This week we celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, the festival of lights that takes place over 8 nights. At the heart of this holiday is nightly lightings of the Menorah. However, much like all holidays, there is also traditional food eaten during the holiday. On Chanukah, the traditional foods like latkes and donuts all have one thing in common ­– they are deep fried (to symbolize the miracle of Chanukah which involved olive oil).

In general, I don’t enjoy deep fried foods, but as with any rule there is an exception – and my exception is Chanukah. While I will always make a batch of proper fried donuts (this is my go-to recipe), I’ll often make baked donuts as well. This year I took an old recipe and switched out the butter to olive oil, so that even though it may not be fried it still contains an ingredient central to the story of Chanukah – olive oil.  The result are these delicious baked olive oil donuts that are light and fluffy. I’ve glazed them with a dark chocolate glaze, using a ratio I learnt from Magnolia Kitchen which is 1:1, chocolate:milk for a glaze. You can go wild with the glaze – the donut pairs with just about anything.

Baked Olive oil donuts with chocolate glaze

If you don’t like deep-fried or simply don’t want to sit in front of a stove frying, these baked olive oil donuts are the next best thing. Best of all, they’ll be ready to eat in 30 minutes. The only special piece of equipment you’ll need is donut pan. I’ve been using this Wilton donut pan for years and love it.

Baked Olive oil donuts that require just one bowl and under 10 minutes of baking time! Make them your own by choosing different flavored glazes.
Course: Desserts
Dietary: Dairy Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Make This for: Anytime
Servings: 6 donuts


  • donut pan


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup suagr
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk I used rice milk, but any milk works
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze

  • 30 grams dark chocolate 52% or higher
  • 30 grams milk I used rice milk, you can also use cream
  • mini smarties or sprinkles optional


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and spray a donut pan very well.
  • Add all the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix to combine.
  • In a separate bowl add all the wet ingredientsand mix to combine.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Add the batter to a piping bag and pipe the batter into the donut pan (this is the easiest way to do it).
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the donuts comes out clean.
  • Let the donuts cool completely before removingfrom the pan.
  • Once cool, make the glaze by melting the chocolate and milk together to form a thin smooth glaze. Pour the glaze into a bowl and dip each donut into the glaze to coat. While the glaze is still wet you can add sprinkles or mini smarties like I did.
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