How to Make Powdered Donuts

This recipe is most definitely dedicated to my uncle who loves powdered donuts more than anyone I know!

Would he like this homemade powdered donut recipe more than his favorite bag donuts?

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I’m not so sure about that – He usually likes to stick with his trusty favorites, but if you want to learn how to make powdered donuts, this post is going to show you how to do it, and I promise it’s quick and easy!

Stack of White Powdered Donuts

Why You’ll Love Making Baked Powdered Donuts

  • They’re quicker than you think! – I used to think of donuts as being a finicky ordeal that would make a mess of my kitchen and take all morning – but this simple donut recipe is anything but that! It takes 30 minutes from start to finish.
  • These are baked, not fried. – This is one of the reasons this powdered sugar donut recipe is so doable! There’s no need to fill a deep pan with hot oil and worry about it splashing on skin. Baking donuts not only makes them easier to make, but it also makes them a little bit healthier to eat.
Stack of White Powdered Donuts
  • No fancy ingredients needed! – All of the simple ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are probably already stocked in your kitchen. The only thing you might not have on hand is a mini donut pan, and that’s one purchase that you won’t regret making.
  • They taste absolutely perfect. – The best part about these homemade donuts is that they taste incredible. They taste like bakery donuts. The cake is moist and fluffy, and the dusting of powdered sugar gives them a nice boost of sweetness.
  • They feel extra special! – I’m not saying cookies and brownies aren’t special, but it’s not every day that someone whips up a batch of powdered sugar donuts! This dessert recipe turns an ordinary day into a special occasion.
Stack of White Powdered Donuts

Ingredients Needed For This Homemade Donuts Recipe

  • 1 Egg – Your large egg will act as your binder, holding everything together. If you let your egg come up to room temperature before starting the recipe, it will incorporate into the batter much better.
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar – Use white sugar to let the powdered sugar coating be the star of this show, or swap half of the white sugar out for brown sugar for a richer flavor.
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk – I like the moisture and creaminess of whole milk, but you can use 2% if you’d prefer. If there’s a dairy allergy to consider, swap to almond milk.
  • 1/4 Cup of Vegetable Oil – This helps keep the donuts moist. If you’d like, you can use an equal amount of melted butter.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract – Every baked good deserves a splash of vanilla extract.
  • 1 Teaspoon of Almond Extract – This little bit of almond extract really makes these homemade powdered sugar donuts taste just like their grocery store alternative.
  • 1 1/3 Cup of Flour – It’s important to really measure out your all-purpose flour accurately. Too much or too little flour will noticeably change the texture of your donuts, so if you’ve stopped using the back of a knife to level out your cups of flour, bring that knife back out for this one.
  • 2 Teaspoons of Baking Powder – This is your main leavening agent, so make sure that it’s evenly disbursed throughout your dry ingredients.
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt – Just a pinch – Helpful for balancing out the sweetness.
  • 3/4 Cup of Powdered Sugar – This confectioners’ sugar is for the powdered sugar coating on the outside of these amazing donuts. You can also add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you think your family would like that.
Ingredients for Making Powdered Donuts - Sitting on White Kitchen Counter Top

How To Make Powdered Sugar Mini Donuts

  1. Prep your pan and your oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and spritz your mini donut pan with a small amount of non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and sugar. You can either do this by hand, or use a stand mixer. Then, add the milk, oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract until – whisk until fully combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients until a smooth batter forms.
  4. Place the donut batter in a piping bag. Don’t have one on hand? Use a Ziploc bag and snip off the end of one corner.
  5. Fill each indention of the mini donut pan 3/4 of the way full with the batter.
  6. Bake the donuts in the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. While they’re baking, place the powdered sugar in a medium bowl or a brown paper bag.
  7. Let the donuts cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Then toss them in the powdered sugar until they are coated fully. Now it’s time to enjoy!

Storing Leftover Donuts

Do you have leftover donuts on hand?

Simply place them in an airtight container and leave them on the counter.

They’ll stay fresh and moist for 2 to 3 days.

If you’d like them to last for longer, pop that container in the fridge.

You’ll be able enjoy them for up to a week.

Powdered Donuts on Kitchen Counter

Top Tips For Perfect Baked Powdered Sugar Donuts

  • Don’t overmix the batter! You want the batter to be smooth and without lumps. However, as soon as the flour gets incorporated, be sure to turn off the mixer. Overmixing the batter will create dense donuts that are more of a biscuit-like texture.
  • Make sure to coat the mini donut pan will with the cooking spray. You may want to take a paper towel to spread the oil around evenly. This will help to make sure each donut indention is completely coated. Otherwise, you might have quite a time getting those donuts out of the pan.
Stack of Powdered Donuts
  • Avoid spooning the batter into the pan. Piping not only keeps the mess under control, but it helps the donuts to have a more uniform appearance.
  • Be sure to let the donuts cool down before tossing them in the powdered sugar. Otherwise, the heat of the donuts will cause the sugar to melt and look messy.
  • If you don’t have a mini donut pan on hand, no worries! You can bake this donut batter in a regular muffin tin instead. They’ll cook in about the same amount of time. You can also still tip them out and toss them in the powdered sugar mixture.
White Powdered Donuts Freshly Powdered
Stack of White Powdered Donuts

How to Make Powdered Donuts

If you want to learn how to make powdered donuts, this post is going to show you how to do it, and I promise it's quick and easy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

  • Mini Donut Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 1/3 Cup Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar

Instructions
 

  • Prep your pan and your oven! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and spritz your mini donut pan with a small amount of non-stick cooking spray.
  • In large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and sugar. You can either do this by hand, or use a stand mixer. Then, add the milk, oil, vanilla extract, and almond extract until – whisk until fully combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients until a smooth batter forms.
  • Place the donut batter in a piping bag. Don’t have one on hand? Use a Ziploc bag and snip off the end of one corner.
  • Fill each indention of the mini donut pan 3/4 of the way full with the batter.
  • Bake the donuts in the oven for 13-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. While they’re baking, place the powdered sugar in a medium bowl or a brown paper bag.
  • Let the donuts cool on a cooling rack for 5 minutes, then toss them in the powdered sugar until they are coated fully and enjoy!
Keyword Donut Recipe, How to Make Donuts, Powdered Donuts
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