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This super easy baked strawberry donut recipe is 100% better than Krispy Kreme. Our strawberry donuts are made with real strawberries. Baked until golden and crisp, they’re hand-dipped in delicious strawberry donut glaze.

📌 PIN STRAWBERRY DOUGHNUTS

Seven baked strawberry donuts with strawberry donut glaze on a small parchment paper-lined baking tray.

It’s very satisfying to make DIY donuts at home using wholesome ingredients from the pantry. Nothing artificial. Baked not fried, these pink donuts are a healthier version of Krispy Kreme strawberry donuts. They’re packed with classic flavor just like those from a donut shop or bakery.

Three strawberry doughnuts with pink and white strawberry glaze garnished with pink bits of ground freeze-dried strawberries.

🍓 WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

  • We use a donut pan instead of a frying pan with oil. With no splatters of oil in the kitchen, cleanup is simple and quick.
  • A baked strawberry donut has zero grease and fewer calories than similar fried donuts. Less guilt equals more enjoyment.
  • This strawberry donut recipe uses freeze-dried strawberries. This means you can make strawberry doughnuts all year round. No more waiting for strawberry season to make and enjoy these treats.
  • To keep recipe costs down, we make both donuts and glaze with just 1 (1-ounce) package freeze-dried strawberries.
  • Depending on the occasion, you can make either standard-size donuts or miniature doughnuts. Because these treats are made in a pan, each donut will be perfectly shaped.
  • These adorable white-and-pink donuts are ideal for wedding showers, baby showers, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or tea time.
  • It’s fun and festive to make Krispy Kreme strawberry donuts at home.
  • This recipe is easy to double.
Close-up view of one strawberry frosted donut with a bite taken out. You can see it's tender fluffy texture.

🛒 INGREDIENTS

Strawberry Donuts

  • Freeze-dried Strawberries: Using real fruit gives this recipe so much flavor! Find this ingredient in a resealable bag at the grocery store. They’re usually stocked near the raisins and other dehydrated fruit. All you need is 1 bag. However, for a more vibrant pink glaze, or more strawberry powder for garnishing, purchase 2 bags instead of 1.
  • All-purpose Flour: This ingredient provides the batter with structure for tender pillowy doughnuts.
  • Granulated Sugar: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the batter.
  • Baking Powder: Leavens our baked strawberry donuts so they’re light, soft and fluffy. It provides the perfect rise.
  • Sea Salt: This seasoning balances the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Whole Milk: Adds moisture and richness. If you don’t have whole milk on hand use 2% instead.
  • Vegetable Oil: Contributes moistness to the batter. It slows down gluten formation to keep the strawberry donuts tender and fluffy.
  • Butter: The fat in the butter adds moisture, richness and flavor. It helps make the donuts soft.
  • Large Egg: This ingredient helps bind the batter together, keeping fats and liquid combined. They also add moisture, help create a smooth batter, and provide a delicious golden color to our donuts.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: Enhances the sweetness and flavor of the strawberries. For taste and aroma, I prefer Mexican vanilla extract.
Ingredients for baked strawberry donut recipe.

Strawberry Donut Glaze

  • Powdered Sugar: This is the base for the icing.
  • Whole Milk: This creamy liquid thins out the glaze to the desired consistency. If you don’t have whole milk use 2%.
  • Freeze-dried Strawberries: Ground into a fine powder for even distribution of flavor and color in the donut glaze. Put aside a bit of the ground strawberries for sprinkling. If desired, keep half of the icing pure white, then mix ground strawberries into the remaining glaze.
  • Optional: Candy sprinkle mix for garnishing.
Ingredients for pink strawberry donut glaze: powdered sugar, whole milk, freeze-dried strawberries.

📖 RECIPE STEPS

Baked Strawberry Donuts

RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease the donut pans with nonstick baking spray. Put them aside.

  • STEP 1: Add freeze-dried strawberries to the bowl of a food processor or a high-speed blender. Pulse (about 45 seconds) until the dried berries are ground into a fine powder. Reserve 2 teaspoons of the powder for the strawberry donut glaze and for sprinkling.
  • STEP 2: In a large mixing bowl, add remaining strawberry powder, flour, sugar, baking powder and sea salt.
  • STEP 3: Whisk the dry ingredients together until fully combined. Put the bowl aside.
  • STEP 4: In a small bowl, whisk the egg. Then add in milk, vegetable oil, melted butter and vanilla extract. Whisk the wet ingredients together until fully incorporated. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
How to make pink donut batter (with freeze-dried strawberries) for homemade strawberry donuts.
  • STEP 5: Divide the batter between the wells of 2 donut pans (12 wells total). Fill each well with 1/3 cup batter.
  • STEP 6: Bake 16 to 18 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Transfer strawberry donuts to a wire rack to cool completely before icing with strawberry donut glaze.
How to bake and cool strawberry doughnuts with donut pan and wire rack.

RECIPE TIP: A baker’s secret for evenly (and cleanly) pouring batter into donut pans is piping it in. Transfer batter to a piping bag, or a large zip-top bag with one bottom corner snipped off. Pipe the batter into the pans.

Strawberry Donut Glaze

  • STEP 1: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Divide the icing between 2 bowls. Add 1 teaspoon reserved strawberry powder to 1 bowl of the glaze. Mix well.
  • STEP 2: One by one, dip the treats in strawberry donut glaze, or spread icing over the top with the back of a spoon. If desired, sprinkle donuts with remaining teaspoon of strawberry powder. Another option: Garnish with your favorite mix of candy sprinkles.

HELPFUL TIP: If you don’t plan to garnish the top of the donuts with strawberry powder, mix the extra teaspoon of powder into the glaze. It’ll give the light pink color a stronger hue.

One Dozen baked strawberry donuts with pink and white glaze on a wire rack.

👩🏻‍🍳 RECIPE FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions for making the BEST strawberry donuts, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

What is the primary flavor in bakery donuts?

Ground mace. This spice is similar to ground nutmeg but it’s much more special. It adds warmth and aroma, and bridges savory and sweet. It’s available at most large grocery stores, but it’s also quite expensive. If desired, add 1/4 teaspoon ground mace to the donut batter.

How to make pink strawberry donut glaze?

Mix (finely-ground) freeze-dried strawberries into the glaze. To further enhance the pink color, use Wilton pink icing color. Dip a toothpick into the color then swirl it into the icing. A tiny bit goes a long way.

How long will baked donuts last?

Baked donuts taste best when enjoyed right after baking or on the same day. After 12 hours, the texture begins to harden and the frosting starts seeping into the crumb. But when stored on the countertop in an airtight container they can stay fresh for 2 or 3 days.

Can you freeze baked strawberry donuts?

Yes, you can freeze baked donuts for later. For unfrosted donuts, line an airtight container with parchment paper. Arrange the donuts inside, using squares of parchment paper between the treats for stacking. Freeze up to 1 month. For frosted donuts, arrange them on a lined baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours, or until the frosting has hardened. Transfer the donuts to a lined airtight container and freeze.

Stack of 4 baked strawberry donuts freshly glazed with a glass bottle of milk in the background.

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Seven baked strawberry donuts with strawberry donut glaze on a small parchment paper-lined baking tray.

strawberry donuts


Description

These sweet, tender, baked strawberry donuts are made with real strawberries. They’re frosted with a delicious strawberry donut glaze. Make this easy recipe in 35 minutes.


Ingredients

Units Scale

Strawberry Donuts

  • 1 (1-ounce) package freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Strawberry Donut Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground freeze-dried strawberries (reserved from the same package of freeze-dried strawberries above for the donuts)

Instructions

Baked Strawberry Donuts

RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease the donut pans with nonstick baking spray. Put them aside.

  1. Add freeze-dried strawberries to the bowl of a food processor or a high-speed blender. Pulse (about 45 seconds) until the dried berries are ground into a fine powder. Reserve 2 teaspoons of the powder for the strawberry donut glaze and for sprinkling.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add remaining strawberry powder, flour, sugar, baking powder and sea salt. Whisk the dry ingredients together until fully combined. Put the bowl aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the egg. Then add in milk, vegetable oil, melted butter and vanilla extract. Whisk the wet ingredients together until fully incorporated. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Do not overmix. 
  4. Divide the batter between the wells of 2 donut pans (12 wells total). Fill each well with 1/3 cup batter. Bake 16 to 18 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Transfer strawberry donuts to a wire rack to cool completely before icing.

Strawberry Donut Glaze

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Divide the icing between 2 bowls. Add 1 teaspoon reserved strawberry powder to one of the bowls. Mix well. 
  2. One by one, dip the treats into the strawberry donut glaze, or spread icing over the top with the back of a spoon. If desired, sprinkle donuts with remaining teaspoon of strawberry powder. Another option: Garnish with your favorite mix of candy sprinkles.

Notes

Reserved Strawberry Powder: If you don’t plan to garnish the top of the donuts with strawberry powder, mix the extra teaspoon of powder into the glaze. It’ll give the light pink color a stronger hue.

How to Make the Donut Glaze Pinker: Use a tiny bit of Wilton pink icing color. 

Tip for Filling Wells of Donut Pan: Transfer batter to a piping bag, or a large zip-top bag with one bottom corner snipped off. Pipe batter into the pans. This method is helpful for distributing the batter evenly (and cleanly) between the wells.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Glazing: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 Minutes
  • Category: Donuts
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Strawberry Donut, Strawberry Donuts, Baked Strawberry Donuts, Strawberry Donut Glaze, Strawberry Doughnuts

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