baked vanilla donuts with american flag pattern

These American Flag Donuts are an easy 4th of July dessert! Turn baked vanilla donuts into a patriotic dessert. Use candy melts to make red, white and blue donuts!

I have fond memories of 4th of July growing up.

When I was in middle school I would wear red, white and blue socks to the 4th of July parade. I would like to point out that I wore 3 separate pairs of socks to achieve the red, white, and blue pattern. It was so hot, but cool at the time haha ??

baked vanilla donuts with american flag pattern on white background with 4th of july sprinkles

These American Flag Donuts are easy to make and I can guarantee you’ll have some fun while you make them!

Start by baking our classic vanilla donut recipe. If you want to jazz up the vanilla donuts with a different extract (like lemon, almond, etc.) add that to the batter to create a different flavor!

Once the donuts are baked and cooled, you can start decorating. 

Supplies to Make 4th of July Donuts

You’ll need red, white and blue candy melts. Michael’s and Walmart both carry Wilton products, so you should be able to find the candy melts there. Small squeeze bottles coming in handy for adding the dots and stripes.

how to make american flag donuts

How to Assemble American Flag Donuts

  1. Once the donuts are baked and cooled, dip each donut into the melted white candy melts. Allow the white chocolate to set slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Use a squeeze bottle filled with melted blue candy melts to form the upper left hand corner of the flag on each donut.
  3. Use a squeeze bottle filled with melted red candy melts to draw stripes across each donut. 
  4. Use a squeeze bottle filled with melted white candy melts to add dots to the blue section. 

How Long Does it Take to Make Patriotic Donuts?

  • 10 minutes to prep the donut batter
  • 10 minutes to bake the donuts
  • 30 minutes to cool the donuts
  • 20 minutes to decorate the donuts
Five homemade American Flag Donuts surrounded by colorful sprinkles.

Tips for Melting Candy Melts

They can be microwaved or you can melt them on the stove top, whatever your preference.

If microwaving, place each color (about 1/3 of the bag) in a microwave safe bowl and melt one color at a time. I like to start with 1 minute at 60% power, then stir and back in the microwave for another minute at 60% power and stir again.

Allow the candy melts to cool for several minutes before adding them to the donuts. If you add the candy melts right away, they may be too runny. 

How to Freeze Donuts

Making the donut portion of this recipe ahead of time and freezing them is a great idea. Allow the donuts to cool completely. Place a small piece of aluminum foil (or parchment paper) between each donut and stack them into a tower. Wrap the donuts well in plastic wrap and place in the freezer. 

To thaw: place the donuts in the fridge or on the counter until thawed. Then add the flag decoration. I do not recommend freezing the donuts with the American flag decoration already on them because the candy melt coating can crack when thawing. 

baked vanilla donuts with american flag pattern on white background with 4th of july sprinkles

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Three American Flag Donuts surrounded by red white and blue sprinkles.

American Flag Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

These American Flag Donuts are an easy 4th of July dessert! Turn baked vanilla donuts into a patriotic dessert. Use candy melts to make red, white and blue donuts!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp milk (I used skim)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or other flavor extract)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
  • 1 bag each of red, white, and blue candy melts (I used Wilton brand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray, use a paper towel to lightly spread/remove excess spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, and oil. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix just until combined.
  3. Transfer the batter to a large piping bag or use a ziploc bag with one corner cut off. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each donut hole about 2/3 full. Tap the donut pan against the counter to release any air bubbles.
  4. Bake the donuts for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the donuts sit in the pan for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack. Allow the donuts to cool completely before moving on.
  5. Melt 1/3 bag of the white candy melts. They can be microwaved or you can melt them on the stove top, whatever your preference. If microwaving, place each color (about 1/3 of the bag) in a microwave safe bowl and melt one color at a time. I like to start with 1 minute at 60% power, then stir and another minute at 60% power and stir again. Allow the candy melts to cool for about 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer the melted white candy into shallow bowl that will easily allow you to dip the donuts into. Dip each donut, allowing the excess to fall off. Place the donuts on a cooling rack and allow them to harden.
  7. Melt the blue candy melts (about 1/3 to 1/4 of the bag) and allow it to cool for 5 minutes (otherwise it might be too runny). Transfer the blue candy melts into a small squeeze bottle and draw the blue corners onto the donuts. Use a toothpick to help spread out the blue chocolate.
  8. Melt the red candy melts (about 1/3 to 1/4 of the bag) and allow it to cool for 5 minutes (otherwise it might be too runny). Transfer the red candy melts into a small squeeze bottle and draw the red stripes across the donuts.
  9. Once the blue corner is semi-set, transfer a small amount of white candy melts into another squeeze bottle and add the white polka dots to the blue corner. Allow the candy melts to harden completely. Store in an airtight container.

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