Baked Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

There are a million reasons why baked donuts are a good idea. They are healthier. You don't risk burning your face/fingers off during the frying process. They are easier. But honestly, this is the reason I baked donuts this weekend:
!!! How fun is that pan??? We were out shopping for furniture and other legitimate home items when we stumbled upon this donut pan at Crate and Barrel.  I love that store. And this pan. Talk about a good day. 

I really love donuts. In high school someone would bring donuts every Friday for homeroom, and I often wonder why no one has implemented that same policy at work.  Perhaps I could lead the charge, being the woman of progress and change that I am.

Anyway, baked donuts. These will not disappoint. They have the exact same flavor of your typical cake donut, but are so much easier to prepare. Oh and they are healthier too, I suppose.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease your brand new donut pan. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt in a bowl. Beat the eggs in the bowl of a standing mixer, then add the buttermilk, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix in the dry ingredients, and stir just until combined.  I can confirm that this is very, very tasty batter.  Pour the batter into the donut pan until about 3/4 full, and bake for about 8-10 minutes, until the donut springs back when poked.

I love a chocolate glaze, but these would also be delicious dipped in butter, cinnamon, and sugar, or powdered sugar.

Chocolate Glaze
Mix all the ingredients together with a fork, then dip the tops of the cooled donuts into the glaze (this is the easiest way to evenly coat).  Eat and enjoy!

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