The Perfect Bite :: Buttermilk Baked Donuts

By Jess Simpson
Buttermilk Baked Donuts | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Buttermilk Baked Donuts | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

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 | Forgiving Martha for Camille Styles

Buttermilk Baked Donuts

Adapted from


  • 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


  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.

Comments (24)

  1. melanie says:

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

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      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. 😉

  2. Sue/the view from great island says:

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

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      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

  3. Jen says:

    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.

    1. Jess says:

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

  4. Quinn Cooper says:

    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

    1. Jess Simpson says:

      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! 😉

  5. Katie O'Keefe says:

    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!

  6. Chris says:

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

    1. Jess says:

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

  7. FripperyVintage says:

    Oh no! These look so good!

  8. Sarah | Sarah The Architect says:

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

  9. Tiffany D'Souza says:

    Yum! These look scrumptious! Perfect for Easter Sunday!

  10. Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. says:

    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 😉


    1. Jess Simpson says:

      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

  11. Stacy says:

    I’ve included this recipe in a list of donut recipes on my blog! They look great!

  12. karen says:

    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.

  13. Alison says:

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

  14. queenlilacrafts says:

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

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