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These Coffee donuts are delish! They’ve got that exquisite coffee aroma topped with a delicious coffee glaze. They are easy to make, they’re baked and the donut batter is all made in one bowl. Have them on their own or with a mug coffee.

Coffee donuts with coffee glaze dripping off

If you like baked donuts and would like to try more recipes, check out my Cardamom Donuts, Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts, Caramilk Donuts or for something a little more fruity my Raspberry White Chocolate Donuts.

Why these Coffee Donuts are great!

  • They are made in one bowl with a whisk so there’s no need for an electric mixer.
  • They’re baked, which makes them a lot healthier than a fried donut.
  • There’s no need to deal with hot oil or yeast or dough proofing.
  • They’re so easy to make.
  • Full of coffee flavour – your house will smell amazing when they come out of the oven.

Kitchen tools needed.

  • Donut pans: I use 2 silicone pans with 6 holes in each. A metal donut pan will work too, spray it well so the donuts can be removed easily.
  • Bowl and whisk.

Ingredients needed for the baked Coffee Donuts.

Ingredients for coffee flavoured donuts laid out in bowls
  • Egg – take this out early so it’s at room temperature
  • Granulated sugar
  • Oil – use a flavourless oil like sunflower, canola or rice bran so it you can’t taste it in the donut
  • Milk – I like to use full cream milk
  • Vanilla
  • Instant Coffee powder – I used hot water to dissolve this
  • Flour – plain / all purpose flour measured correctly
  • Baking powder – to help the donuts rise
  • Bicarb soda
  • Salt
Stacked coffee donuts with donuts and milk and in the background

How to make Coffee Donuts?

1: Preheat oven to 180c and give a 12 hole donut pan a spray with oil.

2: Add the egg and sugar into the bowl and whisk well.

3: Dissolve the instant coffee in 1/4 cup of hot water and set aside. Add the milk, oil, vanilla, dissolved coffee to the egg mixture and mix well.

4: Add the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt. Gently mix the batter until it just comes together but don’t over mix the batter as it can cause dry donuts.

5: Fill the donut pan with the batter nearly to the top and place in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a skewer or toothpick comes out clean. It’s best to place the skewer closer to the donut hole section as that tends to be the thickest part.

Ingredients needed for the Coffee Glaze.

  • Powdered sugar (icing sugar/mixture) – if the sugar doesn’t contain added starch, it will need to be sifted well first.
  • Instant Coffee
  • Milk

How to make Coffee Donut Glaze?

1: Warm the milk up in the microwave until it starts to bubble slightly, about 20-30 seconds. Add in the instant coffee and let it dissolve.

2: Add in the coffee milk into the powdered sugar and mix.

3: Place the donuts on a piece of baking paper or a cooling rack. Using a spoon evenly drizzle the glaze onto the donuts.

Tips and Tricks for making baked donuts

Use room temperature ingredients

Using room temperature ingredients will ensure everything mixes well and incorporates together.

Measure the flour correctly

Measure flour by fluffing up the flour with the cup scoop before scooping up the flour, this will ensure the flour has aerated so the cup doesn’t get packed with excess flour.

Don’t overmix the batter

Baked donuts are a lot like muffins, the recipe works best if you don’t over mix the batter. Over mixing can cause the donuts to be dense instead of light and fluffy.

Dipped or drizzled

I prefer to drizzle these donuts with the coffee glaze instead of dipping them because they’re so light and fluffy that dipping can cause some breakage.

Storage tips

These donuts can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-5 days. Do not store them in the fridge, this can dry the donuts out. The donuts can be frozen without the glaze for 1 month in an airtight container. Remove them and let them come to room temperature, 60-120 minutes. Make the glaze fresh and drizzle onto the donuts.

3 coffee donuts stacked with a bite taken from the top one
Coffee donuts with coffee glaze dripping off
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4 from 2 votes

Coffee Donuts

An aromatic coffee donut with a delicious coffee glaze.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling and assembling40 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coffee, donuts
Servings: 12
Calories: 260kcal


  • Donut pan


  • 1 egg (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oil (plain flavourless)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 cup plain / all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking/bicarb soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Coffee Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered/icing sugar (sift first if lumpy)
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder


  • Pre-heat oven to 180c/350F. Spray the donut pans on all sides to ensure easy removal.
  • Place the egg and sugar in a bowl. Mix well using a whisk.
  • Dissolve the coffee powder in a 1/4 cup of hot water.
  • Add the vanilla, oil, milk and dissolved coffee and mix well.
  • Add in the flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt.
  • Mix gently until all the ingredients just come together. Don't over mix the batter.
  • The batter will be runny, use a cup or jug to pour the batter into each donut hole. Fill till near the top
  • Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick removed comes out clean. Test this at the thickest part to ensure it's cooked all the way through.
  • Set aside to cool completely. Remove the donuts by gently twisting the donuts and pulling them off the centre.

Coffee Glaze

  • In a bowl combine the hot water and instant coffee powder.
  • Add the dissolved coffee into the powdered/icing sugar and mix well. The glaze should be thick.
  • Place the donuts on a cooling rack or piece of parchment/baking paper.
  • Using a spoon, drizzle the donuts with the glaze making sure the top of each donut is covered. Leave to set.


Store in an airtight contain at room temp for 3-5 days. Do not store in the fridge as this will dry them out. 
These can be dipped or spooned with the coffee glaze, however I prefer spooning the glaze on as it’s easier to get full coverage and means the donuts are handled less.
Best eaten between days 1-3 but will last in an airtight container for up to 5 days, the glaze may soak into the donuts the longer they stay.


Calories: 260kcal
By on June 4th, 2022

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