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Glazed maple donuts sprinkled with pecans stacked on a plate with 2 forks.

Maple Donuts


Description

These maple donuts are fluffy, tender and golden. They feature a delicious maple donut glaze that can be thick like frosting, or silky thin like the glaze on maple bars at a donut shop.


Ingredients

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Maple Donuts

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Maple Donut Frosting* (Option 1)

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tiny pinch salt – only if needed to tamp down sweetness

Maple Donut Glaze* (Option 2)

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tiny pinch of salt – only if needed to tamp down sweetness

Optional Garnish

  • 1/2 cup candied pecans (or roasted salted pecans or walnuts), chopped

*FROSTING OR GLAZE: Pick your favorite! The frosting consistency is thick – like the images in the recipe post. It’s for spreading or piping onto the treats. The silky maple glaze is quite a bit thinner, so donuts can be dipped directly into the icing.

 


Instructions

Maple Donuts

RECIPE PREP: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a donut pan with butter or nonstick baking spray.

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together milk, maple syrup, melted butter, egg, and vanilla. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and sea salt.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Transfer donut batter to a piping bag (or a large zip-top bag with one bottom corner cut off). Pipe the batter into the prepared donut pan. Fill each well about 1/2 full.
  5. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into 2 separate donuts comes out clean. Let them cool a few minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to shed heat.

Maple Donut Glaze

  1. Using a hand mixer (or a stand mixer), cream together the butter and maple syrup – about 1 minute or until well combined.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Turn the mixer to medium high. Beat for 2 minutes or until the frosting or glaze is light and fluffy. 
  3. If the frosting is thick, swipe it onto the donuts with a spreader, or use a piping bag (with or without a metal tip). If the maple glaze is thin, just dip each donut into the icing. 

Frost Donuts & Garnish

  1. For thick frosting, just swipe it on with a spreader (or use a decorating bag and metal tip). If you chose the silky thin maple glaze, just dip the donuts in the glaze twice.
  2. Finish with a sprinkling of chopped nuts.

Notes

Do I need to grease a non-stick donut pan? Yes. This is very important. It provides an extra insurance policy for easy removal of the donuts from the pan.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Maple Donuts, Maple Donuts Recipe, Maple Doughnuts, Maple Donut Glaze