Best Baked Blueberry Donuts Recipe with Glaze

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These baked blueberry donuts are packed with fresh blueberries, dipped in a donut glaze, and have the most amazing flavor. They’re super moist, tender, and filled with juicy blueberries. These are the best blueberry donut recipe and you’ll love serving them at your next brunch.

Like my apple cider donuts, baked pumpkin donuts, and baked banana donuts, these homemade donuts are baked with fresh, juicy blueberries. They’re lovely for weekend mornings and perfect for any donut lover.

Baked blueberry donuts with glaze and lemon zest.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These donuts are moist, flavorful, and a must-try breakfast treat.
  • Perfect for brunch, they pair wonderfully with coffee and are simple to create.
  • Easy to make and healthier than making a fried donut.


I can’t get enough of blueberries, those tiny bursts of flavor! Grown on shrubs akin to blackberries, they’ve made a name for themselves for their taste and versatility. From June to August, blueberry bushes are laden with fruit, though thankfully, they’re available in stores throughout the year.

Here’s what I adore about these little fruits:

  • Size: Small and mighty.
  • Colors: A beautiful spectrum from blue to purple.
  • Texture: Firm but bursting with juiciness upon biting.

I often toss frozen blueberries into my morning smoothie for a quick antioxidant boost. They brighten up my day and add an unexpected twist to many recipes.

During summer, there’s nothing quite like going blueberry picking. The experience is delightful, and the reward is even better—a basket full of fresh berries waiting to be transformed in the kitchen.

I use blueberries to create an array of delicious treats. Imagine the natural sweetness in a baked donut, the tangy touch in a muffin, or the refreshing swirl in an Italian soda. They even make their way into my pancakes, making the ordinary extraordinary.

Blueberries are versatile fruits that can enhance almost any dish with their natural sweetness and nutritional benefits.

Glazed blueberry donut with juicy blueberries and dripping vanilla glaze.

How to Make Baked Blueberry Donuts

I’ll share everything you need to know to make this recipe. However, if you prefer to skip this, you can find the full recipe in the recipe card below.

Helpful Baking Supplies

I’ve gathered all my essential tools for baking these donuts:

Flour, brown sugar, blueberries, butter, salt and sugar in bowls.

Shopping List and Ingredient Notes

All-Purpose Flour: My go-to is plain all-purpose flour for a soft, tender donut. Always measure the flour accurately for the best structure.

Baking Powder: Used as a leavening agent to make the donuts airy and light.

Lemon ZestAdds a bright, zesty twist, though orange zest works great too.

ButtermilkThe 2% reduced-fat cultured kind brings a lovely tang.

Vanilla Extract: I opt for pure vanilla extract for its authentic taste or vanilla bean paste for an extra kick.

Ground Cinnamon and Nutmeg: They introduce just the right amount of spice.

Granulated Sugar: It’s the classic choice to sweeten things up.

Brown Sugar: I love the rich molasses flavor it infuses into the donuts.

Eggs: I use large, organic ones for added structure and moisture.

Unsalted Butter: A quality butter with a tender texture, buttery flavor, and a good rise should be at room temperature.

Blueberries: Fresh, juicy, organic blueberries are non-negotiable for me.

folding in blueberries

Simple Donut Glaze for Baked Donuts

Donut glaze is super easy to make! It’s made using milk, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla extract. 

Add the ingredients into a bowl and whisk with a fork until it becomes a beautiful glaze.

We added lemon zest to this recipe to make a lemon glaze.

Once the donuts have slightly cooled, dip the delicious donut into the glaze.

piping donut batter into a donut pan

Recipe Tips

  • Generously butter your donut pan, including the top, and don’t hesitate to use a cooking spray for added non-stick assurance.
  • Always opt for high-quality ingredients like organic butter, eggs, flour, and pure vanilla extract. Remember, the better the quality of your blueberries, the tastier those donuts come out!
  • For the perfect glaze adherence, let your donuts cool slightly before dipping. They should be warm, not piping hot, to prevent the glaze from absorbing too quickly.
  • Ovens can be fickle! Begin checking your donuts at the 15-minute mark. If necessary, add an extra minute for that perfect golden finish.
  • The easiest way to fill the donut pan is by using a piping or pastry bag or cutting a hole in a ziplock bag.
  • Keep the batter the same, or it will result in tough donuts.
Baked blueberry donuts on a marble table with a cooling rack and green kitchen towel.

Recipe Substitutions and Variations

Gluten-Free: Swap out all-purpose flour with gluten-free 1-to-1 baking flour for a gluten-free version. Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur are my go-to’s, which work perfectly.

Low Sugar: Try King Arthur’s baking sugar alternative for lower sugar. It’s Keto-friendly and a great 1-to-1 substitute.

Buttermilk: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own using milk and a bit of lemon juice or vinegar, which is quick and easy. Here’s how to do it.

No Glaze: Skip the glaze, brush the donuts with melted butter, and then dip them in sugar for a more straightforward finish.

Orange Zest: If lemon is not on hand, I’ll zest an orange instead. It gives a delightful citrus twist without fuss.

Lemon Blueberry Donuts: Make lemon blueberry donuts by dipping them in a sweet lemon glaze and using lemon zest.

Blueberry donuts dipped in lemon glaze.

How to Store Baked Donuts

  • Cool entirely on a rack before storage.
  • Use an airtight container to keep them fresh.
  • For a quick option, wrap in foil or plastic wrap.
  • If no glaze is on your donuts, a plastic bag can suffice.

When to Serve Blueberry Donuts

Tips for Making Baked Blueberry Donuts

Excessively butter and grease the donut pan. Use cooking spray and butter and grease the top of the pan as well.

High-quality ingredients such as organic butter, eggs, and flour. Use pure vanilla extract and organic blueberries. The quality of these ingredients will affect the outcome of the donuts.

It’s easier to dip the donuts after they have cooled a little. It will still be a warm donut, but not super hot. The glaze tends to soak right in if the donut is too hot.

Baking times will vary depending on the true oven temperature, locations, and more. Check the donuts after 15 minutes. If they need more time, give them another minute.

donuts with glaze

Serving Recommendations

When to Serve

What to Serve with Baked Blueberry Donuts

Baked blueberry donut cut in half with juicy blueberries coming out.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do baked donuts last?

Doughnuts have a notoriously short shelf life. When stored properly you can expect freshly baked blueberry doughnuts to last 1-2 days at room temperature or about 1 week in the fridge. Remember, doughnuts with cream filling should always be kept in the fridge.  

Are doughnuts better baked or fried?

Baked doughnuts are the way to go when you’re looking for a sweet treat. Baked doughnuts typically have fewer calories and less fat because they’re not cooked in oil. However, some people may prefer the taste and texture achieved by deep-frying blueberry doughnuts.

What is the best flour for donuts?

All-purpose flour is the best option for blueberry cake doughnuts. Bread flour or pastry flour will work as well, however, be cautious about overworking the flour as it will result in a tougher doughnut.

What makes an old-fashioned donut different?

Old-fashioned doughnuts are characterized by their rich flavor and irregular, jagged edges. These doughnuts are fried at a lower temperature than most and contain sour cream or buttermilk–which is responsible for the unique taste. 

What is the difference between cake donuts and yeast donuts?

Yeast donuts are soft and fluffy, made with a yeast-leavened dough, which gives them a light and airy texture. They are typically fried to create a crispy exterior. On the other hand, cake donuts are denser with a tight crumb because they’re made with a batter that uses baking powder or soda as the leavening agent. This makes them similar to sweet cakes, and they are usually baked.

Are there blueberries in blueberry donuts?

My blueberry donuts include fresh blueberries in the batter to provide that delightful burst of fruit flavor. I prefer using wild blueberries as they distribute evenly and avoid the excessive moisture that frozen blueberries might introduce to the dough.

donut with lemon donut glaze

Can you bake donuts in a muffin pan?

You can certainly can bake donuts in a muffin pan. When I haven’t got a donut pan handy, I fill the muffin cups with batter and fashion little foil rods to sit in the center, ensuring the iconic donut hole is present.

These make for adorable mini donuts, but they won’t match the size of traditional ones. For those who bake donuts often, a donut pan and ring cutter are worthy investments.

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Baked Blueberry Donuts

These baked blueberry donuts are packed with fresh blueberries, dipped in a donut glaze, and have the most amazing flavor
4.73 from 11 votes
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Course: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Eden


Blueberry Donuts

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh

Lemon Donut Glaze

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, also known powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk, 2% or whole milk


  • Prepare – Preheat the oven and butter the donut pan.
  • Combine Wet Ingredients – In a measuring cup, combine buttermilk and vanilla extract.
  • Combine Dry Ingredients – In a bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, and lemon zest.
    dry ingredients to make donuts
  • Beat Butter and Sugar – In a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and both sugars until combined
  • Add Eggs – Add eggs one at a time and continue to beat.
  • Alternate Dry & Wet Ingredients – With the mixer on low, slowly alternate the wet ingredients with the dry until the ingredients are mixed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
    alternating wet and dry ingredients
  • Fold – Using a spatula, gently fold in the blueberries.
    folding in blueberries
  • Piping Bag – Add half of the donut batter into a piping bag. If you don’t have a piping bag, the corner of a plastic Ziplock will work. Cut a 2-inch hole at the end and then pipe the batter into the greased donut pan. 
    piping donut batter into a donut pan
  • Bake – In a preheated 350-degree oven, bake the donuts for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
    baked blueberry donuts in a donut pan
  • Cool – Let the donuts cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before dipping.
    letting a donut cool
  • Dip – When the donuts are done cooling, carefully remove them and dip them into the glaze.
    dipping a donut into glaze
  • Place them on a wire rack with parchment paper or a baking pan under it to catch the dripping glaze. Dip the top of the donut directly into the glaze and quickly pull up to let it drip. 
    baked glazed donut

Lemon Donut Glaze

  • Add the powdered sugar, lemon zest, milk and vanilla extract into a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth.
    donut glaze


Tips for Making Blueberry Donuts

Excessively butter and grease the donut pan! Use cooking spray and butter and grease the top of the pan.
High-quality ingredients such as organic butter, eggs, and flour. Use pure vanilla extract and organic blueberries. The quality of these ingredients will affect the outcome of the donuts.
It’s easier to dip the donuts after they have cooled a little. It will still be a warm donut, but not super hot. The glaze tends to soak right in if the donut is too hot.
Baking time will vary as each oven is different. Check the donuts after 15 minutes. If they are golden brown and springy when touched, they are done. If they need more time, add it in 1-minute intervals. 

How to Store Baked Donuts

First, allow your baked doughnuts to cool completely on a cooling rack. Then, you can store them in an air-tight, food-safe container. Alternatively, you can store baked doughnuts in tightly wrapped foil or plastic wrap.
A plastic bag would work for storing doughnuts, as long as there’s no glaze or topping that could stick to the bag.


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg
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3 thoughts on “Best Baked Blueberry Donuts Recipe with Glaze”

  1. 5 stars
    These were easy to make, and are very delicious! My kids said they are the best doughnuts ever, thank you for sharing this recipe with us.


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