One of Hanukkah’s staple dishes is donuts. The whole holiday is centered around fried foods to symbolize the oil miracle that fueled the Hanukia for 8 whole days. I am not a big fan of fried food so I decided to share a baked donuts recipe instead.
I know some might argue that baked donuts are basically a round cake or a bun but I think it’s a tasty dessert that you can celebrate with, so why not?
The recipe is very simple and the baking time is quick. Almost like baking cookies! It just doesn’t get better than that.
The flavor I chose for the donuts is vanilla and the glaze and garnish adds more sweetness.
The mold I used for the donuts is a 6 cavity donut pan by Wilton. At first I tried using a silicone mold and it was a total failure, the donuts got stuck in the mold and didn’t come out. That’s why I recommend using a high quality non stick mold for a much better outcome.
To place the batter in the pan, I used a piping bag and piped the batter in each cavity, this way I kept everything clean and was able to better control the size of each donut.
For the glaze, I used food coloring. You can use any color you like or totally omit it and have a white glaze if you prefer. Don’t skip the glaze though, the donuts are less festive without it!
For more Hanukkah recipes, check out my Hanukkah recipe index
The recipe yields approximately 10 donuts. If you need more donuts than you can double all the ingredient amounts.
Here is the recipe for these delicious baked vanilla donuts:
Baked Vanilla Donuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup cream
- ¼ cup oil
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract / paste
- Pinch of salt
For glaze and garnish:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 drops food coloring
- 3-4 tablespoon water
- Set the oven to 170°C / 350°F with the fan.
- In a mixing bowl, mix all batter ingredients.
- Transfer the mixed batter to a piping bag.
- Grease a donut mold.
- Cut a small hole in the piping bag and pipe the batter to the mold. Don’t fill more than ¾ of each cavity because the donuts rise.
- Bake the donuts for 9-10 minutes.
- Cool the donuts at room temperature.
- In a small bowl, mix the glaze ingredients.
- Dip every donut in the glaze bowl.
- Sprinkle some sprinkles on the glaze.
- Enjoy a donut and happy Hanukkah!