Maple Glazed Cinnamon French Toast Donuts

How would you like a little mid-week pick me up? I have one for you. . .in the form of a donut! Can I just say that I used to not like donuts. . .at all. Well, I didn’t like the kind of donuts that you buy at the store. They always seemed so sweet that they hurt my teeth and they left a weird, oily coating in my mouth. Not my idea of a tasty food. Now it may just be that I never experienced a good store bought donut (so please, don’t be upset!). Once I first tasted baked donuts, however, I was hooked. They taste good and there are so many possibilities.

One of those possibilities turned into these maple glazed cinnamon french toast donuts. A cinnamon donut with a hint of nutmeg and maple, studded with brown sugar-cinnamon streusel, and topped with a light maple glaze to be exact. Sound good to you? :) Another aspect of baked donuts that I like is the that they are super easy to make. These donuts are no different. The extra step of making the streusel is worth it to give the donuts the taste of french toast and this step can be done ahead of time and kept in the fridge.

So go ahead and have a couple with a big glass of milk or coffee/tea to power you through the rest of your week! (Oh, and they taste really good with a cinnamon french toast latte!)

Maple Drizzled Cinnamon French Toast Donuts

Yield: 18 donuts


  • For the Donuts
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/3  C granulated sugar substitute or sugar
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 C non-fat milk
  • For the Streusel Pieces
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp butter, cold
  • For the Drizzle
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 C confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp maple extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar substitute, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Stir in extracts, eggs, butter, and milk until just combined.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together sugars, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, mix the butter in with your fingers and create bigger chunks of streusel. Stir streusel into donut batter.
  4. Pour batter into a pastry bag or ziploc bag. Fill donut cavities about 1/2 full.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Allow donuts to cool in pan for 2 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
  6. While donuts are cooling, start preparing glaze. In a small saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar together over medium-low heat. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Stir in milk and bring back to a boil for one minute. Add confectioner’s sugar and maple extract. Stir until smooth.
  7. Keeping heat on low, carefully dip each donut in glaze to cover the tops. You may need to stir the glaze occasionally to keep it from hardening.
  8. Allow glaze to harden before serving.

This recipe is linked with Mom’s Test Meal Mondays, Party in Polka DotsPin It Thursday, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Thursday Treasures, Trick or Treat TuesdayWhat’s Cookin’ Wednesday, What’s in Your Kitchen Wednesday.

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  1. Oh my word — french toast donuts?? So tasty-looking. And I would swim in a pool of that maple glaze if I could. But seriously.

  2. I want these now please! My favorite bagel is a french toast bagel, which is sinful enough. But these are even more sinful :)

  3. Struesel inside a donut? Now that’s genius!

  4. you had me at maple-glazed. Woo hoo! And I need to break out my donut pan again STAT. I haven’t made donuts in months. Like, since the summer! What a disgrace.

  5. Yep, I definitely drooled on myself. French toast happens to be my favorite breakfast food. It trumps waffles, pancakes and crepes for me anyday. However, donuts happen to be my favorite little treat ever, so combining the two is simply genius and a little dangerous :) I LOVE these, Jessica!

  6. These would not last long in my house. They look fabulous. :) Love the photos. :)

  7. Wow – so can I eat this for breakfast?! Please say yes. I love how perfectly the glaze sits on top of the donut. Picture perfect 😀

  8. I feel like I could use these every day of the week

  9. I’mm sorry, french toast AND DONUTS as one? i’m dead.

  10. i have a doughnut pan that i rarely use. this recipe just might change that!

  11. yes thank you for the pick me up!

  12. These look perfect and I need them! Love the french toast in a donut idea!

  13. These look amazing Jessica! Now all I need is one of them with my coffee and I’ll be all set :)

  14. Those look SOOO good:)

  15. Brilliant! Love the strudel pieces baked in! That maple glaze is drinkable right?

  16. What an awesome idea! I adore a maple glaze and yours looks so perfect.

  17. I’m with you on the store-bought donuts… I just don’t like them. I really need to try making some at home, may change my opinion on donuts as a whole! These look delicious by the way!

  18. I definitely need more French toast and donuts in my life! This donut looks fantastic!! Yum

  19. These look incredible!! Makes me want to make donuts in the middle of the afternoon :)

  20. Um…is this real life?!

    I mean, French toast donuts? Surely these can not exist.

  21. Those are some beautiful, beautiful donuts.

  22. Maple donuts were always my favorite. These look great!

  23. Well this does it I have to go get a doughnut pan! Oh dear deliciousness! Yum!

  24. Oh my these look like perfection!

  25. HOLY COW. These are amazing. These are a pick me up for sure.

  26. How could you not love baked donuts? They’re little rings of cake! This is such an awesome donut flavor…I’m drooling. That streusel really takes them over the top.

  27. Oh my goodness – this is totally acceptable breakfast food right? Because I need at least 4 of these for a complete breakfast!

  28. I just got a donut pan so I am so excited to get to baking up some donuts! I think these might have to be first on the list. They are pretty much my ultimate breakfast!

  29. i love maple glaze…and the combo with cinnamon french toast sounds like the perfect yummy treat to start the day!

  30. delicious! great breakfast :)

  31. Girl, you’re killing me with these donuts! I am a HUGE fan of donuts. I need these in my life. Heck, I need a dozen of these in my life ASAP!

  32. We are huge donut fans in our house and I have never made any, thats about to change, thanks, I have pinned these amazing looking donuts, yum!

  33. Oh maple goodness! how I love thee….

  34. Your donuts look amazing. I don’t think I have ever eaten a baked donuts before.

  35. Yummy looking! What an idea!

  36. Sooooo because of you and this … I must buy a donut pan this weekend! Yum!

  37. My husband has been craving donuts but we know we really shouldn’t indulge. I have a donut pan and have not yet used it. Must try!

  38. All of those words combined into one title spells this : HEAVEN!!! These look gorgeous and I am drooling on my keyboard right now 😀

  39. Maple Glazed Cinnamon French Toast Donuts … I’ll take a dozen! And, I’m with you, What is up with that nasty oil coating that donut shop donuts leave in your mouth!?!

  40. Oh wow. These are some super sophisticated donuts. :) I do love the ones from the store but homemade ones are good, too. But these look way better than any homemade ones I’ve made!

  41. Hi,
    We found you from the Six Sisters Blog Hop. This look really good, everyone has a sweet tooth. We are hosting our first link party tomorrow and we would like to invite you to link up with us. We have a fun blog to co-host with us. Hope to see you there.

    The Busy Bee’s,
    Myrna and Joye.

  42. I need these donuts in my life! DELICIOUS! :)

  43. Oh my lord! All of my favorite things all wrapped up into one incredible doughnut! GENIOUS!

  44. Holy cow, girl, these are awesome. I’ve GOT to get my donut pan out and put it to use!

  45. Seriously? You are a genius. That maple glaze looks to-die-for. Mmmm!

  46. Maple, glazed, cinnamon, french toast, and donuts, are beautiful sounding words put together in one? Dang. :) I love how the glaze turns out on the donuts. They don`t even look baked!

  47. Whipped these up this aftrnoon… I haven’t glazed them, but I did a lazy-baker’s shortcut for the streusel (I absolutely loathe cutting in! LOL):

    Melt the butter on stovetop, add an extra tbsp.+/- of flour
    Spread/chunk out with fork onto parchment paper lined baking sheet in streuselly clumps and pop in freezer while mixing up the batter
    By time you’re ready to fold in the streusel, it will be sufficiently chilled
    Fold in to batter, and continue!

    Worked like a charm. :)

  48. omg like no way these doughnuts are like totally amazing!! i made these for my boyfirend for our anniversery and he like totally loved them!! <3 thanks for the AMAZING recipe hun 😉

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