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Pancake Mix Doughnuts


Donuts with maple glaze on a metal drying rack

Make this fun breakfast doughnut using pancake mix! Dip in a simple glaze and voila! Kids gobble them up and declare them the best. Doughnuts. Ever! This basic recipe can be customized with add-ins. See notes and the Zhuzh it up! section.

Prep Time: 5 min

Additional Time: cool completely before glazing

Cook time: 20 min

Yield: 1 doz

Special Equipment

  • Doughnut baking pan

  • If you don't have a doughnut pan, don't worry! I also make these all the time in a mini muffin tin. The kids call them doughnut holes.


  • 2 cup pancake mix

  • 1 cup milk (non-dairy if you prefer)

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsp melted butter


  • Add-ins: mini chocolate chips or blueberries are great

  • This basic doughnut is not overly sweet on it's own (remember, it's a pancake in disguise) - for a sweeter dessert-style doughnut, add 2 tbsp sugar OR a small, ripe mashed banana to the batter.


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F and lightly grease your donut pan.

  2. Put all ingredients in a bowl, mix well.

  3. Put your batter in the doughnut pan to about 2/3 full.

  4. If you're adding extras, now is the time to stir them in.

  5. Bake for about 20 min or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  6. Allow doughnuts to cool slightly before turning them out of the pan. Then cool completely on a wire rack.

  7. Glaze or ice as desired (see below for ideas).

Zhuzh it up!

  • The photo above shows these doughnuts with a simple maple glaze (mix icing sugar with maple syrup a little at a time until you reach a consistency for dipping or drizzling. You can also thin with milk if you like).

  • Cinnamon sugar is also delicious! First, dip just the very top of the donut in melted butter, then directly in a bowl of cinnamon sugar (1 tbsp cinnamon + 1/4 cup granulated sugar).

  • A chocolate or cream cheese icing would also be yummy. Toss on some sprinkles for a special birthday breakfast!

This fun recipe was written by Heather Dyer.


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