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Baked Vanilla-Glazed Donut Muffins

Baked Vanilla-Glazed Donut Muffins – Baked, delicious donut muffins covered with a sweet vanilla glaze.

Baked Vanilla-Glazed Donut Muffins - Baked, delicious donut muffins covered with a sweet vanilla glaze.

Mini muffins that taste just like cinnamon sugar doughnut holes!

What’s up, you guys? How was the weekend?

As you may already know, ours was extra special. Aleksandra’s Christening was yesterday and things couldn’t be better. It was an incredibly beautiful occasion and such a blessing.

Buuuuut…. She cried. A LOT. It was only at the beginning, but still, it was A LOT.

I went down the tough-love route and was pretty stern when I told her to, “SHUDDUP! THE WHOLE CONGREGATION IS STARING AT YOUUUU!!”

Caps Lock = Shouting.
Exclamation Points = Shouting louder.

Aleksandra's Big Day

Top left is Aleksandra and bottom left is her older sister, Ana. Before you say it, I know. They look nothing alike. But, yes, they are 100% sisters. 🙂

Also? Thank GOD for camera phones because I wouldn’t have even this much to show you.

Aleksandra's Christening

And here we are in the Church – as you can see, Ana is tugging on me. All Moms can relate.

M’kay. Now we can go back to Baked Vanilla-Glazed Donut Muffins.

Baked Vanilla-Glazed Donut Holes | | Baked, delicious donut holes covered with a sweet vanilla glaze.

Working off of my Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts, these pretty little things and I had quite the eating-session.
Is it cool that I am able to down the entire batch all by myself? Man, I can eat.

Don’t let the pictures fool you. My BFF truly is my treadmill. If there was a bubble above my head while running on that darn thing, the bubble would say, “CAKE CAKE CAKE CAKE”. It’s what motivates me to keep on runnin’. Scouts honor.

I also try to bake MOST things that need to be fried. Most is the key word. I love fried onion rings. :-/ And fried Apple Rings… French Fries, too… Okay, so, hot oil and I are like *this*!

BUT, I try to balance it out with baking all other things that should be fried. I say should because, seriously, fried donuts are da bomb diggidy. However, our pretty little muscle there that we call “Heart” might beg to differ.

Baked Vanilla-Glazed Donut Holes | | Baked, delicious donut holes covered with a sweet vanilla glaze.

So let’s be nice to our hearts (hope IT doesn’t mind a bit of shuga) and whip up these pretty little, extra delicious, sweet donut muffins. I promise they are really, realllllyyyy good. Just baked and not fried. The Vanilla Glaze makes up for it.


Baked Vanilla-Glazed Donut Holes | | Baked, delicious donut holes covered with a sweet vanilla glaze.

Baked Vanilla-Glazed Donut Muffins

Katerina | Diethood
Baked, delicious donut muffins covered with a sweet vanilla glaze.
3.50 from 4 votes
Servings : 30 muffins
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I have made these with 1-cup whole wheat flour + 1-cup all-purpose flour and they worked out perfectly!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs , lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk (use 2%)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons butter , melted, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Lightly grease a 24-mini muffin pan with baking spray and set aside.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl; whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk and vanilla; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Add melted butter and continue to whisk until well incorporated. Make sure your butter isn't HOT!
  • Gently fold the egg-mixture into the flour-mixture. DO NOT overmix. If your muffins are dense, it is because you overmixed. Mix just until everything is wet and combined.
  • Spoon batter into the previously prepared muffin pan, filling each cavity about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 10 to 11 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 2 minutes in pan.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and let slightly cool.
In the meantime, prepare the glaze.
  • Fill a bowl with hot water and set aside.
  • Place milk, vanilla and powdered sugar in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat, constantly stirring just until all is well combined and no lumps appear.
  • Remove from heat and set saucepan over the bowl filled with hot water.
  • Ice the muffins with the glaze, one at a time and transfer back to cooling rack. Place a piece of foil or paper towel underneath the cooling rack because some of that glaze will drip off.
  • Serve.


Serving: 1 mini muffin | Calories: 70 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 0 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 14 mg | Sodium: 74 mg | Potassium: 31 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 11 g | Vitamin A: 65 IU | Calcium: 18 mg | Iron: 0.2 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: donut muffins, vanilla glaze recipe
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27 comments on “Baked Vanilla-Glazed Donut Muffins”

  1. This is the second time I’ve made them, and I honestly love them. They aren’t a “donut” in the traditional sense, but they are light and tender and a great base recipe for adding additional flavors. It comes together really quickly and bakes quickly, making it easy to throw together in the morning for guests.
    I’ve made them into churro bites… which is my favorite. Dipping the warm muffins into melted butter and them rolling them in a thick coating of cinnamon sugar.
    I have also made them into “pancakes and bacon” donuts. Adding maple extract to the batter, rolling them in pure maple glaze and topping them with crumbled candied bacon.
    Today, I added blueberries to the batter and rolled them in an Irish cream glaze.
    I usually make 2 flavors out of one batch because they are so versatile! Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. These ‘donut holes’ tasted more like cornbread muffins. The glaze made it slightly sweeter but they had minimal taste. Maybe changing the flour I used or adding extra sugar or vanilla would give it a sweeter flavor.

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    Brandon Bestwina

    It’s one of my greatest pet peeves when people comment without having baked anything. I baked these today and they tasted like muffins. I fried the remaining batter, and it had funnel-cake like consistency. Neither were donut like. They were very good fried, and my friends and family enjoyed them. I coated them with a home-made caramel sauce and chocolate with sprinkles coating.

    But don’t bake them. If you want a good, authentic donut, then you have to forego being healthy.

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Brandon!! Thanks so much for weighing in! You are totally right – you can’t expect a full-on donut when it’s really not a, uhm, fried donut. Eating healthier does mean sacrificing taste, in my opinion. Thank YOU!

  4. I just made these and also ended up with mini-cupcakes. I didn’t fill the pans, but they still puffed up a lot. They also didn’t have a donut-like texture at all – more like a cake. They almost tasted like they had oil in them, even though they didn’t. I have to say, I don’t really like the taste of them. Yours look delicious, but mine were not good, and I’m a fairly experienced baker.

  5. I just made these and ended up with mini cupcakes. The only thing I did differently was grease the pan with coconut oil instead of the spray. The second batch with cupcake liners are definitely cupcakes as well. Wish I knew why…

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Lindsay! Did you use a mini pan? The donuts do dome up a bit, but not quite as much as cupcakes. Did you by chance fill the cavities all the way to the top? You only need to fill them about 3/4 of the way up. Let me know, please.

      1. I used a mini muffin tin. Not sure what happened but that just might be part of the mystery of baking. I made them for my Mom’s group and everyone enjoyed them. Very tasty!

        1. Katerina - Diethood
          Katerina Petrovska

          I’m happy to know that they enjoyed them!! And, as my Dad would say; as long as they are delicious, who cares what they look like! 😉

  6. Ok, this may seem like a really stupid question, but I’m confused – how do they come out shaped like little balls if they’re baked in muffin tins? Am I missing a step?

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Alle!

      That’s a good question, but don’t worry, you’re not missing a step – that’s just how they come out. Few of them might get that bit of a muffin top, but most of them won’t.

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog

    Donuts again… It’s like a dream come true. What a cute wee one you have. Now, excuse me while I go power bake donuts.

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    Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Your girls look picture perfect in their pretty dresses, glad to hear it was a great day for all!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver}

    These look just like the fried version – I never would have guessed they were baked!! I could so devour the whole plate!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Sign me up for a dozen of these beauties! Congrats to you and your family (and look at you in that red dress – gorgeous!!). 🙂

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    Yum, yum, yum! I’m such a sucker for donut holes 🙂 Especially the glazed variety!

  12. Aww, they are both beautiful little girls. Her cake is adorable! Those holes look scrumptious! I hope you guys had a great weekend.

  13. Congratulations, Aleksandra, on your christening. You looked adorable.

    As to the donut holes and frying. I hate frying but love the results so every once in a while, I fry. 🙂

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    Your girls are adorable, Kate! Glad everything went well with the Christening, even if there was screaming. I think that’s typical. 🙂

    So these donuts look like something I want to stuff my face with. Funny, I like donut holes more than donuts. I think it’s cause they are bite sized!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      I’m truly obsessed with mini foods. In my mind, I’m eating less…. even if I inhale 19 donut holes in less then an hour. 😉
      And, yes, the screaming is typical, but when your own child does it, it’s waaaaay worse! hahaha Thank you, Julie!!

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