Sunday, May 15, 2011

Baked Donuts

 This recipe has been on my to-do list for quite sometime but I had two problems with it that kept me from doing it: 

#1 It is time consuming. Abby wakes up hungry and having to wait an hour and half for breakfast would not go over well. 
#2 It a yeast dough, which I usually don't have the patience for.

But this particular morning, Lucy woke up at 5:30 and was back to sleep for her long nap by 6:30, no one else was awake yet (unusual for us, we are very early risers), so I made a cup of coffee and decided to make the donuts.

 I didn't take pictures of the process because I was in too big a hurry to get it done before my people woke up!

Though these donuts are not necessarily healthy, it is another healthier alternative to the donut shop! 

Baked Donuts 
recipe from Cooking Creations


1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup milk (heated to 115 degrees)
1 tbsp dry active yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 stick butter, cut into 1 inch cubes


1. In a stand mixer, beat the egg and sugar on medium speed for 1 minute.

2. Add the milk, yeast, salt, and vanilla.

3. Turn the speed to low and add 2 cups flour (gradually).

4. Attach the dough hook to your mixer, and add the butter one piece at a time until smooth.

5. Add the remaining flour until the dough sticks to the hook and pulls away from the bowl.

6. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface. Cover and allow to rise for about an hour. The dough will double in size.

7. Roll out to about 1/2 inch thickness and cut out 3-inch circles (I used a coffee mug upside down). Cut a 1-inch circle out of the middle of each (I used a tiny flower cookie cutter).

8. Place donuts and donut holes on a greased cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and place on top of oven. Now turn on the oven and allow donuts to rise on top of the warm oven for 25 more minutes while the oven heats to 400.

9. Bake for 7 minutes or until golden brown.

10. Top as desired.

The donuts were delicious and Abby woke up in time to help me add the toppings.
She chose pink glaze (a couple tablespoons powdered sugar mixed with water and red food coloring) and sprinkles. I chose to brush on a little butter and dip in sugar.

Abby put a party hat on because when
sprinkles are involved, it must be a party! 

Poor little Lu can't have donuts yet so here is what
she was doing while we ate! :)

This post is linked to:
Sweet Tooth Fridays
Sweets for a Saturday
Think Pink Sundays
Sundae Scoop Link Party 
So Sweet Sundays


  1. The donuts look fab but who needs donuts when you can look at Little Lu's face?? (AND...the party hat!!! To die for!! Abby's a hoot!)

  2. I am putting some lovely cards in the mail that you won! Now you should totally send me some of these baked donuts! Just kidding! Have a great day!

  3. yum!
    and abby is right-sprinkles mean PARTY!! xo

  4. I LOVE baked donuts!

    Thanks for linking up with Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you again this week.