Baked Vanilla Donuts

This is hands down our favorite baked vanilla donut recipe! With options for chocolate or white chocolate glaze, we love adding lots of sprinkles!
vanilla donut with chocolate glaze and rainbow sprinkles
Donuts are my jam.

I don’t think it was until I found out I had a gluten allergy that I actually started to like donuts. So I missed all my glutinous donut opportunities!

When we were living in Illinois, we made a few trips to Chicago because they have the best gluten free donuts there – I would literally buy a dozen just for myself and freeze them!

Now whenever we go to a new city, I always google to see if there is a gluten free donut shop. This girl will never pass up on a donut. I might not eat it right away, but it’s always a good idea to get one.

vanilla donuts with chocolate glaze and rainbow sprinkles lined up in a white loaf pan
I’ve made a few donut recipes over the years but I haven’t written down the recipe for a classic baked vanilla donut until now. And oh my gosh, I like mine with chocolate glaze and lots of sprinkles.

I’ve never been a fan of white chocolate, but I did include that as a frosting option!

vanilla donuts with chocolate glaze and rainbow sprinkles
I’ve been gluten free for 12 years so I’ve had a lot of gluten free flour experience, and experience with what recipes work and don’t work with gluten free flour.

That being said, I don’t market my blog as a gluten free exclusive blog because I’ve learned that almost any recipe can be made with gluten free flour. The only one I’ve struggled with are gluten free cinnamon rolls – but everything else turns out amazing!

Our baked vanilla donut recipe can be made with regular all purpose flour or with gluten free flour! My favorite is King Arthur’s all purpose GF flour that comes in a navy blue bag.

vanilla donuts with chocolate glaze and rainbow sprinkles stacked on each other
Okay – time to talk about the tops of the donuts because that’s really the best part!

I wanted a donut glaze that would harden but not crack off and break when you bite the donut. So what’s the magic recipe? Chocolate chips plus coconut oil. And it doesn’t taste like coconut oil at all.

My absolute favorite place to buy BRIGHT multi-colored sprinkles is Walmart! I’ve searched high and low everywhere, and the Great Value brand sprinkles are hands down the best.

Chocolate glaze or white chocolate glaze, sprinkles or no sprinkles, customize the donuts however you want!

For a step-by-step of how to make this baked vanilla donut recipe, watch this short video:

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

This is hands down our favorite baked vanilla donut recipe! With options for chocolate or white chocolate glaze, we love adding lots of sprinkles!


Donuts (yields 6 donuts)

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (or all purpose gluten free flour - I LOVE King Arthur brand!)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil


  • 1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • rainbow sprinkles (We love the Great Value rainbow sprinkles from Walmart)



  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray then use a paper towel to evenly coat the entire donut well.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, nutmeg, sugar, baking powder and salt, mix until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the milk, egg, vanilla extract and vegetable oil, use a whisk or spatula to beat. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing by hand with a spatula just until combined.
  4. Transfer the batter to a piping bag fit with a round piping tip, or transfer the batter to a ziplock bag, then cut off one corner and pipe the batter into the donut wells. Use a small spatula to smooth the tops of the batter if the batter is uneven.
  5. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a donut comes out clean. Allow the donuts to cool completely in the donut pan, 30+ minutes. Once cool, turn the donut pan upside down and hit the pan again a counter a few times to release the donuts.


  1. Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl, microwave 1 minute on 50% power, then stir. Return to the microwave and continue to heat for 30 seconds at a time on 50% power until the chocolate is melted. Stir the chocolate until smooth. Allow the chocolate to cool for 5-10 minutes before dipping. Dip the donut into the chocolate, allowing the excess to fall off into the chocolate bowl. Immediately dip the donut in sprinkles. Allow the glaze to harden or enjoy right away.


This recipe turned out great using gluten free flour too! We love King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour.

This is hands down our favorite baked vanilla donut recipe! With options for chocolate or white chocolate glaze, we love adding lots of sprinkles!
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  1. These look so delicious! I’m going to have to try these out as a special treat for my daughter.

  2. I had to make these twice. The first time I made them following the directions and the were really bland. I looked at the recipe to see what I did wrong and I realized it does not include the adding of the sugar in the directions. I tried again this time adding the sugar and they were great.

    • Hi Nancy! You are so right! I apologize, my mistake. I have fixed it and added in when to incorporate the sugar!

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  4. My dough is thick and not able to be piped.  Should I try to thin it out or spoon it into my donut pan?  Thanks.  

    • Hi Christy! How did you measure the flour? Be sure to spoon the flour into the measuring cup, then level with a knife. Too much flour could cause your dough to be thick. The dough is thick, it isn’t runny, but it’s definitely pipe-able. Did you watch the video to get an idea of the consistency?

  5. In a pinch, so that I don’t have to run to the grocery store tonight, what would be the best substitute for coconut oil?

  6. Should state how many it makes!

    • Hi Pat! I do! If you look in the upper left hand corner of the recipe card – right under the title, it says yields 6 donuts.

  7. I don’t have a donut mold pan would I be able to make these without it?

    • Hi Melissa! They definitely won’t be donuts without the pan. I’m also not sure about the baking time if they aren’t made in a donut pan.

  8. These were really yummy! I used cinnamon instead of nutmeg and olive oil instead of vegetable oil. Super easy, tasted great! My 4 year old wanted to make donuts, and these were easy enough and without fussy ingredients. Will be making them again! Thank you!

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