Baked Buttermilk Donuts


Finally, a baked buttermilk doughnut recipe that is crispy on the outside and light and airy on the inside! You won't think you're eating a donut-shaped muffin with this one! You could also toss the donuts in a cinnamon-sugar mix, glaze them with powdered sugar-water icing, or frost them with chocolate frosting.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 donuts


  • cooking spray

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening, melted and cooled slightly

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Adjust an oven rack to the upper-middle position. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.

  2. Sift flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Whisk buttermilk, eggs, baking soda, and vanilla extract together in a smaller bowl.

  4. Pour melted and cooled shortening into flour mixture and stir until absorbed. Add buttermilk mixture and mix well. Let batter rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

  5. Pour a scant tablespoon of batter into the well of each donut cup in the prepared pan. Use the back of a spoon to distribute batter evenly across the bottom of each; you won't use up all of the batter in this batch.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven on the upper-middle rack until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven; let cool in the pan for 2 to 3 minutes before removing onto a wire rack.

  7. Place powdered sugar into a small paper bag. Toss warm doughnuts in powdered sugar to coat.

  8. Spray the donut pan with cooking spray again. Spoon batter in tablespoonfuls into the hot pan for the next batch.

  9. Bake donuts in the preheated oven on the upper-middle rack until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool for 2 to 3 minutes before removing from the pan and tossing in powdered sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
6g Fat
46g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 276mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 66mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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