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Baked Lemon Donuts Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
32 mins
This easy Baked Lemon Donuts Recipe is made with simple pantry ingredients and is packed with bright lemon flavor. You can top these homemade lemon donuts with lemon sugar, a lemon glaze or even powdered sugar!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked lemon donuts
Servings: 6 -7 donuts
Author: Michelle
Lemon Donuts:
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest (the zest of about 2 lemons)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice (fresh)
  • 2 tsp lemon zest, optional
Lemon Sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a 6-count donut pan with baking spray well. Set aside (the recipe makes about 6-7 donuts).
Lemon Donuts:
  1. In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  2. Pour the lemon juice, buttermilk and egg in the center. Whisk the mixture until combined.
  3. Add in the vanilla extract and melted butter. Mix.
  4. Using a spoon or a piping bag, fill each donut cavity about 2/3-3/4 of the way full.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops of each donut ‘spring’ back when lightly touched.
  6. Allow to cool for 4-5 minutes in the pan before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Once the donuts have cooled, make your topping of choice.*
Lemon Glaze:
  1. Whisk powdered sugar, lemon zest (if using), and 2 Tbsp of lemon juice together in a bowl wide enough to dip each donut in. If the glaze is too thick, add in the remaining Tbsp of lemon juice to thin it out.
  2. Dip each donut into the glaze and the glaze allow to set before eating.
Lemon Sugar:
  1. Mix lemon zest and granulated sugar in a bowl wide enough to dip each donut in.
  2. Melt butter in a separate bowl (also wide enough to dip a donut in).
  3. Dip each donut in the melted butter, then dip in the lemon sugar (the butter helps the lemon sugar stick to each donut).
  4. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

*If you want to glaze the donuts and sprinkle with lemon sugar, I would suggest making a much smaller batch of lemon sugar. Also, you do not need the butter. The lemon sugar will stick to the glaze.