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30+ Of The BEST Donut Recipes You Can Make At Home

Today is National Donut Day, and I’m celebrating with the 31 best donut recipes I can find. Some links in this post are affiliate links that earn me a small commission if you click through and purchase anything.

Best homemade donut recipes

I may be slightly obsessed with donuts. The odd thing is that if you ask me what food I could give up happily, donuts is on the list.

So how do I get to that point? Well, what I don’t like are the greasy donuts many chain donut shops sell that are slightly stale because they no longer make them in house and that leave a film on the roof of my mouth after I eat them. Those are the donuts I could never eat again.

Give me a good Boston cream donut though, and I could eat those all day long. I haven’t made them at home (yet), but one day I will. I’ve made enough other donuts, an in fact, I had leftover cinnamon sugar donuts I made yesterday for breakfast today.

Good news? Stick those puppies in a sealed container, and they taste perfect the next day. I give credit to my “secret” ingredient.

Homemade donuts definitely seem to taste best, and they aren’t hard to make in many cases. If you can make muffins, you can make donuts – especially the baked kind.

All you need is a donut pan (or a mini donut pan if you’re like me and think mini food tastes better) and pastry bags. As I found out recently, pastry bags cost no more than the gallon bags you usually use to pipe batter, and they’re far easier to use. Winning. All. Around.


Pro Tips for When You Make the Best Donut Recipes:

  1. Use that pastry bag. Truly. It’s so much easier to fill your donut pans when you pipe than when you try to spoon it in.
  2. When filling a pastry bag (or ok, the zip top baggie most of us use), set it inside a tall glass and fold the top over the rim of the glass. This gives you two hands free to scrape your batter into the bag and keeps the bag from falling over.
  3. Don’t fill your donut pan too high. If you fill more than half way, most recipes bake up so much that you don’t get a hole in the middle. That’s not the donut you’re going for, I promise.
  4. If dipping in a dry topping, do it as quickly as you can while they’re still hot. The topping sticks better that way.
  5. If you have a glaze or frosting for your donut, let it cool to room temperature before you apply it so it doesn’t slide right off.
  6. Never ever put donuts in the fridge. That’s how they go stale fast. Instead, store them in a tightly sealed container once they’re fully cooled. I love the Rubbermaid Brilliance containers – they seal fantastically and you can actually see what you stored.

But more importantly, you want to know all about the best donut recipes I could find, don’t you?

Amazing Baked Donuts to Make at Home

When you have a craving, don't run out to the nearest donut shop, whip up some baked donuts at home. It's about as easy as making cookies and easier than making a cake. The results are definitely worth it!

What do you think are the best donut recipes?

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Sunday 29th of March 2020

I love baked donuts. What I great collection. I have shared on ALL my platforms.


Saturday 2nd of June 2018

Thanks so much for including my Gluten Free Chocolate Chili Mocha Donuts in this delicious collection. I have shared, pinned and scheduled a FB post too.


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

You're so sweet. I love a little spice with my desserts, and I can't wait to make those donuts for myself.

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Friday 1st of June 2018

What a great selection of donut recipes - I've definitely got to give some a try! Thanks for including some of my recipes, much appreciated!


Tuesday 5th of June 2018

I love how creative people get with donut recipes. They're all so easy but such different and fun flavors!

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