Lemon Donuts with Lemon Glaze

Springtime and lemons just seem to go together.  I picked up a lovely lemon at the store, knowing I wanted to do something lemony, but not knowing what.  I thought about a pound cake, then remembered the donut pans.  Ah, ha!  Lemon Donuts!

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Oh yum, did these ever hit the spot!  And how can you go wrong serving them on my new lemon plates.  Perfect aren’t they?

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Gathering the ingredients, I came across the vanilla beans. The thought came that these might do wonderfully in a delicate batter with just lemon zest, so I tried that.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

So here is how to make them yourself.  Spray two donut pans with non-stick spray and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Combine first five dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Add to dry ingredients.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Zest the lemon.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Chop finely and add to dry ingredients.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Add the eggs to the oil and slightly beat.  If you don’t have a vanilla bean, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the eggs/oil.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Add eggs, oil, and half and half to the dry ingredients.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Stir gently only until combined.  Batter will be very thick and sticky.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Load 1/2 of batter into a piping bag, cut off the end. You may be tempted to skip this step, but believe me it is much easier and faster to load the bag and pipe the batter into the wells than to try to spoon it in.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Pipe into six donut wells. Repeat with remaining batter and another donut pan, distributing batter evenly across all 12 wells.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-16 minutes, only until top springs back when lightly touched and donuts are lightly browned. Do not over-bake.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then remove from pans and put on wire racks to cool.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Juice the lemon.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Strain the juice into a cup with the powdered sugar.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Wisk until smooth.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Place wax paper under the rack with the cooled donuts. Drizzle with lemon glaze.  I scooped up the overflow and added it to the tops of the donuts after the first glazing had cooled and slightly hardened.

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Enjoy the complements!

Lemon Vanilla Donuts with Lemon Glaze at From My Carolina Home

Lemon Donuts with Lemon Glaze

1-1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 lemon
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons half and half (or milk)

For Glaze
juice of one lemon
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Spray two donut pans with non-stick spray and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine first five dry ingredients in a large bowl. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and add to dry ingredients. Zest the lemon, chop finely and add to dry ingredients. Add eggs, oil, and half and half, stirring gently only until combined.  Batter will be very thick and sticky. Load 1/2 of batter into a piping bag, cut off the end. Pipe into six donut wells. Repeat with remaining batter and another donut pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-16 minutes, only until top springs back when lightly touched and donuts are lightly browned. Do not over-bake. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, then remove from pans and put on wire racks to cool.  Drizzle with lemon glaze.  Yield 12 donuts.

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21 thoughts on “Lemon Donuts with Lemon Glaze

  1. Good Morning Carole! Oh these do look and sound delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe! Hubby and I, plus a good friend have been putting in the garden and flowers, mowing the lawn and enjoying each others company. The friend has helped out us for over two years now and this weekend he treated us to a marvelous lasagna. So, I have a feeling these donuts would be a great way to end our get together for the time being. Thank you for sharing and have a fantastic creative day!

  2. Rosemaryflower

    and, eat them all, one by one. Or, two at a time.
    This is an easy recipe. I do not have a piping bag, but using another bag and snipping a not too generous end off is just as good.
    I should try this.
    I like baking things and wrapping them up really well and identifying label, and sneaking them into my kids freezers
    I know, I am a stealth goodie mom

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you….lemon is my favorite dessert (and drink) flavor. This is just what I’ve been needing. I actually bought a donut pan right after your last post about donuts and I’ve not used it yet….but now I will. I don’t suppose you could mail me a donut? lol…..

  4. Cheryl

    These look so very yummy. I will try making them with gluten free all purpose flour. I think lemon in the summertime. Thanks for sharing this recipe.☺️

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  6. We will love your Lemon Donuts, they look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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