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 the colors and would like to eat 3 or 5 please

  2. Beautiful donut recipe…my kids would go crazy for these. Pinning as well.

  3. They look so beautiful, I wouldn’t dare to eat them not to spoil them! Fantastic colors!

  4. Wow! These donuts look perfectly baked and delicious! My little princess will go crazy for these pink donuts!

  5. Oh wow! They might be the most beautiful donuts I have ever seen. I love the colours.

  6. Baked doughnuts are so great! This recipe looks delicious, and I love the colors you used for the glaze!

  7. OMG, I have never seen such pretty donuts, nicely done!

  8. They are so pretty! The pictures look like they’re from a magazine πŸ™‚ And I bet they’re tasty, too.

  9. Those colors are so pretty and they are making me so happy. I am one of those people who doesn’t own a donut pan! :(. I will buy it this weekend and make your recipe.

  10. Wow, how beautiful they are! I can’t wait to try them, my son’s been asking me for this kind of donuts for weeks now, I suppose it’s time! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Just made these today with my daughter. They were a huge hit to where she ate 3 of them before we ever got around to glazing them and then she had to many to even count since we glazed them.

  12. How many does this make?

  13. Decided to make these for a school event so doubled the recipe – whoops didn’t have enpugh AP Flour so topped up about 1/3 cup with SR Flour, almost forgot to double the milk and egg. Also I was running low on milk so replaced with unsweetened almond milk … huge potential for failure but the donuts came out PERFECT! Will be my goto donut recipe, thanks!

  14. Just put it in oven. Excited. Let’s see it works or not

    • Best donuts.

      I have tried many recipes but this is the best. Just add more vanilla essence inside. Otherwise measurements are perfect.

      Thankyou so much for sharing. I wish there would be an option to post pic as well.

      • Hi Tooba! I am so glad you loved this recipe, thank you for your feedback.

        You can share the picture on Instagram and tag it #aseasyasapplepie or send it to me via email. I would love to see them. πŸ™‚

  15. I had never made donuts before and looked all over for a simple recipe. I found yours and gave it a try. Really great donuts and easy to make. I substituted egg and dairy with soy milk, soy butter and egg replacer and they turned out fabulous.

  16. Theses were the BEST I’ve made!! Thank you for posting!

  17. My kids and I wanted to try making donuts and I was looking for something without vegetable oil. These were fantastic! Unfortunately when I went to make the Frosting we had no powdered sugar. So the glaze I made was okay but definitely next time where I’m going to make sure I powdered sugar. Excellent donut! Kid approved!

  18. These are absolutely wonderful! I have changed out the vanilla extract for maple and my family loves them. We are going to Lemon next.

  19. Hi can i use fresh milk instead?

  20. Just made these today and they are fantastic! Thank you for a great recipe. Love that they dont make a huge amount of leftovers. So light and fluffy. I think i might switch to making these instead of getting them from a local bakery , so yummy

  21. What brand and size of donut pan do you recommend?

  22. Can you use 2 percent milk? These donuts look so good my son will love them!

  23. Hi! Can these donuts be frozen for a later time?

  24. Hiii what is d name of d pink colours u he used…its sooo pretty

  25. Perfect donuts! I used 1/2 cup less sugar than in the recipe and it turned out perfect. I used the Ziploc as a piping bag and it helped speed things along and made less of a mess! I made a glaze and put sprinkles on half of the batch – I ended up with 18 donuts all together!

  26. Excellent recipe! Turned out fabulous and I had to use an egg substitute for allergies. My kids loved them. I’ve tried many donut recipes. Thank you for a keeper!

  27. The donuts look fabulous! Could I use the same batter recipe in a donut maker instead of baking them in the oven?

  28. Thanks for the yummy simple recipe! I decided to try it based on reviews and donuts are just out of the oven and look great. Looking forward to putting glaze on top. I’m doing a test run for my daughter’s 1st birthday and plan to hang them on a donut board πŸ™‚

  29. Great recipe – thanks! Made these for my kids today, best baked donuts ever!Β 

  30. I just made these and They are sooooooo good!! =) My husband and son love them as well. Curious on how much cocoa powder would I add to make chocolate donuts?? Thanks!! =)

    • I am so glad your family loved these donuts, Sabrina!
      To make chocolate donuts, you can try replacing 1/4 of the flour with cocoa powder (3/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder). Let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

  31. These came out absolutely fab!! The donut isn’t too sweet and balances well with the icing. I did add a few more tablespoons to get a thicker frosting (per personable preference).I also added some lemon juice and zest to half of the frosting recipe for some lemon vanilla frosting. Delicious!Β 

  32. Can I use cake flour instead?

  33. Ciao, Elena
    I am writing this as my daughter is eating donuts. She’s been pestering me for a while to make them but I was unsure about frying them and waiting hours for yeast to grow.
    I saw your recipe this morning and I said let’s try…
    She loves them..barely got them and already ate half…no glaze, nothing.
    I don’t usually comment on blogs but this this I had to. There was a nice feeling being on your website, then I saw you are italian πŸ˜€
    Would this be what in Italy is called, Ciambelle?

    Have a great day!

  34. Can anyone comment on substituting egg for applesauce?Β 

  35. Hi, would cinnamon sugar stick to the doughnuts instead of a glaze? Β Thinking about making doughnut holes in a mini muffin tin. Β Thanks!

  36. How much nutmeg and/or cinnamon would you recommend to add to this recipe?

  37. These look amazing! I’d love to make tomorrow morning for Christmas breakfast but just realized I only have regular butter, not unsalted. Thoughts on whether this will be ok?

  38. Great recipe and very yummy!
    Is there any way to add some coco powder to make them chocolate without drying out the doughnut batter?

  39. Absolutely delicious. I love the vanilla. I took it a step further and added a bit of shredded coconut.

    The only thing is that my glaze came out nearly sheer πŸ™ I was so excited to have pink donuts for Valentine’s Day but they’re just dough-coloured now. Does anyone have any recommendations for perfecting the glaze?

    • Victoria, did you wait until the donuts were completely cool? Also, make sure the glaze has the right consistency. If it’s too watery, add more powered sugar

  40. Hi Elena,

    Thank you for this! They look delicious and I can’t wait to try them out. May I check how long can they be stored for?

  41. This was great for my baking class! Thank you so much!!

  42. These were delicious!! My kids were upset when I told them I would be making donuts instead of buying them for breakfast (we *may* have had a few failed experiments in the past :p). But they could not stop raving about these – said they were “The BEST Ever” and demolished them almost as fast as I could get them out of the oven. They were as fast as pancakes, much easier for me to make, and totally delicious! Thanks for this!!

  43. I loved them! Β They tasted delicious and looked amazing with pink icing. My husband Noah loved it! Thank you for publishing this recipe!Β 

  44. Looks great. Can you use whole milk instead of skin milk?

  45. The glazed turned out too runny but the donut was great.Β 

  46. Donuts are amazing. Can almond extract be used instead of vanilla?

  47. How many donuts does this recipe make?

  48. Can this recipe be doubled?

  49. Why do you add wet to dry? I’ve never heard it done that way.Β 

  50. I tried this recipe today but my donuts were flat. What Happened??

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