Baked Vanilla Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

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Delicious baked Vanilla Donuts have hints of vanilla and are topped off with a milk chocolate glaze and sprinkles on top for the perfect sweet breakfast.
 
A platter with six chocolate glazed donuts with sprinkles on top.
 
I am not a huge fan of donuts.   Whenever someone brings them into to work I almost always pass because they just aren’t my thing.
 
My husband on the other hand loves a good donut.    When I first started out making donuts I was going to try a fried donut but that sounded messy and like a huge waste of oil.

What are Donuts?

Donuts, also spelled as doughnuts, are a type of fried dough that is popular in many countries. They are typically sweet, deep-fried, and are often ring-shaped with a hole in the middle.  Donuts can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert.  They come in all different flavors, can have a cream or fruit filling in the middle, and can be glazed and have sprinkles on top.

Twelve years ago I bought my first donut pan so that I could try to make baked donuts.  I found that baked donuts have less fat, are smaller than traditional donuts, and they are pretty easy to make. 

Since then I’ve made a lot of baked donuts.  In the fall I love my homemade Apple Cider Donuts with Pecan Sugar Topping.  Summer time calls for Baked Lemon Sunrise Donuts with a fun swirled glaze on top.  Red Velvet Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze are perfect for special occasions.  Pumpkin Donuts with Autumn Spiced Sugar are a favorite in the colder months.

These Baked Vanilla Donuts were one of the first donuts I ever made.   I’ve changed the recipe several times and it just keeps getting better and better.

The donuts are topped off with melted milk chocolate.  Then I like to use sprinkles or a chocolate drizzle to decorate them.

Can I use a different type of chocolate for the glaze?

You can use whatever type of chocolate you’d like.  I prefer milk chocolate for the donuts but dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate would work as well.  Since it’s a vanilla donut you could even get crazy and melt peanut butter chips or cinnamon chips and dip your donuts in that.

A donut pan with 6 donuts in it.

Ingredients:

  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • unsalted butter (you can also use salted if you prefer)
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • buttermilk (or you can use regular whole milk)
  • milk chocolate chips or pieces

To make the donuts preheat the oven to 425 degrees and spray a donut pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  In a large bowl combine the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix well.

Can I add a different flavor to the donuts?

Instead of vanilla extract you can use almond extract, lemon extract, or orange extract to give the donuts a different flavor.  Almond and orange donuts can keep the chocolate glaze but I would put a vanilla glaze on top of a lemon donut. 

Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.  Pour in the milk and mix until combined.  Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until the batter is smooth. 

Place the batter into a piping bag (I prefer disposible so I can just toss) or a zip top baggie.   Cut off the end and pipe the batter into the donut pan filling each hole 2/3 of the way full.  If you have a little more than 2/3 of the way full it will be fine.

A plate with baked donuts on top.

Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the top of the donuts springs back when it is poked.  They tops of the donuts will not be brown.  This is ok as you will be glazing the top.  The bottom side should be brown.

Pop the donuts out of the pan and cool completely on a wire rack.  Once the donuts are cool place the chocolate in a heat safe bowl and heat in the microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each heating, until the chocolate is melted.

Dip the top half of the donut into the chocolate and place it back on the wire rack.  Top with sprinkles if desired. 

I like to match the sprinkles to my theme so if it’s Valentine’s Day I go with red and white, for Christmas I do red and green, and 4th of July I go with red, white, and blue sprinkles.  

A white platter of chocolate glazed donuts.

These cake donuts puffed up and looked amazing.  I could smell the vanilla. The donuts were delicious on their own without any glaze.

The chocolate glaze added a whole other dimension to these donuts.  Both my husband and I really enjoyed the flavor and the texture of these donuts.  Plus, I like that they are better for me and I can control the ingredients!

How do you store these donuts?

Store the donuts in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.  The donuts are best eaten within 24 hours of baking them.  

Pin Image:   Text title, a platter with 5 chocolate glazed donuts with a colored chocolate drizzle on top.
 
 

 

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A platter with six chocolate glazed donuts with sprinkles on top.

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Bake up a batch of sweet vanilla donuts topped with milk chocolate glaze
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 16 donuts
Author: Hezzi-D

Ingredients

  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c. buttermilk milk
  • 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips or discs

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl mix together the butter and sugar.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well to combine.
  • Add half the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the milk and stir until combined.
  • Add remaining dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
  • Pour the donut batter into a piping bag or a zip top baggie. Cut off the end and pipe the donut batter into the donut pan filling it about 2/3 of the way full.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes or until the top of the donut springs back when touched.
  • Remove from oven. Remove from donut pan and cool on a wire rack.
  • Place the chocolate in a heat safe bowl. Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each heating, until the chocolate is melted.
  • Dip the top of each donut into the chocolate and place back on the wire rack. Sprinkle the top with sprinkles if desired.
  • Let the donuts sit for 15 minutes so that the chocolate hardens.

Notes

A Hezzi-D Original recipe
A platter with six chocolate glazed donuts on it.

7 Comments

  1. This is one of my favorites, too! A classic and like you said…you can eat 3 and still feel less guilt than from eating one regular donut! 🙂

  2. These look incredible! My husband LOVES donuts, and I would feel a whole lot better giving him these than the fried version. You are inspiring me to go out and buy a donut pan 🙂

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