Baked Vanilla Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

My return home has been a little chaotic, what with our apartment not being ready, my son starting the “big boy” school, and a hefty dose of jetlag.

Slowly but surely, I am returning to my mixing bowls, armed with a whisk and a pinboard filled with recipes to try. You should follow me (OLIVIA ABITTAN) on Pinterest—I’m sure you could find much inspiration in my pinning addiction.


These little baked treats are nice and fluffy, and won’t weigh you down. You can really glaze them with anything, vanilla, maple syrup, lemon, white chocolate. The possibilities are endless. They look lovely as well and are the perfect size for pretty much any occasion. Double the recipe and try 3 different glazes.

Your kids will love them! And they’re much less messy than cookies that crumble or cupcakes that frost every surface of your house once your kids are done with them. And…drumroll…they’re extremely low on calories.


Makes 11

Doughnut Batter

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg

2 tbsp butter, melted

1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F or 200 C. Grease a doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the egg and the buttermilk and stir until well incorporated.
  3. Beat in the melted butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Place the batter in a Ziploc or a piping bag. Snip one corner of the Ziploc and pipe out the batter in the baking pan, half-filling each cavity.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until doughnuts are puffed up and golden.
  6. Cool 10 minutes before glazing.


Chocolate Glaze

80 g semisweet chocolate, chopped up

1 tbsp salted butter

  1. Place the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute.
  2. Stir with a fork until mixture is smooth and no longer lumpy.
  3. Dip each doughnut in the mixture to coat the top side, then place it on your display.
  4. You can sprinkle them with colored sprinkles to make them look more festive.


Calories without the glaze: 110 calories per doughnut

Calories with glaze: 160 calories

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