Baked Maple Glazed Donuts

overhead photo of glazed donuts with cinnamon stick and wooden bowl of sugar

These Baked Maple Glazed Donuts are the absolute best way to kick off the Fall season! The perfect cozy spiced donut topped with a buttery maple glaze that will have you going back for seconds!! 

This recipe was originally published in September 2020 – I’ve since updated the photos! Enjoy!

Okay y’all, it is only the beginning of September after all…I guess I can’t spring pumpkin on you just yet! So, here we are, these are just absolutely my new favorite treat. 

I feel like anything maple flavored is so underrated! There is something so intensely comforting about it. When I think of maple, I always think of a stack of steaming hot buttermilk pancakes smothered in butter and doused in maple syrup. Anyone else? 

And while this isn’t a recipe for said pancakes – these Maple Glazed Donuts are my new obsession!

Why These Donuts Are the BEST:

The donuts themselves are spiced perfectly – picture this: a super soft and fluffy donut – perfectly cakey and delicious, spiced to perfection with the best cozy spices like vanilla, sweet brown sugar, cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg and even allspice if you have it. 

Now, you could definitely just stop there if you wanted to and be totally fine by eating said delicious donut. 


Let’s take it up a notch with a buttery maple glaze! The salted butter paired with the super sweet pure maple syrup makes the perfect thick glaze that coats the donut. 

photo of whisk going through maple glaze in a glass bowl

When you bite down into it, I swear, your taste buds are just enveloped by a sweet (but not overly sweet) and spicy donut with the perfect thick maple glaze. 

This maple glazeeeee, y’all! I honestly could eat it by the spoonful. It’s made with melted butter, pure maple syrup, maple extract and of course, powdered sugar – and it results in the thickest, most Fall sweet treat you have ever indulged in. 

overhead photo of bite taken out of donuts

The buttery maple glaze combined with the spiced cake donut results in the most picturesque Fall breakfast/brunch/snack/dessert treat you have ever feasted upon! So let’s get into what you need to make them!

Ingredients You Need: 

  • All purpose flour – a must!
  • Light brown sugar – the sweetener for this recipe.
  • Baking powder + baking soda – this will help the donuts to rise!
  • Salted butter – you can use unsalted if desired!
  • Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg – the spices used to make the donut super cozy tasting!
  • Greek yogurt (or sour cream) – this helps keep them moist!
  • Egg –  a must to bind the dough together.
  • Milk -you can use whole milk or non-dairy milk.
  • Maple extract – SO much flavor!!!
  • Maple syrup – use PURE maple syrup!
  • Powdered sugar – this is for the glaze!

Best Donut Making Tips 

I think the first huge tip I can give out would be to make sure that your donut pan is GREASED! You can do that by using a non-stick spray or by using butter and spreading it around with a napkin/paper towel to make sure it’s fully coated. 

donut batter in glass bowl

I’ve definitely been in a situation where I have forgotten to grease the pan and it’s heartbreaking! Ha! 

Another tip I have for y’all is when you are combining the wet ingredients, you want to whisk those vigorously to be combined! You’re whisking warm melted butter, egg and milk – which definitely has the potential to curdle and you don’t want that! 

two side by side photos - one of the batter in the donut pan, the other of the baked donuts in the pan

By whisking it vigorously and then immediately adding the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, the risk of your batter curdling is non-existent!

Y’all don’t need a fancy bag to add the donut batter into the pan – I just use a ziploc bag to pipe them in! 

I would recommend being generous with the donuts in each hole – I fill mine up about ⅔ of the way full. Continually stretch and pull at the bag to make sure you are getting all of the batter possible! 

For the maple glaze – my best tip would be to try not to eat it with a spoon in one sitting! HA! Kidding. Kind of 😉 It’s so good, you will want to eat it straight from the bowl! 

side view of bite taken out of donut

It’s also an insanely THICK glaze, which means that when you aren’t dipping donuts in it, it has the potential to homogenize (if that’s the right word?) Lol. So make sure that you have a spoon around to stir the glaze in between donut dipping. 

I had leftover maple glaze and while I simply glazed only the top half of the donut, feel free to go all out and glaze the entire donut! Hello deliciousness! 

Storing Leftovers: 

Store the leftover donuts in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 2 days, although they are best eaten fresh!

For ultra satisfaction, make sure to eat this with a delightfully hot cup of coffee and enjoy! 

Did you like this recipe? Here are a few other donut recipes you might love: 

Baked Caramel Apple Streusel Donuts 

Baked Mexican Mocha Donuts 

Lucky Charms Cereal Milk Donuts 

Glazed Blueberry Cake Donuts 

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5 from 1 vote

Baked Maple Glazed Donuts

These Baked Maple Glazed Donuts are the absolute best way to kick off the Fall season! The perfect cozy spiced donut topped with a buttery maple glaze that will have you going back for seconds!! 

Course Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword baked donuts, baked maple donuts, easy baked donut recipe, maple donuts, maple glazed donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 6 donuts
Author Haylie


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 4 tbsp melted, salted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt (can sub sour cream)
  • 1 tsp maple extract (can use vanilla extract)

Maple Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp salted, melted butter
  • 1 tsp maple extract (if desired for extra maple flavor)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp milk to thin out glaze if neccessary


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Take a donut pan, grease it (either with butter or cooking spray) and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt until combined.

  3. Melt the butter in a smaller bowl. Make sure you give 3-4 minutes for it to cool completely. Once it has cooled, add in the vanilla extract, egg, greek yogurt and milk. Whisk vigorously to combine and then IMMEDIATELY add it to the dry ingredients using a wooden spoon until they are mixed together.

  4. You want to add it immediately to prevent the butter/egg/milk mixture from clumping.

  5. Add the melted butter/egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until combined.

  6. Next, carefully spoon the donut batter either into a ziploc bag or a piping bag if you have one. If you're using a ziploc bag, cut the tip of the bag and pipe the batter into the greased donut pan, about ⅔ of the way full for each donut. 

  7. Bake for 11-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes and then carefully remove them to continue cooling on a wire rack.

  8. Whip up the glaze by melting the butter in a small bowl. To the melted butter, add the maple syrup and whisk until combined. Whisk in the powdered sugar and maple extract and then a splash or two of milk if desired. You want the glaze to be THICK.

  9. Once the donuts are done cooling, carefully dip the top half into the glaze and let the glaze set. Enjoy!

2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    So good!! These taste like fall 😍🍁 This recipe finally convinced me to buy a donut pan – I can’t pass up anything maple 😍 The glaze came together so well, and the donuts themselves are great with or without it (but especially with!). The one thing I would note is that I think the Greek yogurt got left out of the instructions. I mixed it in after the rest of the wet ingredients, and it did just fine.

    1. Thank you Joan!! This made me so happy!! This recipe reminds me of Fall too 🙂 Thanks for the heads up about the greek yogurt addition! I just added that in the recipe steps!! So sorry I forgot to add it in the first place – but so happy they worked out for you!! <3

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