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National Doughnut Day: Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts

My very first job was as a cashier at Dunkin’ Donuts. It was… interesting, to say the least. I was a 15-year-old who smelled like donuts 24/7. And thanks to my teenage metabolism, I really took advantage of the “eat all the donuts you want while you work!” policy at my store.

And while I loved it while I was there, after I moved on, I wasn’t able to eat donuts for an entire year. I know… it got serious!

Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts

I finally caved and bought a donut pan a few weeks ago, but hadn’t broken it out yet. My house doesn’t have central air, so baking when it’s over 90 degrees isn’t really something I’m into. But over the last few days, it cooled down a bit. I was debating trying out one of the recipes I had flagged for my donut pan‘s virgin voyage.

Then, I saw that National Doughnut Day was coming up and took it as a sign from the foodie heavens that I was meant to break this pan in, STAT!

This recipe from The Faux Martha is one that I had all the ingredients on hand for, and wooooooah, were they good! It uses a mixture of AP and whole wheat flour, and is flecked with beautiful bits of vanilla bean and the warmth of freshly ground nutmeg.

Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts

These donuts are light and fluffy and smell beyond heavenly. I don’t have a pastry bag, so I just used a zip-top freezer bag and cut the tip off.

So now that my first donut making experience was such a hit, I’m looking forward to trying out many, MANY more. Better pace myself… I mean, just look at that glaze. Hubba, hubba!

Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts

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Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts

  • Yield: About 6 Donuts or 12 Mini Donuts 1x


Start your day with deliciously tender vanilla bean-flecked donuts. Perfect for National Doughnut Day or any time you need a freshly baked treat!




  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, fresh
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 vanilla bean



  1. Head over to The Faux Martha for full instructions on how to make these delicious donuts!


Recipe by The Faux Martha

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Joanne

    I’ve had a donut pan for MONTHS and still haven’t used it! Time to test it out with these gorgeous donuts!

    • Ashley

      I had to force myself not to make another batch the next morning when they were all gone. It was seriously so much easier than I thought it would be!

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