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Valentine Donuts | Julie Blanner

Celebrate the holiday that celebrates love with these baked Valentine donuts. They make the cutest breakfast, and they’re so easy to make, too!

Get the whole family involved in baking and decorating these delicious little treats. They are so much easier (and less messy) than frying.

They also make a lovely gift for friends! Decorate them with colorful frosting and sprinkles, and package them with love, of course.

Heart shaped Valentine doughnuts on a white surface, covered in pink icing and sprinkles.

Who can resist this warm and fuzzy holiday? Not me, or at least I can’t resist these warm and delicious little donuts.

We love baked donuts, and they are such a great treat all year long. It’s so much fun to dress them up for holidays, though – don’t skip my Christmas Donuts, too!

These sweet treats are baked in a doughnut pan, covered in sweet icing and of course, sprinkles. They are too cute for words, and they are more than just a fun breakfast – they make a great gift, too.

Heart shaped Valentine doughnuts on a white surface, covered in pink icing and sprinkles.

Valentine Donuts

Let’s make these fun Valentine treats today!

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Sweet and Fun
  • Great for Decorating
  • Kids love Them
  • Package for Gifts
  • Easily Customized
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Shopping List

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  • All-Purpose Flour
  • White Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Whole Milk
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Tub of Icing
  • Sprinkles

Variations

Heart shaped Valentine doughnuts on a baking sheet, covered in pink icing and sprinkles.
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Tips

  • This recipe made 24 small baked donuts for us. However, if you use a pan with larger cavities, you’ll get less donuts overall, of course. This also means your bake time might be a little longer, and the nutritional notes should be adjusted according to finished quantity.
  • Don’t over-mix the batter, the ingredients should be just combined. Over mixing can cause them to become chewy rather than light and fluffy.
  • Don’t overfill the cavities of your pan – Fill 3/4 full to allow for rise.
  • Use the Toothpick Test – Insert a toothpick in the center. When it comes out clean, it’s done.
  • Looking for these fun sprinkles? We have the best selection of sprinkles at our local Walmart, of all places!
  • If you’re hoping to package these as gifts, allow the frosting to sit for a couple hours to harden first.
Heart shaped Valentine doughnuts on a white surface, covered in pink icing and sprinkles.

Baking Conversion Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are doughnuts better fried or baked?

If you’re craving a traditional, yeasty doughnut with a crispy exterior and melt-in-your-mouth interior, that’s not what these doughnuts are! However, skipping the fryer is better for you, and these Valentine donuts are more cake like, and less chewy than a traditional fried donut.

What is the difference between baked and fried donuts?

Baked donuts are cooked in an oven (more like cupcakes), and traditional fried donuts are fried in hot oil on the stovetop. Both types of doughnuts can be topped with icing, decorating sprinkles, and more.

Heart shaped Valentine doughnuts on a white surface, covered in pink icing and sprinkles.

How to Store

  • Room temperature – Store these baked donuts at room temperature for up to two days, in an airtight container.
  • Refrigerator – Store in the refrigerator for up to three days, warming for a few seconds in the microwave before serving.
  • Freezer – If you are going to freeze, bake and cool completely. Simply place them in a plastic-freezer storage bag, seal tight, label, date, and store in your freezer for up to 2-3 months.

To defrost from frozen, microwave for 20-30 seconds or leave out at room temperature for 1-2 hours.

Dietary Considerations

  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
  • To Make Gluten Free: be sure to choose a 1:1 gluten free flour for baking.

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Baked Valentine Doughnuts

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease doughnut pans with baking spray to prevent sticking.

  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine egg, milk, butter and vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet mixture until just combined.

  • Spoon batter into pans, filling just over ¾ full.

  • Bake 14-16 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing.

  • This recipe made 24 small baked doughnuts for us. However, if you use a pan with larger cavities, you’ll get less donuts overall. This also means your bake time might be a little longer, and the nutritional notes should be adjusted according to finished quantity.
  • Don’t overmix the doughnut batter, the ingredients should be just combined. Over mixing can cause them to become chewy rather than light and fluffy.
  • Don’t overfill your donut pan – Fill 3/4 full to allow for rise.
  • Use the Toothpick Test – Insert a toothpick in the center. When it comes out clean, it’s done.
  • Looking for these fun sprinkles? We have the best selection of sprinkles at our local Walmart, of all places!
  • If you’re hoping to package these as gifts, allow the frosting to sit for a couple hours to harden first.

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

How to Make

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease doughnut pans with baking spray to prevent sticking.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar baking powder, and salt. Set aside. A glass bowl full of flour, sugar and more for a doughnut batter.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine egg, milk, butter and vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet mixture until just combined.
  4. Spoon batter into pans, filling just over ¾ full. A gold donut pan filled with batter before baking. A gold donut pan filled with batter before baking. A gold donut pan filled with batter before baking.
  5. Bake 14-15 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from tray.
For Topping
  1. Melt icing in a small bowl. Lightly dip each donut in melted icing and add sprinkles or any decorative elements. Serve warm.
Heart shaped Valentine doughnuts on a baking sheet, covered in pink icing and sprinkles.

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