Matcha Green Tea Donuts

Baked green tea donutsButtermilk and green tea donutsThis past weekend Elsie, Trey and I went on a short business trip. When traveling, I like to stock up on any and all food magazines the airport has to offer. I'm the kind of weirdo who keeps Post-its in my purse, so I can mark recipes or techniques I like to try. I end up with lots and lots of neon yellow Post-its sticking out all over my magazines by the end of the day. This past week was no exception.Macha and buttermilk donut recipeI picked up the latest copy of Saveur. They were featuring a long article complete with recommendations and recipes about the best donuts in the US. (!!!!!!!!!!) So now I am obsessed with wanting to try new donut flavors. I tend to lean toward the "weird" flavors. Note these grapefruit donuts. I decided to try out baked donuts (never had one before) since I just got this new donut pan . And then I got experimental with the glaze. 🙂Baked donutsBaked Buttermilk Donuts, adapted from Fonuts recipe via Saveur magazine. Make one dozen.

1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder (optional)
2/3 cup oil (I used vegetable)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients (first 5 listed above). In another bowl combine all the wet ingredients (the last 5 listed above). Pour the wet ingredients in the bowl with the dry and mix until just combined. Fill greased donut pan 2/3 full with batter and bake at 350°F for 12-14 minutes.

*I don't know if it's just my oven or if my pan is cooking unevenly. But as you can see above, some donuts got more toasty and than others. After the first batch, I decided to rotate the pan halfway through the cooking time and this solved the issue.Macha green tea donut glaze recipe2For the glaze, whisk together 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder and 1/4 cup boiling water. 

In the glaze you see above I used 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder. But I thought the flavor was a little too strong, so I've scaled back the amount here. This will also slightly change the color of the glaze to a lighter shade of mutant green. 🙂Green tea donut glazeDip the cooled donuts in the glaze and allow them to set before serving. These are best the day the are baked. But if you have leftovers, be sure to save them in a sealed container, so the cake doesn't dry out.Macha green tea donutsTips for making perfect baked donutsEnjoy! xo. Emma

  • Green tea/ mint cookies are my husbands favorite! I think I’ll whip up these donuts for his birthday coming up. They’ll be certain to make the day extra special. And thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes Emma! You are my go to gal whenever I want to try something new or special.

  • I looouve green tea, this is such a great & simple recipe can’t wait to try it.

  • Wow. It’s the first time I’ve ever encountered a green tea flavored donut. It seems delicious!

  • The man had the most confused look on his face hahahaha

    I’m guessing he will stick with regular ol donuts.

  • wow, i just saw the comment about grammatical errors. i work in the marketing and graphic design department for a huge company, and our articles/materials are proofed with 3-5 different sets of eyes before being released to public; yet it is so often that things slip through the cracks. when your life is consumed in looking at text, you can’t expect to be flawless with the keyboard. plus, i’m sure many would agree that when you are invested in what you are reading, you tend to gloss over the errors rather than highlight them.

    one reason why we all love this blog so much is because it feels like we know you, emma and elsie, as people. as our friends! and our friends make typos. thanks for all you do! human beings are not born with an autocorrect setting. we love you!

  • I want doughnuts now but I will have to settle for the Hershey bar I’m shoveling into my mouth…. nom.


  • Yumm, I love green tea this should be great! I love your blog, so inspirational, great job!

  • I love that you always gravitate toward the “weird” flavors. I’m the same way!

  • oh my goodness – they don’t look like the most appealing food in the world, but I would imagine they are incredible!

  • Omg! What a great idea! They look like something Shrek would eat (in a good way haha)

  • These look SO good!!

    Do you think this glaze would work on other things as well? Not just donuts?


  • they look delicious & at the same time kind of weird…although that’s a very pretty green 🙂

  • My sister is absolutely in love with anything with matcha! She’s been wanting to make donuts so this recipe is perfect for her. Thanks!

  • Seriously people? Maybe yes, they taste good. Tell me please that no one finds them disgusting looking. They look horrible….gross in fact

  • Matcha FTW! I love how many desserts are now coming in the Matcha flavor. Fell in love with this tea after watching anime and now it’s in dessert. Epic win.

  • Amazing and so different! Check out our raspberry crumb bars!

  • I hate having things in my kitchen that can only be used for one thing, and now I finally have a reason to get matcha green tea powder! Guess I should probably get a donut pan too, huh!

  • YUM! Those sound delicious. I posted a pumpkin baked donut hole recipe a couple months back and now I’m donut crazy. (The baked ones are so easy and go perfectly with coffee, what’s a girl to do?)

  • you have the weirdest ideas. lol. i never EVER would have thought of this… they look soooo delicious. i love matcha.

    love, x

  • These look SO delicious! We have been wanting to try out a new donut recipe. Pinning this! Xo, M&K at BT

  • Mego- Yes, but mostly because they are baked instead of fried. But keep in mind, they are still donuts. 🙂

  • Sooo different! I am so inspired by your fearlessness in the kitchen 🙂 These look delicious!

  • These look amazing! I have been having a bear of a time finding matcha powder, though.

  • It doesn’t look too yummy on the outside but the recipe says it has to be super delicious…tea flavoured donuts! We r in for a tasty treat…

  • wait…. where do you get your matcha powder??? i havent been able to find any since i worked at starbucks and would periodically, accidentally, take home a bag or two in my purse.

  • thanks, and I see you found and fixed the error in this post 🙂 It means a lot to your readers (me) that you listen. I appreciate it.

  • interesting and yummy recipe!

  • I’ve looked at this recipe 5 times within the past few hours. I will definitely try making this. Thanks!

  • Such an interesting recipe–definitely curious to try! I also LOVE the donut pan idea; I have wanted to attempt donuts at home, but don’t really want to invest in a deep fryer or mess with all of that oil (not to mention the unhealthy factor). And too funny…my husband is a donut-fanatic and came home from a Fresh Market run with the latest issue of Saveur magazine last weekend!

  • Wow! Those look super delish! I love all things matcha. Definitely want to try to make some this week!


  • Uh, these look good. I have a baking pan for mini donuts and I think I’ll need to put it to use soon 🙂

  • These would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  • Looks delicious !!
    new post up:

  • Hmmm, I have newer see it before with that top. But.. I would like to try.

  • angie- We actually hired an editor back in October. And I also read over my posts before they go to the editor, but alas I am VERY human and still make many mistakes. We also try very hard to keep a certain level of professionalism here on this blog. It’s very very important to us. I very much appreciate it when readers see a mistake and leave us a comment letting us know the specific mistake so we can correct it. We invite and appreciate constructive criticism.

  • Those sound very interesting! I definitely want to try them. Anything with green tea involved is bound to be better than expected.


  • I have been lately addicted to the macha – latte , a drink that I prepare with almond or oat milk . Now I loved this new application of the macha 🙂 Thanks for sharing !

    XX Luba

    Navy Cape + ruby pumps in my look today

  • Holy cow, I LOVE green tea AND donuts, so this must be heaven right here. THANK YOU.

    xxx Sabrina

  • Yummy !! this looks terribly good…

  • These look so good, like a (kinda) healthy donut!
    Katie xx

  • I’m sure this comment won’t be approved, but hopefully it will be read. Through my years of reading this blog I have noticed multiple spelling and grammatical errors. As professionals who make your living off of this blog and its content, I’m asking you to revise, find an editor or, if you can’t, edit yourselves – it will show that you care about what you put out there, and that you maintain a certain standard of excellence in your professionalism. I understand writing in a conversational tone, but the spelling especially bothers me, and I know I’m not the only one. My friends and I have discussed it several times. We love your blog and all it entails, but are less than impressed that two grown women who make their lives blogging to other women cannot seem to get a handle on simple spelling.

  • These look amazing! I’m about to write a post on green tea macaroons! Please check out my blog xxx

  • My wife plans on making these and she seems a bit excited. I figured I better see what is in store for me this week lol. While they look pretty good, I am not so sure I can share in her excitement! 🙂

  • My god, I just really want a donut.

    xo, Clare

  • Hm, these look delicious. I wonder where I can find a donut pan here, I would love to make baked donuts, my kids looove donuts. The green tea flavor might not be my first choice for the glaze as I know neither my kids or husband would like it, so I would end up having to eat them all by myself lol.

    More donut recipes please! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • these look weird. and oddly, delicious. like, i would convince myself while eating on that it was super healthy because it was green!

  • I also recently purchased a donut pan but haven’t found a good recipe. I’ll have to give this a try 🙂

  • These are rather interesting! haha, maybe I’ll make some for our office St. Patty’s Day party 🙂

    xx Ashleigh

  • Oh my goodness! Those look divine! This makes me want to try my hand at baking donuts.

  • Some of the best doughnuts I have ever had were from Dun Well Doughnuts in Brooklyn, they are vegan! Next time you are in NYC you need to try them out! Delish


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