Maple Pecan Baked Donuts


Breakfast & Brunch Christmas Fall Halloween High Altitude No Seed Oils Thanksgiving Winter | Published October 6, 2021 by Mimi Council

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These tender, cake-like Maple Pecan Baked Donuts are infused with the warm, comforting essence of maple syrup and nutmeg. These easy homemade donuts are full of cozy vibes, perfect for a lazy fall weekend.

If you like making homemade donuts as much as I do, be sure to check out some of my other favorites like my Snickerdoodle Donut Holes, Double Chocolate Baked Donuts, or my Cinnamon Sugar Banana Donuts.

maple pecan baked donuts

These Maple Pecan Baked Donuts start with a simple batter. Baking these donuts ensures a light yet indulgent experience, as they emerge from the oven with a golden-brown exterior that beautifully contrasts the soft interior. After they are baked up to perfection, I top these donuts with a maple icing and a generous scattering of pecan pieces on top that add a delightful crunch and a nutty depth.

This recipe is perfect for a lazy fall weekend as you can easily make them on a Saturday or Sunday morning. The recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make, and with baking and cooling time, you're looking at fresh donuts in an hour! So doable for Sunday brunch and these will truly impress.

And, let me tell you guys right now — while some baked donuts taste like a baked donut — this recipe is full of flavor and the donuts get browned ever so perfectly in the USA Pan Donut Pans, that if you gave this to someone you could pass it off as a real fried donut. I was blown away after testing these, as I am very particular with my donuts!

maple pecan baked donuts

Why You'll Love This Recipe

Rich, Nutty Flavor: This recipe for Maple Pecan Baked Donuts offer a delicious combination of sweet maple syrup and crunchy pecans, creating a rich and nutty flavor profile that is both unique and satisfying.

Healthier Indulgence: Making baked donuts instead of frying makes them a healthier treat!

Light and Fluffy: Because these are baked donuts, they have a cake-like texture with a light and fluffy crumb.

Make Ahead: These easy homemade donuts are a great recipe to make ahead. If you plan to make the day before, just store under a cake dome.

maple pecan baked donuts

Ingredients

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Frontier Co-Op Baking Powder

Frontier Co-Op Organic Nutmeg

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Organic Valley Large Eggs

Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream

Organic Greek Yogurt

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Simply Organic Vanilla Extract

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

Organic Maple Syrup

Organic Valley Grassmilk

Organic Pecans

maple pecan baked donuts

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

USA Pan Donut Pan

Mixing Bowl

Whisk

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Step 2

To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and sea salt and mix for 3 to 4 rotations to combine the dry ingredients.

Add the egg, heavy whipping cream, yogurt, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined into a thick batter. Transfer the batter to a piping bag.

Step 3

Spray the donut pans with olive oil cooking spray. Pipe the batter into the pans, or if you don’t want to pipe, you can also just spoon it into the pans too!

Step 4

Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the pans.

Step 5

To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and milk and whisk until you have a smooth glaze. Using a butter knife of spatula spread glaze on top of each donut and top with chopped pecans.

maple pecan baked donuts

Baker's Tips

  • Make sure you have USA Pan Donut Pans, it is ideal that you have 2 pans as this recipe makes 12 donuts, and each pan holds 6 donuts. However, if you only have 1 pan, the batter is fine if it sits while the first 6 bake and then cool, remove, and bake again in the same pan.
  • If you only have plain Greek yogurt, or even just plain yogurt, that will also work. I just prefer the little added flavor the vanilla gives these donuts, so if you can get it, that is best!
  • It is truly necessary to have a good organic canola oil cooking spray. It helps so much when removing the donuts so they just pop right out for perfect donuts each time.
  • Make sure to allow the donuts to cool completely before removing them from the pans. They will be fragile, so be patient. If you want to speed up the process, a trick is to pop your pans in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes and that helps when removing things from pans that are fragile.
maple pecan baked donuts

FAQ's

Can I use unsalted butter?

Yes, just add a pinch of salt to the recipe.

Can I use plain yogurt in place of Greek?

Yes, you can use plain yogurt instead. You can also use vanilla but it will make the donuts a bit sweeter.

How should I store these?

Store under a cake dome or in an airtight container.

maple pecan baked donuts

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maple pecan baked donuts

Maple Pecan Baked Donuts

Mimi Council
Moist, fluffy, and perfectly spiced. These Maple Pecan Baked Donuts are a healthier option than fried and they have a soft and tender crumb that you'll love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Makes 12 donuts
Calories 409 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Batter

Glaze

Topping

  • 64 grams pecans (chopped)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and sea salt and mix for 3 to 4 rotations to combine the dry ingredients.
  • Add the egg, heavy whipping cream, yogurt, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined into a thick batter. Transfer the batter to a piping bag.
  • Spray the donut pans with olive oil cooking spray. Pipe the batter into the pans, or if you don’t want to pipe, you can also just spoon it into the pans too!
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the pans.
  • To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and milk and whisk until you have a smooth glaze.
  • Using a butter knife of spatula spread glaze on top of each donut and top with chopped pecans.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

High Altitude — Bake at 400°F for 8 to 12 minutes, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.

Nutrition

Calories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 229mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 1gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 498IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 74mgIron: 1mg
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