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Cherry Doughnuts for Valentine’s Day

Doughnuts are often one of the desserts that bakers are intimated by, at least I was until I gave them a try. But with just a few simple supplies, you can easily bake your own valentine donuts at home.

And just in time for Valentine’s Day, these Cherry Doughnuts are sure to be a hit! The heart-shaped doughnuts are perfect for breakfast with your sweetie, for your kiddos or even to take as a special treat to teachers. 

Cherry Doughnuts | Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

The combination of Maraschino Cherries and Cherry Flavoring make these little Doughnuts irresistible! And they are baked in a Wilton heart shaped pan, making them better for you than fried doughnuts. Maybe not quite a healthy dessert recipe, perhaps better than some though.

Cherry Doughnuts | Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

I’ve made doughnuts a handful of times, and each time I bake them, I wonder why I don’t make them more often. They really are quite simple. The Mini Rainbow Doughnuts that start with a cake mix were one of my favorites.

Cherry Doughnuts | Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

If you can’t find the heart-shaped pan for your valentine donuts, or maybe you want to make to make these Cherry Doughnuts for another occasion, you can certainly use the same recipe and bake them in a regular doughnut pan.

Cherry Doughnuts | Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

Everyone loved these, the only change I will make next time is to add maybe 5 or 6 more cherries and a little cherry flavoring to the batter. Other than that, they were a hit in our house!

Cherry Doughnuts | Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

Cherry Doughnuts Recipe

Cherry Doughnuts Recipe

Yield: 12 heart shaped doughnuts & 12 minis
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Easy doughnuts for a special treat. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com.



  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 15 maraschino cherries, chopped

Glaze {can be doubled depended on how many doughtnuts you make}

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry flavoring
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Rose Pink Coloring
  • Valentine Sprinkles, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients; flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Whisk together until combined.
  3. Add eggs, melted butter, vanilla and milk. Mix well.
  4. Fold in chopped cherries.
  5. Place a large resealable bag in a tall glass and fill bag with batter, close tightly.
  6. Snip off corner, pipe batter into doughnut pan.
  7. Fill only 1/2 full, making sure not to cover the inside hole with batter.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, cool completely.


  1. Add powdered sugar and flavoring to small bowl, gradually add milk a little at a time until desired consistency.
  2. Add coloring and mix well.
  3. Frost doughnuts or hold upside down and dip, immediately add sprinkles
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

Recipe  adapted from Shugary Sweets

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  1. Thanks for this recipe . Look’s so good . Going to try this one , but I was wondering to do you have a doughnut recipe for just fry up on top of stove . Pls let me know thanks. Donna ..

    1. Madeline from HoosierHomemade says:

      Hi Donna,
      We don’t have a stove top doughnut recipe, but we have found the baked ones to be just as delicious! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. These look amazing! And so PRETTY!!! What a sweet Valentine’s treat!

  3. Bernadette says:

    I’m not a fan of maraschino cherries so I’m thinking of using thawed sweet or tart cherries instead. I’m always looking for baked doughnut recipes so thanks for this one!

  4. I’d love to make these this weekend–I’ve been looking for an excuse to try out the doughnut pan I got for Christmas! Where does one find cherry flavoring? I can’t say I’ve ever seen it or looked for it. Advice?


    1. You can find cherry flavoring in the spice aisle by the other flavorings.

      1. Thanks! I’ll look for it there!

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