Recipe: Baked Doughnuts

My daughter loves what she calls “Nannie Doughnuts”, those are the doughnuts covered in sprinkles (I mean, who doesn’t love sprinkles?).
We’re trying to eat a little healthier at our house and also keep the grocery bill down so I decided to try my hand at making some homemade doughnuts. It couldn’t be that difficult could it?

Greasing The Pan
Greasing The Pan
Mixing the Goop
Mixing the Goop
Doughnuts in the Pan
Doughnuts in the Pan
Finished Doughnuts
Finished Doughnuts

Yes, it could! The recipe itself is so simple, but it seemed that every time I tried to make them something came up.

First my brown sugar was hard as rocks, so I called my mother to see if she knew how to soften it quickly. Here was her solution.

Then I had no buttermilk, so another phone call was placed.  Here is her Buttermilk Substitute. By this time I was getting frustrated but we continued on.

Here is the recipe:


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/3 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 egg
4 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
(Double check this, I brilliantly turned mine up to 350 and ended up overcooking my doughnuts).

2. In large bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt.
(Watch intently as your little one tosses the flour in the air to make “snow”). 

3. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, sugar, egg, melted butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; whisk until smooth.

4. Spoon batter into a large resealable plastic bag. Cut off a corner and squeeze batter into prepared indents, about 2/3 full.
(I tried to use a pastry bag, which should have worked, but I over filled it…it really wasn’t pretty.  I transferred the mess into a plastic baggy afterwords and it worked perfectly).

5.  Bake at 325 degrees F for 13 minutes, until doughnuts spring back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan on rack 3 minutes, then carefully turn out onto rack to cool.
(I don’t know what I was thinking, I baked mine for 30 minutes to turn out some lovely hockey pucks.  Second batch I cooked for 13 minutes but I think they should have come out a little sooner).

For the original recipe please visit:
The Domestic Rebel

Since I started this post off saying that we were trying to eat a little healthier in our house, so I won’t share how we topped these but all I can say is…Yum!  Sprinkles!



  1. Thank you so much for featuring my cake doughnuts recipe!! I’m glad you liked them; I couldn’t tell a difference from my favorite “Nannie doughnuts” I find at the shop 🙂 and yes, it is true–sprinkles do make EVERYTHING better. Glad you liked them 🙂

    1. They were so yummy. It was hard to keep my daughters fingers out of them. I’m trying to figure out what kind I’m going to make today…I’m thinking Chocolate!

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