Lighten Up with Baked Donuts

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New Year’s resolutions are in full force, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your favorite comfort foods. When you bake donuts instead of frying them, the result is light, delicate and much healthier than traditional fried versions. Our pan creates miniature versions — even better for portion control (or for trying more than one topping)!


The pan is simple to use: just pour in the batter and pop it in the oven. Since the wells are small for mini donuts, you may want to use a batter dispenser or piping bag for precision.


Follow the recipe below to try them yourself, choosing either a glaze or cinnamon-sugar topping. Better yet, top half of the donuts with each for variety! These are the perfect treat for a cozy winter morning — all of the classic fresh-baked flavor, with none of the guilt.


Baked Donuts


1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¾ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg

¼ cup buttermilk

¼ cup milk

6 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened

½ cup sugar

1 egg

Glaze, recipe follows

Cinnamon-sugar, recipe follows


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the wells of the donut pan.


In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. In a measuring cup, combine the buttermilk and milk. Set aside.


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and beat until combined.


Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat on low speed just until blended. Pour in 1/3 of the buttermilk-milk mixture and beat just until blended. Repeat, beating after each addition just until blended.


Pour a scant 1 Tbs. of batter into each well of the donut pan. Bake, rotating the pan midway, until a toothpick inserted in the donut comes out clean, about 8 minutes. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.


Clean and dry the pan and repeat with the remaining batter. When the donuts have cooled, place the donuts top-side down into the glaze and transfer to a parchment-paper lined baking sheet, unglazed-side down.


If the cinnamon-sugar topping is preferred, toss the donuts in the mixture while still warm before transferring to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Makes 24 baked donuts.


For the Glaze:


1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 ½ Tbs. whole milk


Place the confectioner’s sugar and milk in a small mixing bowl and whisk until combined.


For the Cinnamon-Sugar:

½ cup granulated sugar

1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon


Place the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together to combine.

8 comments about “Lighten Up with Baked Donuts

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  2. Sara

    My 3 year old and I LOVE to make these, and they are the perfect size! Although I would love to get the recipe for the chocolate glaze pictured here…

  3. RobbieLee

    Thank to for this recipe. I’m currently elbows deep in making this for the first time and noticed the ingredient list calls for one egg, however the instructions say to “add the eggs one at a time.” I wasn’t sure if there should be more eggs than one.

    Thank you,

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