Homemade Baked Doughnuts

LAST UPDATED: Apr 08, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jul 12, 2013 | By: Julie Blanner

These homemade baked doughnuts are the perfect sweet treat for the whole family! Easy to make and they are best served with chocolate icing and generously topped with sprinkles! Easy and fun to make, you’ll have a batch of baked doughnuts in just 20 minutes!

homemade baked doughnuts with chocolate icing on a baking sheet

This week, my friend visited from Saint Louis with her two sweet daughters and I had to make a kid favorite – chocolate iced doughnuts with sprinkles! In 20 minutes, we had a room full of smiles and chocolate moustaches.

This recipe is not only quick, but so much easier than fried doughnuts. They bake to perfection – soft and tender inside with a little crunch on the outside.

This recipe is an adaptation from Barefoot Contessa’s cinnamon baked doughnuts recipe, included in my Foolproof cookbook.

To Make Homemade Baked Doughnuts, You Will Need:

You just need a handful of simple pantry ingredients to make these delicious treats!

  • Flour: Standard all purpose flour is perfect for this recipe, use your favorite brand.
  • Sugar: Use white sugar to make these doughnuts deliciously sweet.
  • Baking powder: Baking powder increases the volume and lightens the texture of the doughnuts.
  • Salt: Adding salt brings out the sweetness in baked goods.
  • Egg and whole milk: To help bind the ingredients together and add a creaminess.
  • Vanilla extract: Use pure extract rather than imitation if you can, this delicately flavors the doughnuts.
  • Chocolate icing and sprinkles: Used to decorate the baked doughnuts.

A baked doughnut with icing and sprinkles

How to Make Homemade Baked Doughnuts – Step by Step

To see how easy these Homemade Baked Doughnuts are, watch the video below and follow the step by step instructions.

  1. Preheat and prep doughnut pans.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Combine wet ingredients. Mix dry into the wet until just combined.
  4. Spoon batter into pans.
  5. Allow doughnuts to cool. Baked doughnuts before icing
  6. Melt icing in a measuring cup until just pourable, and spoon over the doughnuts. Baked doughnuts with icing poured on top of them
  7. Add a little sprinkle and enjoy! Close up of a doughnut with icing and sprinkles on a baking sheet

How Long Do Homemade Baked Doughnuts Last?

Once you have baked your donuts, let them cool fully to room temperature. You can the store them, un-iced, in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week and decorate them before serving.

You can also store the iced donuts in the same way, just be sure to separate the layers with parchment so that the chocolate doesn’t cause the donuts to stick together.

Baked Doughnuts Versus Fried

Doughnuts are traditionally fried rather than baked. If we are out having a treat, fried doughnuts are perfect, but when it comes to making them at home, baked is absolutely the way to go.

Not only are they healthier, they are also way easier to make this way. No bubbling oil to watch, just pop them in the oven and they are ready in 15 minutes.
Iced doughnuts on a baking sheet ready to serve

How Can You Decorate Donuts At Home?

Chocolate icing and sprinkles is my favorite way to top my donuts, and so easy too! If you like, you can use a vanilla, strawberry or plain icing, they all work well with this recipe.

You can also top them with my Cream Cheese Glaze or Orange Glaze. If you are a purest, you can simply sprinkle a little sugar on to finish them off.

Top Tips To Make Homemade Baked Doughnuts

  • Don’t over mix the doughnut batter, the ingredients should be just combined. Over mixing can cause the doughnuts to become chewy rather than light and fluffy.
  • The donuts will rise when baked, so fill the molds 3/4 full so that they won’t over flow.
  • Let the doughnuts cool before pouring the icing sugar over them. If they are too warm, the icing will fall off of them rather than stick.

Overhead shot of an iced donut topped with sprinkles

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Homemade Baked Doughnuts

Julie Blanner
These homemade baked doughnuts are the perfect sweet treat for the whole family! Easy to make and they are best served with chocolate icing and generously topped with sprinkles!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 doughnuts
Calories 213 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • chocolate icing
  • sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees & spray doughnut pans.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & set aside.
  • In large mixing bowl, combine egg, milk, butter & vanilla. Mix dry into the wet until just combined.
  • Spoon batter into pans, filling just over ¾ full. Bake 15-16 minutes.

Video

Notes

  • Don't over mix the doughnut batter, the ingredients should be just combined. Over mixing can cause the doughnuts to become chewy rather than light and fluffy.
  • The donuts will rise when baked, so fill the molds 3/4 full so that they won't over flow.
  • Let the doughnuts cool before pouring the icing sugar over them. If they are too warm, the icing will fall off of them rather than stick.

Nutrition

Calories:213kcalCarbohydrates:43gProtein:3gFat:3gSaturated Fat:2gCholesterol:21mgSodium:131mgPotassium:128mgFiber:1gSugar:26gVitamin A:119IUCalcium:63mgIron:1mg
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