Baked Cherry Donuts

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pink glazed baked cherry donuts

The FLUFFIEST baked donuts, filled with pieces of summer cherries, and dipped in a pink cherry glaze, these donuts are the perfect fast and easy treat that will please any crowd! The secret ingredient that makes these donuts so fluffy? Kefir! If you guys  aren’t using kefir in your baking yet, you definitely should be. Kefir is a tangy, cultured “milk smoothie” that’s packed with protein, calcium, and Vitamin D! it gives such a great texture to baked goods too! So with Cherry season in peak bloom, this is the time to make these easy baked donuts that everyone will enjoy. 

This post is sponsored by Lifeway Kefir,  but the opinions and thoughts are mine. Thanks for supporting the brands that make EyeDocBakes possible!

pink glazed baked cherry donuts

What You’ll Need. . .

  • unsalted butter, melted
  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • lemon zest
  • lemon juice
  • Cherry Kefir
  • milk
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • cherries
  • powdered sugar

pink glazed baked cherry donuts

Making the Donuts

  1. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add to bowl of your stand mixer with paddle attachment and mix with sugars and let cool a bit. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, and lemon zest and mix until all combined.
  2. Add in lemon juice, Cherry Kefir, and milk. Mix together. 
  3. in a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and fold in with a silicone spatula until fully incorporated- but do not overmix.
  4. Remove the pits from your cherries and cut them into quarters. Roll them around in a bit of flour then add them to your batter and fold in. Preheat your oven to 350F. 
  5. Use a piping bag with a round top or just cut the tip off of the bag, and fill it with your batter. Butter your donut baking pans. Pipe the batter into each donut shape, making sure not to overfill it so you will still have the hole in the middle once they rise in the oven. Bake at 350F for 15-16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let cool completely. (You don’t want to glaze the donuts hot!)

Making the Glaze and Glazing the Donuts

  1. Melt butter and let cool to room temperature. Mix in the lemon juice. Whisk in the powdered sugar and lemon zest. Put the glaze through a strainer.
  2. Meanwhile remove the pits from your cherries and mash them with a fork in a small bowl. Strain this to collect the cherry juice. In your new bowl with the strained glaze, mix in the vanilla extract, kefir, and cherry juice. Mix until combined and a pretty pink! You can add more juice for a deeper pink, and more powdered sugar for a thicker glaze. Dip donuts in, one at a time and let set at least 15-20 minutes. Now I prefer to double dip in the glaze to make a thicker, less transparent layer of glaze. Let set again, then enjoy. Donuts are best the same day, but I store mine for up to two days in the an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

pink glazed baked cherry donuts

If you liked this recipe, you might want to try. . . 

  1. Baked Apple Cider Donuts
  2. Cherry Shortcakes

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pink glazed baked cherry donuts

Baked Cherry Donuts

The fluffiest baked Cherry Donuts, made with Lifeway Cherry Kefir
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Glaze setting time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked donuts, cherry donuts, cherry glaze, donut, donuts, doughnuts, easy donuts, kefir donuts
Servings: 15 donuts

Ingredients

Cherry Donuts

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup Cherry Kefir
  • ½ cup milk
  • cup flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 14 cherries pits removed

Cherry Glaze

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 cup powdered sugar extra for thicker glaze
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cherry kefir
  • 15 cherries pits removed

Instructions

Cherry Donuts

  • Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add to bowl of your stand mixer with paddle attachment and mix with brown and granulated sugars and let cool a bit.
  • Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, and lemon zest and mix until combined. Next add in lemon juice, Cherry Kefir, and milk. Mix together. 
  • In a separate medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and fold in with a silicone spatula until fully incorporated- but do not overmix.
  • Remove the pits from your cherries and cut them into quarters. Roll them around in a bit of flour then add them to your batter and fold in. Preheat your oven to 350F. 
  • Use a piping bag with a round tip or just cut the tip off of the bag, and fill it with your batter. Butter your donut baking pans. Pipe the batter into each donut shape, making sure not to overfill it so you will still have the hole in the middle once they rise in the oven. Bake at 350F for 15-16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let cool completely. (You don't want to glaze the donuts hot!)

Cherry Glaze

  • Melt butter and let cool to room temperature. Mix in the lemon juice. Whisk in the powdered sugar and lemon zest. Put the glaze through a strainer.
  • Remove the pits from your cherries and mash them with a fork in a small bowl. Strain this to collect the cherry juice.
  • In your new bowl with the strained glaze, mix in the vanilla extract, kefir, and cherry juice. Mix until combined and a pretty pink color! You can add more juice for a deeper pink, and more powdered sugar for a thicker glaze. Dip donuts in, one at a time and let set at least 15-20 minutes. I prefer to double dip in the glaze to make a thicker, less transparent layer of glaze. Let set again, then enjoy.

Notes

  1. Donuts are best the same day, but I store mine for up to two days in the an airtight container in the refrigerator. 
  2. Shake kefir before using.

 

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