Baked Donuts filled with jelly are incredibly soft, airy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Just like our donut holes, this homemade donut recipe is easy and always gets rave reviews!

Donuts are the ultimate comfort food. The aroma from the oven and the little hint of jelly peeking out of the side make these irresistible. I am a sucker for classic home-baked treats like blueberry muffins or chocolate chip banana bread and these baked donuts do not disappoint!

stack of 3 baked donuts

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Baked Donut Recipe:

Baked donuts are cotton-candy soft and fluffy. I remember my Mother making apple piroshki (Russian fried doughnuts) after school and it is one of the food memories I will always treasure. Baked yeast donuts are even easier and is a tradition I’m continuing with my own family.

I’ll take one of these over a Krispy Kreme any day because they are way more satisfying – the perfect balance of fluffy center to sugar coated surface without the greasy mouth feel and my belly is always happier eating a homemade baked donut!

Ingredients for yeast baked donut recipe

Is it Donuts or Doughnuts?

Which is the correct spelling? This is heated debate because donuts… mmm doughnuts! There’s even a National Donut Day and it’s the first Friday of June. It is the ultimate comfort food. The real question is – when were doughnuts invented? ‘Doughnut’ is the original old-school spelling but ‘donuts’ took off when Dunkin’ Donuts launched in 1950.

Most people will search for “donuts” online and it is the clear winner in popularity. The dictionary now recognizes ‘donut’ as a variant of doughnut so the word doughnut came first but both terms are technically correct.

Here’s our argument – old school doughnuts are deep fried, but these are new school baked donuts so we called them so.

Are Baked Donuts Healthy?

To put it delicately, baked donuts are the healthier option compared to traditional deep-fried donuts. They don’t leave you feeling as guilty about your choices. You only need 1 Tbsp of melted butter to coat all 12 donuts! Are donuts good for you? In the end, they are still sugar covered carbs… glorious carbs! Eat responsibly.

Donuts (doughnuts) on a baking rack coated in sugar

What is the Best Filling for Donuts?

We enjoy changing up the type of jelly in these baked donuts; strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, huckleberry,.. you name it! Whether you are using jam, preserves or jelly, pick one that is:

  • Thick – a thick jelly won’t run out of the donut as easily
  • Fairly Smooth – so the piping tip doesn’t get clogged
  • Your favorite flavor – these are, after all, for you!

Jelly filling inside of a baked donut

How to Make Cream Filled Donuts:

For a cream filling, you will need a stable, thick cream that won’t ooze out. The pastry cream from our eclairs is easy and excellent. Let the cream cool then fill the pastry bag fitted with a sharp tip and generously pipe into each donut.

For Cinnamon Sugar Donuts:

If you choose to omit the jam inside, you can add more flavor with a cinnamon sugar coating. In a small bowl, stir together and roll hot buttered donuts in this mixture:

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Love Glazed Donuts?

We enjoy these without glaze but if you desire glazed donuts, you can skip brushing with butter and rolling in sugar. Once donuts are cool enough to handle, dip into this glaze mixture then place on racks until glaze hardens:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk or water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Sugar coated jelly filled donuts

More Classic Home-Baked Treats:

How to Ensure Super Fluffy Donuts?

The correct balance of wet to dry ingredients is critical in any dough recipe. Be sure to measure the ingredients correctly. Stir your flour with a spoon then spoon it into a dry ingredient measuring cup. Pushing a measuring cup into a flour bin can result in 25% more flour than is called for which will result in dense donuts.

Also, be sure to allow your dough to proof in a warm room (never more than 110˚F) or you will deactivate the yeast and the donuts will not rise properly.

Baked Donut Video Tutorial:

Watch Natasha make this easy and super fluffy baked donut recipe. P.S. There’s a guest star in this episode!

I hope this becomes your go-to baked donut recipe! They are irresistibly soft and there is nothing like warm homemade donuts.

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Baked Donuts Filled with Jelly

4.93 from 265 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
stack of 3 baked donuts
Baked Donuts are incredibly soft, airy and melt-in-you-mouth delicious. This homemade donut recipe is easy and always gets rave reviews! The little hint of jelly peeking out of the side makes them irresistible.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 41 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 donuts
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for dusting*
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast, quick acting, (1 packet = 7 grams)
  • 2/3 cup warm milk, 110˚F - microwave 35 sec.
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup jelly or jam, (no large fruit pieces)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar , to roll donuts

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 1/4 tsp (1 packet) instant yeast and 1/4 tsp salt.
  • Add warm milk, 3 Tbsp melted butter, 2 egg yolks and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, and whisk vigorously to combine well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and rest at room temperature 10 minutes, until some bubbles form on the surface.
  • Add remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, adding just enough until dough holds together and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl (Add the last 2 Tbsp of flour only if needed) and knead in the bowl 5 minutes. If dough is really sticking to your hands, dust lightly with flour then continue kneading with clean dry hands. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a 100˚F oven for 45 min or at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375˚F with rack in the center of the oven.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll the dough out to just under 1/2” thick. Cut circles using a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps if needed to make 12 donuts total. Place donuts on prepared baking sheet, cover with a tea towel and let rise in a 100˚F oven for 20 min or at room temperature 45 min, or until puffed. Bake uncovered in the center of a preheated oven at 375˚F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden on top.
  • Right out of the oven, brush a hot bun all over with remaining 1 Tbsp melted butter and roll in a bowl of sugar to coat lightly with sugar. Cut a deep slit in the side of each donut and pipe jam with a pastry bag into each one. 

Notes

*For best results, be sure to measure the flour correctly - spoon it into the cup and level off the top for an accurate measure. 

Nutrition Per Serving

211kcal Calories37g Carbs3g Protein5g Fat2g Saturated Fat43mg Cholesterol60mg Sodium63mg Potassium1g Fiber15g Sugar175IU Vitamin A0.8mg Vitamin C27mg Calcium1.4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Baked Donuts Filled with Jelly
Amount per Serving
Calories
211
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Cholesterol
 
43
mg
14
%
Sodium
 
60
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
63
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
37
g
12
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
175
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
0.8
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
27
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1.4
mg
8
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked donut recipe, baked donuts
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 211

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Enjoy your home-baked donuts and “Do-nut Worry, be Happy!” I couldn’t resist! 😉

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Michelle
    January 6, 2024

    I bake all the time and decided to give these a try as I normally only make donuts with a donut pan. The texture was fine but they underwhelming. The recipe was followed, all fresh ingredients, rising was fine, etc. They weren’t very sweet and reminded me more of a glorified sweet bun/roll taste- not like a donut.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      January 8, 2024

      Hi Michelle, I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you as my kids love these! You definitely want to make sure you use the glaze or they won’t be very sweet without it. Also, if they were sweet bun/roll in texture, likley too much flour was added which would make the donuts more dense. Check out our article on how to measure ingredients for baking which should be helpful to ensure success with our baking projects.

      Reply

  • Jessica
    December 21, 2023

    When do you fill the donuts? Do you need to wait for them to cool completely before filling?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 21, 2023

      Hi Jessica! They do not have to be completely cooled to fill with jam. If you are using something like a pastry cream or whipped cream, you might want to let them cool just a bit.

      Reply

  • Krystle
    December 21, 2023

    If I do the last rise in the oven, is it OK to take them out and then preheat to 375? Or do I have to cook them immediately after the last rise?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      December 22, 2023

      Hi Krystle, I bake after the last rise so pull them out of the oven a little earlier to let the oven preheat. You don’t want them to proof too long or you will exhaust the yeast and they will seem dry when baked.

      Reply

  • Cd
    December 11, 2023

    This was a great and simple recipe! Would frying these also work?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 11, 2023

      Hi Cd! That should work, but we usually use this method since it’s healthier. Also- check out my Glazed donut recipe .

      Reply

  • Bonnie
    November 14, 2023

    The absolute best recipe for yeast donuts ever!!! If you follow directions to a tea and have fresh yeast, you will end up with an awesome result. I doubled the recipe and still came out perfect…I didn’t quite use the full five cups of flour, if you are familiar with bread making you add enough to get a smooth non sticky dough, do the same with this recipe. If I could give it more stars I would!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 14, 2023

      Thank you, Bonnie for the wonderful review! I’m so glad you enjoy this recipe.

      Reply

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