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Baked Maple Donuts with Pecans

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Let’s talk about donuts, specifically maple donuts. Are they on your top 10 list of favorite donuts? If not, they should be! These maple donuts, are a scrumptious cake-like baked donut with warm spices of the season and topped with a thick maple glaze and crunchy chopped pecans.

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Oh my. I can’t even begin tell you how delicious these donuts are! If you’re a donut lover, you’ll understand. And when they’re slightly warm from the oven, there’s no need to go searching for the illuminated Krispy Kreme “Hot” sign.

Donut lovers… are you smiling? I bet you are, because I am too! That red neon sign is a happy sight.

Are Baked Donuts Easy to Make?

Absolutely! Not only are they incredibly easy to make (as easy as pancakes), they are a bit healthier too because they’re baked instead of fried.

This recipe is written for a small batch, 6 donuts, but can easily be doubled if you want to make a dozen. This recipe, for me, often yields a half bakers dozen, which means instead of 12 (baker’s dozen plus one extra) it will often make 6 donuts (half dozen), plus one.

Are you ready to make a decadent-tasting spice maple donut?

Let’s go!

Stack of 3 Baked Maple Donuts on a wooden paddle

Ingredients for Maple Donuts

This recipe requires simple pantry ingredients you likely have on hand. The specific ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Brown sugar: I’m using light brown sugar
  • Baking powder for leavening
  • Spices: For beautiful warm flavor you will need ground cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. A sprinkling of salt will help elevate the spices and vanilla extract brings all of the flavors home.
  • Large egg to bind the donuts
  • Milk: Both dairy and non-dairy work
  • Melted butter
  • Maple Glaze: You will need powdered sugar, maple syrup, milk, and chopped pecans for topping.

Kitchen Tools for Making Baked Donuts

You will need a baked donut pan. I like to use a nonstick pan which I still spray with a bit of nonstick cooking spray for insurance.

Other than donut pan, you will need a bowl, a spatula or whisk, and measuring tools like cups and spoons. Very often I will use a glass measure to make the batter as this is very helpful when pouring the batter into the donut pan.

Unbaked maple donuts in baking pan

How to Make Maple Donuts

Step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here’s a brief overview of how to make baked donuts:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a donut pan. 
  2. Whisk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt together. In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients and then add it to the dry ingredients.
  3. Pour the batter into the pan filling each 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, let cool a couple of minutes before inverting and transferring to a cooling rack.
  5. Combine the glaze ingredients, dunk each donuts top side up in the glaze and immediately sprinkle chopped pecans over each.
Top view of glazed baked maple donuts on a wire cooling rack

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Top view of baked Maple Donuts with Pecans on a wooden sandwich tray
Baked Maple Donuts with Pecans

Baked Maple Donuts with Pecans

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

These maple donuts, are a scrumptious cake-like baked donut with warm spices and topped with a thick maple glaze and crunchy chopped pecans.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Maple Pecan Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a donut pan with oil or butter; set aside.
  2. Make the donuts: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined. Spoon or pour the batter into the donut pan, filling each one a little more than 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the donuts comes out clean. Let the donuts cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to them to a wire rack to cool.
  5. Make the glaze: Combine the powdered sugar, milk, and maple syrup in a bowl. Stir and add additional powdered sugar or milk to reach desired consistency. I like the glaze to be liquid enough to dunk the donuts in but thick enough that it sits up slightly. The glaze continues to thicken as it sits too.
  6. Once the donuts are cool (this only takes a few minutes), dip the tops of the donuts into the maple glaze and immediately sprinkle with chopped pecans.


To Store:

The donuts are best on the day they are made. If you have any leftovers, store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 285Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 4g

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