Craving donuts? Try this amazing Cookie Butter Donut recipe. No need for fancy kitchen gear, today we are sharing an easy way to make donuts without a donut pan!
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My new obsession has three names: Cookie butter, Speculoos and Biscoff Spread. Three names seems like a lot but it’s all the same delicious thing so who cares.
Have you tried Cookie Butter? 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 might need a donut pan. I considered choosing another breakfast recipe, or 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 Cookie Butter glaze. You could also try this method and make these Birthday Cake Donuts as well!
How to Make Donuts without a Donut Pan – Video Tutorial
What You Need:
How to Use Tin Foil
- Roll small sheets of tin foil into cylinders. I like to make mine tall enough that they can reach the top of the muffin pan.
- Grease the muffin pan as well as the tin foil.
Pipe Batter into the Muffin Pan
- Add donut batter to one side of a gallon sized ziplock bag and cut the corner off of the bag. You will use this as a piping bag for the batter.
- Squeeze batter into muffin cups in a circle around the tin foil.
- Bake donuts at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until donuts are golden brown. Let them cool.
- Dip donuts in glaze and allow it to set before serving.
One word: YUM.
You can sprinkle some powdered sugar on the donuts as well. It’s your breakfast, do what you feel is right.
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…
Cookie Butter Donuts Recipe
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Cookie Butter Donuts
Delicious baked donut recipe, plus an easy tutorial for how to make donuts without a donut pan!Print Pin Rate
Cookie Butter Cake Donuts
- ¼ cup cookie butter
- ¼ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp milk
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
Cookie Butter Glaze
- 2 Tbsp melted butter
- ¼ cup cookie butter
- 2 Tbsp milk
- ½ tsp water
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ cup powdered sugar
How to Make Donuts
- Preheat oven to 325F.
- Get out a muffin pan. Roll aluminum foil into little cylinders the size you would like the middle of your donuts to be. Place one in each muffin cup and grease with cooking spray.
- Use a hand mixer to combine cookie and sugar until incorporated.
- Add milk, oil, vanilla, and egg; mix.
- Slowly add flour, baking powder, and salt over top of cookie 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.
Cookie Butter Glaze
- Whisk together melted butter and cookie butter. 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.
- Dip donuts into the glaze and allow to set for 15 minutes before serving
Serving: 1donut | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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This post was originally published in May 2013 and has been updated with new pictures, a video and more information.
I will be making these next I already know they will be delicious.
I was reading the comments about it not working for some and though what if you roll a two or three inch strip of foil around your finder then twit the tip of it.
I made donuts for the first time yesterday and come to find out I didn’t even have muffin tin’s anymore and had to use a baking sheet with parchment paper they were pretty thin but good
It didn’t work for me. The foil was terrible and I couldn’t do the bag thing because it would have been too messy. They just look like mini muffins and were underdone. I will be buying a donut pan. Hopefully, they will taste good.
This idea is the best!! Such a clever way to make donuts, and so delicious!!
Thank you so much! It really is so fun!
See the problem with this is that Aluminum Foil is harmful to the body. Not that average Person cares about this, but I certainly do. If you did this the aluminum would go into your food. The main reason I don’t cook with aluminum at all. If you told me this idea years ago, I would have thought you where a genius.
Bingo! Could not agree more, it’s actually astonishing to me how few still actually know this.
You’re looking at a cookie butter donut recipe. You must not be that concerned about what you’re putting in your body.
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.
Same issue. Tried to use the foil, but it was an epic fail. They just rose on top of the batter.
Oh man, I’m so sorry! I need to update this recipe. I shared this back in 2013 and it worked really well for me a few times with that specific recipe, but I haven’t tried it with other flavors or types of pans.
Yay! Thanks for the idea to use instead of a donut plan!! Can’t wait to try it, thanks!! <3
Jessica @ Pretty Providence
Thanks so much! We hope it works for you!
You’re so clever to figure out how to make donuts without a donut pan!