baked sour cream donuts

Baked Sour Cream Donuts

Easy baked sour cream donuts! A slightly dense, sweetened baked donut, with a simple glaze! Low fat, too! You won’t feel guilty, eating them.

Baked Sour Cream Donuts. Please…

Our 6 year old son, Landon, couldn’t get enough of these! I made these in my donut maker, and in a donut pan. Both ways work fine. I was able to get 16 smaller donuts, from the donut maker. Or, 8 regular donuts in the donut pan. This is just a quick recipe, to use up that sour cream. (Best, when eaten the same day. Still good the next day, the glaze will absorb into donut.)

When we came home from school, Landon’s eyes lit up! He asked, if he could have one for a snack. He had a hard time deciding, which one he wanted. He finally picked one out. He sat at the table with a glass of milk, and gushed about my baking skills. He was a happy little boy! He came back for seconds. (You can see a picture of him here, from my instagram account!)

Donut Truth…

I’m in love with donuts! I like yeast donuts, cake donuts, glazed ones, frosted ones, vanilla, chocolate, with sprinkles, donut holes, and so on. Something about a fresh donut, from a bakery. Yum!! I always want more. 

This recipe for baked sour cream donuts, will produce a dense donut. It’s just a fun recipe, to make at home. I used a quick glaze, with powdered sugar and water. Dipped the tops of donuts into glaze, and let the glaze set. 

baked sour cream donuts

I ate two, fresh, without any glaze! Then I had two more, with the glaze… Yum!

Easy Baked Sour Cream Donuts – Makes 16 mini donuts. Or, 8 regular donuts.

  • 2 1/4 cups sifted pastry flour (all-purpose flour, can be used)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 egg 
  • 2/3 cup sour cream ( I used regular sour cream)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Easy Glaze:

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 5 teaspoons of water


Step One: Preheat the donut maker. Or, preheat the oven to 375 F degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: sifted flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, corn starch and sugar. Add in the wet ingredients: oil, egg, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix together until a dough forms. Use your hands to form a dough. The dough will be soft and loose. Flour the counter, roll out the dough to a high 1/4 inch thickness.

For donut maker: Use a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter. Cut out donuts. Re-roll any scrap pieces of dough. Spray the inside of the donut maker, with non-stick cooking spray. Use your fingers to make a hole in the centers. Place in machine, close lid. Bake for 5 minutes, or until done. (The donuts will be a light, golden color.)  Place on a wired rack to cool.

For donut pan: Use a biscuit cutter, to cut out donuts. Re-roll any scrap pieces of dough. Spray the donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. You can use your fingers to make a hole in the centers, or a small circle cutter. Place in the pan, and bake for 5 – 6 minutes.(The donuts will be a light, golden color.) Place on a wired rack to cool.

EASY GLAZE:  Combine the powdered sugar, and 5 teaspoons of water. Use a fork, to blend into a smooth consistency. The glaze should have a thick feel, and stick to the donuts. Dip the tops of donuts into the glaze. Place on a wired rack, over a baking sheet. Enjoy!

By: Vanessa

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baked sour cream donuts


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13 comments on “Baked Sour Cream Donuts

  1. Christina @ Bake with Christina

    As simply as sour cream donuts are, they pack a TON of deliciousness! Those look awesome, Vanessa!! :)

    1. Vanessa

      Thank you Christina!

  2. Sandra

    Wow! I’m so excited about trying these out!

    1. Vanessa

      I hope you like them!

  3. Louise from Delishogram

    These look amazing. I can’t wait to try them. I bet the sour cream makes them really moist and fresh tasting. Yum

    We have recently started a food sharing site and would love to have you contribute.

    1. Vanessa

      Thank you, Louise! And thanks, for the invite to your site! Looks like a lot of yummy recipes!

  4. Celli

    These look light and airy, can’t wait to try!!

    1. Vanessa

      Thank you!

  5. mary ann

    I made these donuts……………………..they came out like hockey pucks~~~~~~~~~~ yuck

    Followed recipe perfectly,,,,,,go figure.

    1. Vanessa

      Hi Mary Ann! I am sorry to hear this. I have made them several times, and they didn’t come out like hockey pucks. They will have a dense texture because there is no yeast, and didn’t have to rise. I also used regular sour cream. Fat free or low fat sour cream, will alter the texture. (I will note that in the recipe.) Also, if your oven runs really hot, you will have to cut back the baking time.

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  7. Andrew Mix

    So I just made these today and they tasted okay but they were really dense. I followed the directions but after I added the wet ingredients to the dry and kneaded it it was thick and really sticky. What went wrong?

    1. Vanessa

      Hi Andrew Mix!
      Thanks for stopping by! This recipe does produce a dense “baked” donut. They will not be light and airy – like yeast donuts. If the mixture was too thick and sticky – You could have just scooped out the mixture into the donut pan. You don’t want to over bake these. They won’t take very long to bake in the oven. And… every oven is different.