Easy baked donuts are a perfect weekend breakfast for your family. In addition to being simple to make, it’s also so easy to change the flavor of these donuts to suit your family’s taste.
Doughnuts or donuts? Which way do you spell it? I’ve spelled it both ways and have to stop and think a few seconds every time I type it.
These are some of the questions that go through my head each time: Is doughnut the formal spelling and donut is more common but actually slang? Will it look like I’m a grammar snob if I use doughnut? Does it seem unprofessional if use donut? Wait, if I’m using the word doughnut in an email can there really be anything professional about it?
Most of the time I keep these nonsense questions in my head. But sometimes if my husband is
unfortunate lucky enough to be around, I’ll voice these thoughts. I know he feels absolutely tortured but will still patiently endure it and give me his opinion.
No matter how you spell it, these easy baked donuts are so simple to make and I love that you can easily change up the flavors. I originally found this recipe for lemon donuts on Barbara Bakes after I bought my first set of donut pans and was in search of an easy baked donuts recipe.
The flavor of the donuts can be changed up in three different ways. The first is the flavor of yogurt that you use, the second is your add-in to the batter, such as fruit, and the third is your frosting or glaze. I’ve included a strawberry, blueberry, and chocolate frosted option, but you can easily change it up and try other flavors.
For the chocolate frosted donuts, I simply used a vanilla flavored yogurt, did not have an add-in, and used a simple chocolate frosting. The blueberry option was made using blueberry flavored yogurt, frozen blueberries for the add-in, and a simple powdered sugar and milk glaze.
The strawberry flavored donuts were made using a vanilla flavored yogurt and chopped fresh strawberries for the add-in. I definitely could have used a strawberry flavored yogurt in the batter but since vanilla is what I had on hand that is what I used. To up the strawberry flavor I smashed up a couple of strawberries and added them to the powdered sugar and milk glaze.
If you want to remove the centers of the donuts, use the cap from a small bottle as your donut hole cutter. I used the cap to my vanilla extract bottle. It’s the perfect size to cut the donut holes. And in the interest of cleaning as you go and quality control, just eat the donut holes as you remove them. No need to let those go to waste and they’re so small the calories barely count!
If you try any other flavors, please share!
Easy Baked Donuts
The flavor of these donuts can be easily customized by changing the flavor of the yogurt, add-in, or frosting/glaze.
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1 egg
- 6 oz. greek yogurt, flavored or vanilla
- 1/3 c. oil
- 1/3 c. milk
- 1/2-3/4 c. add-ins, such as finely diced fruit or chocolate chips, optional
Glaze (if using)
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 1-2 T. milk
- 1-2 T. smashed fruit for additional flavor, optional
Chocolate Frosting (if using)
- 3/4 c. chocolate chips, melted according to directions on package
- 2-3 T. milk, add slowly until desired consistency
Preheat oven to 325.
In a medium bowl, mix together all dry ingredients for donut batter. If using fruit add-in, make sure the fruit is well dried and toss in with dry ingredients mixture.
In a small bowl, mix together all wet ingredients for donut batter.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, gently fold together just until combined.
Divide batter among 12 lightly greased donut cups. You can scoop the batter into each, but I like to load the batter into a freezer bag, cut the tip about 1/2 inch wide and pipe the batter into the pans.
Bake for 10-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the donuts comes out clean.
Let cool a few minutes before removing from pan. After removing from pan, let cool at least 5 more minutes before glazing or frosting.
Adapted from this recipe at Barbara Bakes
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