Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts

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Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 8 minutes       Yield: About 18 doughnuts (You can Adjust)


    • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2 Tbsp poppy seeds, plus more for sprinkling tops
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
    • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp buttermilk
    • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
    • Softened butter, for buttering doughnut tins
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter 3 6-hole doughnut tins with softened butter and dust lightly with flour (shaking out excess), set aside.
    2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds for 30 seconds. In a separate large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer set on low speed, blend together melted butter, canola oil, sugar and lemon zest for 1 minute. Mix in eggs one at a time. In liquid measuring cup used to measure buttermilk, whisk lemon juice with buttermilk (it will begin to curdle a little so you want to mix it in rather quickly). Working in 3 separate batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture and mixing just until combined after each addition.
    3. Pour mixture into piping bag and pipe mixture (or spoon) into prepared doughnut wells, filling within about 1/3-inch of the top rim. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean, about 7 – 8 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then invert onto a wire rack to cool.
    4. In a bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and 3 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice to make glaze. Dip tops of doughnuts in glaze and return to wire rack, sprinkle tops with poppy seeds and allow glaze to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container

These doughnuts are incredible! They are loaded with a vibrant lemon flavor, their texture is perfectly soft and fluffy, and I love how moist they are. They are much like a muffin but probably better because you get more surface covered in glaze, so it’s kind of like eating muffin tops (you know, the best part of any muffin).

These are a perfect summery treat that everyone is going to love! Such a great use for all the fresh lemons you’ll have on hand this spring and summer. Enjoy!

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