Baked Coconut Donuts


I’m telling you guys these Baked Coconut Donuts walked straight out of a dream! You get a melt-in-your-mouth-soft, baked cake donut covered with a sweet glaze and they are finished with finely shredded coconut (toasted or not). And you’ll find plenty of coconut flavor through every layer.

Baked Coconut Donuts

Baked Donuts

I mean aren’t these what weekends were made for?? We love weekend breakfast and weekend treats and this fits the bill for either/or.

More often than not when I making donuts I go for baked donuts vs. fried.


Less mess, still such a delicious flavor, and a bit less fat since we skip the deep frying. Oh and none of that oily smell in the house, just a sweet coconuty scent!

Baked Coconut Donuts

Which Would You Choose Raw Coconut or Toasted?

I couldn’t choose which I liked better, the raw coconut or the toasted coconut so I did half of each. But I will say the finely shredded coconut is definitely what you want here.

That fine texture won’t detract from the soft fluffy texture of the donuts. You can find the fine coconut in the bulk bins of some grocery stores, or sometimes the baking section or on Amazon.

Baked Coconut Donuts

Where to Get a Donut Pan

And if you don’t own a donut pan you can also find those on Amazon (or in stores like Michaels or kitchen supply stores).

I recommend buying two though. I started with one back in the day and that didn’t last long. Baking 6 at a time was kind of annoying when your recipe makes 12 – 18.

Baked Coconut Donuts

The Perfect Coconut Dessert!

If you like coconut desserts definitely do not pass these by!

These were inspired by those mini Hostess crunch donuts we loved as a kid, but this homemade version tastes like REAL food and skips all the artificial ingredients. A million times better!

Baked Coconut Donuts

Can I Make These in a Mini Donut Pan?

You can also make these in the mini donut pans, the baking time will be about 6 minutes.

Baked Coconut Donuts

And serve these with an ice cold glass of milk, because donuts just need milk? Without ice though.

Do you add ice to your milk? My brother does. It’s interesting, AKA gross.

No I’m kidding. To each their own.

Side note, don’t add coconut milk to the donut glaze, stick with cows milk. The first time I went with coconut milk and it came out strangely gummy.

Baked Coconut Donuts

I can’t wait to make another batch of these Baked Coconut Donuts!

I’m also hoping to make some coconut ice cream soon, it’s one of the desserts I’m obsessed with lately. Coconut desserts are some of the best.

Baked Coconut Donuts

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Baked Coconut Donuts

5 from 2 votes

Here you get a melt-in-your-mouth-soft, baked cake donut covered with a sweet glaze and they are finished with finely shredded coconut (toasted or not). And you'll find plenty of coconut flavor through every layer. One dreamy donut!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Donuts
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 242 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 2 1/4 cups (320g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup (140g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (57g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp real coconut extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (235ml) canned light coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Glaze and topping

  • 1 1/2 cups (177g) powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp (45ml) milk, or as needed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp (21g) salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp real coconut extract
  • 3/4 cup (56g) finely shredded coconut, toasted or untoasted


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  

  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment blend together butter and sugar then mix in vegetable oil. 

  4. Mix in one egg then mix in second egg, coconut extract, and vanilla extract. 

  5. Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture then mix on low until combined, mix in 1/2 of the coconut milk and the lemon juice. 

  6. Mix in another 1/3 of the flour mixture followed by remaining 1/2 of the coconut milk. Mix in last 1/3 of the flour, fold batter with a rubber spatula to ensure it's evenly incorporated. 

  7. Spray donut pans with non-stick baking spray. Transfer batter to a gallon size resealable bag. 

  8. Cut a small corner from bag and pipe batter into donut pans, coming about 1/3-inch from the top. 

  9. Bake in preheated oven until donuts are set, about 8 - 11 minutes. Let cool in pan for about 3 minutes then invert onto a wire rack to cool.

  10. For the glaze, in a medium mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar, milk, butter and coconut extract until smooth.

  11. Place coconut in a bowl. Dip cooled donuts in glaze then let excess run off and dip glazed portion in coconut. 

  12. Return to wire rack to let glaze set. Store donuts in an airtight container at room temperature.

  13. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Baked Coconut Donuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 127mg 5%
Potassium 103mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Sugars 17g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3.3%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 5.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Timothy Stow: Can this recipe be changed to use no calorie sweetener instead of granulated sugar to make it more sugar free or will this mess the flavor up too much? Thanks September 5, 2018 at 6:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It would likely alter the texture and flavor here sorry. September 5, 2018 at 11:27am Reply

  • Elizabeth: Can you fry these instead of baking them my lot prefer fryed to baked March 19, 2018 at 6:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry the batter isn’t the right consistency for frying, it’s on the runny side. March 20, 2018 at 6:02pm Reply

  • Jennifer: These sound amazing! I would like to make them tonight, but I don’t like lemon flavor. Is it necessary to add the lemon juice? March 4, 2018 at 3:12pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No you can omit it, note though that it doesn’t make them taste lemony it just adds more flavor, similar to buttermilk. March 4, 2018 at 3:21pm Reply

      • Jennifer: Thanks! I made them tonight minus the lemon and with just a sprinkle of salt. They were delicious! :) March 5, 2018 at 7:19pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Jennifer! Thanks for your review :)! March 5, 2018 at 9:10pm Reply

  • Laura: I don’t have any lite coconut milk. Is it okay to use regular coconut milk? March 3, 2018 at 9:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I’d use about 3/4 cup regular then mix in 1/4 cup water, that’s pretty much all the lighter version is anyway just a little more watered down and not as much fat. March 4, 2018 at 12:41pm Reply

  • Linda: I vote for the toasted coconut! They both look amazing. What a great Sunday breakfast.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda March 3, 2018 at 8:38am Reply

  • Jenna: You just made me so happy with this coconut recipe! I am on a coconut kick right now, and I am like Homer Simpson when it comes to donuts so I can’t wait to try these coconut donuts! Whoo hoo! March 3, 2018 at 8:15am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Haha me to! I hope you love them Jenna! March 3, 2018 at 9:50am Reply

  • Donna: Your recipe is incomplete – how much sugar should have been listed? Too, are they cupcakes or doughnuts? March 3, 2018 at 6:53am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry thanks for pointing that out – that’s what happens because I did editing at 1:00am. Just updated that above, thanks! March 3, 2018 at 9:54am Reply

      • Donna: Thank you for the quick reply. Will try them some day – really sound delish!

        Donna March 3, 2018 at 12:32pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Yes of course, thank you! March 3, 2018 at 8:29pm Reply

  • Carol G: I have a bakery near me that sells the best coconut donuts, they are my weakness. I will be trying your recipe very soon so I do not have to buy bakery donuts. Thank you!! March 3, 2018 at 6:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you enjoy Carol! March 3, 2018 at 9:54am Reply

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