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I have a new addiction.  I guess I shouldn’t say new, because I’ve featured a couple of baked donuts here.  But I’ve held back – mostly because I know that not everyone has a donut pan.

But I’m telling you now – if you are a donut lover, invest the few dollars it costs to buy one.  I have this one, that you can buy for under $10.  It’s totally a good investment – if you ask me.  (And just for the record, I just decided that if it’s a yeast doughnut, I call it a doughnut, and if there is no yeast, I call it a donut.  I know I’m weird, but that’s the distiction that I came up with, even though one of my past donut recipes is spelled doughnut. I’m seriously confusing myself now!!)


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My family was in charge of breakfast for a family reunion this past weekend (that I didn’t get to go to – boo hoo), and while we were talking before hand about what to make, I kept thinking donuts.  I imagined baking up dozens of donuts, several different kinds.  I had a whole list of flavors I wanted to try.

After lots and lots of talking and deciding, we all decided to go with breakfast pockets and cinnamon rolls.  But I couldn’t get the thought of those donuts out of my head.  So what did I do?  I headed straight into the kitchen!!

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We all know that I love coconut.  So of course my mind went to coconut donuts.  And I’m so glad I started with these.  They were SO good.  My husband snuck one before I got the icing on them, and I think that he wasn’t very impressed.  But once I iced them and topped them with the toasted coconut?  He couldn’t keep his hands out of them!  And I’ll totally admit that I couldn’t stop eating them, too.  This is definitely a breakfast treat that I’d love to wake up to!!

And please forgive me if I go a little donut crazy now.  I’m telling you – I came up with some good ones that I want to try out!

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Baked Coconut Donuts
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A baked donut for coconut lovers! A baked coconut donut is topped with coconut icing and toasted coconut.
Serves: 18 donuts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespooons coconut milk
  • ¾ teaspoon coconut extract
  • toasted coconut, for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the coconut milk, eggs, coconut extract, butter and oil. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  3. Transfer the batter to a large zip top bag and cut off one corner. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each about ⅔ full.
  4. Bake the donuts for about 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  5. Once the donuts are cool, make the icing:
  6. In a bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, coconut milk and coconut extract. Carefully dip the tops of the donuts into the icing. (The icing is a little bit thicker, so use a spoon to spread the icing if needed.) Immediately dip into toasted coconut. Return the donuts to a wire rack for the icing to set up.

Other baked donuts to check out:

Baked Maple Donuts from Dashing Dish
Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Baked Buttermilk Donuts from Picky Palate
Baked Ricotta Blueberry Donuts from Mother Thyme

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42 Responses to Baked Coconut Donuts

  1. I like your distinction and that makes perfect sense to me:-). Oh yum, coconut and I like that you carried it though from the dough to the icing to the topping. I haven’t bought a pan yet mainly because I love donuts so much that I am afraid I would be eating them before anyone else could get to them!

    • Jess says:

      Thanks for the recipe – can’t wait to try it! Just for the record though, doughnut is the original English spelling of the word (as used in UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa etc), while donut is the simplified spelling that American English uses 🙂

  2. Rosa says:

    They look delicious! I’d love to eat one now…



  3. I adore toasted coconut…GREAT donut recipe!

  4. Tracey says:

    These sound amazing!! I love using coconut milk in baking, can’t wait to try them 🙂

  5. I’m surely in trouble with this recipe and everything I need to make it right in my kitchen! Total coconut lover right here 😉

  6. Amazing!! Toasted coconut is the best!

  7. The toasted coconut makes these super pretty!

  8. Stephanie says:

    I just bought those doughnut pans recently! And now I’ve got your recipe to make my first doughnuts with! Thanks.

  9. Holly says:

    Okay, I think it’s about time I go and get me a doughnut pan. These look incredible and your pics are stunning!

  10. Cassie says:

    Coconut donuts? These look amazing. Mouthwatering!

  11. I made orange-coconut donuts about 6-8 mos ago and this post reminds me that I need to make more…I love donut-making and need to get back into it!

  12. I have that same pan too, it definitely is the best. I’ll be putting that pan to good use when I whip up these donuts. I love, love, love coconut, especially in a donut! Yum!

  13. Alice says:

    Those do look yummy! … Do you have three of the donut/doughnut pans, or do you bake the batter in three batches?

  14. Yay!!! I have a donut pan. I feel like running to the store right now to get the ingredients. These look AMAZING. Can’t wait to try them.

  15. Chels R. says:

    These look so beautiful! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a coconut donut before!

  16. Rachel Cooks says:

    These look wonderful! I need to get my hands on a donut pan.

  17. freda says:

    I love your recipe for baked coconut doughnuts. I will be buying a dounut pan shortly. Thanks for sharing

  18. Joanne says:

    I really need a donut pan! Really just for these…coconut and I are BFF. And I need these in my life.

  19. Wow, these donuts are absolute perfection!

  20. These look so delicious! I love that they’re baked – I can justify eating more than one then :).

  21. Cara says:

    Bring on the donuts! I resisted buying a donut pan for a long time but after seeing so many delicious looking recipes, I caved. I’m sure the rest of your readers will do the same 🙂

  22. I’ve always wondered why donuts were spelled two different ways! Thanks for making the clarification! : ) I have a donut pan too (I got mine super cheap because I had half off coupon) and I love it. I hate frying things so this pan is perfect for me! I will have to try these coconut donuts next!

  23. the toasted coconut on these give it such a great touch! love it 🙂

  24. katie says:

    They look fabulous. You don’t see enough cocnut baked goods. I just got a doughnut pan a few weeks ago, so I’ll have to give these a try 🙂

  25. myfudo says:

    I love donuts…Yup, I am biased and I love the no yeast varieties. Those donuts really look delicious. Have to try soonest!

  26. Katie says:

    I just bought a donut pan last week because I kept seeing a ton of tasty recipes online. I’m adding this to my “to-make” donut list!

  27. grace says:

    i almost always opt for the donut coated in toasted coconut when i’m trying to pick from a wall of donuts. homemade? even better!

  28. Kristy says:

    I’ve never made a doughnut or donut. 🙂 My kids keep asking me to try to make them. Perhaps I should invest in a pan one of these days. These do look so very, very good! 🙂

  29. Yes, invest in a doughnut pan! I love mine, and I can’t wait to make this recipe!

  30. Phaedra says:

    I purchased a couple of doughnut (or donut ;)) pans from some neighbour kids’ garage sale, so I thought I would see what I could find for recipes. This was the first recipe I decided to make with them… and what a good choice it was!

    Everyone, even the ‘I don’t like sweet things’ people, loves them. I’ll be making them again very soon!

    Thank you very much for the wonderful recipe 🙂

  31. shabana says:

    I love your site and i tried this recipe and i loved it was so soft and moist,i have posted my result of ur recipe in my blog have a look and leave me ur lovely comments 🙂 http://bondedbyfood.blogspot.in/2012/09/baked-mutligrain-donut.html

  32. Jane says:

    What type of coconut milk did you use? Would full fat work, like Thai Kitchen coconut milk work? And should I strain the liquid?

    I’m looking forward to making these as coconut donut holes….yum!

    • Deborah says:

      @Jane, I used the canned full fat coconut milk. So yes – the Thai Kitchen coconut milk should work perfectly! I didn’t strain it, I just made sure that everything in the can was mixed well. I hope you love them as much as I did!

  33. Mollie says:

    Do you think I could replace the butter or veg. oil with coconut oil?

  34. Justyna says:

    Thanks for sharing, I’m definitely going to try this one soon!

  35. Noel says:

    Can you make it vegan?

    • Deborah says:

      I don’t normally do things vegan, so I’m not sure. I’m sure there are ways, but I’m afraid I don’t know them! Sorry.

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