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Lemon Doughnuts

The other day I needed to make some lemon bars for a friend. I ended up having some lemons leftover. I could have cut them up to use in my water bottle (I don’t like plain water), but I really wanted to bake with them. You know how much I love doughnuts, so that is what I decided to make. Lemon doughnuts!

These will get you going in the morning! I wanted the lemon to shine, so I added lemon zest into the doughnut batter. Once they were baked I made a lemon syrup to drizzle over them. And if that wasn’t enough, I made a simple glaze with powdered sugar and lemon syrup. Wow! Your tastebuds will be dancing!

Recipe for Lemon Doughnuts

Lemon Doughnuts

Top Cupcake
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Calories 260 kcal


  • Doughnut pan
  • Baking spray
  • Medium-sized mixing bowl
  • Zip-lock bag
  • Cooling rack
  • Microwave



  • Cups Flour
  • ½ Cup Cake flour
  • Cup Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ Teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted
  • ¾ Cup 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 Zest of lemons

Lemon Syrup:

  • 2 Juice of lemons
  • Equal amount sugar*

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 Cup 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Leftover lemon syrup
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray the doughnut pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Fill each doughnut cavity about 3/4 full. Note: for easier filling, you can use a pastry bag or a zip-lock bag and snip off a corner. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, remove the doughnuts from the pan and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Note: if the doughnuts stick a little, run a small silicon spatula along the doughnut cavities. 

To make the lemon syrup:

  • Measure the lemon juice. Pour this into a microwave safe container and add in an equal amount sugar (example: you have 1/4 cup lemon juice, add in 1/4 cup sugar). Microwave this for 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until the sugar has dissolved. Once the doughnuts have been baked, and while they are still warm, drizzle on 1/2 teaspoon on the lemon syrup onto each doughnut.

To make the glaze:

  • Whisk together the powdered sugar and just enough lemon syrup (starting with 1 tablespoon), until it is well combined and smooth. After the doughnuts  have cooled for 10 minutes, dip the tops into the glaze and add sprinkles (if using). Return to the cooling rack to let the glaze set, or eat immediately! Enjoy!
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