Baked donuts have become a thing for us recently. Our family has always loved donuts — who doesn’t? — but I finally purchased a donut baking pan and now we are crazy for them.
Making them at home is actually easy and much cheaper than buying them every weekend at the store. When my daughter had a sleepover recently I baked these lemon donuts with chocolate glaze to serve the girls in the morning. They adored their sweet treats and I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make!
I swear, the minute you make these at home you too will wonder why you haven’t been making them all along. The gist of them is that you whip up a simple batter, much like making cookie dough, in one bowl. Then you fill the batter with lots of delicious, fragrant lemon zest. You know I am a devotee of Meyer lemons, but regular lemons will work just fine if you don’t have those on hand.
Then you drop the batter into the donut pan and bake them up! Since they are so small the baking time is not long. The cooling time isn’t long either. I chose to bake them up fresh in the morning and dip them in the melted chocolate once they were cooled. The entire process took about 20 minutes. After that they were ready to eat!
To make these a truly convenient breakfast food, make the batter the evening before. It will keep overnight in the refrigerator without fuss. In the morning let it sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes to take the edge off.
Of course, you can also design your topping if you don’t want to dip them in chocolate. Vanilla glaze, lemon glaze, or a generous dusting of powdered sugar would also work well and taste amazing. No matter how you choose to dress them up, these will instantly become your new favorite breakfast treat.
For the Glaze: