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Crumb Baked Donuts

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Baked Crumb Donuts are like hand held Coffee Cakes with holes! So moist and tender and all that yummy crumb topping!

I’m a little late to the “baked” donut scene. However, ya gotta admit even though I’m late to the party I brought a really good showing! I can’t take claim for this recipe. It’s from Ashley at Better Baker! I did “tweak” it a tad. (I just can’t help myself… I do it all the time to every recipe.)

crumb donuts

I have to admit…this recipe made me a fan of baked donuts. I love how easy they are to make and how outrageously delicious they are! A winning combination to be sure.

How To Make Baked Crumb Donuts

Preheat oven to 350° degrees and spray your donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Next mix the crumb topping by combining all the crumb ingredients in a small bowl and adding the toasted chopped almonds. Set aside.

This was the change I made. I used my crumb topping recipe after the first batch because I like a fine crumb better. It’s just a personal preference.

crumb topping in a bowl

In a medium bowl mix together all the dry ingredients. Whisk together until well blended.

adding the flour to the brown sugar

Add the wet ingredients and gently mix in until combined. Do not over mix the dough. The original recipe calls for mixing the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and then folding them into the dry ingredients. I just gently whisked them together and they turned out perfect.

TIP: This is a stiff dough so do not panic if it is thicker than you were expecting.

mixing the dough for the baked donuts

TIP: I placed the mixed dough into a large plastic zip lock bag and cut off the one corner to pipe the dough into the prepared doughnut baking pan.  Made it so easy to fill the donut pan and SO easy to clean up! (Seriously ANY day I can toss a dirty cooking utensil into the trash rather than washing it…SCORE…GOOD DAY!)

piped dough into donut baking pan

Sprinkle tops with the crumb topping. Do NOT panic if your crumb looks different. It should! This photo was taken before I adjusted to my crumb recipe.

adding crumb topping to donut dough in baking pan

Place in preheated oven, and cook for 10–11 minutes.  Donuts will rise and may even cover the hole. Don’t worry about that either. We’re gonna fix that. (Cause I’m a Mom and I can fix anything…don’t believe me… I’m the master of hot gluing on merit badges before a scout court of honor! That’s right… I ROCK the glue gun too! Lol

While the donuts are cooling in the pan take a butter knife and gently push the dough back creating the hole in the center. Ta-da! You are an official donut hole fixer! (Mad skills ladies and gents. We’ve got MAD skills!)

Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. (Unless you enjoy playing toss the donut and watch it fall apart…then by all means…remove that hot donut and have at it! Just please send me pictures!)

Prepare the vanilla glaze while the donuts cool, or look for the first aid kit…depending on which route you went with.

Drizzle over cooled donuts. If you’re not planning on serving the donuts right away hold off on the glaze as it can tend to make the donuts a little soggy.

TIP: Place a sheet of wax paper under your cooling rack to catch the drips from the glaze. This makes cleaning up a breeze, and it is also a great way to collect the extra glaze in case you run out.

baked crumb donuts in a pile on a plate

Don’t those donuts look delicious! So simple and no frying. I love cake donuts so for me these were AH-Mazing! (There’s that word again… I know I over use it…can’t be helped!)  

baked crumb donuts on a platter

These donuts are tender, moist, and delicious. The crunchy cinnamon almond topping is to DIE for! Top it off with the vanilla glaze and you’ve got the perfect baked donut!

If you like this recipe you might also like these Donut Recipes

If you make these donuts please let me know by leaving a comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

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Yield: 6 baked donuts

Crumb Baked Donuts

crumb donuts

Baked Crumb Donuts are like hand held Coffee Cakes with holes! So moist and tender and all that yummy crumb topping!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes


Crumb Topping

  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Refined Sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped almonds (optional)
  • 1/8 cup of unsalted butter, melted.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Full-Fat Sour Cream
  • 3 Tablespoon Buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1/2 Cup Confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Whole Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray donut baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Crumb Topping

  1. In a small bowl mix together 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 Tablespoon refined sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, almonds, and 2/3 cup all-purpose flour. Mix well. Add in 1/8 cup unsalted melted butter. Mix with fingers till crumbly.
  2. Set aside.


  1. In a medium size bowl add 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder. Use a wire whisk to blend together.
  2. Add to dry mixture, 1/2 cup full-fat sour cream, 2 1/2 Tablespoons melted butter, 1 large egg, and 3 Tablespoons of Buttermilk.
  3. Carefully mix ingredients together being careful not to over mix.
  4. Place donut mixture into a large plastic zip lock bag. Snip off bottom corner and pipe dough into the prepared donut baking sheet.
  5. Top each donut with 1 1/2 Tablespoons of crumb topping.
  6. Bake at 350° for 10-11 minutes or until lightly brown.
  7. If dough has covered the hole in the baking pan take a butter knife and carefully push the dough back towards the donut while in the baking pan.
  8. Allow donuts to cool in baking pan for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove donuts from baking pan and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool until at least lukewarm.
  10. Drizzle with Vanilla Icing.

Vanilla Icing

  1. Mix 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar with 1/2 Tablespoon whole milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix until smooth and creamy. Drizzle over cool donuts.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 donut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 339mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 6g

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Sunday 14th of April 2024

Made this morning, followed recipe except for icing I add a pinch of salt and less milk. The donuts were light but had no real taste except for icing but thanks for the recipe. Also crumb mixture made was twice as much as needed.

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Wednesday 24th of April 2024

Hi Laura! I'm sorry this recipe was disappointing. I never like to hear that one of my recipes didn't hit the bar! Thank you stopping by and sharing with us and for your helpful tips. We always love hearing from our fellow bakers and cooks...the good and the bad. So thank you. Have a great week! I hope you'll come back and try another recipe. Might I suggest the buttermilk bars...they are a huge hit for my donut loving bakers. Norine


Saturday 23rd of September 2023

Im really excited about trying your donuts but I have a few questions.

I’d like to try these donuts in my mini donut maker. How long do you think I should baked them for?

I like to substitute Greek yogurt for sour crea in mar of my baking do you think that will work with these doughnuts?

And lastly I don’t use buttermilk much. What is the best way to substitute it? Thanks

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Wednesday 27th of September 2023

Hi Grace! Let me see if I can help with a few answers... 1. I've never used a mini donut maker so I can't accurately answer that question. I would say do half the bake time, but again, I've never used one and I don't know what temp it cooks at. 2. Yes! You can substitute Greek Yogurt for the sour cream and it will work wonderfully. 3. The best substitution for Buttermilk is either to use more Greek Yogurt or use 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar for every cup of milk.

Hope these answers help with this recipe. I hope you enjoy them! Norine


Saturday 14th of January 2023

Can't wait to try these. Theys sound amazing. I think I might try using almond extract instead of the vanilla for the glaze. I love anything with almond flavor. Will let you know how they taste. Thanks for the recipe. Marie

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Monday 16th of January 2023

Hi Marie! I LOVE the idea of using almond extract! I'm a huge fan of it in cakes and bakes! Let me know how it turned out. Have a great week! Norine


Sunday 23rd of May 2021

Could you please remove my last name? Thanks

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Monday 24th of May 2021

Hi Sue, I just removed the comment. I can't remove your name, but with the comment gone it should take care of the issue. Norine


Monday 22nd of February 2021

How many does this make? They look so good.

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Monday 22nd of February 2021

Hi Kathy! This recipe makes 6 donuts! Hope that helps you out. This is a really yummy recipe. Hope you'll give them a try. Stop back by again soon!

Happy Nesting! Norine

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