Did you know that Oreo is one of the best-selling cookies in the world? On the other hand, donuts are among the five most popular desserts, so combining these two in one perfect treat was a logical step.
A lot of people make a plain chocolate donut, sprinkle it with crushed Oreo cookies, and name it the Oreo donut. However, this is in fact, only decorating donuts with crushed cookies while the taste has nothing to do with Oreo.
Luckily, this recipe will teach you how to bake donuts that actually taste like Oreos with every bite.
Are Oreo Donuts Vegan?
You can turn almost every dessert recipe into a vegan version by substituting milk, eggs, chocolate, and butter wither their vegan versions. However, this isn’t the case with Oreo donuts, and here’s why.
If you take the Oreo packaging and read the label thoroughly you will see that cookies on their own are made with milk, which immediately makes them unsuitable for vegans. Even though many people say that they are suitable for vegans, this isn’t the truth.
Ingredients you will need
You can swap some ingredients if you want, like sugar with sweetener for a healthier version. For creamier batter texture add sour cream instead of greek yogurt. The only ingredient that I don’t recommend changing is the flour.
You must use regular all-purpose flour since this type is the only one that has enough amount of gluten in it.
For 6 donuts:
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup of granulated sugar
- 1 large egg at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- ¼ cup of whole milk
- ¼ cup of Greek yogurt (to make the dough soft and moist)
- ¼ teaspoon of salt to enhance the flavor
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 8 crushed Oreos
For the glaze:
- 1 cup of cream cheese
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons of whole milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- 4 crushed Oreos
Kitchen tools you’ll need:
- Two large mixing bowls
- Medium mixing bowl for the frosting
- Hand mixer
- Cooling wire rack
- Parchment paper
- Ziplock bag
- Rolling pin or food processor (for crushing oreo cookies, depends on how small you want your particles to be)
- Donut molds
- Piping bag
Step by step on how to make Oreo donuts
- First, you’ll need to preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take your donut pan and lightly spray it with nonstick cooking spray or melted butter and set aside.
- Take 8 Oreo cookies and place them in a food processor to crush them if you want a fine dust texture. I prefer chunkier pieces so I place them in a ziplock bag and roll them out with a rolling pin.
- Now take a large bowl, and whisk together wet ingredients, butter, eggs, milk, Greek yogurt, and vanilla. Make sure they are well combined.
- In another bowl combine dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder, crushed Oreo cookies, and salt. Then add it to the wet mixture and mix with a hand mixer on medium speed until the texture is smooth.
- Transfer the batter into a piping bag, and pipe the batter into the donut molds, filling each one about half full. They will rise while baking.
- Bake your donuts for about 10 minutes. Let them cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer them to the wire rack to cool down completely. Don’t forget to place the parchment paper under the rack.
- While you wait for the donuts to cool off, whisk together the cream cheese, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. You can do it with a hand mixer or whisk, it is up to you. Make sure that your glaze must be thick, so if it isn’t add more sugar.
- Dip each donut in the icing and sprinkle each one with Oreo crumbs and you are good to go.
- To make sure your donut comes out perfect every time make sure you use pan and molds that are non-stick and specifically made for baking donuts. You can either use silicone ones or the ones with non-stick coating. But just in case grease them up before pouring the batter in.
- Like I already said you can crush Oreo cookies as you like. Keep in mind that when you use finely crushed cookies you will have less flavor and the texture will be denser. Also, you can use a ziplock bag for piping the batter if your Oreo pieces are too chunky for a regular piping bag.
- Always measure your flour as precisely as you can. Even a sightless difference in the amount of flour can make a big change in a texture. When measuring the flour, always level it off with the back of a knife to get the right amount every time.
- Never put frosting or icing on donuts that haven’t completely cooled off. This way you risk melting the icing and soggy doughnuts, and no one likes that.
How do I know if my donuts are completely baked?
When you bake chocolate batter donuts you can’t really tell when they are completely baked since they won’t turn golden brown nor you can see if they are burned. There is one simple trick I always use when backing cakes and muffins.
Take a toothpick and poke the middle with it, if it comes out clean then your donut or cake is perfectly baked. In case there is some residue on the toothpick let them bake for a few more minutes (depending on the amount of residue).
Can I use any other icing for Oreo donuts instead of cream cheese icing?
If you aren’t the biggest fan of how the cream cheese icing tastes, you can always dip your donuts into chocolate icing. You can use dark, milk, or white chocolate, melted with a spoon of coconut oil or butter.
You can also use regular powder sugar glaze if that is the one you like the most, just add some vanilla extract to make it taste like Oreo filling.
How long can I store these donuts?
This is a cake type of donut so they handle storing in the fridge well. Place them in an air-tight container and keep them on the counter for up to two days, or in the fridge for up to four days. You can always reheat them before eating if you want.
You can also store them in the freezer for up to 2 months, just make sure you don’t glaze them before freezing.
If you have a sweet tooth, or some upcoming kid’s b-day party there isn’t much better option than these tasty Oreo donuts. These are easy to make and even easier to bake.
You can decorate them as you like, but here is some inspo for a kid’s party. Color cream cheese glazing with food coloring and use some cute unicorn horns and eyes on top. Kids will go crazy over it.