Is your belly rumbling at the reminder of National Donut Day? National Donut Day celebrates this delicious treat, its history, and the ladies who did something special with these goodies during WW1. So, this year, you will also be celebrating doughnut day by making delicious doughnuts at home!

Doughnut Day started in 1938 as a fundraiser for Chicago’s The Salvation Army. The goal was to help those in need during the Great Depression and honor the Salvation Army “Lassies” of World War I, who served doughnuts to soldiers fighting in the war.

Delicious Doughnuts Recipes You Must Try and Celebrate National Doughnut Day!

This doughnut day, don’t bring doughnuts from the stores. Instead, try them at home with some of the easiest doughnut recipes. From baked carrot cake to baked blueberry – our doughnut recipes are very simple and involve a few ingredients!

Even if you are making doughnuts for the first time, fret not! With the help of our effortless recipes, you will become the next doughnut-maker champion of your family and ooze everyone with your doughnut-making abilities.

So, try these doughnuts and be the doughnut king of your home:

  • Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts 
  • Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts 
  • Old-fashioned Powdered Sugar Donuts 
  • Baked Jelly Donuts 
  • Blueberry Baked Donuts 

Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts

Moist and chewy – these baked carrot cake doughnuts will be the next favorite morning meal of your family. Top it with plenty of tangy cream cheese and make your mornings flavorful. They’ll be ready in just half an hour, and you can eat them for breakfast to kick start your mornings most deliciously.

Baked Carrot Cake Doughnuts
Baked Carrot Cake Doughnut

Quick Stats

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 8 to 10 doughnuts


Carrot cake donuts:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • One teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • Two tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • One teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup carrots, peeled and grated

Cream cheese icing:

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • Two tablespoons of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1-2 teaspoons of milk of choice
  • Pinch of salt
  • ⅓ cup walnuts and/or pecans

Method to Prepare

Carrot cake donuts:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a doughnut pan with nonstick spray. Keep it aside.
  • Take a medium bowl and add flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well and keep aside.
  • Take a large bowl and add eggs and brown sugar to it. Combine it with a hand mixer until caramel in color. Then, add milk, oil, and vanilla and give it a good stir to combine.
  • Now, add dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Add grated carrots and stir again to combine thoroughly.
  • Pour the batter into the greased pan, filling each ⅔ full.
  • Using a pastry bag is the best method to fill them. Bake for 14 minutes until your carrot cake donuts are set and golden.
  • Once baked, keep them in the pan for a couple of minutes and then remove and let cool completely on wire racks.

Cream cheese icing:

  • Meanwhile, let’s prepare cream cheese icing. Take a medium bowl and combine cream cheese and butter.
  • With the help of a hand mixer, beat it on high speed until smooth and well combined.
  • Then, add powdered sugar and beat it again, starting with low speed and then gradually increasing to high speed to mix well.
  • Now, pour one teaspoon of milk at a time, beating to combine after each addition until you reach a good consistency for dipping.
  • Dip the top of each doughnut in the icing, twist it, and remove it from the dip.
  • Smooth out the top using a small spatula or knife.
  • Top the doughnut with nuts, serve, and enjoy!

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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts 

No more waking up to a bland breakfast on National Doughnut Day, as these baked cinnamon sugar will present you with a delicious morning meal! The best thing – it will be ready in just 20 minutes from scratch and will yield perfectly spiced and moist doughnuts.

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts - Doughnut Day
Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Quick Stats

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Servings: 12 to 14 doughnuts


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • Two eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Method to Prepare

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease two doughnut pans.
  • Take a large bowl and add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix everything until well combined.
  • Add flour, soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in another bowl. Now, add it to the wet ingredients and mix everything well until combined but don’t overmix. Your doughnut batter is ready.
  • Pour it into a piping bag. Pipe it into the doughnut cavities filling about 1/4 inch to the top. Bake the doughnuts for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt 1/2 cup of butter. Take a small bowl and mix 1/2 cup of sugar and one teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • After 10 minutes, take the doughnuts out of the oven and let them cool for a couple of minutes.
  • Once cooled, dip these doughnuts into the melted butter, coat both sides, and dredge them in cinnamon sugar.
  • Serve warm, and enjoy!

Old-fashioned Powdered Sugar Donuts 

There is nothing like good, old doughnuts coated in powdered sugar. This Doughnut Day, make these doughnuts at home with this simple and delicious recipe. Plus, they’re much lower in fat than coffee shop doughnuts! These doughnuts are not fried but baked to perfection and are under 100 calories each!

Old-fashioned Powdered Sugar Donuts - Doughnut Day  
Old-fashioned Powdered Sugar Doughnuts

Quick Stats

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24 doughnuts


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • cooking spray to grease the doughnut pan
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar for dipping

Method to Prepare

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F and grease the doughnut pan with vegetable oil, cooking spray, or butter. Keep it aside.
  • Take a large bowl and whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Take another bowl and pour buttermilk into it. Then, add eggs and vegetable oil and whisk it with a fork to combine and break up the eggs.
  • Now, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together gently with a rubber spatula until any streaks of flour disappear.
  • However, ensure you do not over mix it as it will make doughnuts tough and rubbery. So, mix gently and only as much as needed.
  • Pour this batter into a large piping bag and pipe into doughnut pan cavities only about 1/2 to 2/3 full.
  • Slide the pan into the preheated oven and bake for 7 to 9 minutes at 400 degrees F. Bake until the doughnuts are just golden brown on top and lose their shine.
  • Once baked, cool the doughnuts in the pan for about 5 minutes. After that, remove the doughnuts to a wire rack and let them cool completely.
  • Once cooled, dredge the doughnuts in powdered sugar and enjoy!

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Baked Jelly Donuts 

Doughnuts are the ultimate comfort food. Baked jelly doughnuts have a mesmerizing aroma and the sight of jelly peeking out of the side will make these doughnuts irresistible. Plus, it is a very simple recipe. So, this doughnuts day, bless your family and friends with these jelly doughnuts and earn rave reviews!

Baked Jelly Donuts 
Baked Jelly Doughnuts

Quick Stats

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 11 minutes
Servings: 12 doughnuts


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • Two teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • cooking spray to grease the doughnut pan
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar for dipping

Method to Prepare

  • Take a large mixing bowl and whisk 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, one packet of instant yeast, and 1/4 tsp salt.
  • Then, whisk in warm milk, three tablespoons of melted butter, two egg yolks, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to combine well.
  • Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes until you see bubbles form on the surface.
  • Add the remaining flour, adding just enough until the dough holds together and doesn’t stick to the sides of the bow. Knead it in the bowl for 5 minutes.
  • If the dough sticks to your hands, then lightly dust with flour and then continue kneading with clean, dry hands.
  • Once again, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise in the oven at 100˚F oven for 45 min or at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375˚F with a rack in the centre of the oven.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and roll the dough out to just under 1/2″ thick. Cut circles using a cookie cutter. Re-roll the scrape for more doughnuts.
  • Place the doughnuts on a parchment lined baking sheet, cover them with a tea towel, and let them rise at 100˚F oven for 20 minutes or at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  • Bake them uncovered on the center rack for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden on top.
  • Right out of the oven, brush the bun with the remaining melted butter. Then, roll it in a bowl of sugar to coat it lightly.
  • Cut a deep slit in the side of each doughnut and pipe it with jam.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Blueberry Baked Donuts

Blueberry is such a posh and unique fruit that will enhance any of your desserts with its sweetness and decadent taste. Similarly, these baked blueberry doughnuts will provide you with fresh doughnuts packed with blueberries and then topped with a sugary glaze to pack a perfect breakfast with a cuppa coffee!

Blueberry Baked Donuts - Doughnut Day
Blueberry Baked Doughnuts

Quicks Stats

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 6 doughnuts


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup blueberries

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of milk

Method to Prepare

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease the doughnut pan with butter or cooking spray.
  • Take a large bowl and add all the dry ingredients. Keep it aside.
  • Then, whisk buttermilk, butter, and egg together in a small bowl. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Fold blueberries into the batter.
  • Pour this batter into a plastic piping bag and fill doughnut cavities about ¾” full. Slam the pan on the kitchen surface to remove any air bubbles and get the dough to settle.
  • Slide the pan into the oven for 20 to 22 minutes until lightly brown on top.
  • Once they’re done, let them cool for 10 minutes in the oven. Then, gently take out the doughnuts.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the sugar glaze. Take a bowl and whisk the glaze ingredients together.
  • Once the doughnuts are cooled, dip them in the glaze.
  • Enjoy!

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Final Words

Doughnuts are very easy to make and delicious to eat. It is national doughnut day, so get your utensils ready, make these toothsome doughnuts, and present your family and friends with breakfast items that are too delicious and mesmerizing to resist!