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A delicious vanilla baked donut takes on red, white and blue for a patriotic breakfast treat.

Red, White and Blue Baked Donuts | www.tasteandtellblog.com

I feel like a bit of a broken record right now. First, this is the third sweet recipe I’ve posted in a row. And second, out of those 3 recipes, this is the second baked donut. And third, technically all three recipes can qualify as breakfast recipes.

So sorry there hasn’t been a lot of variety going on here, but let’s be honest, you can’t really complain when donuts are involved, right?

I really didn’t plan to have another donut recipe so soon. But I started thinking this past weekend that I’d really like to post another red, white and blue recipe before the holiday on Thursday. And since I do love donuts so much, I just couldn’t resist making a patriotic version.

Red, White and Blue Baked Donuts | www.tasteandtellblog.com

If you remember last year, I did try to make a red, white and blue donut, but without food coloring. What I ended up with were some amazingly delicious donuts, but red, white and blue – they were not. This year, I stuck with the food coloring. ๐Ÿ™‚

These are just a basic vanilla donut, with a vanilla glaze. Sometimes I think I over-think things, and forget that often, simple is the best. So these donuts would really be perfect year-round – just skip the food coloring.

So if you are looking for a great idea for breakfast on the 4th, I’ve got you covered!!

Red, White and Blue Baked Donuts | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Red, White and Blue Baked Donuts
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A delicious vanilla baked donut takes on red, white and blue for a patriotic breakfast treat.
Serves: 18 donuts
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • red and blue paste food coloring
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Grease a donut pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the melted butter, vegetable oil and sugar. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, baking soda and flour. Mix the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Mix just until combined.
  3. Transfer one-third of the mixture into a pastry bag or ziptop bag. Divide the remaining batter into 2 bowls. Tint one bowl with red food coloring and the other with blue food coloring. Lightly mix to distribute the color. Transfer each of the colored batters into separate pastry bags.
  4. Pipe an equal amount of each colored batter into the donut pan. If desired, drag a toothpick through each of the colors to create a tie-dyed effect.
  5. Bake the donuts until the centers spring back when lightly touched, 8-10 minutes. Allow the donuts to cool completely.
  6. To make the glaze - combine the powdered sugar and vanilla. Add in the cream, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
  7. Dip the cooled donuts into the glaze. If the glaze starts to harden before you are finished dipping the donuts, mix in more cream. Allow to set up for a few minutes before serving.

More breakfast ideas for the 4th:

Fruity Firework Pancakes | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Fruity Firework Pancakes

4th of July Toast | www.tasteandtellblog.com

4th of July Toast

Blueberry Cherry Baked Donuts | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Blueberry Cherry Baked Donuts

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30 Responses to Red, White and Blue Baked Donuts

  1. I haven’t made donuts in over a YEAR! My donut an is collecting dust. ๐Ÿ™‚ I should change that. Loving these festive little baked breakfast treats. Especially the sprinkles!

  2. I am so jealous of all the treats you guys in America get to have on the 4th of july! I hope you have good one this year! Baked doughnuts are my favourite baked good right now; They look impressive but are so easy.

  3. Tieghan says:

    So cute!! I would to make these for the 4th! I need to order a doughnut pan already! Love all these festive colors!

  4. I don’t know anyone that complains when donuts are offered so keep em coming!

  5. Tracey says:

    I haven’t broken out my doughnut pan in way too long! These are seriously fun for the 4th of July, I might just need to dig that pan out this week ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh my goodness, are these fun or what?! So very festive!!

  7. These are so fun!!! Love the colored donuts — and those sprinkles are adorable!

  8. carrian says:

    Love how cute these are!!

  9. kristy says:

    Love your 4th of July toast. What a fun idea! And you are the queen of good donut recipes. I love it!!! These are just adorable and so summery and fun. Great idea for the 4th!

  10. These are just gorgeous!! Love love love the color and look of them!

  11. These are so cute and festive! The kids would LOVE these so much! No wait, I would love them just as much too.

  12. yummy! your donuts always look divine. I need to get a donut pan so I can recreate them. happy fourth!

  13. These are so fetch! I am posting something similar on Wednesday! Great minds think alike!

  14. These donuts are so fun and patriotic!

  15. Chels R. says:

    Those are so cute!!!! Grace and Eden would love those!

  16. Absolutely adorable for a festive Fourth breakfast! Love it!

  17. This is a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday! So fun, Deborah!

  18. Joanne says:

    These have so much fun tie-dyed red white and blue going on!! The patriotism is outrageously delicious.

  19. Trust me, I don’t think anyone is complaining about the multiple posts on donuts! haha. These look incredibly moist and delicious!

  20. More posts on donuts I say!

    I love how spirited these donuts are, wishing I had one right now!

  21. Nessa says:

    Oh my, Deborah! So creative and pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I really need to buy a doughnut pan ASAP! These patriotic babies are stunning!!!

  23. Just discovered your blog and love it! These are the cutest things, perfect for a festive 4th of July party ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Ooh, I love these colorful, fun donuts Deborah! I totally had the idea to make tie-dyed donuts this week but mine turned out all wonky, haha. Yours are gorgeous!

  25. Love these! I just bought a doughnut pan especially for a recipe I developed for a brand and was wondering whether I’d ever use it again. Now I definitely will be getting it out of the back of the cabinet.

  26. These donuts are so fun! Perfect 4th of July breakfast!

  27. Nutmeg nanny says:

    Oh, these are so fun, and I thought I couldn’t love donuts anymore than I did ๐Ÿ˜‰

  28. These are so perfect and festive!!

  29. How did I miss these??? So festive and fun, looks like I will make them Labor day ๐Ÿ™‚ PINNED!

  30. Emily says:

    These might have just become my most favorite 4th of July treat!

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