I hate feeling under the weather. So let’s just get to the point and talk about these Maple Pecan Baked Donuts.
Never will you find a bigger debate in the food world comparing baked donuts and fried donuts. Each one gets brownie points. No oil is needed for baked donuts but on the flip side, pretty much fried anything tastes obnoxiously good. Baked donuts are more cakey, and fried have that chewy center filled with tiny pockets of air.
I could go on for days.
But these are baked donuts and they deserve their moment. If you’re looking for fried try these. I added cinnamon and cloves to the batter and used brown sugar instead of white. Sounds good already, right?
Bake for about 12 minutes. How easy is this?
The frosting needs its own podium. Powdered sugar is mixed with vanilla, milk and maple syrup.
Once you get that frosting looking silky smooth and slowly falling off a spoon, dip your donut in and tease the excess off with your finger. If all 12 of these baked donuts are for you (no shame at all) then licking your finger is acceptable at this point.
If the frosting starts to stiffen, a quick 5-10 seconds in the microwave will bring it back to a softer state.
After dipping each donut, sprinkle with chopped pecans and repeat 11 more times. You can also drizzle more maple syrup over the top. Fall flavored donuts are the best!
Baked donuts are best eaten on the day they’re made, so get up early and make someone happy.
Maple Pecan Baked Donuts
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- For The Frosting!
- 2 cups powdered sugar sifted.
- 2 1/2 tablespoons milk
- 3 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease a baked donut pan with some olive oil or non-stick spray.
- Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar together until creamed.
- Add the eggs one at a time scraping down and combining well.
- In a bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and cloves together.
- Gradually add the flour to the mixer, starting on low speed and then medium.
- Once all of the flour has been added, scrape down the sides and add the vanilla.
- Add the milk slowly until the batter is smooth.
- Spoon some of the batter into each donut spot to just below the surface height of the pan.
- Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
- Let cool on a wire rack and make the frosting.
- Combine the powdered sugar, milk, syrup and vanilla in a bowl.
- Using a wooden spoon or strong spatula, mix the sugar together until it gets stiff.
- Place in the microwave and heat for about 10 seconds.
- Mix again with your spoon until it has no lumps and is slightly pourable.
- If the frosting is still too stiff, heat in the microwave for a few seconds at a time until it's runny enough to dip the donuts into.
- Dip each donut into the frosting and immediately sprinkle with some chopped pecans.
I love donuts of all kinds…baked or fried and when you add maple…I’m all in!
I’ll take a dozen please!!!
Baked or fried, I love them either way! These sound pretty close to perfect, Gerry and I love how pretty they look. My family would love them!
Donuts!!! So pretty and so tempting looking!
Ok, I am so definitely making these, once the weather cools down! I love baked donuts!
It’s about as divisive as Cool Whip and whipped cream! I personally think there is a time and place for either type of donut, especially these, YUM. :)
I can have both baked and fried donuts! These look so yummy! And the maple frosting sounds awesome!
I could eat that gorgeous frosting with a spoon. As much as I love indulging in a great fried donut once in awhile, I really appreciate the “light” factor of the baked ones.
I will take a dozen please! And baked donuts cure my craving when I want something sweet in the morning and feel like cake! Hehe.
Baked or fried, I’ll eat them all! I agree, fall flavored donuts are the best :)
These are absolutely gorgeous, Gerry! I have made fried doughnuts before but have yet to try the baked variety. You’ve sold me though. Perhaps I’ll be getting up early to make these this weekend :)
Have you ever tried to freeze them? I want to make some healthy baked donuts for the kids lunch boxes but I
need to make them so I can freeze for the week ahead.
Hi Teniel, yes i have frozen them with no probs, the glaze can get slightly runnier if anything. Thanks!
I feel some crumbled bacon on the frosting would put this over the top!
awesome Idea Cathy!!!
I gave these a go today & loved them! Love the balance of sprite mix in the donut! Thank you!