Vanilla Bean Mini Donuts

by Megan on October 11, 2010

Yesterday, I baked some mini donuts. They turned out teeny, pink, vanilla bean-freckled and chocolate squiggly. They are as tasty as they are cute.

I just want to make every sort of baked donut that exists now. I want to top cupcakes and cakes with them. I want to wear one as a pinky ring. I want to put them in my pocket. I want give them hugs. I want to dunk them in tiny drinks.

Here you go! Have this mini donut! Just eat it in one bite, ok? Don’t be a girl.

(And don’t worry. I repainted my nails last night. They were chippy for real.)

Vanilla Bean Mini Donuts
Recipe adapted from Sur La Table via SprinkleBakes


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • heaping 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 6 T buttermilk
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 T butter, melted
  • seeds from 1/2 a vanilla bean

equipment –


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray mini donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add buttermilk, egg, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds and butter and beat until just combined. (Transfer batter to a sandwich bag and snip off the end for easy donut pan filling.) Pipe donut batter into each donut cup approximately 1/2 full.
  3. Bake 4-6 minutes or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4-5 minutes before removing. Finish donuts with vanilla glaze.

Glaze-y sunday.

Vanilla Glaze


  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 T milk
  • 1/4 t vanilla extract
  • a few drops food coloring of your choice
  • sprinkles of your dreams (optional)
  • smidgen of melted chocolate for drizzling (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, stir together sugar, milk and vanilla extract until sugar is completely dissolved. Add food coloring and stir until color is uniform. Use immediately to glaze donuts, dunking the tops in the glaze like the photo above. Sprinkle on the fun, or let the glaze set and then drizzle with melted chocolate.

Hi, mini donuts. You’re lookin’ goo-ood in your pink and brown outfits.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

kimberly October 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm

those are adorable!


Megan (megabite) October 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Thanks Kimberly!


Dana October 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

I love that they’re baked. It would make me feel less guilty about chowing down on them. Where did you get your pan from?


Megan (megabite) October 12, 2010 at 10:22 am

I know what you mean! Donuts, while tasty, feel like a major splurge.

I got the pan from Sur La Table. At $10 it’s a steal!


Crepes of Wrath October 12, 2010 at 11:08 am

These are insanely adorable! I need a mini doughnut pan ASAP!


Megan (megabite) October 12, 2010 at 11:12 am

Thanks Sydney! I had the same reaction when I found out that mini baked donuts existed. I just really love mini food. 🙂


Kerri October 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Way too cute Megan! Do you think I could make them in a mini muffin pan and fill them with raspberry jelly? Like a baby bismarck?


Megan (megabite) October 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Ooh Kerri, I bet that’d work and be amazing! I haven’t tried it though, so let me know how it turns out!


Pretty. Good. Food. October 18, 2010 at 11:14 am

These are so ridiculously cute!!! I love them 🙂 Great photos too!


Megan (megabite) October 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Thanks Meredith! They were super fun.


Ariane January 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Thanks for the great recipe! It was so easy to put together and it made the perfect amount. Delish!


Emily September 8, 2011 at 1:54 am

Do I have to use the vanilla bean seeds?


Megan (megabite) September 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

You can always use 1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract instead!


Kate January 22, 2014 at 10:23 pm

These looks awesome! Do you think these would work if I baked them in a normal (non-mini) sized donut pan?


Megan January 22, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Totally! Just bake them longer. Let me know what you think!


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