Baked Valentine Cherry Donuts in hand


Celebrate your loved ones with fresh-baked Valentine Cherry Donuts. Easy and delicious right from your own oven!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 313kcal
Author Christine Mello


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large large eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg optional
  • 3/4 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries chopped


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 - 2 tbsp milk or hot water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • valentine sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Spray with non-stick spray or grease donut baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all donut ingredients except chopped cherries. Stir to combine until smooth. Fold in cherries until evenly dispersed in batter.
  • Fill donut wells 3/4 full with batter. Stir batter with a toothpick in each well to level.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Donuts are fully baked when they spring back when touched. Top of donuts will be pale. Remove from oven and cool slightly before removing from pan. Invert pan over flat surface and donuts should fall out. If not, pry gently from the side with a sharp knife or fork.

Make the Glaze

  • Add all glaze ingredients to a shallow dish and stir until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add teaspoons of milk, one at a time,  until glaze is the consistency of maple syrup.
  • To glaze, dip donuts, pale side down, into glaze. Remove and place glaze side up on pan or tray. Sprinkle with valentine sprinkles. For best results allow glaze to set before serving, about 30 minutes.


Regular milk may be substituted for the buttermilk


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg