the extra fluff from the Greek yogurt (great that it makes them a tad healthier, too). Will make again for Valentine’s day breakfast!