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Baked Donuts filled with jelly are incredibly soft, airy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Just like our donut holes, this homemade donut recipe is easy and always gets rave reviews!

Donuts are the ultimate comfort food. The aroma from the oven and the little hint of jelly peeking out of the side make these irresistible. I am a sucker for classic home-baked treats like blueberry muffins or chocolate chip banana bread and these baked donuts do not disappoint!

stack of 3 baked donuts

Baked Donut Recipe:

Baked donuts are cotton-candy soft and fluffy. I remember my Mother making apple piroshki (Russian fried doughnuts) after school and it is one of the food memories I will always treasure. Baked yeast donuts are even easier and is a tradition I’m continuing with my own family.


I’ll take one of these over a Krispy Kreme any day because they are way more satisfying – the perfect balance of fluffy center to sugar coated surface without the greasy mouth feel and my belly is always happier eating a homemade baked donut!

Baked Donuts Filled with Jelly

Baked Donuts are incredibly soft, airy and melt-in-you-mouth delicious. This homemade donut recipe is easy and always gets rave reviews! The little hint of jelly peeking out of the side makes them irresistible.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for dusting*
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast, quick acting, (1 packet = 7 grams)
  • 2/3 cup warm milk, 110˚F – microwave 35 sec.
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup jelly or jam, (no large fruit pieces)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar , to roll donuts


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 1/4 tsp (1 packet) instant yeast and 1/4 tsp salt.
  2. Add warm milk, 3 Tbsp melted butter, 2 egg yolks and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, and whisk vigorously to combine well.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and rest at room temperature 10 minutes, until some bubbles form on the surface.
  4. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, adding just enough until dough holds together and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl (Add the last 2 Tbsp of flour only if needed) and knead in the bowl 5 minutes. If dough is really sticking to your hands, dust lightly with flour then continue kneading with clean dry hands. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a 100˚F oven for 45 min or at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375˚F with rack in the center of the oven.
  6. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and roll the dough out to just under 1/2” thick. Cut circles using a 2 1/2 inch round cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps if needed to make 12 donuts total. Place donuts on prepared baking sheet, cover with a tea towel and let rise in a 100˚F oven for 20 min or at room temperature 45 min, or until puffed. Bake uncovered in the center of a preheated oven at 375˚F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden on top.
  7. Right out of the oven, brush a hot bun all over with remaining 1 Tbsp melted butter and roll in a bowl of sugar to coat lightly with sugar. Cut a deep slit in the side of each donut and pipe jam with a pastry bag into each one. 

Recipe Notes

*For best results, be sure to measure the flour correctly – spoon it into the cup and level off the top for an accurate measure. 


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