Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

As you can imagine, we haven’t been cooking much, but that doesn’t mean our kitchen is deserted! It’s still the “center” of the house, and even little Lily has a hangout spot to keep us company. Though we’re not mixing up meals like we used to, hubby and I are cooking up breakfast most mornings. Our morning meals are simple and quick, and often use the frozen foods we have on hand – sausages, shredded potatoes, mini bagels and homemade muffins (did you know those freeze well?). It’s one of the nicest times of day.

And it also puts a little spring in our steps after all-night nursing sessions!

These sunny, scrumptious Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts never made it to my freezer – We demolished them all first! But with some extra batter, I did bake them into muffins for a morning treat.

Every bite of these bakery-style donuts is super soft and sweet, with a slight tang from the lemon to perk up your a.m. For a unique springtime treat, and a fun spin on muffins, bake a batch of these delicious donuts for your next lazy weekend morning.

You’re just gonna love them!

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Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

Yield: Makes 8 donuts


For the Donuts:
1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1 large egg
Zest from 1 lemon

For the Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tablespoons milk or heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Donuts: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat the wells of a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds. In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, butter, vanilla, egg and lemon zest. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Do not over-mix. Fill each mold almost to the top with batter.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into one donut comes out clean.

Remove pan from oven and let donuts cool completely before glazing.

For the Glaze: Whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl, starting with 2 Tablespoons milk or cream. If desired, add more milk to thin glaze, or more powdered sugar to thicken. To glaze donuts, dip tops into glaze and place on a wire rack to set.

Store refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days.


Adapted from Garden Betty


24 Responses to “Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts with Vanilla Glaze”

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    Muna Kenny — June 6, 2014 @ 12:09 am

    I love your pictures, and the donuts looks so yummy!

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    Jules @ WolfItDown — June 6, 2014 @ 2:53 am

    I wish I could join you guys for breakfast (though that might have been a little awkward, haha) because these look so scrummy!
    It’s funny how little lemon it takes to get that lovely zingy touch, it was only recently I asked my auntie for her lemon cupcake recipe, takes me back in time :)

    Enjoy your weekend with the family ^ ^

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    Jamie@Milk N Cookies — June 6, 2014 @ 5:17 am

    Georgia, these lemony donuts look like the perfect way to spend a morning. They are absolutely gorgeous — love how thick the glaze looks! I hope you’re able to enjoy lots of precious time with your new baby girl.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 6, 2014 @ 6:07 am

    These look SO yummy! Such a fab recipe!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 6, 2014 @ 6:18 am

    So summery and beautiful! Poppy and lemon are such a perfect pairing.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — June 6, 2014 @ 6:45 am

    Yay for sunny speckly lemon donuts. I can’t get over how perfectly glazed these are too. Love that you guys have a hang out spot with Lily near the kitchen. She going to grow up cooking just like her mamma :)

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    shashi @ runninsrilankan — June 6, 2014 @ 7:04 am

    Georgia, these look so lemony and delicious! The fact that they are super soft is an added bonus! My daughter is having her wisdom teethe removed next week and I have been on the hunt for super soft delicacies and these would be so ideal and enjoyable!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 6, 2014 @ 8:12 am

    What beauties!!!

  9. #
    marcie — June 6, 2014 @ 9:40 am

    These donuts are like sunshine on a plate, and that glaze is SO pretty! I’m dying for one of these right now!

  10. #
    Angel Reyes — June 6, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    Beautiful donuts!!! They look amazing!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — June 6, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

    These are such beautiful summery donuts Georgia! I love the lemon poppy seed combo with the vanilla glaze on top. I hope you and your husband are doing well with your baby!

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    Olivia - Primavera Kitchen — June 6, 2014 @ 3:01 pm

    Gorgeous donuts, Georgia! Poppy and lemon are such a perfect combination ;-)

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — June 6, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

    These are gorgeous! Love the lemon poppyseed flavor!

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    Alexis @ Upside Down Pear — June 6, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    I’ve never thought to make lemon poppyseed into a donut before! Lemon poppyseed are my favorite muffins, but how can one say no to a donut!! I also like the fact that these are baked instead of fried. I can’t wait to try these out!!

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    Jessica @ Portuguese GIrl Cooks — June 6, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

    These donuts are absolutely perfect, Georgia! These wouldn’t last long in my home either :)

  16. #
    Gaby — June 7, 2014 @ 9:39 am

    Lemon poppy seed is definitely irresistible and I love these donuts!

  17. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 7, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    Such cute donuts, love the vanilla glaze!

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — June 7, 2014 @ 3:36 pm

    I love that you are calling her Lily :) So cute. These look so fresh and light. I love all things lemon!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — June 8, 2014 @ 7:48 am

    These look so sunny and light. Love. And the name Lilly – one of my faves.

  20. #
    Carolyn — June 8, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    Hope you’re settling in with your sweet girl! These donuts are stunning.

  21. #
    Ramona — June 8, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

    You had me at lemon… these donuts wound perfect.

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    Ashley — June 9, 2014 @ 12:25 pm

    I love lemon poppy seed baked goodies! And these donuts look delicious! I really need to just give in and buy a donut pan : ) haha I’ve been holding out for so long!

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    Annie @Maebells — June 9, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    I adore anything lemon flavored! I keep seeing all of these great donuts but I don’t have a pan yet. Obviously I need to invest in one! These look fabulous!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — June 9, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    I just got a new baked donut pan. I can’t hardly wait to use it. OMG this is a out of sight recipe to try it out. Now to just keep from eating all of them!!!!!!!!!!

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