Vanilla Glazed Baked Donuts

 Six vanilla glazed baked donuts on a black tray

Is there anything better than a warm glazed donut?

These vanilla glazed baked donuts are super simple to whip up. All you need is a couple of mixing bowls, a whisk and a donut pan. If you don’t own one, you need to get one ASAP. You can have fresh baked donuts in less than 20 minutes and are healthier than the fried ones. Plus they are so pretty, they will definitely bring a smile to your face!

I like to use a pastry bag to pour the batter into the donut pan but you can also use a spoon or ziplock bag. Cut a hole in one corner and pipe the batter into the pan. Be careful not to overfill the pan cavities or the holes in the middle will close up. 

These donuts are dipped in a thick, decadent vanilla glaze and topped with sprinkles. The glaze is very easy,  just powdered sugar, some milk, and a touch of vanilla. If you want to cut down on calories, you could omit the glaze. But why would you want to do that? 😉

Vanilla glazed baked donuts are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or to take along to any get together. They are best when eaten the same day but can be covered and stored at room temperature up to 2 days. You can freeze unglazed donuts for up to 2 months.


Six vanilla glazed baked donuts on a black tray
5 from 68 votes
Vanilla Glazed Baked Donuts
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Author: As Easy As Apple Pie
Course: Breakfast

Vanilla Glazed Baked Donuts: soft and delicious baked donuts, dipped in a thick vanilla glaze and topped with sprinkles. 

For the donuts:
  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (70 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup+1 1/2 tablespoon (100 ml) skim milk feel free to use full fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the vanilla glaze:
  • 1/2 cup (80 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small pinch salt
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons milk
  • Optional: food coloring and sprinkles
  1. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F).
  2. Spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, milk, butter and vanilla extract.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until no flour bits remain and all the ingredients are well combined. Try not to over-mix the batter.
  6. Spoon the batter into the donut cavities or use a large ziplock bag. Cut a corner off the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into each donut cavity, filling 3 ∕ 4 of the way full.
  7. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and transfer the donuts onto a wire rack until cool enough to handle but still warm.

Make the glaze.
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of milk, and whisk to combine. If the glaze is too thick, add additional milk, 1/2 teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  3. Add food coloring if you wish.
  1. Dip the warm donuts in the vanilla glaze, return to the wire rack, and immediately top with sprinkles. Allow glaze to set at room temperature for about 30 minutes before stacking or serving.

  2. Enjoy these delicious vanilla glazed baked donuts!
Calories: 189, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 211mg, Carbohydrates: 35g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Protein: 3g

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Vanilla glazed baked donuts on a cooling rack and a bottle of milk in the background

191 comments on “Vanilla Glazed Baked Donuts”

  1. i love this recipe since it’s easy but I’ve made them twice already and i always end up with flat donuts on top even after i leave them on the pan to cool 🙁 what am i doing wrong?

  2. Very easy and tasty. I used lemon extract instead of vanilla because I made lemon curd and wanted to put that on top. 

  3. I am having a hard time getting the donuts baked… is 175 a typo? Is it supposed to be 375? After 10 minutes at 175 the batter is raw. 🙁

  4. Best and easiest baked donut recipe that I’ve tried (and there have been many). Light and fluffy. I doubled the recipe (used 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp baking soda) and they turned out great. 

  5. Delicious and easy!! Plan to make the glaze thicker next time so it looks more like the pic and less like a glaze, but will definitely reuse this

  6. Very easy to make! I didn’t have milk thus substitute almond milk, 30 calories version. Used cinnamon and sugar for the topping. Brushed with butter first, then dipped into the cinnamon and sugar. Very yummy!

  7. I’ve used this recipe several times now with gluten free flour and it’s turned out wonderfully. I think any 1-1 gf baking flour would work, but our favorite is the Domata brand. 

  8. I made these donuts and they were delicious. My first time making donuts. Followed the recipe, so easy. Will definitely make again.

  9. Such an easy and delicious recipe, thank you! Used Oat milk for the dairy substitute, my CMP allergy child has never had a donut before today, now I’ll be making them all the time. Going to try cinnamon coating next. Do you think the would freeze well without the glaze? Thanks again

  10. The donuts were so good! I used gluten free flour and they still tasted amazing! Sometimes when u bake other gluten free food it tastes different. I will definitely make these again!

  11. Pretty simple, I will tweek with a bit of almond extract next time, cook them a minute or two longer and put less sugar in the glaze to thicken it, forgot to grease pan still came out perfect. I also cut the ziplock a bit bigger than I should’ve. Live and learn. 

  12. Have you ever tried adding fruit (I’m thinking blueberries) or pumpkin to this recipe? I love it as is for my little dude who has nut and seed allergies. These were the first doughnuts he’s ever had! Thank you!

  13. Just made some. Fantastic recipe, quick and easy.
    Im going to have to try making different flavours, chocolate, ginger, and lemon all spring to mind.

  14. Definitely a new favorite for our house! I double the recipe and they turned out perfect! Mine did need to bake a few minutes longer than the recommended time but obviously every oven is different

  15. Made these donuts several times, as written, then adding a few grates of fresh nutmeg! They are so good, and always bake perfectly and look perfect! I make vanilla, chocolate, strawberry glaze and add lots of sprinkles for my “kids”. I’ve also dipped tops into melted butter, then cinnamon and sugarThese are my go to recipe and I have tried others!
    Delicious and well loved by family!

  16. Very pleased!  I’ve been really making lots of different baked donuts and they just are not good… this recipe is better than Ina’s! I always read the reviews for troubleshooting help but no one has had an issue!  Pretty amazing…

  17. I made these tonight after dinner.  My husband told me these were the best cake donuts he ever tasted.  That’s a five star recipe!!!

  18. This is hands down my new go to donut recipe. They came out so light and fluffy!

  19. Great recipe, thank you. Needed to cook mine a few minutes longer.

  20. Just made these and they were great!

  21. These were so easy to make and absolutely delicious. Highly recommend <3

  22. I love the recipe and love to bake with my mom you are the best.

  23. These were really good. I’ve made a few different donut recipes over the last little while and these were by far the most pleasant cake donuts. I’ve yet to find a glaze that’s really knocked my socks off yet though. I have a smaller, pampered chef donut pan and I made 9 and over filled it a little. Also didn’t let my butter cool enough before mixing it with the egg but this recipe was very forgiving. Will make again. 

  24. Turned out beautifully! I baked around 80 for my daughters 2nd birthday, very quick and easy!

  25. These were a favorite and SO easy for my granddaughter and I to make (with a donut pan, of course. However, dipping in the glaze while warm – the glaze just soaked into the donuts and ended up being sticky on top. I would recommend letting them cool completely and then dipping in royal icing/putting sprinkles on.

  26. My new favorite baked donut recipe! Thanks

  27. Excellent recipe. It was my first time making donuts at home and it was a big hit with my boys. A big thank you!

  28. This recipe was amazing, i differently recommend. Since i have a small pan i got 2 batches.

  29. Such a straight forward and easy recipe to follow! I used oat milk and vegan butter to turn these into a dairy free version and it worked perfectly. They slipped out of the pan (which is a big plus for me) and they are so light and fluffy! In love. Thank you for this recipe.

  30. I made these this morning and I think it will be my go-to donut recipe. The thing I was worried about was that it was not enough. It did only result in 7 donuts but I guess that’s a good quantity because it’s pretty quick to make more when I run out. It might be sacrilege but I didn’t make the vanilla glaze and just used a can of Betty Crocker frosting. Excellent recipe, 5 stars.

  31. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I made some doughnuts. Turned out fine and everybody loved it

  32. These look amazing. What is the go to donut pan that You use?

  33. We love this recipe! We made them for Christmas morning. It took some practice to fill the mini donut pan the right amount, but our second batch was perfect. The texture of these donuts is so close to fried donuts I don’t think we will ever go back!

  34. These doughnuts are so easy to make for how well they turn out!  I have made this recipe with my 2 year old granddaughter.  I like that it is easy, uses ingredients I have on hand, and never fails.  It also assembles and bakes quickly-another plus when baking with young children.  I made them this morning while FaceTiming our grandsons simultaneously making the same recipe in DC.  They love to bake and it was their first time using this recipe.  Their family thought they were great.  A wonderful way to kick off the new year amid the pandemic!  *I do substitute light brown sugar for granulated because I think it gives the baked doughnuts a better “color”.  I also add 1/8 tsp. Nutmeg. My husband is not a doughnut person, and he even likes them!  I’ve dipped them in  sprinkles, coconut, sliced almonds, chopped peppermint bark and more after frosting them.

  35. My kids love these!!! We make them often and I add blended blueberries. 

  36. When I made them they tasted like play dough… I don’t know why. I followed the recipe exactly. What did I do wrong?

    • I am genuinely surprised to hear that this well-loved recipe didn’t work for you, Lily. Unfortunately, I can’t know what you did wrong as I wasn’t with you.
      Moreover, I have never eaten play dough…so I have no idea what it tastes like!

  37. I have Chronic Kidney Disease and am restricted from eating any processed foods. Oh, I love donuts and I had not had a donut for 6 months. It was a cold day and the grandchildren and I decided to make these donuts. With all the good comments, I couldn’t afford to not make them. We were so excited watching them bake. The grandchildren were excited to glaze them and I was excited to eat them. They were a hit!! Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It allows me to enjoy my delicious home fresh donuts and be good to my kidneys at the same time. Again , thank you!!

  38. I bought some donut pans and found your recipe!
    They were delicious – definitely happy with how they turned out 🙂
    Thanks for sharing a tasty easy recipe!

  39. Thank you for the recipe! I added a bit of instant vanilla pudding for some extra flavor and ‘moisture’. They turned out great. I have tried a few other recipes and this one turned out the best!

  40. Oh My Days… my daughter and I just this second took the donuts out of the oven! Not out the glaze on yet. But we have tasted a corner and absolutely loooove it! The recipe is soooo easy to follow. Can’t wait to glaze them. Going to recommend everyone to come here and try it!!

  41. Made this recipe today and it turned out fantastic! Fluffy, delicious and pretty too, with the pink icing on. It’s the first time I’ve made baked doughnuts in my new tin, they were easy to make, didn’t get much of a look in though, as my teenage daughter and her friend wolfed most of them down hot out of the oven. Many thanks!

  42. My daughter and I just tried these this morning and they were AWESOME. Excellent replacement for fried donuts which are a lot more work, time and mess – not practical to make on a week day morning. I also live in a very high altitude area where baking is not easy and these still came out perfect. Thank you. 

  43. Amazing!! My first time making donuts, and they’re lovely. I mean, if me a 10 year old girl can make them, then anyone can!!

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