Earl Grey Glazed Donuts

glazed overhead shot of earl grey donuts

These Earl Grey Glazed Donuts are such a delicious Fall treat! Soft, baked lightly sweetened donuts topped with the best tasting Earl Grey Glaze – perfect to go with a cup of tea or coffee as you cozy up on these chilly Fall mornings! 

Alright y’all, another season, another new donut recipe!! Oh how I love baked donuts. They’re such a fun and easy treat to whip up when you want something a little sweet. 

You can eat them for breakfast, a snack, mid day pick me up or dessert! They’re incredibly versatile.

extreme close up of cinnamon dusted glazed donut

I truly didn’t think that my $10 donut pan I got at Target a couple years ago would be as utilized as it has been – but here we are! So I encourage you to get one as well. 

Why? So you can make these donuts, duh! 😉 

Why You’ll Love These Donuts: 

I’ve always been a lover of Earl Grey tea – especially in creamy London Fog Lattes. And that’s what these donuts remind me of! 

They’re soft, fluffy on the inside, naturally sweetened with honey and have the perfect flavor to them. 

It’s like you’re heading to a classic English tea time – oh how I miss tea time in London! And you have this cup of hot tea and then you add a little sugar and cream to it – and voila! These donuts are so much like that. 

Like the classic ingredients/flavor of Earl Grey, they have a bit of a floral citrus note to them thanks to the classic bergamot oil present in them. 

earl grey glaze dripping from spoon into bowl

But even though they have that citrus note – these are still SO cozy and delightful. 

And not only are they cozy and delightful, like any baked good you might make this Fall, they make your house just smell wonderful! Who needs to waste money on candles when you can bake, am I right?!

The glaze is super easy to whip up – you simply steep some Earl Grey tea bags in warm milk, making sure you get allll of that delicate flavor out and then, you add in some powdered sugar to make the perfect consistency of the glaze you desire. 

side view shot of glazed donuts with tea bag in the shot

They’re just delightful and truly the perfect way to welcome in the chilly Fall mornings – pass me a cup of coffee please! 

So let’s get into how to make them! 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • All purpose flour 
  • Honey
  • Baking powder + baking soda 
  • Salted butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Greek yogurt (or sour cream) 
  • Egg
  • Whole Milk 
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Powdered sugar 

Best Donut Baking Tips: 

Begin by grabbing your donut pan and grease it, making sure it’s ready to go. We don’t want our donuts sticking in there! 

Preheat the oven, of course, to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 

To a small bowl, add in the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, spice etc.) and whisk together until fully combined. Set aside for now. 

Melt the salted butter in a medium size bowl. Add the honey directly in with the butter and stir until combined. Let it cool for a few minutes. 

Next – add in all of the other wet ingredients – the major tip here is once they are added in, stir them QUICKLY! This will make sure that the wet ingredients don’t clump together since you have both butter, milk and egg in there. 

donut batter

Add the dry ingredients directly into the wet ingredients and stir together until fully combined and you don’t see any of those pesky lumps of flour in there. 

Grab a ziploc bag next and carefully add all of the donut batter into the bag. Slice the tip of the bag off and pipe the donut mixture into each donut hole in the pan, about ⅔ of the way full for each donut. 

side by side before and after baking shots in donut pan

If you have any leftover in the bag, feel free to add it in to make each one a little bit fuller. 

And then you’re all set! Pop them into the oven and let them bake away! 

While it’s baking, add milk to a small saucepan on the stove. Let it get warm to hot (but never to a boil) and then remove from the heat and add in the tea bags. I used about 3 tea bags to 1 cup of milk. Feel free to use more if you want EXTRA Earl Grey flavor. 

stack of glazed donuts

Let them steep for 5 minutes or so and then carefully use a spoon to be sure to squeeze out all of the flavor in the tea bags into the milk. 

In a small bowl, add about 1 cup of powdered sugar. Then, add a heavy splash of the Earl grey milk (begin with 2 tbsp and go from there) until you reach your desired consistency.

Sometimes you might have to add more milk if you want it thinner, or if it’s too thin, you might need to add more powdered sugar. It’s all about what you prefer! 

Once the donuts are baked, let them cool for 5-10 minutes in the pan and then carefully remove them to a cooling rack. 

bite taken out of glazed donut

I find it best to grab a butter knife and gently go around the baked donut in the pan to help loosen them up. 

Then it’s time to DUNK AND GLAZE! You can glaze the entire donut or just half like I did here. 

Top with an extra pinch of cinnamon for ultra cozy vibes and enjoy!

What to Serve Donuts With:

  • A hot cup of coffee or tea 
  • If you’re feeling brunch vibes, break out the mimosas! 
  • Soft scrambled eggs would be a great side of protein 
  • Crispy hot bacon or sausage would also go well with these! 

How to Store Leftovers: 

Store leftovers (if you have any ;)) in a tightly sealed tupperware container at room temperature. They should be good for about 2 days but of course, taste best the day of! 

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are more donut recipes you might like: 

Baked Caramel Apple Streusel Donuts 

Baked Mexican Mocha Donuts 

Chocolate Chai Donuts 

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Earl Grey Glazed Donuts

These Earl Grey Glazed Donuts are such a delicious Fall treat! Soft, baked lightly sweetened donuts topped with the best tasting Earl Grey Glaze - perfect to go with a cup of tea or coffee as you cozy up on these chilly Fall mornings! 

Course Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword baked donuts, earl grey glaze, earl grey glazed donuts, easy donut recipe, easy donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp melted, salted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt (can sub sour cream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Earl Grey Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar (more if needed)
  • 1 cup milk (see notes!)
  • 3-4 Earl Grey tea bags (depending on how strong you want it)

Instructions

Baking Donuts

  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, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon 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 honey and stir them together. Add 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. 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. 

  6. 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.

Earl Grey Glaze

  1. In a small saucepan, add the 1 cup of milk and let it get warm (almost hot but never to a boil!) Add in the Earl Grey tea bags, remove from the heat and let them steep for at least 10 minutes.

  2. Once the 10 minutes is up be sure to press down on the tea bags using a spoon or something to strain them to get ALL of the Earl Grey flavor out.

  3. Add powdered sugar into a bowl. To the bowl, start by adding 3 tbsp of the Earl Grey milk and whisk to combine. Check the consistency - you don't want it too runny, but also not too thick. You may have to add more Earl Grey milk. If you add too much and it's too runny, no worries, just add more powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. See notes about leftover Earl Grey milk!!!

Glazing Donuts

  1. Once the donuts are cooled, carefully dunk them to glaze and then set them on a cooling rack to let the excess glaze run off. Dunk half of the donut or the whole - it's up to you! Let the glaze set for a few minutes. If desired, add an extra pinch of cinnamon.

  2. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You will have MORE Earl Grey steeped milk than needed - I recommend beginning to thin out the 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2-3 tbsp and starting from there. You can always add more milk if needed to thin the glaze or more powdered sugar to make it thicker depending on consistency preference. Feel free to just drink the leftover milk or repurpose it for my London Fog Oatmeal! 

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