If you ask us, doughnuts are pretty much synonymous with happiness. However, with the current world events, grabbing a box of those delectable treats isn’t always a viable option at the moment.
So, why not make them at home? With this easy list of baked doughnut recipes, you can even let your kids help you out in the cooking process!
Donuts, Food for the Kid Inside All of Us
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The nostalgia is real with this one. We can recall getting a bag of these at any local fair or even farmers’ markets and going to town. One thing we love about all these baked doughnut recipes is that they’re a lot more child-friendly without the need to fry in hot oil. By the way, if you don’t own a donut pan, get one ASAP, it’ll make things so much easier.
Lastly, make sure to not let your donuts cool too much before dipping them into your cinnamon sugar mixture. They’ll coat much easier if you do so while they’re still warm. Also, who likes eating a cold donut?
2. Baked Donuts
Another great reason to make donuts at home with your kids, personalized decorations. Whether it’s sprinkles, icing, glaze, set up your decorating options, and let your kids’ imaginations run wild! The sour cream in this recipe gives a great flavor and keeps the donuts moist.
If you don’t have piping bags, place your batter in a zipper bag and cut off a corner to pipe them into your baking pans. Also, when piping in your batter into your pan, do your best to not overfill them.
3. Vanilla Glazed Baked Donuts
This baked doughnut recipe is handy when you’re craving donuts but want them now. From prepping to cooking, you can have freshly baked donuts done in 20 minutes flat. These donuts are great for breakfast, brunch, or a great spirit-lifting treat to give to a neighbor during this time.
Consume your donuts as soon as you can, which shouldn’t be a problem, but if you have leftovers, you can store them for 2 days at room temperature.
4. Baked “Better Than Fried” Donuts
Everyone loves options, especially when it comes to their donuts and this recipe gives you just that. After trying these, you might just become a believer in the “baked over fried” debate when it comes to baked donut recipe.
Quick Tip: Always make sure to glaze your donuts a few minutes after they come out of the oven. They will soak up the glaze more and also set a lot faster if done while the donuts are still warm.
5. Old Fashioned Baked Powdered Sugar Baked Donuts
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Who else can recall how much of a mess they made when eating powdered donuts as a kid? It was all worth it considering how good they were. We love this baked doughnut recipe for the nostalgia factor and each donut is only 100 calories!
Another great advantage of going the homemade route is your control over your ingredients. If you’re looking to cut sugar, especially for your kids, you can lessen the amount in this recipe.
Quick Tip: If the powdered sugar isn’t sticking to your donuts, try giving them a quick spray of vegetable oil or cooking spray beforehand to help the powdered sugar stick.
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6. Baked Vanilla Donuts
A delicious straightforward recipe where you can let your kids take the lead. No need here for any mixers or other fancy equipment. All you’ll need is a bowl, a wooden spoon, your donut pans, and you’re good to go.
The vanilla bean icing really sets these donuts apart and the key is in the fresh vanilla bean. If you don’t have that, vanilla extract works just fine.
Lastly, always make sure to lightly grease your pan to ensure none of your donuts get left behind!
7. Homemade Frosted Donuts: 3 Ways
If you’ve got kids who are particular with their donut flavors, give them options. This particular recipe gives them three options to be exact.
Whether they prefer chocolate icing, vanilla icing, or our favorite, strawberry icing, let them be the designer of their donuts. With multiple frosting choices, the possibilities are endless which makes this such a fun kid activity.
8. Baked Jelly Donuts
Soft, fluffy, and that surprise taste of jelly filling when you take that first bite is all worth it. Make sure to be precise with your measurements on this recipe. It’s essential in giving these donuts all the help they can to rise and create that fluffiness and space for your jelly filling.
Your kids’ eyes will definitely light up when they see the color of jelly peeking out the sides of these comforting delicacies.
9. Baked Mini Buttermilk Doughnuts With Nutella Glaze
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Pretty much anything that has a Nutella glaze on it has to be amazing, right? That’s certainly the case with this easy donut recipe. With a little prep and about 20 minutes, you’ll be munching on these creations right away. We love the hint of tanginess the buttermilk lends to this recipe and it goes well with the sweet Nutella glaze over the top.
Feel free to sprinkle over toppings like chopped nuts, sprinkles, coconut flakes, and anything else you or your kids desire!
Homemade donuts are a hit with kids and a great activity you can share with them. We love involving kids with our cooking as much as we can because it’s educational, fun for them and more often than not produces delicious food and memories.
What are some of your favorite donut varieties? Did we miss any? Tell us in the comment section below!
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