Baked Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

02.10.2014

I know I should probably be posting a dinner recipe because it has been a while since I have, but I just can’t seem to get control of my sugary cravings :). What’s new though. I’ve always loved sweet things and doughnuts are a favorite near the top of that sweets lists. This vanilla bean doughnut is a baked version so I can feel a little bit better about eating them versus a fried doughnut. These are a cake style doughnut with a soft fluffy texture and a deliciously moist crumb. They seem as though they just melt away in your mouth, especially with that sweet, buttery, vanilla glaze.

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I forgot to get a close up picture of the crumb inside but these things are loaded with vanilla beans. It gives them a delicious natural sweetness and that irresistible flavor that just cannot be duplicated. The batter for these is very versatile, you could use it for many different flavors by omitting the vanilla bean seeds and replacing them with cinnamon, nutmeg, a chai spice blend, lavender, almond extract, etc. It is one of my favorite baked doughnut recipes I’ve ever made so it will be one you will definitely want to hang on to. Enjoy!

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Baked Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

4.5 from 2 votes

Yield: About 14

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Seeds of 1 vanilla bean I sell them!
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • Softened butter , for tins

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 small pinch salt
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp milk
  • Food coloring and sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter 14 holes of three doughnut tins and set aside. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, blend together melted butter, vegetable oil, sugar and vanilla bean seeds until smooth, about 1 minute. Blend in eggs one at a time then mix in vanilla extract. Working in three separate batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with half of the milk and mix just until combined after each addition. Spoon batter into buttered doughnut wells, filling them about 1/4-inch from the rim. Bake in preheated oven 7 - 8 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into doughnut comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool until lukewarm then dip in glaze and return to wire rack, immediately top with sprinkles if using and allow glaze to set at room temperature.
  2. For the glaze:
  3. In a flat bottomed bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla and salt then stir in 2 Tbsp of milk, adding additional milk 1 tsp at a time to reach desired consistency and whisk until smooth. Tint with food coloring if desired. Warm in microwave in 6 - 10 second intervals on HIGH power to warm as it begins to set while dipping doughnuts, as needed, whisking after heating.
  4. Recipe Source: cake portion adapted with slight changes from King Arthur Flour, glaze - Cooking Classy

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93 comments

  • alana: my doughnut pan is coming soon and cant wait to try all of your baked doughnut recipes! thanks for posting them! your awesome!!!!:)) February 10, 2014 at 3:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re awesome too Alana :), I’ve loved having you following and trying out recipes and getting your feedback!! February 11, 2014 at 10:32am Reply

  • Kay Fonti: Just need a vanilla bean and then I can’t wait to surprise my kids for Valentine’s Day with these! February 10, 2014 at 3:25pm Reply

  • Dalila G.: You just can’t go wrong with a baked donut, they’re wonderful!
    Plus, I have less guilt eating them, one always turns into three gone……LOL!!
    I’m planning on making these little beauties very soon, thanks for another deelish recipe.
    I really like your photos, super job Jaclyn!
    Pinned! :-) February 10, 2014 at 3:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Dalila! February 16, 2014 at 6:49pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): These donuts are so pretty!! And I love vanilla bean anything, so, all in all I’M IN! <3 February 10, 2014 at 3:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kayle! I’m with you, vanilla anything and I’m all in. Anything with sugar and I’m in :). February 10, 2014 at 8:26pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: These are seriously some of the most gorgeous doughnuts I’ve ever seen – those colors!! They’re so perfect looking. Absolutely lovely. February 10, 2014 at 2:57pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Rachel! February 11, 2014 at 10:32am Reply

  • Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled: WOW, these donuts look amazing and I love the idea of using vanilla bean inside the donut! YUM :) Thanks for sharing, pinned! February 10, 2014 at 2:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Jenn and thanks for pinning! February 11, 2014 at 10:32am Reply

  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen: Doughnuts are my weakness, and these are absolutely stunning! Love the bright colored glaze!! Pinned. February 10, 2014 at 1:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Kelli! February 10, 2014 at 2:40pm Reply

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: These look like The Simpsons donuts!!! I love the bright frosting! February 10, 2014 at 1:10pm Reply

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