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Vanilla Chai Tea Baked Donuts

As the months have rolled around to March already, I’ve found myself in a baking rut because of all of my homework from Midterm season. These past few weeks, my work in the treat department has mainly been some of my go-to, easy, twenty minute cookie recipes. While those are delicious and satisfy whatever sweet cravings I may have, I wanted to do something out of the ordinary for this blog post.

For inspiration, I went rummaging through my cupboards and came across a gift I had forgotten was stored away since Christmas: a donut mold baking pan! Normally donuts are fried, but you can also bake a denser cake-like version in the oven. They’re also easier to make at home if you don’t have a deep-frier handy.

This recipe uses some freshly brewed Vanilla Chai Tea to give the donuts a warm, spicy and sweet flavour. You can choose to cover them with a cinnamon-sugar dusting or a chai tea glaze. I went with both options.


Vanilla Chai Tea Baked Donuts

Makes 6 donuts


  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Chai Tea, brewed and cooled
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 large Egg

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 3 Tbsp Butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Chai Tea Glaze

  • 1 Tbsp Chai Tea, brewed and cooled
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar


Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray donut pan with non-stick spray. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, spices and salt) and whisk together. In another large mixing bowl, combine the tea, vegetable oil, vanilla, and egg. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together until just combined. Fill baking molds 2/3 of the way full (To do this, I put the batter in a pastry bag for better control when piping into the donut rings). Bake for approximately 10 minutes or when a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

For the toppings, either brush the donuts with the melted butter and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixed together. Or, stir the glaze ingredients together and drizzle or dip the donuts into the mixture.

Slightly Adapted From: The Chunky Chef