Sticky Sweet Maple Donuts

These donuts are sweet with a hint of maple in the batter and a maple icing on top. My kitchen smelled heavenly while these were baking. I almost called these Pancake Donuts because the smell of the maple syrup wafting through my apartment just made me want a giant pile of buttermilk pancakes.

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My husband is not a big breakfast person. I’m constantly trying to get him to eat breakfast, sneaking muffins or granola bars into his bag. But inevitably, we’ll get in his car on Saturday and I’ll find the granola bars I forced him to take to work with him in his cup holder. He just doesn’t usually eat breakfast. I don’t get it. I structure my entire day around food. ANYWAY…

Last week I made some apple butter cinnamon sugar donuts and James loved them. Each morning I packed up two donuts for him to eat for breakfast and he excitedly took them to work with him. No Saturday cup holder donuts this time!

So I decided to try a new donut recipe in hopes that we’ll have another solid week of breakfast for James.

In honor of the first day of October (and the giant bottle of maple syrup that I bought at Costco last week) I decided to try out some maple donuts. These donuts are sweet with a hint of maple in the batter and a maple icing on top. My kitchen smelled heavenly while these were baking. I almost called these Pancake Donuts because the smell of the maple syrup wafting through my apartment just made me want a giant pile of buttermilk pancakes.

I used donut pans for these baked donuts, but if you don’t have a donut pan, you can use a muffin pan instead. They won’t look like donuts but they’ll certainly taste good! I hope you love them as much as I do, but make sure you have a friend to share them with. These donuts are addicting and I may or may not have eaten way more than I should have.

Enjoy!


Sticky Sweet Maple Donuts

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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A sweet breakfast treat for a crisp fall morning


A muffin tin can be used in place of a donut pan for these fall-inspired treats.

Ingredients

    Donuts:
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cider spices (or pumpkin pie spice)
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 2/3 c. whole milk
  • Glaze:
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 tbls. maple syrup
  • 1-2 tsp. milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and egg. Add vanilla extract and maple syrup and beat until combined.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and mix just until the mixture becomes smooth. Do not over-mix.
  4. Using a piping bag, pipe batter into greased donut pans.
  5. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes until a tester comes out clean.
  6. While the donuts cool, combine powdered sugar, maple syrup, and milk and whisk until a smooth icing forms.
  7. Once the donuts have cooled, dip the top of each donut into the icing to coat.

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