Baked Lemon Doughnuts Filled with Lemon Jelly

5 Apr 2014

Baked Lemon Doughnuts Filled with Lemon Jelly

Baked Lemon Doughnuts Filled with Lemon Jelly

When was the last time I made doughnuts? ...donuts? I never know, my spell check says they are both correct.

I'll tell you when. Back in April 2012. Back when I had my doughnut pan. I need to keep looking through the boxes in my house, I have a craving for doughnuts that just won't go away.

Baked Lemon Doughnuts Filled with Lemon Jelly

And since I am truly incompetent at making fried doughnuts, the three or so times I have made doughnuts have been in the oven. Although, I confess, I have never actually ATTEMPTED to make fried doughnuts, I doubt that me and a pot of hot oil are a good combination under any circumstance.

Some day I will whip out a pot of oil, and I will go to town with some krispy kreme-esque doughnuts. But until then, I will be chomping down on these pockets of sunshine.

Just to be safe.

Baked Lemon Doughnuts Filled with Lemon Jelly

Baked Lemon Doughnuts Filled with Lemon Jelly
printable recipe

What you'll need:


  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 5 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup + 3 1/2 teaspoons berry sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons dried yeast
  • finely grated lemon zest from 2 lemons
  • 1 cup lukewarm whole milk
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Lemon Filling:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • yellow gel food coloring

Lemon Sugar:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup berry sugar
  • finely grated zest from 1 lemon


  1. Dough: In a small bowl, mix together the 1/3 cup milk and vinegar, and set aside (around 5 minutes to "sour") 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, berry sugar, yeast and lemon zest. 
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, butter and "soured" milk. 
  4. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and knead until smooth and elastic. Cover, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size.
  5. Lemon Filling: In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt and water on medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Continue to cook at a boil for 1 minute. Add in the lemon juice.
  6. Remove from heat and add the lemon rind, butter and food coloring. Allow to cool before using.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
  8. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 5mm thick. Cut 48 rounds with a round cutter. Reroll the scraps if necessary. Place a heaped teaspoon of the lemon filling in the center of 24 of the round pieces. Brush the edges with milk and cover with the remaining rounds. Press to seal the edges well.
  9. Transfer to a lightly sprayed baking sheet, then bake until lightly golden, around 12 minutes.
  10.  Meanwhile, melt the butter. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest.
  11. When the doughnuts are done, dip them in the butter and toss in the lemon sugar.     

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  1. I`m totally craving donuts too! You`re a savior, I totally love this. LEMON FILLING! Love~ And, baked too!

  2. You have me at that lemon filling! These donuts look wonderfully delicious!

  3. Oh, these really sound so delicious. I know they are.....yum.

  4. I just bought a donut pan and i am playing catch up with baked donuts. They are so amazing. The lemon filling here is such a great idea :)

  5. I have never tried making any kind of doughnuts.. :/ I know.. I should.. especially when your doughnuts look so delicious and tempting!

  6. Wow! Who needs Krispy Kream when you could bake these? My fiance is obsessed with jelly filled doughnuts- he'll be the happiest man alive if I make these for him!

  7. The lemon filling would really perk me up! Delicious!

  8. Oh soooo cute! These look delicious! I love how you baked them! Much healthier!! YUM :)

  9. Cutest and most delicious doughnuts ever :)
    And healthy cause baked!

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. I can't remember the last time I baked doughnuts either! It might have been pre-2012.

  11. I'm pretty much obsessed with lemon! And baked doughnuts are the best!

  12. These donuts are so perfect for spring. LOVE that luscious-looking lemon filling in these beautiful donuts! And I never know how to spell "donuts" either. ;)

  13. I love lemon and love this recipe.I think you would love my next post: has lemon curd:)

  14. Mmm delicious!
    You should have just called these Pockets of Sunshine, hah loved reading that, as it's exactly what they look like, mmm ^ ^

  15. This recipe sounds great! I just made baked donuts from Joy the Baker this weekend for our anniversary and they were great. The kind that she had was the cake donuts, which is my style. However, DFJ loves the yeasty donuts and kind of hinted that he would like to try baked yeast donuts next time. Now I know where to find a recipe!

  16. Wow, lemon filling donuts? Tempting and irresistible!

  17. I think both donut and doughnut are technically useable, but my spell check is saying "donut" isn't.

    Either way, this looks delicious!

  18. Now I have a craving for a lemon doughnut!

  19. Ooo...yummy! I think you've just made me a fan of doughnuts. I have never been as excited to see ^.^

  20. I haven't made donuts on forever and these look soooo good!! Doughnuts...donuts...whatever. haha!

  21. I'm always thinking about donuts! these sound amazing, and I'll just claim they're baked for health reasons, not because i'm totally afraid of heating up a big pot of oil

  22. Mmmm. I love lemon stuffed donuts - they are my favorite! I love that these are baked instead of fried.

  23. I am right there with you. Frying anything intimidates me. Give me an oven any day of the week!

  24. Absolutely love that these donuts are baked and stuffed. Delish!

  25. That lemon filling sounds wonderful! What marvelous doughnuts!

  26. Wow! these look good, I love anything lemon. Thanks for sharing at
    Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party.

  27. Thanks for submitting these yummy donuts! And for letting us all see your great site! Marilyn. Marilyn's Treats

  28. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, G'day Souffle.' Glad to meet you. Wow, if you're a math major, you must then be a real 'smart cookie.'! I've made lemon filling before, but with eggs. Your recipe looks easier, but just as delicious!


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