Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

Putting bacon on Baked Maple Doughnuts is kinda like ordering a Diet Coke when you get a double double with animal style fries at In & Out Burger. Or maybe it's like getting your burger protein style (lettuce instead of bread)? I dunno. Baking a doughnut is just one simple way of sparing the littlest of calories.  What happens is that it tricks your brain into eating more...and you know what. THERE'S totally JUSTIFICATION in that.

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

I give you permission to make these for your friends.  I give you permission to be the cool one at the office who brings in the best treats. I give you permission to use the "But they're baked!" line because sometimes you have to help people see the beauty in balance.

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

I give you permission to eat one and then turn that into two because you really want to appreciate the nuance of maple glaze with bacon. It's like a doughnut was put on a plate of pancakes with a side of bacon then someone who doesn't mind their foods to touch let it alllll happen. It's everything right.

Lastly, I give you permission to blame your sudden weight gain on me. But that now means you have my permission to buy a cute oversize sweater to cover said weight gain cuz DOUGHNUTS!

And we're off! Ingredient gather! Bacon is not IN the doughnut...but maybe it should be...

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean


Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

The batter is made. I scoop it into a sandwich bag, snip off the tip and pipe it into prepared Donut Pans

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

That was easy.

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

While they're baking, lets work on the maple glaze.

Maple Bacon Baked Donuts // shutterbean

Maple meets confectioner's sugar. Add a little bit of milk to thin it out. Vanilla too!

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

Doughnuts are baked & cooled. GLAZE IS ON.

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

Drizzle glaze on top of each doughnut.

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean


Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

Even more YESSSSSSS. Bacon gets sprinkled on.

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

Black background!

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

Who wants to lick the pan??!

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

I couldn't resist biting into one.

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts // shutterbean

I uhhh just wanted uhhhhh you to see the inside of the doughnut. I don't see anything wrong with that....

In summary, Donut Pans are awesome. If you don't have one, you should get one so you can make things like:

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

Baked Pumpkin Pecan Doughnuts

Dark Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Banana Donuts w/ Peanut Butter Frosting

Baked Espresso Glazed Doughnuts

Baked Caramel Apple Donuts

You'll win the hearts of friends & family if you haven't already!

Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts

makes 6

recipe adapted from Joy the Baker

for the doughnuts:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

for the maple bacon glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 5 strips bacon, cooked & crumbled

make the doughnuts:

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a doughnut pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and sugar.  Set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter.  Butter will begin to crackle and pop as it melts.  Once the water has evaporated the butter will quiet down and begin to brown.  Keep an eye on it, it browns quickly.  The butter will begin to smell nutty.  Remove from heat and immediately and set aside to cool.

In a small bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.  Add browned butter and whisk into the wet ingredients.

Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir together until no flour bits remain and all of the ingredients are well combined being sure not to overmix batter.

Transfer batter into a plastic sandwich bag. Snip the tip with a pair of scissors and pipe batter into each doughnut mold about  three-quarters full with batter.

Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Keep an eye on them and try not to over-bake them.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

While the doughnuts cool, make the glaze.

make the glaze:

In a medium bowl, mix the confectioner's sugar with maple syrup and vanilla extract until sugar starts dissolving. Slowly add milk to thin out the glaze. You might only need 1 tablespoon so mix as you go. Add more if necessary.

Spoon glaze over each doughnut. While glaze is still wet, add the bacon crumbles on top of each doughnut. Doughnuts are best served the day they're made. Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate if you have any left after day one (doubtful!).

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  • November 6, 2013

    I dont even eat bacon but you better believe I am pinning these b/c they're gorgeous Tracy! I have about 17 donut pans...big, small, mini, super mini, whoopie pie, and the Xmas season is ripe for holiday gift set donut pans..oh boy :) So yes I totally agree donut pans are a must. And your donuts are so NEAT and tidy with the batter and getting it in the pan. Beautiful!

  • November 6, 2013

    Bacon and doughnuts are truly friends to us all. Truly.

  • November 6, 2013

    Tracy, are you SE-RI-OUS! First you made me buy a donut pan. Now you want me to put bacon on me donuts. If my closet breaks down due to the overload of cute sweaters, I'm coming back on here and demanding a salad recipe. On another note, I've never understand what animal-style food means. I've never Googled it but you know... it sounds weird.

  • November 6, 2013

    Oh my!


  • Wow, these look out of this world amazing. I've been wanting to pick up a donut pan for ages. This is all the incentive I need.

  • Wowsers. That is all.

  • November 6, 2013

    ha! even though i'm a vegetarian, i can totally appreciate this! i'm from montreal - where we put maple syrup and bacon in our chocolates, ice creams, and in savoury dishes, too! what a cool idea to put it on a doughnut!

  • November 6, 2013

    I am in love!! Just shared on Facebook:).

  • November 6, 2013

    I first had maple bacon donuts at the Littlest Donut shop in Pittsburgh and have been wanting to do them at home since!!!! Thanks for the recipe…these look great.

  • Believe it or not I have never made donuts from scratch, this is something I have to change!

  • Cailyn
    November 6, 2013

    Ahhh thank you for this! I made a version of them recently but can't wait to try them with browned butter in the batter. I suggest picking up some maple syrup extract for the glaze!

  • November 6, 2013

    Hahaha! I would totally buy an oversized sweater so I could eat more of these doughnuts! I also feel like this recipe is calling for some bourbon in the glaze.

  • November 6, 2013

    You're killing me, Tracy!

  • November 6, 2013

    OH MY WORD!! these look incredible! i love this combination!

  • diane
    November 6, 2013

    YUMMMM! no doughnut pan in my house but I think Ill see how these guys turn out mini muffin shaped! can't wait

  • Tight pants are a thing right now so I think you're very fashionable. Keep making donuts....that's why they make bigger pants.

  • Ashley
    November 6, 2013

    Yum! Can't wait to try these. :)

  • November 6, 2013

    Ahh maple and bacon. Such a glorious flavor combination. Also, I'm totally guilty of the "I'll have a double cheeseburger, extra cheese, and a diet coke"...gotta cut where you can right?!

  • November 6, 2013

    The donuts are baked, so they're pretty much healthy. Plus, maple syrup - that has to be good for you in some way. I'll eat this either way!

  • November 6, 2013

    Just made maple bacon for the first time last week and have decided there needs to be more of it in my life.

    Any thoughts on baking doughnuts w/o a doughnut pan? Could always fry them but don't want to deal with the mess. What do you think would happen if I put flattened rounds on a cookie sheet? Recommendations???

    • Tracy
      November 6, 2013

      you could always use a mini muffin pan :)

  • November 6, 2013

    Maple bacon doughnuts are the best! Love that these are baked.

  • Mira C
    November 6, 2013

    The photo with the doughnuts on the black background has beautiful composition!
    Can I retroactively blame you for my weight gain? :P
    Also, I love that you start every recipe with "And we're off!"

  • November 6, 2013

    So much to love. I love the imagery about how these came about - they just touched on a breakfast plate, that's all, and then BAM! Maple bacon doughnut. Definitely DEFINITELY making these. Thanks, lady.
    Heidi xo

  • Holly
    November 6, 2013

    I'll bet Cooper is going nuts over these.

  • November 6, 2013

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Next time you are bringing these to brunch!

  • Jessica
    November 6, 2013

    Hi Tracy! These look great! Btw, I think you meant powdered sugar, not flour for picture # 8 hehe.

    • Tracy
      November 6, 2013

      thanks for keeping me on my toes. i wish i had the energy to fix it right now....and the energy to use capital letters.

  • fusilliamy
    November 6, 2013

    Heck to the yes.

    It's like when I tell people I have a doughnut pan and they give me that look and then I'm all BUT IT'S OKAY CUZ YOU BAKE THEM, YOU JUDGEY JUDGERTONS.

    • Tracy
      November 6, 2013

      i tried to favorite that comment but UGH!!! I couldn't. YES.

  • November 6, 2013

    Oh Tracy, I already fell in love with making baked donuts because of you! I don't even eat bacon (vegetarian here) but I can see the pure and true beauty of these.
    I will have to make them for my one and only. Then he'll never, ever, ever want to let me go. Especially if I let him eat them in bed at lunchtime on a Sunday :)

  • November 6, 2013

    Gah! So my wife just did the Nike Women's Marathon over there on your side of the bay, and her special request that day, her ONLY request was a post-race maple bacon doughnut from Dynamo. Being the great planner that I am, I didn't realize till the morning-of that they didn't open until 9am on Sundays - the same time I had to be greeting her at ocean beach. Needless to say, there I was at the finish with an entire box of Bob's Donuts + a warm apple fritter, of course. She did her best to act satisfied. But I know the truth...

    If only I had a freshly baked maple bacon doughnut made with my own two hands...husband of the year Tracy. Husband of the year..

  • November 7, 2013

    Bacon sprinkles, I'm in love! My justification is using a mini doughnut pan. Mini + baked = the healthiest of doughnuts, that way I can have two!

  • This might just be a little too much for me to handle. As in I need to make them pronto!

  • November 8, 2013


  • November 8, 2013

    That's it! Now I have to buy a donut pan!

  • November 10, 2013

    You're killin' me, Smalls!

  • November 11, 2013

    I've never made my own doughnuts, and this recipe might be the one to just push me over that edge to whip them up. I mean... how could you go wrong with maple syrup and bacon? (Answer: You cannot!) Thanks for sharing!

  • November 15, 2013

    Yum! I love love love bacon! I might have to get the doughnut pan amazon keeps recommending to me now! x

  • Lucy
    January 21, 2014

    Yummmm!! I've gotta buy donut pans now, thaaanks a lot. Your pictures are perfect! Just a small fyi, in your picture for glaze ingredients, you have the confectioner's sugar labeled as flour. Anyway, can't wait to try these!

    • Tracy
      January 21, 2014

      Thanks for catching that! Fixed. Enjoy the doughnuts! They're amazing!

  • Matt
    February 1, 2014

    Bookmarked! At February it's a little tough as these are perfect for the fall season but still something worthwhile to do or buy some maple doughnuts at your local stop on a Sunday afternoon! (bacon or not)

  • February 17, 2014

    These were wonderful! I have used this as a basic doughnut recipe now several times and have gotten creative with the toppings. Yesterday I took a squeeze bottle and injected raspberry jam! I was able to get ten good size doughnuts using a average size doughnut pan, and doing the math it's only 100 calories per doughnut (not including the bacon or the glaze)!

  • Elizabeth
    April 18, 2014

    These look amazing! I have a batch in the oven as I type, but I was wondering if you knew if I need to adjust baking time when using a mini donut pan? If not, I can just keep an eye on them and report back. It might take a batch or two, or five to perfect the baking time. You know, solely for research purposes only :)

  • Ashley
    July 5, 2014

    Made these this morning to the delight of my entire family! Thanks so much. Made exactly as stated and these turned out perfectly. Although I ran out of bacon, so will make more next time (but that's just because I laid it on thick)!

  • December 26, 2014

    We are going to shutter bean.

  • January 10, 2015

    I finally made these and posted them on my blog! {}

    They were definitely tasty. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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