baked matcha donuts

now that i’ve finished *cough* four *cough* of these, i can take a break before eating a few more to write down the recipe!i’ll be honest: i never ask my husband to make two when he has his nightly cup of matcha,  but i really love baking with it because it gives everything such a fun, natural pop of color. if you’re trying to get on the matcha bandwagon, these donuts are a great way to ease into the new, unique flavor. if you’ve loved matcha for years — well, these should make your breakfast (or lunch, or dinner, or second dinner) even better!


the second best thing about these donuts: they take less than 15 minutes to bake!

you’ll need:
1.5 c. ap flour
2/3 c. sugar
2 tbsp. matcha powder
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/3 c. plain yogurt
3/4 milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. melted unsalted butter

optional chocolate ganache topping:
4 oz. chocolate chips
1/4 c. heavy cream


  1. set oven to 350.
  2. whisk together dry ingredients in medium bowl.
  3. in smaller bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.
  4. combine bowls and whisk until just mixed.
  5. spray some non-stick whatever you have on the donut baking pans.
  6. you can try to spoon in the batter, but here’s an easier way: dump it in a ziplock back, zip the bag up, cut a tiny corner off, and pipe the batter in. this batter is pretty wet, so make sure you cut a small corner off, otherwise it’ll pour everywhere. fill the donut molds 3/4 high.
  7. bake for 10-14 minutes. i pulled mine out at 13. use a toothpick to test them, but beware: if you leave them in the oven too long, matcha tends to burn and turn a little brown. keep a careful eye on these guys!


let cool in the pan for about five minutes, then allow to cool longer on a wire rack while you make the ganache.


  1. if you have a double boiler, here’s your chance to use it! if not, put an inch of water in a small sauce pan and throw a metal bowl on top. put on medium heat.
  2. fill bowl with chocolate and heavy cream, stir until smooth.
  3. hand dip donuts!


since it’s christmas eve, i added a little extra color to a few!

so simple: just a few dots of food coloring in sugar and sprinkle on top while the chocolate is still wet.

if you’re craving more matcha confections, try these matcha shortbread cookies. i loooooove these things. perfect with hot tea!



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