How to Make Donuts without a Donut Pan

My new obsession has three names: Cookie butter, Speculoos and Biscoff Spread. Three names seems like a lot but it’s all the same delicous thing so who cares. Have you tried it? Yesterday I decided I wanted to try baking with it instead of just eating it by the spoonful like I have been, and baked donuts sounded so good. I started to gather my ingredients when I realized I would need a donut pan. I considered running to the store before realizing that there must be a better way. So I improvised with a little tin foil! Below I’m going to show you how to bake donuts without a donut pan and share the recipe for cookie butter donuts with chocolate glaze. One word: YUM.
¼ cup sugar
⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup whole wheat OR all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons melted butter
¼ cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon water
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 325F. 
  2. Get out a muffin pan. Roll aluminum foil into little balls the size you would like the middle of your donuts to be. Place one in each muffin cup and grease with cooking spray. (See photo below for example.)
  3. Use a hand mixer to combine peanut butter and sugar until incorporated. Add milk, oil, vanilla, and egg; mix. Slowly add flour, baking powder, and salt over top of peanut butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Transfer to a ziploc bag, cut a small hole in one corner and pipe into muffin pan around the tin foil balls. Bake 8 – 10 minutes, until donuts are golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the pan. Once you remove them, let them cool fully while you make the glaze. Push tin foil out right before glazing.
  4. To make the chocolate glaze, whisk together melted butter and cocoa powder. Once incorporated add milk, water, vanilla, and powdered sugar; whisk. If the glaze is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If it’s too thick, add more milk.
  5. Dip top of donuts into the glaze and allow to set for 15 minutes before serving.
This recipe was adapted from this Peanut Butter Donut recipe by Fake Ginger.
You guys these were so easy, and so delish! I highly recommend trying them. Or at least try the cookie butter. Really it’s so good with apples, on toast or just from a spoon. Admittedly it’s not the cheapest condiment out there but it’s one of those things I feel is worth the splurge.
If you like this recipe I think you’ll also like Blondies from Heaven (they really are) and Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls (no baking required.)
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    So wish this had worked for me, but the aluminum foil balls just rose to the surface and made little toppers for muffin towers. Still tasty but no doughnut pan substitute.


    Yay! Thanks for the idea to use instead of a donut plan!! Can’t wait to try it, thanks!! <3


    Brilliant idea!


    That’s clever.

    You’re so clever to figure out how to make donuts without a donut pan!