Joy's Baked Brown Butter Donuts With Chocolate Glaze {Gluten-Free} //So...Let's Hang Out

Alright, folks! Birthday week is still in full swing. Here we are on Friday, and we’ve been going strong since Monday. It’s definitely more of a marathon than a sprint, no? 26.2 miles of biscuits, pudding, ice cream and donuts. I’m into it. We can chest bump at the finish line if you want. Or, considering that we just ate 26.2 miles worth of baked goods and pudding we might want to rethink this. Perhaps we shouldn’t bump our bodies together. Perhaps we should just exchange knowing glances, high five and then go pass out in a sugary-carb-coma. That sounds more realistic. Go team! Who wants to make T-shirts? I’ll send out a sign up sheet. Joy's Baked Brown Butter Donuts With Chocolate Glaze {Gluten-Free} //So...Let's Hang Out

Alright, so, I’m going to need to talk to you about these donuts. These are the closest thing to real deal donuts that I’ve had since I’ve been gluten-free. Seriously, I can’t even tell the difference. I used this flour blend which I was able to sub out 1:1 for regular flour. Dudes. It was magic. The brown butter makes them beautifully fragrant. They’re cake-y with the perfect amount of donut crumb. Yes, maybe I broke out some powdered sugar for that glaze. It’s total special occasion food.  I wish I could take full credit for this donut wizardry, but honestly, I must give credit where credit is due. It’s a Joy The Baker special with only a minor gluten-free flour substitution.  Should we write her a quick love letter? Let’s give her a shout-out.  Why not… here we go:

Dear Joy (The Baker),

I hope this awkward mid-blog post love letter finds you well. How are things?

My blog just turned one. I’m throwing it a birthday party. I know it’s unorthodox, but your baby only turns one once, right? Unless you have a Benjamin Button situation. I’m not sure how that works. BTW, that movie legit scares the crap out of me. Weird old man baby. Brad Pitt lookin’ all cray.  But, I digress…

I made your donuts. They’re really good. Ok, I’m playing it cool. They were like REALLY REALLY REALLY good. They were “I ate four of them in one sitting” good. They were “Um, there is chocolate glaze in my bra because I totally ate that donut (ok, four donuts)  way too fast and furious” good.  They were “Yes, there is brown butter in my bangs, but I don’t even care, I need to put this donut in my face immediately” good. They’re “Ehrmagherd, let’s make these instead of birthday cake and put candles in them” good.

You get it. They were like five different kinds of good. Also, I’m not kidding about the chocolate glaze. I actually stained my bra with it. Do you have any tips for this? I can’t be the only one who’s had the ol’ chocolate glaze meets brassiere issue. Is this whole letter too much too soon? I realize we’ve never met in person and I’m already talking undergarments. Good thing we had this conversation privately so I don’t embarrass myself. Oh, wait. *Sigh*

Since it’s already gotten totally weird, I might as well just come out and  tell you that I want to smell like these donuts. Let me know if you ever come out with a fragrance line. “Eau De Brown Butter” is a sure cash cow. E-mail me if you want to talk logistics. I’ve got marketing ideas. Until then, I’ll leave you with a simple “Thank you!”

Love & Donuts 4-eva,


Joy's Baked Brown Butter Donuts With Chocolate Glaze {Gluten-Free} //So...Let's Hang Out

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way… let’s blow out that candle, dunk these things in some milk and have a sugar high-fueled dance party. Maybe we will sweat out a little glaze, but that’s cool. Are you going to be mad if  I ask us to choreograph a party dance to some Montell Jordan?  These are total party donuts, they deserve it.  You guys are the best. Like, for real. I appreciate the heck out of you. You have made this first year of blogging so much fun, I can’t even stand it. Thank you. I’ll be writing you your very own love letter very soon. I’d love to promise that there will be no talk of brassieres in that letter, but I just can’t. Things happen. I’ll try to be a lady about it.

Before you run off to go and brown the heck out of some butter, make sure that you enter my BIRTHDAY PARTY GIVEAWAY! That’s right. There are presents. Go check it out. Tell your friends. Enter. Bust a move.  xox

Joy's Baked Brown Butter Donuts With Chocolate Glaze {Gluten-Free} //So...Let's Hang Out

Joy’s Baked Brown Butter Donuts With Chocolate Glaze {Gluten-Free}

Lightly adapted from Joy The Baker



    • 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour (I used THIS brand and it worked AMAZING!)
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted (we're only going to use 2 of the 3 tbs once it's turned into brown butter)
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1 tbs vanilla extract

    Chocolate Glaze

    • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • pinch of salt
    • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk (I used almond milk and it worked fine)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Sprinkles to top (optional)


    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a donut pan and set aside.
    2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and sugar. Whisk to combine well and set aside.
    3. In a small sauce pan over medium heat add your butter. Your butter will melt and begin to crackle and pop. Once the crackling clams down your butter will start to brown. It's going to happen quickly, so pay attention. Your butter will turn a caramel color and smell nutty. Once this happens remove from heat immediately and transfer your brown butter into a bowl.
    4. In a small mixing bowl combine your egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and 2 tbs of your brown butter mixture. Whisk!
    5. Add your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix until combined. Try not to over-mix your batter, as that could result in a rubbery donut texture.
    6. Using a small spoon, scoop your batter into your lightly greased donut pan. Fill them approximately 3/4 full. Your donuts will rise.
    7. Place in the oven and bake for 8-12 minutes, making sure to check them periodically so that they don't over bake. They will be lightly browned when done.
    8. Allow them to cool in your donut pan before inverting your pan and allowing them to cool on a wire rack.
    9. While your donut cool, make your glaze. In a medium mixing bowl sift together your powdered sugar and your cocoa powder.
    10. Add you vanilla and two tbs of your milk. Whisk. Assess if you need more milk. Your glaze should be just slightly pourable yet still thick. If you need more milk, add it in a tbs at a time until you reach desired thickness.
    11. Once you donuts are fully cooled, dip the tops of them into your glaze and set back onto your wire rack. Sprinkle with sprinkles! Allow to set for thirty or so minutes while the glaze hardens slightly. Serve and enjoy!


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