These tender, cake-like Maple Pecan Baked Donuts are infused with the warm, comforting essence of maple syrup and nutmeg. These easy homemade donuts are full of cozy vibes, perfect for a lazy fall weekend.
If you like making homemade donuts as much as I do, be sure to check out some of my other favorites like my Snickerdoodle Donut Holes, Double Chocolate Baked Donuts, or my Cinnamon Sugar Banana Donuts.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
These Maple Pecan Baked Donuts start with a simple batter. Baking these donuts ensures a light yet indulgent experience, as they emerge from the oven with a golden-brown exterior that beautifully contrasts the soft interior. After they are baked up to perfection, I top these donuts with a maple icing and a generous scattering of pecan pieces on top that add a delightful crunch and a nutty depth.
This recipe is perfect for a lazy fall weekend as you can easily make them on a Saturday or Sunday morning. The recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make, and with baking and cooling time, you're looking at fresh donuts in an hour! So doable for Sunday brunch and these will truly impress.
And, let me tell you guys right now – while some baked donuts taste like a baked donut – this recipe is full of flavor and the donuts get browned ever so perfectly in the USA Pan Donut Pans, that if you gave this to someone you could pass it off as a real fried donut. I was blown away after testing these, as I am very particular with my donuts!
Tips for Maple Pecan Baked Donuts
• Make sure you have USA Pan Donut Pans, it is ideal that you have 2 pans as this recipe makes 12 donuts, and each pan holds 6 donuts. However, if you only have 1 pan, the batter is fine if it sits while the first 6 bake and then cool, remove, and bake again in the same pan.
• If you only have plain Greek yogurt, or even just plain yogurt, that will also work. I just prefer the little added flavor the vanilla gives these donuts, so if you can get it, that is best!
• It is truly necessary to have a good organic canola oil cooking spray. It helps so much when removing the donuts so they just pop right out for perfect donuts each time.
• Make sure to allow the donuts to cool completely before removing them from the pans. They will be fragile, so be patient. If you want to speed up the process, a trick is to pop your pans in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes and that helps when removing things from pans that are fragile.
Ingredients for Maple Pecan Baked Donuts
Organic Greek Yogurt
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Maple Pecan Baked DonutsDifficulty: Easy
This easy baked donut recipe makes a moist and lightly sweetened cake donut that's topped with a maple glaze and pecans.
255 grams (2 cups) organic all purpose flour
170 grams (3/4 cup) organic cane sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon organic nutmeg
1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 organic large egg
1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup organic Greek vanilla yogurt
6 tablespoons organic salted butter, melted
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Organic canola oil cooking spray
284 grams (2 cups) organic powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
3 tablespoons organic milk
64 grams (1/2 cup) organic pecans, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and sea salt and mix for 3 to 4 rotations to combine the dry ingredients.
- Add the egg, heavy whipping cream, yogurt, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined into a thick batter. Transfer the batter to a piping bag.
- Spray the donut pans with canola oil cooking spray. Pipe the batter into the pans, or if you don’t want to pipe, you can also just spoon it into the pans too!
- Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the pans.
- To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and milk and whisk until you have a smooth glaze.
- Using a butter knife of spatula spread glaze on top of each donut and top with chopped pecans.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- High Altitude — Bake at 400°F for 8 to 12 minutes, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.
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