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Baked Maple Bacon Donuts are the PERFECT way to start the day! Thick cut Wright® Brand Bacon serves as the star of this breakfast treat, mixing into the batter and crumbled on top. Whether you make these baked donuts for a holiday breakfast, at-home brunch or a special weekend treat for the family, they’re sure to become a favorite! Makes 9 donuts.
A weekend doesn’t go by without our family gathering in the kitchen to make and consume breakfast together.
And I’m thrilled to add a new recipe to our morning arsenal, just in time for the holidays: Baked Maple Bacon Donuts.
Why I love this recipe:
These homemade donuts are super simple and easy to make. And you can make ‘em with little kids, too, meaning everyone can have fun in the kitchen before you enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Since this recipe makes nine donuts, it can feed the whole family and more—especially if you have seasonal visitors!
These donuts require very little prep time, utilize high quality ingredients AND they cook up easily, so you can spend more time with the people you love instead of fussing over food in the kitchen.
Other breakfast recipes that are great for sharing and celebrations: Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole | Strawberry Pancakes with Dark Chocolate Drizzle | Yogurt French Toast | Coffee Cake Muffins | Chocolate Raspberry Overnight French Toast Casserole
Need breakfast inspiration? Head on over to my Breakfast Recipe Index for some ides.
What kitchen utensils do I need to make Baked Maple Bacon Donuts?
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- Baking sheet (lined with parchment paper) for baking the bacon
- Glass bowls
- Liquid measuring cup
- Rubber spatula
- 3-tablespoon scoop
- Donut pan(s)
In addition to these tools, you’re going to need some ingredients to make Maple Bacon Donuts.
- Bacon—Wright® Brand Bacon serves as the star of this recipe. This gorgeous, thick-cut bacon is perfect for these donuts because it adds a ton of flavor and texture on both the inside and outside. I grabbed this at my local Kroger.
- Unsalted butter—This is the fat we’re using in our recipe. It’s going to bring the dough together, and there’s not a replacement for it. (Low fat donuts aren’t a thing we should make, OK? Donuts are meant to be a treat!) If you’re dairy free, swap it out with vegan butter or margarine.
- Granulated sugar—Some people call this white sugar. It’s going to sweeten up our baked donuts.
- Milk—We use whole milk in our house, but this recipe should work with 2%, 1% and even nonfat milk. I have not tried the recipe using a non-dairy milk.
- Maple extract—This is going to give us the maple flavor we want! I tried to make this recipe with pure maple syrup, and you just don’t get the same punch.
- All-purpose flour—We keep unbleached all-purpose flour at our house, but you can use the regular ‘ol kind, too.
- Baking powder—This is our leavener and will cause the donuts to rise. There is no substitution for this.
- Kosher salt—This is my go-to kind of salt. If you don’t have it, table salt or sea salt will work in its place.
- Powdered sugar—Also known as confectioner’s sugar, this helps make our icing sweet! There isn’t a substitute for it.
How to make Maple Bacon Donuts
How to bake bacon in the oven
Line a baking sheet with two layers of parchment paper, and arrange the slices of bacon onto the parchment paper. Don’t let them touch because this will slow down the cookie process.
Turn on the oven to 400°F, and place the bacon in the oven as it warms.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon has browned and crisped up. You want it to be crispy enough to crumble.
Remove from the oven, and let cool slightly. Once cooled, crumble the bacon slices.
If you need more details, I’ve written a guide about How to Bake Bacon with more information!
How to make baked donuts
Preheat the oven to 375°F, and spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set this aside.
In a glass bowl, combine the melted butter and sugar. Whisk until smooth, then add the milk and maple extract. Stir until combined.
In another bowl, measure out and whisk together the dry ingredients—flour, baking powder and salt.
Sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Add half of the bacon to the batter, and stir until incorporated. Make sure you’re not using all the bacon because you want half of it to garnish the baked donuts!
Dollop three tablespoons of the batter into each of the donut molds, careful not to cover up the center so the donuts have holes, and bake for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on these because they should be done when they’re nicely browned.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
How to make a Maple Glaze for Donuts
In a glass bowl, combine the powdered sugar, maple extract and milk. Add a pinch of salt, and whisk the ingredients together.
Carefully dip the cooled donuts into the icing, and then top with the reserved bacon crumbles.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m all about the salty-sweet combined into one food. (You saw that I made Bourbon Maple Bacon Cupcakes to celebrate my birthday this year, yes?) The flavors just work together and are so very breakfast-y and delightful.
They’re a lovely treat, that’s for sure, and perfect for a holiday celebration.
I’ve eaten many a Maple Bacon Donut in my time. However, I’d never made them at home and thought that would be a fun thing to learn how to do.
I don’t know how this batter would fare fried, and since it’s on liquidy side, I’d venture to say it might be a mess or at worst, a disaster.
If you don’t have a donut pan and are planning on making this recipe immediately, you can bake the batter in a muffin tin. Be sure to spray the muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray before dolloping the batter into it.
The baking time will more than likely be different, as you’re essentially making donut muffins at this point, so keep an eye on them as they bake, and test to ensure they’re baked through with a toothpick.
Yes. These donuts, of course, are best enjoyed right after they’re made, but if you have leftovers, they need to be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight food storage container.
You can eat these donuts for up to a few days after you baked them. I will reiterate that these are best the day you bake them!
Quick tips and tricks to the best baked donuts
- Give yourself enough time. These baked donuts have to be made in stages, and those include baking the bacon before mixing the batter.
- Double the recipe if feeding a crowd! Yes, it’ll take more time, but goodness gracious, will these be fun to eat as a group.
- Before cooking, make sure you’ve got the right tools. A donut pan is a must for this recipe. If you don’t have one, you can turn these donuts into muffins in a muffin tin.
More donut recipes to try:
What can I serve alongside these Baked Maple Bacon Donuts?
If you’re looking for some savory dishes to serve alongside these sweet-salty donuts, these Sage Browned Butter Homemade Home Fries are an excellent choice. So is this Sausage Brunch Salad, which sounds odd, but also delicious.
If you need some extra sweetness, try Summer Fruit Salad!
Now who’s ready to bake up some delicious donuts with the people they love?
Scroll on down to learn how to make these Baked Maple Bacon Donuts…
Baked Maple Bacon Donuts are the PERFECT way to start the day! Thick cut Wright® Brand Bacon serves as the star of this breakfast treat, mixing into the batter and crumbled on top. Whether you make these Maple Bacon Donuts for a holiday breakfast, at-home brunch or a special weekend treat for the family, they're sure to become a favorite!
- 8 slices Wright® Brand Bacon
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon maple extract
- 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 slices bacon, crumbled
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon maple extract
- 1 ½ tablespoons milk
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 4 slices bacon, crumbled
Cook the Bacon
- Line a baking sheet with two layers of parchment paper.
- Arrange the slices of bacon onto the parchment paper.
- Turn on the oven to 400°F, and place the prepared baking sheet in the oven as it warms.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon has browned and crisped up. (You want it to be crispy enough to crumble, so keep this in mind.)
- Remove from the oven, and let cool slightly.
- Once cooled, crumble the bacon slices
Make the Donuts
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a glass bowl, combine the melted butter and sugar—whisking together until smooth.
- Pour in the milk and maple extract, stirring until combined.
- In another bowl, measure out the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to mix.
- Sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined.
- Add the crumbled bacon into the batter, stirring until combined. Reserve enough crumbled bacon to top the donuts before you serve them.
- Carefully dollop three tablespoons of the batter into each of the donut molds, careful not to cover up the center so the donuts have holes.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Make the Glaze
- In a glass bowl, combine the powdered sugar, maple extract and milk. Add a pinch of salt.
- Whisk the ingredients together until smooth.
- Carefully dip the baked donuts into the icing, and then top with the reserved bacon crumbles.
Serving Size:1 donut
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 294Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 485mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 9g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.