Baked Maple Bacon Glazed Doughnuts made with a mix of maple, vanilla, spices, and whole wheat flour. Then baked and dipped in a sweet maple glaze made with butter, real maple syrup, and vanilla. Top each doughnut with extra crispy-salty bacon. Don’t give in to your skepticism, the combination of salty to sweet is so delicious. If you’re doubting this, you just have to try it! The true secret is in the quality of maple syrup and bacon you pick up from the store. Be sure to use only the highest quality. These doughnuts are the perfect way to make any day fun, happy, and delicious!
Alright, so hear me out. I know the idea of these doughnuts sounds interesting. You may be wondering if maple doughnuts and bacon are really the yummiest combination. But you need to put any thoughts of doubt aside. We already know that maple and bacon together is a delicious combination. So adding bacon to an already delicious maple doughnut really isn’t a huge leap.
I hesitated to test this recipe for a while. But after finally giving the doughnut a try, I knew I wanted to share the recipe.
I used my maple doughnuts as a base and then added bacon as a topping. Such a simple, but yummy addition.
The only place I know of personally that offers a bacon doughnut is Voodoo Doughnuts. They have a location in the Denver airport, and I know so many people adore that doughnut!
I’m hoping you all can get behind this fun doughnut, too. My mom was excited and very into the idea. She loved the way they turned out.
These are the details
Step 1: the bacon
Before you begin, you should start cooking the bacon. I actually love to bake the bacon instead of pan-frying. It’s much easier to make a big batch of bacon and a lot less messy.
Bake the bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a 400-degree oven until it’s super crispy. I recommend using high-quality bacon for the best flavor, I usually pick up uncured bacon from Whole Foods. Something thicker cut and without added sugar is best.
Step 2: make the doughnut batter
Since we’re all embracing healthier eating for the start of the new year, I knew I wanted to make these a little more wholesome than most doughnuts.
Frying was out of the picture, for sure. I never mess with that. But for the batter, I tried to keep with wholesome ingredients. For the wet ingredients: melted coconut oil, vanilla, eggs, real maple syrup, and milk. I always use whole milk, but use what you drink at home.
Step 3: the dry ingredients
Now, for the dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt.
The warm spices really complement the salty bacon. No fancy ingredients, and hopefully all ingredients you already have in your pantry.
Step 4: bake the doughnuts
Ok, time to bake!
Divide the batter between doughnut pans (or use cupcake pans). As the doughnuts bake, the kitchen will start to smell like sweet maple or maybe even maple and bacon if you’re also baking up the bacon at the same time.
It’s one of the yummiest scents. Reminds me of a homey Sunday morning breakfast.
Step 5: the glaze
The glaze was the reason I really wanted to make these doughnuts. I love a maple-glazed doughnut. I find them to be one of those doughnuts people often ignore, so I wanted to highlight them!
The glaze is pretty simple, butter, real maple syrup, powdered sugar, and plenty of vanilla.
Not too strong, not too sweet, but just right. Especially when dipped into or drizzled over warm maple doughnuts.
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Lastly, if you make these Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And, of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Baked Maple Bacon Doughnuts
Servings: 12 doughnuts
Calories Per Serving: 298 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
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- 1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 6-cup doughnut pan or 12-cup muffin pan with melted butter2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, and milk until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt, mix until just combined.3. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pan, filling 1/2-2/3 of the way full. Bake 12-13 minutes, until just set. Remove and let cool 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges to release and invert the pan.4. Meanwhile, make the glaze. Add the butter to a small pot set over medium heat. Allow the butter to brown slightly until it smells toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the maple syrup, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Dip or drizzle the doughnuts into the glaze. Let set 2-3 minutes, then add a slice or 2 of bacon on top.