Vanilla Chai Doughnuts

A favorite flavor among coffeehouses, vanilla chai is enjoyed iced, hot, and now in homemade doughnuts! Enjoy the spicy, sweet, and creamy flavor of these baked doughnuts topped with an irresitble chai glaze.

16 mins
10 to 12 mins
30 mins
6 doughnuts
Vanilla Chai Doughnuts - select to zoom
Vanilla Chai Doughnuts - select to zoom
Vanilla Chai Doughnuts - select to zoom


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter or grease a large doughnut pan; non-stick pan spray works well here.

  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, chai spices, and salt; set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat the tea, oil, vanilla, and egg until combined.

  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Scrape the bowl partway through, to fully incorporate everything.

  5. Fill each doughnut form 2/3 full.

  6. Bake the doughnuts for 10 to 12 minutes. When done, they'll spring back when touched lightly.

  7. Remove the doughnuts from the oven, and allow them to rest in the pan for a few minutes before turning them out onto a rack to finish cooling. A firm tap on the rack when the pan is inverted usually does the trick.

  8. While the doughnuts cool, mix together the confectioners' sugar and enough tea to make a thick, but fluid glaze. Pour the glaze into a shallow, flat-bottomed dish.

  9. Dip the tops of the doughnuts into the glaze, and place them back on to the rack to set.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Don't have coriander on hand? That's OK. While it adds a subtle nutty, almost citrus-like note to the doughnuts, it's not essential. Feel free to increase the cardamom to 3/4 teaspoon in its place.