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One-Bowl Maple Glazed Buttermilk Doughnuts

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Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts with Maple Glaze

One-Bowl Maple Glazed Buttermilk Doughnuts ~ the best invention since sliced bread!  These super easy baked doughnuts are so much healthier than traditional deep fried, too, so go ahead, indulge!

A maple glazed buttermilk doughnut on an early fall morning is a wonderful thing. And once again, my trusty little doughnut pan makes it possible for me to satisfy a craving without running out to a doughnut shop.  Anyway, I don’t think they even have maple doughnuts out here in California.   I arranged the recipe so that it can be made in one bowl, so if you get that hankering for maple like I did, this is a quick and easy fix.

I’m not gonna lie, the glaze is the star here.  It’s thick and maple-y.  The ingredients are confectioner’s sugar stirred together with a good maple syrup, along with a small shot of natural maple extract.  Don’t go overboard with the flavoring, a little is all you need, but it adds that extra maple note that you can’t get any other way.


Tips for successful baked doughnuts:

1.  Treat your nonstick doughnut pan carefully.  Skip the dishwasher and don’t use anything abrasive on it, you will damage the nonstick surface.  Use warm soapy water and a sponge.

2.  If you are using one pan for multiple batches of doughnuts, be sure to wipe it clean between batches…leftover crumbs or baked on crust will prevent the next batch from releasing easily.

3.  Don’t over bake your doughnuts, make sure your oven is at the correct temperature and check a little on the early side.  They are small and the hole in the middle means that they bake quickly.  You can use a toothpick to check them.

4.  If you want to coat your doughnuts in sugar, do it while the doughnuts are warm.  If the sugar doesn’t stick, brush them with a little melted butter before dusting with the sugar.  Raw or natural sugar has a larger crystal and will sparkle more than regular sugar.

5.  If you are glazing your doughnuts, let them cool a little bit more, and then dunk them head first into the glaze, give them a little twist, and turn them right side up and let them sit on a rack to dry.  You want a nice thick coating.

6.. Baked doughnuts are meant to be eaten asap.  They aren’t great the day after, so enjoy them while they are fresh out of the oven, you have my permission 🙂

Baked Buttermilk Doughnuts with Maple Glaze
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One-Bowl Maple Glazed Buttermilk Doughnuts

One-Bowl Maple Glazed Buttermilk Doughnuts ~ the best invention since sliced bread!  These super easy baked doughnuts are so much healthier than traditional deep fried, too, so go ahead, indulge!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 14 doughnuts


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

dry ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg to taste (I used freshly grated)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

Maple Glaze

  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • maple syrup for thinning
  • 1/4 tsp maple extract or natural flavoring


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Melt the butter in a large microwave safe mixing bowl. Beat in the oil, sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla until everything is well mixed.
  • SIFT in the dry ingredients and mix until just blended. Don't skip the sifting, it disperses the dry ingredients so they will mix in evenly. Don't over mix.
  • Spray your doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  • Spoon batter into a large ziplock baggie, and cut off a 1/2 inch tip from one corner. Pipe the batter into the pan, filling the holes about 3/4 full. If you only have one pan, do this in batches, but be sure to clean out the pan thoroughly before reusing.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes until risen and cooked through, you can use a toothpick to check. They will still be pale, so don't judge by the color.
  • Let the doughnuts cool for a couple of minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.
  • Make the glaze by slowly adding maple syrup to the sugar to achieve a thick glaze texture. You can always adjust the glaze by adding more sugar or more syrup. Add the extract and stir well.
  • While the doughnuts are still slightly warm, dip them into the glace, headfirst, and give them a little twist as you raise them up out of the bowl. Set them, glaze side up, on the rack to dry.
  • Eat the doughnuts asap, they are best when freshly made.


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  • Reply
    July 31, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I bet they would be even better with some fresh crumbled bacon sprinkled on the glaze. Just a culinary suggestion.

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      July 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      I may just have to try that Ernie, in the interest of the blog, of course… 😉

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    September 13, 2014 at 8:58 am

    5 stars
    Fresh from my oven and fabulous. No one can eat just one!!!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    August 28, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Maple is my gateway flavor to fall, love these doughnuts!

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    Jean |
    August 28, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Always looking for ways to use buttermilk. Love this maple glaze too. I get weary of chocolate.

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    August 28, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Truly gorgeous. If you find yourself in Hollywood Kettle Glazed has maple donuts with bacon. But why bother when these come from your own kitchen. GREG

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      August 28, 2014 at 9:12 am

      I’m going to check those out, thanks Greg!

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    August 28, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I have never made a donut. Now it looks like a donut pan should be in my future. I love the taste of maple – indeed cook with maple syrup all autumn. This would be so easy to wake up to!

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      August 28, 2014 at 6:07 am

      “to” wake up to. Never see typos until after I press “send!”

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      August 28, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Me too, (I fixed it for you) Thanks for visiting Claudia!

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    August 28, 2014 at 5:08 am

    i think these might make me FINALLY use my donut pan. Love that thick maple glaze…so perfect to welcome in the fall.

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    [email protected] Riffs
    August 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I love maple syrup. And glaze. And donuts. Put them all together? Yes, please. Good stuff — thanks.

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    [email protected]
    August 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Oh yum – in the middle maple syrup country here, so we will be trying these. Another blogger’s recipe inspired me to buy some donut pans, so I am all set now 🙂

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    August 27, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I often think about buying a dougnut pan so I can bake dougnets like there! Your glaze sounds fabulous!

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      August 27, 2014 at 8:48 am

      I recommend the pan. I usually don’t like to buy too many extra gadgets because my cabinets are pretty crammed, but there is something about these doughnuts…they’re so easy and they look so cute. Definitely a must if there are kids involved…

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    August 27, 2014 at 4:53 am

    These look amazing! I want one!

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    August 26, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Now this is a great way to usher in the Fall. I have had fun making donuts with my son and we keep wanting to try more versions. That maple glaze is genius, as is the one-bowl recipe!

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    August 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    These doughnuts look amazing!!

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    August 26, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Delicious! Do you deliver? 😉

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    August 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Great post Sue – and I love how you put ‘eat the donuts asap’ in the instructions – as if that needs to be said! 🙂

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    August 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Sue, you recommend eating them right away and since I’m sure you can’t possibly eat all 6 at once, I am very generously volunteering to help you out, just this once!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    August 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    i love one bowl anything let alone donuts! The buttermilk is the key here to me. Love this

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    August 26, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Is it a mini pan you use Sue? Mini donuts?
    Cute cute!

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      August 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Sorry Monique, I didn’t specify, this time I used the regular sized pan, that makes 6 doughnuts at a time.

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    August 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    My family loves maple glazed donuts, I think we could drink the glaze strait down.

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      August 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Me too Hillary— thanks for stopping by!

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    August 26, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Hi Sue, did not know I wanted one of these until I saw your post, these sound perfect for a med-morning snack. Beautiful presentation!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    August 26, 2014 at 9:36 am

    My poor donut pan has been lonely for so long – I think these are calling my name! Love the maple glaze – so pretty

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    August 26, 2014 at 9:34 am

    These sound fantastic! I just recently got a doughnut pan but have only made chocolate so far.

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      August 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      You’re going to have such fun, Genevieve!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    August 26, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I am totally with you about the maple glaze. I would love one now 🙂