Donuts Recipes

Brown Butter Mini Donut

Brown Butter Mini Donut

Brown Butter Mini Donut

When you cook butter until it turns a dark, golden brown, it takes on a whole new flavor profile. The butter that you previously knew is gone, and in its place is a rich, nutty sauce.

When added to baked goods, brown butter takes them to a whole new depth … which is exactly what it does for these Brown Butter Mini Donuts!


  • 2⁄3 cup whole milk
  • tablespoons sour cream
  • 11⁄2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 11⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons browned butter, cooled      
  • 1 large egg
  • teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 11⁄2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 11⁄2 cups powdered sugar

How to make

  1. If using an electric donut maker, preheat according to manufacturer’s instructions. If using donut pans, preheat oven to 350°F and grease donut pans.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together milk and sour cream. Set aside. In a separate small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl, cream together cooled browned butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla extract.
  4. Then, alternating flour mixture and milk mixture, combine all ingredients until just blended. Transfer batter to a piping bag, or to a Ziploc bag with the tip cut off.
  5. If using mini donut pans: Carefully fill each donut indentation 3⁄4 full. Bake for 7–9 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean.
  6. Transfer donuts to a cooling rack and cool completely. If using an electric mini donut maker: Carefully fill each donut indentation 3⁄4 full.
  7. Bake according to manufacturer’s instructions or until a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean. Remove donuts from appliance, transfer to a cooling rack, and let cool completely.
  8. Place wax paper under a wire rack to collect any dripping for an easy cleanup. Then, in a small bowl, whisk together milk, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar until smooth.
  9. Dip the top of each donut into the icing, transfer to a wire rack, and let set for 5 minutes. Serve immediately; donuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 day but are best served fresh.

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