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18 Fun Mini Donut Recipes the Kids Will Love

No matter the occasion, you can’t beat these easy and delicious mini donut recipes.

Serve them for brunch, at parties, or as a fun birthday cake alternative, and everyone will go nuts!

Sweet Homemade Cinnamon and Chocolate Mini Donuts with Berries
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Mini donuts are just like regular donuts, except way more adorable.

Fill them with jelly, roll them in cinnamon sugar, or smother them in chocolate glaze. Either way, they won’t last long!

So get ready to sink your teeth into these mini donut recipes.

And hey, since they’re tiny, you don’t have to feel guilty about having more than one 😉

15+ Easy Mini Donuts From Chocolate to Jelly-Filled

1. Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts 

Let’s start the party right with these baked cinnamon sugar donuts. 

Chocolate lovers, sprinkle lovers, and even jelly lovers can’t resist these soft, old-fashioned donuts with their spiced and sweet coating.

They are absolutely irresistible, and since they’re baked, they’re a tad healthier and easier to make.

Grab yourself a handful before the family makes it to the kitchen. They’ll be gone in a flash!

2. Double Chocolate Mini Donuts

If you’re a chocolate lover, these decadent chocolate minis should be right up your alley.

They come with a double dose of chocolate to satisfy your persistent cravings.

Although, you could add mini chocolate chips to the donuts and make them even more chocolatey – if you think you can handle it!

Still, the cocoa in the batter and the chocolate glaze are more than enough to keep you happy.

3. Mini Donuts with Vanilla Icing

From baby showers to kids’ birthday parties, these colorful mini donuts are always a crowd-pleaser. 

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You’ll make a vanilla donut with extract, flour, eggs, butter, milk, and sugar. And don’t forget the baking powder because you want these nice and fluffy.

When they’re ready, go nuts with the toppings!

Sprinkles are an obvious choice. But if you want to mix it up, try mini chocolate chips, a drizzle of strawberry sauce, or crushed cookies…go wild!

4. Mini Powdered Sugar Donuts

Powdered sugar donuts are a classic, and these minis are just too darn cute. Plus, they’re surprisingly easy to whip up at home. 

It starts with a quick nine-ingredient batter. Once baked, you’ll coat them in sugar.

Pretty easy, huh?

Cake-like and sweet, mini powdered sugar donuts are goodies the whole family will love.

5. Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts

These picture-perfect donuts are another fabulous party treat for any occasion.

And they couldn’t be more effortless: mix the batter, pour it into a donut pan, and bake.

The batter is big on the vanilla, and so is the glaze. So expect plenty of warm sweetness in every bite.

Feel free to mix up the colors and the sprinkles.

For example, you could turn these into a pretty pink dessert or add a splash of orange food coloring for Halloween.

The sky’s the limit! 

6. Mini Lemon Donuts

Now and then, I get a hankering for citrusy baked goods. If you do, too, I think you should give these a try.

They’re bright, sweet, and oh-so-lemony! Need I say more?

Seriously, these are possibly the most stress-free donuts you can make. 

And it’s all down to the lemon cake mix. It’s a foolproof recipe and one you’ll crave again and again.

7. Jelly Filled Donut Holes

Turn your favorite jelly donut into a poppable delight with this lightning-fast donut hole recipe!

The batter needs about 20 minutes of your time and then a quick spin in the oven.

You’ll need to pipe the jelly inside while they’re still warm to keep them from splitting. And feel free to use whatever flavor you like.

This recipe features strawberry, but I’ve tried peach, raspberry, apricot, huckleberry, and blackberry too. They’re all scrummy.  

8. Mini Blueberry Donuts

Forget blueberry muffins. Tonight it’s all about these stunning blueberry minis! 

Vegan, protein-packed, and beyond delectable, they’re sweet, bright, and bursting with fruity goodness.

It’s a fun recipe to tackle with the kids, and they don’t take long to make. 

9. French Toast Mini Donuts

These mini donuts are cinnamony, sugary, and deliciously cake-like. So yeah, they’re just like French toast!

The batter features maple syrup, so you get all the flavor and don’t have to worry about sticky fingers.

Although, I won’t stop you from dunking these if you like. I certainly do!

Make a big batch and keep some in the freezer. That way, you don’t have to wait long to get your fix.

10. Strawberry Sprinkle Donuts 

The only thing I love more than a strawberry dessert is an easy strawberry dessert. And these donuts fit the bill.

The secret is a box of strawberry cake mix. Combine that with an extra handful of fresh strawberries in the batter, and they’re berry-licious!

Freeze-dried strawberries or even strawberry sprinkles are a fun finishing touch. Though you can’t go wrong with melted chocolate.

11. Mini Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Grab a cup of your favorite pumpkin spice latte because it’s mini pumpkin donut time!

They’re loaded with fall flavor and coated in cinnamon sugar, making them perfect for colder months. 

If you don’t want the sugar coating, try cream cheese frosting, maple glaze, or a drizzle of salted caramel. Yum!

12. Chocolate Glazed Mini Donuts

I know the kid in you is screaming for these. Chocolate with sprinkles is a popular donut flavor nobody can pass up – whether you’re 5 or 50!

In fact, these are so delectable, you might not believe they’re sweetened with applesauce.

Slap on the chocolate glaze, and the kids won’t be able to tell. They’ll be too busy humming their happy song while they gobble up every last crumb.

13. Mini Cake Mix Donuts 

What I love about these minis is you can make them with any cake mix you like. 

Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, funfetti…seriously, anything

Once you have the base flavor, the batter is a breeze to make. Then all you need is to decide on a topping.

Stick with a simple glaze, add some fruit curd for a pop of flavor, or go wild with frosting.

14. Mini Red Velvet Donuts

Red velvet lovers will be happy to hear you can have your cake and eat it too. And when it’s in miniature donut form, you can have more than one piece!

If you don’t have a pastry bag, turn a plastic zip-top bag into one with a quick snip.

It’s a nifty trick to get all that batter in the donut pan for a picture-perfect shape. 

Speaking of picture-perfect, these look almost too good to eat, don’t you think?

15. Cinnamon Apple Baked Donuts

You can’t go wrong with these if you’re looking for a festive fall treat. 

The texture is nice and fluffy, and that cinnamon sugar coating pairs so well with the juicy apple bits.

Use Honeycrisp if you want crisp, sweet flavor and a texture that holds up to baking (i.e., won’t go mushy).

16. Mini Baked Carrot Cake Donuts

Won’t these look adorable on the Easter table?!

These mini donuts are the perfect size for parties or a post-feast dessert.

And the cream cheese frosting is the icing on the cake! Or should I say, donut?

Bake a dozen or two, and everyone will swear they came from the donut shop. You can even freeze the donuts for later!!

17. Mini Brown Butter Donut Muffins 

Can’t decide between a donut or muffin for breakfast? Have them both with a touch of brown butter for good measure.

Brown butter is a little chef trick that brings so much incredible flavor to the party. It’s rich, nutty, and deeply flavorful.

Seriously, it’s worth the extra time.

18. Mini Apple Cider Donuts

Celebrate sweater weather with these mini apple cider donuts!

One bite, and you’ll feel like you’re frolicking in an apple orchard on a crisp autumn day. 

Apple cider completely transforms these donuts into a decadent treat. And, of course, you can’t have these without the cinnamon sugar coating. 

Go ahead and treat yourself and the kids to a big batch today!

18 Best Mini Donuts the Kids Will Love

No matter the occasion, you can’t beat these easy mini donut recipes. Serve them for brunch, at parties, or as a fun birthday cake alternative!


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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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