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Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts

Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts with strawberries in the batter, topped with a cream cheese glaze and strawberry coulis.

Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts with strawberries in the batter, topped with a cream cheese glaze and strawberry coulis.
Do’nut you know that we LOVE donuts? :) See all of our donut recipes here.

If you saw our out of the kitchen post from March – you most likely saw a picture of me throwing donuts into the garbage. Well.. that was the first and second batch of strawberry donuts. They were mushy and under cooked. A big thumbs down. And it was an even bigger bummer because I used gluten free flour to make them. Precious gluten free flour that costs an arm and a leg.. in the garbage. Such is the life of a food blogger.

Enter strawberry donuts round three… Perfection. Not mushy. Not thick. These ones certainly did not end up in the garbage. They ended up in our bellies.

Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts with strawberries in the batter, topped with a cream cheese glaze and strawberry coulis.
Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts with strawberries in the batter, topped with a cream cheese glaze and strawberry coulis.
When I shoot on Saturdays, Ryan is usually working too, but at lab, so I’ll text him a picture of whatever I’m working on. When I sent him a picture of these donuts, he replied saying, “they are a work of art!” Awww, sweet Ryan. I usually don’t think of my own photography as a piece of art, but my heart is smitten with the first photo. I want to get it printed and hang it in my kitchen, but I think that could cause a lot of unnecessary donut cravings :)

These strawberry donuts are topped with a cream cheese glaze and then drizzled with strawberry coulis. Coulis, pronounced koo-lee, is a fancy word for sauce. I learned it from watching Kids Baking Championship. It’s a tv show on the Food Network. Since all of the kids on the show are better bakers than I am, they’ve actually inspired me to try and make new things. Corny? Maybe, but I wish I had their baking skills when I was 12!

Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts with strawberries in the batter, topped with a cream cheese glaze and strawberry coulis.
Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts

Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes



  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped strawberries

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tsp milk

Strawberry Coulis

  • 1/3 cup diced (small) strawberries
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • squirt of lemon juice



    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.
    3. In another bowl combine the milk, egg, vanilla, and oil until well blended. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix just until combined.
    4. Add in the chopped strawberries and gently fold to combine.
    5. Spoon the batter into the donut pan.
    6. 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 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool.
    7. Remove the donuts from the donut pan and place them on a wire rack to cool.

    Cream Cheese Glaze

    1. Place the softened cream cheese into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
    2. Add in the powdered sugar and milk, and stir by hand or use the electric mixer to combine. The glaze will be ready when no powdered sugar streaks remain. The glaze will be more runny.
    3. For dipping the donuts, it's easiest to transfer the cream cheese glaze to a small shallow dish, but large enough to fit a donut in. While hanging onto the edges of the donut, dip each donut into the cream cheese and pause for a few seconds while the donut is upside down to allow to excess to fall off. Place the donuts on a cooling rack.

    Strawberry Coulis

    1. Combine the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a small pot over medium-high heat on the stove. The mixture will kind of bubble and juice will begin to form. Continue to stir while mashing up the strawberries with a spatula. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Drizzle the strawberry coulis on top of each donut. If desired, top each donut with a few chopped strawberries.


    Equipment used: donut pan.


    1. Ryan is correct, but I think all your recipes look like art! Edible art that is… YUM!

    2. Ummm, these are the most gorgeous donuts!! You absolutely should print that picture to hang – it’s beautiful!!

    3. I DO love donuts! These look awesome!

    4. These are fabulous and the perfect way to start my Monday! They look divine!

    5. Those are absolutely gorgeous looking donuts!! Definitely print one for your kitchen!!! And I’m with you wishing I had the talent and knowledge of those kids on the baking show…crazy how good they are at such a young age!!!

    6. I think you may have just made the PERFECT donut. These look incredible!

    7. Dear Beth, I know exactly how you feel, but practice makes perfect and you have a perfect batch of donuts here. They look beautiful…my daughter would love these especially. xo, Catherine

    8. Those kids on those shows are amazingly talented!! I wish I could have cooked like that in that age, too! These donuts are definitely a work of art!

    9. These donuts are a work of art! So pretty and I bet pretty darn delicious. Love that coulis on top….so tasty!

    10. Oh YUM, Beth! These look so amazing! I can hardly take it waiting for local strawberries!!

    11. That coulis on top looks perfect! I’ll take a couple of these for breakfast tomorrow! :)

    12. Annnd those gorgeous pics are what makes it all worth it! They look wonderful Beth! Good work pushing through those recipe fails and making them work! :)

    13. These really do look like a work of art! They are just gorgeous and I’d love to enjoy one right now!

    14. I know I’ve said it before, but you come up with the best donuts!

    15. These donuts look just awesome! Totally love the cream cheese glaze and strawberry coulis combo :)

    16. So excited to see these! When you posted in your behind the scenese, I have been waiting for them ever since!
      PS…will you mail me these? I have a preggo friend that would LOVE them ;)

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