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21 Baked Donut Recipes That Taste Even Better Than Fried

Easy prep, less mess. Why fry when you can bake?

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If you've never made homemade donuts before, they can seem intimidating. 🍩

But they're really not! Especially if you go the easy baked donuts route. Not only does baking (instead of frying) donuts cut down on prep, cleanup, and potential mess, but you'll also find that the end results are just as delicious, if not more so.

When baking donuts, there are a couple things that are nice to have, though they're not required. With traditional O-shaped donuts, a non-stick baking donut pan can come in really handy. If you're making donut holes, you can bake those on a regular sheet pan or in a mini-muffin tin. If you're making filled donuts, pipe the filling in using a pastry bag with a tip or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off.

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Here are 21 baked donut recipes to get you started:

1. Baked Donuts Filled With Jelly

These super fluffy donuts allow you to have some fun and to experiment with the fillings. Use store-bought or homemade jelly — or try dulce de leche, vanilla cream, or chocolate-hazelnut spread.

Get the recipe: Baked Donuts Filled With Jelly

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2. Chocolate Frosted Donuts

sallysbakingaddiction.com

All the best parts of a chocolate donut without any of the frying.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Frosted Donuts

3. Nutella-Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

celebratingsweets.com

These are made in a mini-muffin pan — and then you'll pipe the filling in using a pastry bag or Ziploc bag with the corner cut off.

Get the recipe: Nutella-Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes

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4. Lemon Donuts With Lemon Glaze

averiecooks.com

Packed with lemon flavor, these donuts are a great breakfast or brunch treat.

Get the recipe: Lemon Donuts With Lemon Glaze

5. Chai Baked Donuts

All the flavors of a perfect chai latte in delicious baked donuts.

Get the recipe: Chai Baked Donuts

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6. Oreo Donuts

deliciouslyyum.com

Oreos in donut form! Serve them with a glass of cold milk for a trip back to childhood.

Get the recipe: Oreo Donuts

7. Baked Chocolate Donut Holes

James Ransom / food52.com

The recipe makes about two dozen donut hole. (But fair warning that they disappear quickly!)

Get the recipe: Baked Chocolate Donut Holes

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8. Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a classic.

Get the recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

9. Red Velvet Donuts

bakerbynature.com

If you want to satisfy your red velvet cravings, these donuts are the way to go.

Get the recipe: Red Velvet Donuts

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10. Banana Nut Bread Donuts With Maple Cream Cheese Icing and Bacon

Banana bread donuts on their own are great. But add a maple cream cheese icing and some bacon bits and then they're practically a masterpiece.

Get the recipe: Banana Nut Bread Donuts With Maple Cream Cheese Icing and Bacon

11. Chocolate-Coconut Cake Donuts

Alpha Smoot / food52.com

The coconut milk icing and toasted pistachios on top really take these to the next level.

Get the recipe: Chocolate-Coconut Cake Donuts

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12. Peanut Butter Frosted Baked Chocolate Donuts

ikneadtoeat.com

Is there a better flavor combination than chocolate + peanut butter?? (There is not.)

Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Frosted Baked Chocolate Donuts

13. Mocha Cake Donuts

anitalianinmykitchen.com

These mocha treats are ready in less than 30 minutes, making them a great afternoon baking project.

Get the recipe: Moka Cake Donuts

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14. Maple Glazed Donuts

sallysbakingaddiction.com

If I could maple glaze everything, I would. In the meantime, these donuts will do.

Get the recipe: Maple Glazed Donuts

15. Coffee Cake Donuts

chef-in-training.com

The secret to these coffee cake donuts? A brown sugar and cinnamon crumb topping.

Get the recipe: Coffee Cake Donuts

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16. Spiced Apple Cider Donut Holes

sallysbakingaddiction.com

All of fall in one bite — and delicious enough to be eaten year-round.

Get the recipe: Spiced Apple Cider Donut Holes

17. Blueberry Baked Donuts

chocolatecoveredkatie.com

A pinch of cardamom in the dough adds a really nice depth of flavor to these donuts.

Get the recipe: Blueberry Baked Donuts

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18. Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

bakerbynature.com

Pumpkin baked goods should be eaten all year long. Just saying.

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

19. Baked S'mores Donuts

handletheheat.com

The frosting here is totally fool-proof — it's just marshmallow fluff heated quickly in the microwave.

Get the recipe: Baked S'mores Donuts

20. Nutella Filled Baked Donuts

omgchocolatedesserts.com

Anything that can act as a vessel for chocolate-hazelnut spread is a good thing.

Get the recipe: Nutella Filled Baked Donuts

21. Baked Caramel Apple Donuts

These are glazed with caramel then topped with chopped nuts — which gives you the perfect salty-sweet, chewy-crunchy combo in each bite.

Get the recipe: Baked Caramel Apple Donuts

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