Football, backwards hats, bald eagles, and rock ‘n roll. The list of “American things” is seemingly endless, but perhaps the most widely adored food item from the good ‘ol USA (aside from apple pie and barbecue, of course) is donuts. Honestly, have you met anyone who doesn’t like the sugary, flakey, melt-in-your-mouth texture of a hot glazed, raspberry jelly, or Boston Creme? No, you haven’t, which is why we are going all out to celebrate National Doughnut Day on June 2 with these easy-to-make baked varieties.
Afraid of the fryer? Hoping to avoid oil? Check out the recipes below and prepare your taste buds for the familiar flavors you love so much. Homer Simpson would certainly approve.
1. Low-Calorie Sour Cream Donuts
Dieters, rejoice! You can partake in a donut binge with this low-calorie option. Because eating ten of these is the equivalent to just one regular donut, right? Right! (Not right.) Get the recipe.
2. Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting
Anything that resembles a Reese’s peanut butter cup is always worth the time and energy to make. And if you don’t like the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, we simply can’t help you. Get the recipe.
3. Cinnamon Sugar Donuts
Though these may be simple, there’s no denying that the texture of cinnamon sugar is one of the best. You’ll be craving these long after you make them. Get the recipe.
4. Vanilla Glazed Cake Donuts
Aside from the icing, nothing about these glazed cake donuts is vanilla. Use Ina Garten-level extract for depths of flavor beyond traditional and boring. Get the recipe.
5. Banana Bread Donuts with Browned Butter Caramel Glaze
Banana bread is already good on its own, but banana bread donuts with a browned butter caramel glaze are slightly ridiculous. We always aim for the latter. Get the recipe.
6. Chocolate Cake Donuts
Chocolate lovers are in trouble these ultra-chocolatey delights. They’re essentially Oreo in donut form, which means bye…nice chatting with you…we’re off to go make donuts. Get the recipe.
7. French Cruller
If you thought making French crullers in an oven was a an impossible task, think again. This recipe breaks things down for even the most amateur of newbs. Get the recipe.
8. Lemon Poppy Seed
Lemon and poppy seeds are two things that are meant to go together, just like this donut and your stomach. Be sure to make an extra batch for work. Your boss should promote you right on the spot. Get the recipe.
9. Strawberry Buttermilk
These are as beautiful as they are delicious, which means they’re pretty freakin’ delicious. Enjoy your favorite summer fruit in donut form with this strawberry delight. Get the recipe.