I could tell you these donuts are really healthy, but since it’s nearly Easter Sunday, I wouldn’t dare fib. What I will tell you is that they’re downright delicious and they would certainly be the perfect addition to your Easter brunch table… or any table, any day, really. These buttermilk donuts can be conveniently baked the day before and simply tossed in confectioners’ sugar Easter morning. But I simply couldn’t wait until Sunday. These pretties are just begging to be dunked in my coffee. And generally speaking, dunked in my face.

Buttermilk Baked Donuts

Adapted from Health.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (I used low-fat)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly coat a doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine flours and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
  3. Combine buttermilk, eggs, honey, butter, and vanilla, stirring well with a whisk. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; whisk just until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into doughnut pans, filling twothirds full. Bake in middle of oven until doughnuts spring back when touched and are golden on bottom (about 8 minutes). Let cool in pan slightly (about 4 minutes); turn out.
  5. After completely cooled, dip in powdered sugar until fully coated.

24 comments
  1. 1
    melanie | March 28, 2013 at 6:14 am

    yum! I can just imagine the puff of sugar as you go in for a bite. Pure heavenly cloudy mess

    Reply
    • Jess Simpson | March 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

      Yes! But I’ve learned there’s a fine line between heaven & asphyxiation. Just don’t inhale mid-bite! Powdered sugar is bliss to the taste but is SO light, I’ve inhaled it quite a few times. 😉

      Reply
  2. 2
    Sue/the view from great island | March 28, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I’m going to finally go out and buy a doughnut pan to make these!

    Reply
    • Jess Simpson | March 28, 2013 at 7:45 am

      YES! I’ve found super inexpensive pans at craft stores (Hobby Lobby in particular) but I ordered mine on Amazon! 🙂 I’m excited for you to try these! xo

      Reply
  3. 3
    Jen | March 28, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I recently bought a doughnut pan and am excited to use it for the first time. I’m now inspired to make it happen this weekend 😉 Thanks for not being able to wait until Sunday and sharing.

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    • Jess | March 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Make it happen, Jen! Hope you like this recipe! 🙂

      Reply
  4. 4
    Quinn Cooper | March 28, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Omg these look so yummy. They remind me of childhood. I also love that they are baked rather than fried. Need to make these asap!
    Quinn Cooper Style

    Reply
    • Jess Simpson | March 31, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Yes! They remind me of the kind my grandma bought in the big bag from the grocery. Hope these taste as good as the memory! 😉

      Reply
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    Katie O'Keefe | March 28, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I have always wanted to try to make doughnuts! I tried making macarons a few months ago and just ended up with almond powder all over my kitchen and little awkward biscuits, haha. This looks much easier, and delicious – will have to give it a try!

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    Chris | March 28, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Can’t wait to try these, maybe for Easter breakfast! Might need to borrow your doughnut pan 🙂

    Reply
    • Jess | March 28, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Yep, my donut pan is up for loan-outs anytime! 🙂

      Reply
  7. 7
    FripperyVintage | March 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Oh no! These look so good!
    http://www.FripperyVintage.com

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    Sarah | Sarah The Architect | March 28, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Yum! These look great. Perfect for an Easter brunch 🙂

    Reply
  9. 9
    Tiffany D'Souza | March 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Yum! These look scrumptious! Perfect for Easter Sunday!

    Reply
  10. 10
    Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. | March 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Doughnuts are the ONLY thing I asked for in my Easter basket this year. I may be slightly obsessed and Jess, you’re not helping 😉

    xo,
    Ashley

    Reply
    • Jess Simpson | March 31, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Oh, Ashley. Just give in. 😉 Hope you Easter basket was FILLED to the brim with donuts, and if not, you better get in the kitchen and make ’em yourself. Happy Easter! xo

      Reply
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    Stacy | September 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I’ve included this recipe in a list of donut recipes on my blog! They look great! http://www.dailymintblog.com/2013/09/tasty-tuesday.html

    Reply
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    karen | December 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I used fresh grated nutmeg…needed more. I’d like to try this without the whole wheat flour (all all-purpose)…maybe mine was stale but didn’t care for the flavor with the wheat.

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    Alison | December 20, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    How many donuts does this recipe usually make (regular size, vs. mini)?

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    queenlilacrafts | February 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I made these the other day and they came out amazing!! thanks for sharing!! 😀

    Reply
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