Baked Yeast Donuts

Baked yeast donuts are soft, pillowy doughnuts sprinkled with cinnamon, and they are heaven. Let's save our oil and make this baked yeast donut recipe! This post is sponsored by Ginny's. All opinions are my own. 

Baked Yeast Donuts


Calling all donut lovers! Come and get the easy recipe for pillowy baked yeast donuts that can make any morning feel amazing. Be sure to grab a cup of coffee too.

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I was asked to join the recipe challenge and make a unique recipe with 10 other bloggers. I killed it with this baked yeast donuts recipe. I made the baked donuts in an awesome halogen convection oven appliance. It really added a beautiful golden top to the yeast donuts that I immediately feel in love with. Need to see it in action?

How to Make Baked Yeast Donuts

Baked Yeast Donuts baking in a halogen convection oven

The yeast donuts were just starting to bake up and get their golden shell.

Baked Yeast Donuts glazed, with sprinkles on top

I'm all for options. You can have cinnamon and sugar or vanilla bean glazed. My personal favorite was the cinnamon sugar, but I loved the looks of the vanilla bean glazed donuts. So pretty!

Glazed Baked Yeast Donuts with sprinkles

Baked Yeast Donuts Recipe


Baked Yeast Donuts

Baked yeast donuts are soft, pillowy doughnuts sprinkled with cinnamon, and they are heaven. Let's save our oil and make this baked yeast donut recipe!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 donuts
Calories 473 kcal



  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter ½ stick, cubed
  • 1 package highly active yeast ¼ oz
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour divided

Cinnamon Sugar (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

Vanilla Glaze (Optional)

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tablespoon colored sprinkles



  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add in the milk and butter. Microwave for 45 seconds and stir. Check the temperature of the heated milk and make sure it's about 110 degrees. If it's too cold, microwave for another 10 - 15 seconds.
  • Add in the package of yeast.
  • Measure out the ½ cup of granulated sugar. Sprinkle about 2 teaspoons of sugar in with the yeast. Give it a stir and let it sit for about 5 - 10 minutes. The yeast mixture will foam.
  • In a large glass bowl, add in the remaining sugar and 2 cups of all purpose flour. whisk to incorporate the sugar and flour. Make a well in the center of the flour.
  • Add the yeast mixture, egg, and vanilla into the well. Using a whisk, mix all the liquid ingredients until combined. Try not to get into the flour yet.
  • Switch to a spatula, and stir the flour into the wet mixture until incorporated. It will still be very sticky.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of flour on your clean work surface (I sprinkled mine on parchment paper). Place the sticky dough on in the center of the flour. Carefully knead the flour you sprinkled down into the dough. I only kneaded mine about 10 times.
  • Spray the glass dish you used to mix the dough together in with non-stick cooking spray or 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  • Place the dough in the bowl and spray the top of the dough with the non-stick cooking spray. If you used vegetable oil, roll the dough in the oil so it's covered.
  • Place the bowl in a warm place and cover with a tea towel until it doubles in size (about 2 hours).
  • Once the dough has doubled, sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of flour down on your clean work surface.
  • Place the dough on the surface and sprinkle the tops with some of the flour. Press the dough down until it's about ½ inch thick.
  • Measure out two 10" by 10" pieces of tin foil. You'll place 3 cut-out donuts on each piece.
  • Using a 3 ½ inch donut cutter or a glass around the same size, cut out the donuts and place on the tinfoil. Space out the donuts so as they rise they won't touch each other.
  • Cover the donuts with loosely fitting plastic wrap and place them in a warm place. Let them rise for 30 minutes.
  • Place one of the pieces of tinfoil with the donuts on it on the lowest convection oven rack. Place it in the oven.
  • Set the convection oven to 300 degrees. Let the donuts bake for 10 minutes. The donuts will start to get brown.
  • Rotate the donuts so the pail sides are inside and browning. Let it bake for another 3-5 minutes. Be sure to watch them and make sure they aren't getting too brown.
  • Repeat with the other donuts.

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • In a plate or very shallow bowl, add in the cinnamon and sugar. Stir to combined.
  • In a microwave-safe dish, microwave the butter for 30 seconds.
  • Brush the butter on the tops of the hot donuts. Dip the tops of the donuts into the cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  • Repeat with all the donuts.

Vanilla Glaze

  • Let the donuts cool 15 - 20 minutes.
  • In a shallow bowl, add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Whisk until smooth.
  • Dip the cooled donuts into the glaze and hold it upside down so the extra glaze will drip off.
  • Repeat if you want an extra layer of glaze.
  • Immediately add the sprinkles and let dry for about 30 minutes.


To store any leftover baked yeast donuts, with the vanilla glaze you'll want to store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 3 days.


Calories: 473kcalCarbohydrates: 81gProtein: 7gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 23mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 2gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 436IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 53mgIron: 2mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

More baked donut recipes to try:

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  1. Love the idea of baked donuts! I've never made donuts before...Need to change that ASAP!

  2. Wow...that is genius. I would've never thought to use that appliance that way. Now I NEED a donut immediately. Great work!! ~heather

  3. baked yeast donuts, now that sounds interesting! I'm all about yeasty donuts if it means I don't have to fry them!

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