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Lemon Donuts

  • Author: Natalie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Total Time: 26 minutes
  • Yield: 12 donuts 1x
  • Category: Donuts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These Lemon Donuts are easy enough to make any day of the week! Moist, tender and delicious donuts topped with a tart-sweet lemon icing!


  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil, vegetable or canola
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk or sour cream, room temperature


  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 1/23 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease donut pans well with butter (preferable- for flavor) or nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add the vanilla, buttermilk or sour cream, lemon juice, and oil.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk to combine the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir in the lemon zest.
  5. Use a piping bag or zip lock bag or spoon to equally fill the donut molds to just about full.
  6. Bake 9-11 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 10 minutes then remove from pan and let donuts cool completely on wire rack.


  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the sifted powdered sugar. lemon zest and lemon juice til smooth. If the icing is too thick, add a little more lemon juice. If it’s too thin, add a little more powdered sugar. Drizzle the icing over the cooled donuts or carefully dip them in the icing. 

Keywords: lemon, lemon donuts, baked donuts, doughnuts, breakfast, brunch