Strawberry Sugar Donuts

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Spring is here, and I’m all about celebrating with fruity desserts! Lately, I’ve been craving donuts (honestly, when am I not?), but we haven’t found a good spot nearby since we moved. I was planning to make Apple Cinnamon Sugar Donuts, but I wanted something more fruity this time. I’ve never used freeze-dried strawberries before, so I decided to give them a try, and oh boy, they turned out amazing!

Donut Pans: This recipe makes 12 donuts, so I use two pans that each make 6. I got mine from Amazon, and they worked great! To make sure the donuts don’t stick, I always spray them with Baker’s Joy. You can find a cheaper off-brand version at your local grocery store sometimes! Trust me, it works every time, and your desserts will slide right out of the pan.

Strawberry Flavor: Getting that true strawberry flavor can be tricky. For this recipe, I used freeze-dried strawberries to keep the soft texture intact. You can find them at Walmart, Target, or maybe even your local grocery store. I turned them into strawberry powder using a food processor, but you can also crush them in a ziplock bag!

Filling the Pans: Don’t overfill the pans because these donuts rise! If you do, they’ll end up more like muffin tops. You can also use the larger side of a small piping tip to punch out the centers for a prettier look.

Strawberry Sugar Donuts

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Course Breakfast
Servings 12 donuts


For the donuts:

  • – 5 tablespoons melted salted butter
  • – ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • – 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • – 3 tablespoons freeze-dried strawberry powder
  • – ⅓ cup full-fat sour cream
  • – 1 egg at room temperature
  • – 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • – 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • – 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • – ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • – ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • – ⅓ cup whole milk at room temperature

For the strawberry sugar:

  • – ½ cup melted salted butter
  • – ½ cup granulated sugar
  • – 2 tablespoons freeze-dried strawberry powder


For the donuts:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray donut pans with nonstick spray.
  • Add about ½ cup of freeze-dried strawberries to a food processor and pulse until it turns into powder. Alternatively, you can crush them in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the melted butter, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, freeze-dried strawberry powder, sour cream, and egg. Once combined, add in all the dry ingredients. Mix on low until just combined, then add in the milk and mix until smooth.
  • Fill a large piping bag with the batter or use a spoon to scoop it into each pan. Fill each donut mold about ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 13-15 minutes until cooked through. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the topping:

  • Add melted butter to a medium-sized bowl.
  • In another medium-sized bowl, mix together the sugared freeze-dried strawberry powder.
  • Dunk both sides of each donut into the butter (or use a pastry brush to brush it on), then dunk and cover the whole donut in the sugar mixture. Enjoy!

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