Brown Butter Baked Donuts

Y’all know I love baked donuts and you know that I love brown butter. I have several recipes that involve both of these separately, but I HAD to bring them together. These Brown Butter Bake Donuts are the perfect combination of the two!

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Making brown butter is incredibly simple. You can totally change the flavor of a recipe without adding any additional ingredients. It’s a very economical way to amp up the flavor of any recipe that includes butter.

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For the glaze I used my favorite maple extract. The brown butter donuts and the maple glaze compliment each other very well. But if you’re not a maple fan, just replace the maple extract with vanilla extract. The donuts will be just as incredible

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Brown Butter Baked Donuts

Soft and cakey brown butter baked donuts topped with a sweet maple glaze
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked donuts, brown butter, Donut, maple, maple glaze
Servings: 6 donuts

Ingredients

For Donuts:

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (107 grams) light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (114 grams) full-fat sour cream
  • 1 large egg

For glaze:

  • 1/2 cup (57 grams) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

For Donuts:

  • Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan. The butter will start to foam and you will see orangey-brown bits form at the bottom of the pan. This will take about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray your donut mold with non-stick spray and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, light brown sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  • In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients together. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Spoon the batter into the donut pan. Bake the donuts into the pre-heated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until they spring back when lightly pressed.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove from pan and allow to cool completely before glazing.

For Glaze:

  • In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients and whisk until free of lumps.
  • Add more milk if the glaze is too thick.
  • Dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze.

Brown Butter Baked Donuts

  1. Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan (I used this one). The butter will start to foam and you will see orangey-brown bits form at the bottom of the pan. This will take about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from heat and allow the butter to cool.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray your donut mold (I use this one) with non-stick spray and set aside.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the flour, light brown sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  5. In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients, make sure the melted butter has cooled or it will curdle the sour cream and cook the egg. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until they are well combined. The dough will be much thicker than you think it will be, so don’t be alarmed. Also, be sure not to overmix your dough or your donuts will be tough.
  6. Next, you will spoon the batter into your molds and fill them up to the top. If you’re using a silicone mold, place it on a cookie sheet before you put them in the oven, this will make it easier to get them in and out of the oven.
  7. Place your donuts in the pre-heated oven. They usually take about 20-25 minutes to bake, but I started checking them around 10 minutes to see if the pan needs to be turned. You’ll know they are finished when you lightly press on a donut and it springs back.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool in the molds until cool enough to remove. Then cool completely before glazing
Maple Glaze
  1. In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients and whisk until free of lumps.
  2. The glaze should be pretty thin and runny, so if it is too thick you can add more milk to thin it out.
  3. Dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze.

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