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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!

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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.)

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 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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Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Buttermilk is not listed in the recipe, but is in directions?

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Hi Ellen! Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention! I sincerely apologize for missing this ingredient. It does make for a moist donut. Again thank you for stopping by and for the help. I hope you have a great week! Happy Nesting! ~Norine


Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Can these doughnuts be frozen (without the glaze)? Thanks so much! Vicki

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Hi Vicki! I have never frozen them myself. However, I would assume since they are very much like a crumb muffin that they could be frozen if well wrapped. Then you could just reheat in the microwave. Now I want to try it! lol Hope this helps you out. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a Great week. Happy Nesting! Norine

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Thursday 7th of June 2018

I came to your recipe looking for a good crumb topping for the baked-donut recipe we use from King Arthur - your crumb looks great and we're going to give it a go!

Thursday 7th of June 2018

Hi Jim! I hope you love this baked donut recipe as much as I did. The crumb puts it over the top! Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with me. Have a Great Day and Happy Donut baking! Happy Nesting! ~Norine