Baked Vanilla Donuts

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I’m sure I’ve talked about my feelings on donuts.  I’m not a huge donut fan.   I just don’t think they are worth the calories.  Occasionally I go to a gourmet place that has really fun and fancy donuts and I’m sold on those but that is a rarity.   I’m usually the girl passing by the donuts to look for something else.

Love donuts but hate the calories? Try these Baked Vanilla Donuts with a Vanilla Glaze and Sprinkles for a healthier donut!

The only exception to this rule is with baked donuts.  I make a lot of baked donuts at home.  They are much healthier then fried donuts and I think they have a much better flavor. I’ve made a lot of different flavors and tend to make them on holidays as a treat for my donut loving husband.

Everything you need to make Baked Vanilla Donuts with sprinkles!

Last weekend I was in the mood for something sweet in the morning and we didn’t have anything that I wanted.  After debating on what to make I thought I’d make some donuts.  I didn’t want anything crazy so I just went with a basic vanilla donut with a donut glaze.   The fun part came in with the sprinkles.  I had these neon sprinkles that added a lot of color to the donuts.

The dough for these donuts is just a basic cake dough.  There’s vanilla extract in it but I think next time I’d put a bit of vanilla bean in it as well.  In order to bake these you will need a donut pan.   The first time I looked at my donut pan I thought, “Is this it?”  It looks really small but trust me, the donut size is just right once they are cooked.

Bake up a batch of these homemade Vanilla Donuts for breakfast!

Once these donuts were baked I put them on a rack to cool while I made the vanilla glaze.   I dipped the donuts into the glaze and placed them on a wire rack.  I let them drip for a minute and then dipped them into the colorful sprinkles and set them on the wire rack again.

How fun are these Baked Vanilla Donuts with vanilla glaze and sprinkles?

These donuts are awesome.   They have a light vanilla flavor from the donuts and the glaze.  The sprinkles brighten them up and add a bit of texture.  Kids would love to help make these and then help eat these.  They are great for breakfast or even snack time.

Love donuts but hate the calories? Try these Baked Vanilla Donuts with a Vanilla Glaze and Sprinkles for a healthier donut!

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A delicious vanilla donut topped with vanilla glaze and colorful sprinkles.


For the donuts:

  • 1 1/3 c. flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the glaze:

  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Colorful sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Pray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, milk, sour cream, and egg. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Add in the butter and vanilla and mix well.
  4. Put the batter into a zip top baggie and cut off the end. Pipe the batter into the donut pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 2 minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
  6. In a small bowl combine the milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Whisk until combined.
  7. Dip the donuts into the glaze and set back on the wire rack for 1 minute.
  8. Take the donuts and dip into a plateful of the sprinkles and place back on the wire rack to allow excess to drip off.


Recipe adapted from Deliciously Sprinkled

Have trouble getting your kids to eat breakfast? They'll run to the table for these Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze and fun Sprinkles!

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