Baked Donuts with Maple Cinnamon Glaze

by Lauren

My memories of donuts are more fond than most.


Saturday mornings as a kid were always full of suspense. Will dad have his donut hat on when I waltz into the kitchen?

Sure enough, he would. The first donut hat was eventually so worn out that my brother and I decided to make him a new one for his birthday one year.

He happily wore it every Saturday morning to the donut shop, with Eric and I trailing behind.


It was brown and read, “Dad’s Donut Hat” with a picture of a sprinkled donut on it. I have vivid memories of the pure joy that hat brought us.

My dad always ordered a Chocolate Chocolate with Nuts.

My mom, without fail, needed her Buttermilk Donut fix.


Eric always ordered a plain old glazed. The only decision he had to make was, round or bar?

I, on the other hand, am Queen Indecisive and always had a new fav.

I must admit, I really only tagged along to the shop because the donut lady gave my brother and I free donut holes every time.


It was a shame when she stopped because it meant I stopped being cute enough for them.

Or perhaps I just got too old to be giving puppy dog eyes in exchange for free donut holes.

I also had tons of fun staring at the cops sitting in the shop. Even as a child I was baffled by the fact that the cop/donut myth isn’t  a myth at all.


These Maple Cinnamon Glazed Baked Donuts aren’t as great as free donut holes but they do measure up.

Not deep fried, but baked.

Healthy right? We like to think so.



Baked Donuts

Makes 6 donuts


2 cups flour, sifted

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons butter, melted


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs and butter. Beat or whisk until combined. Fill each donut 2/3 full.

Bake 7-9 minutes and let cool in pan for 4-5 minutes.

Maple Cinnamon Glaze


1 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon maple syrup

2 tablespoons milk or water


Whisk together ingredients and pour over donuts.


From the Little Yellow Kitchen,


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7 Responses to “Baked Donuts with Maple Cinnamon Glaze”

  1. I love baked donuts and the idea of that glaze just sounds too good to be true!

  2. Yay..a donut recipe! I recently got a donut pan and can’t wait to use it. That glaze looks SO good. Thanks Lauren!

  3. I’ve never made donuts – but I definitely need to try these! Love that they are baked, not fried!

  4. Pretty good. My doughnuts turned out dry for some reason. I doubled the glaze and dipped the whole doughnut in the glaze. The longer the glaze sat on the doughnut, it really helped combat the dryness of the doughnut. Next time, I’d add a little more milk.

  5. Lauren

    Extra glaze is a great addition Sarah. I always approve of more sugar 😉 Sorry they turned out dry!

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