Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla and Chocolate Glaze

Vanilla donuts with chocolate and vanilla glaze_
I realized that it had been way too long since I last used my donut pan, and since there is a never-ending list of donut recipes that I want to try, I decided to get to work. This recipe seemed like the perfect recipe to end my donut-baking dry spell.

Simple vanilla donuts are covered in a vanilla glaze and then topped with a chocolate glaze and sprinkles. Two glazes? Yes. I figure if you’re saving calories by baking your donuts then it’s more than OK to have two glazes. Trust me, once you taste these you will agree … and I promise not to wait so long before I make donuts again. Enjoy!

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Vanilla donuts with chocolate and vanilla glaze ~

Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla and Chocolate Glaze
Tender baked vanilla donuts topped with a vanilla glaze and finished with a chocolate glaze and sprinkles
Recipe type: Breakfast, dessert
Serves: Makes 12 donuts (recipe can be halved)
For the donuts:
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
For the vanilla glaze:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
For the chocolate glaze:
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (you can use bittersweet or semisweet)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Sprinkles, for garnish (optional)
For the donuts:
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter or spray two 6-count donut pans and set aside. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet that has been lined with foil or parchment paper (this will make for easy clean up later), set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and set aside for several minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined.
  4. Add the eggs, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla extract to the yeast mixture and whisk until combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the donut pans filling each a little more than half full. Bake until they spring back when touched and they are golden brown, about 12-14 minutes. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and set the donuts on the wire rack to continue cooling. Cool completely before frosting.
For the vanilla glaze:
  1. Combine all ingredients (beginning with only 2 tablespoons of milk) in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add another tablespoon or so of milk, if needed, to thin it out.
  2. Place a donut in the vanilla glaze and flip it around several times to coat it completely. Return to the wire rack and allow the glaze to harden, about 15-20 minutes before topping with the chocolate glaze.
For the chocolate glaze:
  1. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the chocolate and butter. Once melted, remove from the heat and add the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Whisk until completely smooth. If you’d like the glaze to be thicker, add a little more powdered sugar. If you’d like it thinner, add a little bit more milk.
  2. Use a spoon to pour some of the chocolate glaze over the top of each donut, allowing it to drip down the sides. Immediately top with sprinkles (if using). Allow the glaze to firm up for about 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn

This post linked to Buns In My Oven-What’s Cookin’ Wednesday


    • Celebrating Sweets says

      Thank you! This was the first time that I tried two glazes… and definitely won’t be the last! :)

  1. says

    Oh my gosh, two glazes! I wish I could reach through the screen and grab one of these, they looks amazing! These have been featured as one of my favourites over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday. Stop by, grab a button and link up again with us. Have a great weekend!

  2. Linda S. says

    Just came across this recipe on Pinterest! I am thrilled to find a “yeast” donut recipe that I can try in my electric donut maker!! Thank you!


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