Baked Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Baked donuts chocolate glaze

Baked donuts, without all the fat? What’s not to like?

1.3 miles. That’s how far away the closest Target is to my house, and according to Google, it only takes 3 minutes to get there. Do you know what this means? It means I spend a ridiculous amount of time there, which probably also translates to a ridiculous amount of cash. I can pretty much buy almost everything I need there, and everything I don’t need, including a cute little 6 count donut pan!


While I was “bumming around” Target last week, trying to kill some time, I stumbled upon this cute little donut pan and had to buy it. The thought of baked donuts, without all the fat, sounded appealing to me. And when I saw that the bake time was about 10 minutes, I knew these baked donuts would be a winner in our house!

To start, I chose a basic plain donut recipe that you could adapt so many ways with different glazes and toppings. You could simply dust the donuts with powdered sugar, dip them in melted butter, and then into a cinnamon sugar mixture, or you could take the route I did and make a homemade chocolate glaze! 

I had never had baked donuts before, and they are definitely different than their fried sibling. The texture is different, almost more cake-like. Some might even think that it’s ‘dry’ due to the lack of grease, but truthfully, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed these little guys.

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Baked Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Baked donuts chocolate glaze 2

Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: 10mn
Total Time: 50mn


  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
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  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Sprinkles
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  1. Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add in eggs, vanilla, milk, and shortening and stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Spray your donut pan lightly with cooking spray. Fill each cup about 3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until donuts are cooked completely.
  6. Leave the donuts in the pan for a few minutes, then move them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  7. To make the glaze: Place the butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1-2 minutes, until the butter is melted. Stir in chopped chocolate and continue stirring until it has completely melted. Whisk in powdered sugar and stir until you have a creamy, smooth glaze. If the glaze is starting to cool too fast, microwave the glaze for about 30 seconds.
  8. Dip each donut into the warm glaze, top with sprinkles, and allow to set for about 30 minutes.
This recipe yields 12 donuts.

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  1. Yum! I’m so eager to try baked doughnuts, I’ve put a doughnut pan on my Christmas list already!

    • I’m impressed that you’ve got that Christmas list started already! :)

  2. I’m in love with how cute these are! It makes me want to make some of my own doughnuts right now, except I still need to get a doughnut pan. I realize that I can still make them in a muffin pan or something, but I just think the doughnut pan makes it that much better, you know? Anyway, excellent choice to put chocolate and sprinkles on top!

    • I debated for a while (okay, 5 minutes… ha!) whether or not I should get a donut pan. I think you’re right, the pan makes all the difference!

  3. Jan

    Is the shortening melted before being added to the liquid ingredients? Could I use either coconut oil (shortening type) or another oil like macadamia nut? These sound so good!

    • Hi Jan, you do not melt the shortening. I’m really not sure how coconut oil or macadamia nut oil would work because I haven’t tried it for myself. But, if you do use one of these, let me know how they turned out. I’m always looking for good substitutions for shortening! :)

  4. Mona Camp

    how about a cut out sugar cookie reciepe lost mine wanted to make holloween ones tomorrow

  5. Terri Hoppe

    Baked donut recipes that don’t require a donut pan. I don’t own one and my budget tells me that I can’t have one. Greatly appreciate your recipes.

    • cheryl

      Donut pans aren’t that expensive. I bought a couple on Amazon and then, as luck would have it, I found a couple at the Goodwill, that looked new and no signs of ever being used. I paid $2.99 each for them. I bake a lot. 99% of the time, it’s from scratch, so I have plenty of experience with baking, including donuts. That aside, I am baking these as I write. I’ve decided to make 2 full size donuts and some mini donuts. I have to say, I like the mini donut size better. So that’s how I’m finishing up the batter. As for the chocolate glaze, I didn’t care for it. It was too sweet and too runny. I added about an extra tablespoon of powdered sugar and then I added a couple of tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. That made the glaze turn out perfect. So, I have to say, good recipe.

  6. Cheryl

    Ok, made a lot of these tonight. I can get 35 donut mini donuts. Also, I found them to good, but a little heavy, so I decided to experiment with the batch I mixed up. Following the recipe, the only change I made, was I added 2 tablespoons of a vanilla bean yogurt. That made the donuts come out so light and fluffy, more like a raised donut. I will keep the recipe and use it again, but I will be adding that yogurt to it. Oh, note, do not use the standard glaze you use on a glazed donut. Tried it, not so good. Neither my hubby or I liked them. We did like them with the chocolate glaze and with the chocolate fudge glaze I made.

  7. Heather Fuge

    those sound great is there another option besides for a donut pan…dont have one of those.

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