Recipe: Baked Vanilla Lemon Sour Cream Donuts

By Christy - May 05, 2015

I love this baked donut recipe from The Semisweet Sisters. The addition of sour cream and lemon flavor gives it a lovely, cake-y texture. Dipped in vanilla glaze and sprinkled with candy confetti, it becomes a wonderful snack time treat.



  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract


  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp lemon extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease  a donut pan with oil. 
  2. In a bowl, whisk together sour cream, egg, vanilla, oil, & sugar. 
  3. Add flour, soda, salt, & nutmeg (optional) & stir together until well combined.
  4. Fill donut pan with batter & bake for 12-16 minutes or until the top is springy to the touch & the sides are turning golden brown. Remove from oven & let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.
  5. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar & milk together. Glaze should be thin so donuts can easily be dipped. Add milk or powered sugar to get the right consistency.
  6. Dip cooled donuts have cooled down a bit dip the donuts into the glaze, flipping them over so both sides get covered. Add sprinkles. Set on a cooling rack to dry. 

Recipe adapted The Semisweet Sisters  

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