If you’re looking for the best Oreo donuts recipe, well you’ve found it! Cakey soft chocolatey donuts (with Oreo biscuits in it of course!) topped with a tangy yummy glaze and lots of Oreos crumbled on top. Utterly delicious!
A little bit in love
As you will know, I recently received a beautiful donut pan. It’s my latest toy, and I absolutely love making baked donuts now, it’s official! Not only do I get to indulge in some yummy cakey beautifulness (yes I made up a word!), but I can be enjoying it (aka shoving it all in my face!) in under an hour!
And Oreos. I don’t think I’ve as yet met someone who DOESN’T like Oreos! Beautiful and deeply chocolatey, one is never enough! 😆
Put the two together to make Oreo donuts and… well, I’m hooked! I mean, if that’s not a winning combination, I honestly don’t know what is!
What ingredients do I need to make these Oreo donuts?
- Flour: I use plain flour (or all purpose if you’re in the US) in my recipe so I can control the amount of raising agent I use in the bake.
- Cocoa powder: for chocolatey yummy goodness!
- Brown sugar: this adds sweetness to your donuts.
- Baking powder/bicarbonate of soda: for rise in this bake, making lovely cakey donuts.
- Salt: enhances the flavour of your bake. You won’t taste it, don’t worry!
- Egg: gives structure to your bake and helps with the rise of it too.
- Milk: adds to the liquid requirements of this donut recipe.
- Melted butter: this is the fat content of the recipe. Butter helps keep your bake moist and trap air during baking, leading to a fluffier bake.
- Vinegar: reacts with the bicarbonate of soda to help with the rising of your donuts.
- Vanilla: purely for flavour. Yum!
- Oreos: essential in this Oreo donuts recipe!
- Cream cheese: gives your glaze a delicious tangy, which works beautifully with the chocolatey Oreo flavour.
- Icing/powdered sugar: used in the icing/glaze. Better than other sugars as it dissolves more easily making for smoother topping for your ultra special donuts!
What equipment do I need to make Oreo donuts?
- Donut pan*: you will need a 6 hole donut pan to make baked donuts.
- Pastry brush*: for brushing the melted butter on your donut pan.
- Digital kitchen scales*: whilst I do provide cup measurements for all my recipes, I always recommend using digital kitchen scales to weigh your ingredients out when baking. Baking is a more precise science, so weighing out your ingredients accurately will ensure better results.
- Measuring spoons*: for measuring smaller quantites such as tablespoons (tbsp) and teaspoons (tsp), a set of dedicated measuring spoons are far more accurate than using your everyday eating spoons.
- Mixing bowl*: any bowl large enough will do, plastic, glass, the choice is yours! I prefer using a glass bowl.
- Sieve*: removes any lumps from your dry ingredients before you mix them all together.
- Whisk*: totally optional, but good for aerating your dry ingredients.
- Spatula*: used to mix your ingredients together.
- Measuring jug*: for mixing your wet ingredients in. Lots easier using a jug so you can pour into your dry ingredients easily.
- Piping bag*: I prefer using a piping bag to fill my donut pan with mixture, but you can just spoon it in instead if you prefer.
- Small bowl*: to mix your glaze ingredients together in, just a little one is perfect.
How to make Oreo donuts
As I mentioned earlier, baked donuts are so quick to bring together, you’re going to love them! You literally need to make the donuts, then the glaze and finally bring them together and enjoy!
For the donuts
Step 1: Brush your donut pan with some melted butter and set it aside. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F while you make your mixture.
Step 2: Into a large mixing bowl, sift in the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Whisk lightly to combine, then set aside.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, or ideally a large jug, tip in the milk and egg. Gradually add in your melted butter, whisking as you go so your butter doesn’t solidify when it hits the cold ingredients in the jug. Add in the vanilla and vinegar and mix well to combine.
Step 4: Pour your wet ingredients into the bowl with your dry ingredients and gently stir together. Tip in the crushed Oreo biscuits and stir again to mix thoroughly
Step 5: Spoon or pipe your mixture into your prepared donut pan and bake for 8-10 minutes until your donuts are baked and a wooden skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes, then gently ease out and cool on a cooling rack.
For the decoration
Step 1: To make the glaze, tip the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and 2 tbsp milk into a small bowl and mix until smooth. Add more milk, if needed, to achieve your desired consistency. Dip the top of each donut into the glaze, then place back on the cooling rack, glaze side up. Sprinkle on some crushed Oreo biscuit crumbs as an additional garnish. Enjoy!
How do you remove the donuts from the tin?
Once you’ve removed your donut pan from the oven, let it sit on your cooling rack for 2-3 minutes to cool slighty. Then, very gently, use a (rounded) knife to gently ease the donuts on all sides to make sure they’re loosened from the pan before carefully lifting out. If you greased your pan before baking, they should easily pop out.
How long do these Oreo donuts last and how do I store donuts?
These donuts will last 2-3 days if stored in a cool place and in an airtight container. However, as with most baked donuts, these Oreo donuts are best enjoyed on the day they are made.
Can you freeze donuts?
Absolutely! Freeze your donuts before you glaze or decorate them for best results, and freeze for up to two months. Keep reading for how I freeze my donuts.
How to freeze donuts
I would recommend not decorating your donuts before freezing, but doing it after you have defrosted them instead.
I like to use large (sealable) food or freezer bags to freeze my donuts. Cut two pieces of baking paper slightly smaller than your bag, then slide one into the bottom of your freezer bag. Place your fully cooled donuts, in one layer, on the paper and top with the second piece of paper. Gently push as much air out of the bag as possible and seal almost all the way, leaving a little part of the bag unsealed. Using a straw, carefully slip it into the unsealed part of your bag. Use the straw to suck the remaining air out of the bag. This will make it look like it’s shrinking and make the paper contract against the donuts – perfect! Once you’ve got as much air out as you can, seal the bag and lay it flat in your freezer.
How to thaw your donuts
When you want to enjoy your frozen donuts again, simply remove them from the freezer and all packaging and leave on your cooling rack at room temperature for a couple of hours. I like to cover my donuts lightly with a clean tea towel until I’m ready to glaze and decorate them.
Can I make these donuts gluten free and dairy free?
Yes! You can substitute your plain/all purpose flour for a gluten free flour, but do add an additional ¼ tsp Xanthan gum for a better texture. For dairy free options similarly use a plant based milk and plant based butter. Also don’t forget to us a dairy free butter to lightly grease your donut pan!
Additional tips for making this Oreo donuts recipe
- Make sure you’ve prepared your tools before you start mixing: brush your pan with melted butter and preheat your oven.
- I find it easier to pipe my donut mixture into my pan for neater donuts. If you haven’t any piping bags, you can make one by snipping off one corner of a freezer bag. Alternatively, you could use a spoon to carefully spoon your mixture into your pan too, of course.
- Leave your donuts to cool completely before decorating. They don’t take long, maybe 20 minutes or so. Doing it sooner could result in your soft, delicate donuts breaking or crumbling as you dip them in your glaze. Or even your glaze melting straight off!
- When dipping your donuts in the glaze, first make sure your glaze isn’t too thick to risk pulling and breaking your donuts. I find it easiest to pop it in face down, wiggle it a little on the surface of the glaze, then very gently twist it to get it up off the glaze. Do use a (rounded) knife to help you lift it if needed, then just smooth the glaze over if required.
If you have any other questions about this recipe, please use the comments below to ask away and I’ll do my best to help! And if you made and enjoyed this, I’d love to hear from you too!
And don’t forget: if you do make this recipe for Oreo donuts, please do consider leaving a rating and review below, I would love to know how you enjoy making them! You could even post a picture on Instagram and tag me when you share it with the world! 😊
More donut recipes for you to enjoy
Don’t forget too to check out these other delicious donut recipes on my blog:
The BEST baked donuts: my easy baked donuts recipe uses no yeast and required no kneading. Comes together in under an hour, and I show you a few different topping options too!
Lemon blueberry donuts: fluffy lemon donuts, pops of blueberry and a stunning blueberry glaze make for a real showstopper!
Eggless cinnamon sugar donuts: my eggless cinnamon sugar donuts are utterly addictive! Light and fluffy, these baked donuts are enjoyed by everyone!
Happy baking, my friends! x