Strawberry Frosted Donuts

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Strawberry Frosted Donuts - baked not fried. And better than a bakery!

Strawberry Frosted Donuts - baked not fried. And better than a bakery!

They’re so simple. Even though they may seem complicated to some, baked donuts are surprisingly one of the simplest things that I make. They take about 20 minutes start-to-finish AND call for very simple ingredients that I usually always have on hand.

I bake my donuts in a donut pan rather than frying.  I’d rather not (1) splatter my entire kitchen with burning hot oil and (2) have a dozen leftover fried donuts laying around my kitchen.  The donut pan was $8 from Target and probably the best $8 investment I’ve ever made.  My Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze are a personal favorite.

Do you have a donut pan?  I suggest buying one and start having fun! If you don’t have one and don’t plan to buy one, you may certainly make these donuts into muffins.

So today’s donuts. They’re fun. They’re girly. They’re pink! And they are certainly scrumptious.

These donuts are soft and cakey, but not dry in the slightest- the vanilla greek yogurt and milk keep them very moist. They are also bursting with vanilla flavor. I used Chobani Vanilla 0% greek yogurt, but you may use any vanilla or plain yogurt or even strawberry yogurt – the fat content is up to you. And don’t go skimping on the vanilla extract in these! You’ll want all the vanilla flavor you can get.

I dipped each donut into some homemade strawberry frosting and finished them off with a shower of red sprinkles. I think they kind of look like strawberry poptarts – my favorite kind!

I wanted the donuts to be completely smothered in strawberry frosting, so I dipped them each about 3 times. The thin frosting is so simple – puree 3 strawberries with 1 tablespoon strawberry jam.  Mix in your confectioners’ sugar, adding more and more until you reach the color and thickness you like.  It’s an easy frosting I can see myself making again and again –  I’d love to pair it with a pineapple cupcake of sorts or even drizzle over some banana bread.  Any other ideas? I need an excuse to make it again. 🙂

Strawberry Frosted Donuts - baked not fried. And better than a bakery!

This recipe yields a small batch (only about 6-7 donuts) which I loved. It can easily be doubled or even tripled, though. I think I’m going to triple the recipe next time and bring them into work for my coworkers.  I’m sure they’d love me for bringing in freshly baked homemade donuts on a mundane Monday morning one week. 🙂

Do you have any favorite donut recipes?  Link them up! 🙂

Strawberry Frosted Donuts

Ingredients:

Donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 Tablespoons Chobani 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or plain or strawberry)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Strawberry Frosting

  • 3-4 strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon strawberry jam
  • 1 - 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • red sprinkles, optional

Directions:

  1. For donuts: Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray donut pan (or muffin pan) with non-stick spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry- just until fully combined. Do NOT overmix.
  2. Use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off) to pipe the batter into a 6-donut pan. Fill the donut cavities about 2/3 full.  Bake 8 to 11 minutes until donuts are set and golden brown. They will spring back when touched. Mine took exactly 10 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes. Dip donuts into strawberry frosting 1-3 times, depending on how thick you'd like them frosted. Top with sprinkles.
  4. For frosting: Slice strawberries and puree with 1 Tbsp strawberry jam. Slowly stir in 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar, adding more until you reached the desired consistency and coloring.  I wanted thick frosting, so I added 2 cups. Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature for up to 2 days.

FREEZING: You may freeze the donuts (glazed or unglazed) for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up to your liking.

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I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July! What did you do and/or make for it?  Mine was full of good friends, LOTS of good food (guacamole and strawberry margaritas!), and lots of sparklers. We watched the fireworks over the Baltimore Inner Harbor on my friend Lori’s rooftop deck. 

71 Comments

  1. Sally-these are so pretty and yummy looking! Of course most of everything you post does. Love your blog and its pretty layout.

  2. I always thought making donuts was super complicated, but this looks very doable! 😀 Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! They look glorious and I need to get my hands on some jam so that I can make em’!

  3. Wonderful recipe! I just made these donuts and only had one problem–getting the frosting as thick as yours. I must have added at least 3 cups of powdered sugar and it’s still more of a glaze. I’ve coated the donuts more than five times and it’s still transparent. Still very tasty though! I am sure there’s something I can do differently next time to get it thicker. Even if the recipe is perfect, some of us just aren’t as skilled and need to try it a couple times.
    I love your blog! You always have spot-on, delicious recipes. Yesterday I made your inside out chocolate chip cookies and they are perfect. I am going to try to make a recipe from your blog every day, Julie and Julia style.

    1. Hey Isabel! So happy you enjoy my recipes. I’m glad you love my blog too, it means a lot! The “Frosting” is suppose to be a little thin, like a glaze. I call these “frosted” because that’s how donut shops refer to them. Try leaving out the milk/cream – sounds like your strawberries are extra juicy!

    1. Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

  4. Sally,
    your recipe worked great and its very natural, The only issue I am having is that most of the people said the frosting is just too sweet. ( Which is kinda obvious if you see that its 99% sugar). Now the question is… any idea to reduce the sweetness? lemmon? salt? butter? nothing? all?

    Thank you so much!
    Diego

  5. This may be a stupid question but I love the flavors and don’t have a donut pan. Do you think would be okay to make this in a muffin pan?

  6. Hello Sally!!!

    My sister and I adore you! I had a question about these amazing looking donuts. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up I wanted to make them but I really want to use Strawberry Milk (my sister’s kids love it). How can I incorporate that into these donuts to maximize the flavour of the strawberry milk?

    Thanks!

  7. Hey Sally! These look wonderful! However, I am allergic to gluten. If you were to make them gluten-free, could you swap the flower for gluten-free or rice flower? Thanks for all you do!

  8. Hey Sally! I don’t have any strawberries (and I didn’t find any in the market yesterday), so can I possibly make the frosting without strawberries? Maybe only with jam? 

  9. I just made these, they’re so good and crazy adorable! I used rainbow sprinkles, jimmies,  stars and  hearts, it sort of looks like the lisa frank factory came to my house! My kid is going to LOVE them! 
    I’ve used 4 of your recipes recently(not all donuts) and they have all been a huge hit! 

  10. Hi Sally! Do the eggs and yogurt need to be at room temperature, or can they be straight from the fridge? Making these for Easter brunch this weekend and can’t wait. Thank!! 

  11. My son bought me a donut pan for Mother’s Day and I finally got around to trying this recipe. Strawberry frosted are his favorite! This recipe was so super easy that I instantly made another batch! And so yummy! Definitely making them again and looking forward to trying your other donut recipes!

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