Baked Brown Sugar Streusel Donuts

I got a donut pan for Christmas a couple years ago and I’ve been hesitant to use it.  Fear of the unknown?  I dunno.  I LOVE donuts but I’ve never ever made them before.

I figured, though, it was time to hike up my big boy pants and give it a try.  And I am really glad I did – these are great!



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 eggs, brought to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 4 T butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 T vanilla

Streusel Topping

  • 4 T butter
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • ½ t vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 4 additional T butter


You’re going to need a donut pan for this one.

Start by spraying or buttering and flouring the pan and set it aside.

In a small to large bowl add the initial dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt) and whisk until well combined.  Set aside.

In a small to medium bowl add the eggs, brown sugar, sour cream, milk, butter and vanilla and mix until just combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix again until just combined.IMG_3649

Pipe or spoon the batter into your prepared donut pan.  I spooned because if I’ve learned anything, my piping is horrific.  Fill each indentation about 2/3-3/4 full.

Drop the pan on the counter a couple times, just to even out the batter.IMG_3651

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges get that nice golden brown donut color.IMG_3652

Remove from the oven and move the pan to a wire rack.  Leave the donuts in the pan for a few minutes to let them set, then remove them to the wire rack by themselves.IMG_3653

The donuts don’t need to be completely cool for you to add the topping, but they should be cool enough to handle.

Add the first 4 T butter to a small saucepan and melt it over a low flame.  Add in the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt and stir until combined.  Next, add in the flour and mix again until combined.  Keep cooking on the low heat, stirring regularly, for about 5 minutes or until the mixture it a nice golden brown.  It will be very coarse, like streusel because, well, that’s what it is.

Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool.IMG_3654

When you’re ready to top the donuts, spread out a sheet of wax paper onto your counter.

Melt the second 4 T butter and put in a small bowl.  Take your donuts and one by one dunk one half into your melted butter, then dunk it into your streusel mixture.  Move it around a little bit to make sure you get nice coverage, then put the donut back onto the wax paper, streusel side up.IMG_3655a

(One thing I think I’ll do differently next time I make these is to combine the melted butter at the end with some powdered sugar to make a glaze – this will make it a lot easier to get the streusel to stick to the donuts and will add some additional sweetness.)

Add streusel to all your donuts and let the streusel set (less than an hour) and enjoy!   Though honestly with these, if you want to have 1 or 2 right away (which I may or may not have done)…I ain’t gonna try and talk you out of it.  Enjoy!

Makes 15 donuts.IMG_3657a

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