Delightful Homemade Baked Donuts: A Sweet Treat


Welcome to the world of homemade baked donuts! A perfect blend of sweetness and softness, these donuts are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Unlike traditional deep-fried donuts, our baked version offers a healthier alternative without compromising on taste. Ideal for breakfast, brunch, or as a delightful snack, these donuts are not only delicious but also fun to make. Whether you’re a baking novice or a seasoned pro, this recipe will guide you through the process with ease. So, let’s get started and dive into the sweet world of baked donuts!


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (additional for dusting)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast (1 packet = 7 grams)
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (110˚F)
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted (divided)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup jelly or jam (smooth, without large fruit pieces)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (for rolling)


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, yeast, and salt.
  2. Add warm milk, 3 Tbsp melted butter, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Whisk well.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap; rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  4. Add remaining flour gradually, knead in the bowl for 5 minutes.
  5. Let the dough rise until doubled (45 min in oven at 100˚F or 1 1/2 hours at room temp).

How to Prepare

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/2” thickness. Cut with a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter.
  3. Place on baking sheet, cover, and let rise until puffed (20 min in oven at 100˚F or 45 min at room temp).
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Resting Time: 2 hours
  • Bake Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: ~2 hours 42 minutes


  • Makes 12 donuts


  1. Can I use active dry yeast instead of instant yeast? Yes, but activate it in warm milk first.
  2. How do I know when the dough is properly risen? It should double in size and feel light.
  3. Can I use different fillings? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different jams, creams, or even chocolate.
  4. Are these donuts freezer-friendly? Yes, you can freeze them without the jam and sugar coating.
  5. Can I make these donuts vegan? Yes, use plant-based milk, vegan butter, and egg substitutes.


Our journey into the delightful world of homemade baked donuts comes to an end, but the adventure in your kitchen is just beginning. This recipe not only brings the joy of baking into your home but also allows for creativity and personalization. Imagine the smiles on your loved ones’ faces as they bite into these soft, sweet treats. Remember, baking is not just about following a recipe; it’s about creating memories and sharing joy. So, grab your apron, and let the sweet scent of baked donuts fill your kitchen and your heart. Happy baking!