American Flag Donuts

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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89 comments

  1. I think you should change your name to “Donut Queen” Seriously, you make awesome ones…but these take the cake! er…donut?
    My hubby is going to LOVE THESE. Pinned!

    • Haha, I do like the name “Donut Queen” .. if only it wouldn’t screw up my SEO and make me start all over!

  2. These are so cute and festive! And they actually look manageable to make!

    • Hi Mallory! They are pretty manageable to make, as long as you let them sit in between each step!

  3. So much fun I stumbled and pinned twice!

  4. I love 4th of July (US History major here!) and I love donuts!! I will definitely be trying out this recipe this year for the 4th! Thanks for sharing!

    • Let me know how it goes, wish I could be there to celebrate with you (and snag a donut!)

  5. These are such a fun 4th of July treat, Beth!

  6. I don’t think I’d have been brave enough to try something like this! These are super cute, and your instructions are very easy to follow…I might just have to make these for our next family gathering. While I’m perfecting my flags, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of delicious trial runs!!

    • They really aren’t too terribly hard to make and I bet your family would enjoy them so much!

  7. Just bought a donut pan……I’m set to go! Amazing donuts, look so professional! Thanks for sharing.

  8. These have to be the most adorable donuts I have ever seen! Pinned!

  9. Wow these donuts are works of art – literally! I wish we had Vanilla Candiquik in Australia!

  10. WOW! These are spectacular 4th of July doughnuts! They are the most creative red,white, and blue dessert I have seen anywhere! I am pinning this one all over the place and I can’t wait to try it myself! :)

  11. OMG! These are sooo cute! I’m afraid if I attempted these it would look like a red,white and blue mess! Great job!! Pinning!

  12. What a great recipe. Yum! They look too pretty to eat! :) Have a great weekend! Maria

  13. So cute that they are individually decorated! I might be so tired after all that work that I’d just make people look at them, not eat them :)

    • Haha, I know exactly what you mean! I felt better about letting people eat them since I know I have tons of pictures of them!

  14. These are adorable! I would not have the patience to make these!!

    • Jennifer, it wasn’t that bad looking back on it! But they are sure a crowd pleaser!

  15. So cute and festive! I wish I could create such pretty pastries! Great job!

  16. So cute I don’t know if I could bear to eat them.
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

  17. So cute! I love the flag design!! Very fun and unique treat for a 4th of July barbeque, or even just to serve for breakfast on the 4th!

    • I would eat these for any occasion on the 4th of July – breakfast, lunch or dinner!

  18. These are the cutest donuts I’ve seen in a long time! Great job!

  19. I love these donuts. How clever!

  20. Those look great, you’ve done a great job with the decoration. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  21. Great recipe! So pretty! I love the 4 rth of July idea! I would love if you come link up at the Monday party tomorrow!
    Xo
    Isabelle

  22. These are adorable!!! Definitely sharing :)

  23. These look amazing! Great job! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday Party!

  24. Those are awesome, LOVE them! Thanks for linking them to Make Bake Create!

  25. fantastic!!!! Creative, festive & delicious all in one! Thanks for sharing at WONDERFULLY CREATIVE WEDNESDAYS!!!

  26. Beth, These are so fun and festive. Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. I’m featuring this post at our party this weekend. Have a great weekend!!

  27. These are fabulous, Beth!! What a simple, awesome idea…..love love love!!

  28. Beth, these donuts are awesome! For my husband’s family, 4th of July is as big (or bigger) than Christmas and I’m always looking for unique treats to bring and share! These are definitely going on my list!

  29. Wow! These look absolutely delicious! And so patriotic too! You did a great job! We would love it if you linked up with our party this week! http://www.kraftingkreations.com/2014/06/awesome-things-tuesday-link-party_24.html

  30. Hi Beth!

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring these amazing donuts for this week’s Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party! Woo!
    I hope you’ll stop by and check it out when the party goes live at 6pm PST!

    <3

  31. How impressive and cute are these?! I can just see the disastrous mess I would make if I attempted – you did awesome though – flawless!

  32. Love this idea! I am choosing it for my host favorite on Foodie Friend Friday this week, so it will be featured on Daily Dish Magazine Monday!

  33. So fun and creative! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  34. These are so pretty and festive, Beth! Thanks so much for sharing at last week’s Project Inspire{d} ~ I’ll be featuring you at tonight’s party. I hope you’ll join us again. Have a happy, happy 4th of July!

  35. So beautiful! We all need these donuts for right now (USA vs Belgium world cup game)! Go USA! Pinning!

    • I didn’t even think of that – it can be used for any USA sport! Great idea!

  36. I just can’t get over how fun the American flag design is on that donut! LOVE it!

  37. WOW! These look awesome and so delicious. I’ve never tried making donuts, but I think I may need to start :-)
    http://www.therusticwillow.com

  38. These Doughnuts look awesome! Would love to do it, but definitely have no patience for a 2 day baking project. By that I mean I would eat these as soon as they were baked!

  39. Stop it. These are adorable!! I found you through A Dose of Paige – happy to connect and can’t wait to try these! ~ Sierra ~ http://www.booksandbodkins.com

  40. these donuts are just so fun Beth!!

  41. This looks SO delicious! Thank you for sharing it on the Pinworthy Projects link party last week! I am going to be featuring it tomorrow so be sure to stop by, grab a button, and link up something else! Hope to see you and happy 4th!

  42. I LOVE these! Such great shots. You have a new fan :)

  43. These are so cute! My kids would love them.

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