Vanilla Chai Baked Donuts

Vanilla Chai Baked Donuts are a fun and delicious breakfast choice.  Adding tea to the donut batter and glaze gives these donuts a fun flavor.  Your house will smell amazing while the donuts are baking.

These baked donuts are have vanilla chai tea in the donut and the glaze on top. They are such a fun donut for breakfast.
Growing up my mom had this little china tea set from my grandmother that we were only allowed to use when we were not feeling well. It was the only time those cups came out.  For some reason drinking tea from those little cups always made me feel so much better.

My mom has passed that china tea set on to me now.  I love to create special moments for my kids using the tea set from my childhood.  Every once in a while I will get the tea set out and bake them some treats for a surprise tea party.  By only doing it every so often, it keeps it special.  They love to have the little cups of tea with lots of cream and sugar.

So when I was asked to try Bigelow Tea, immediately I knew I wanted to surprise my kids with another tea party.  I think our last one was this past  summer, so I knew they would love to come home from school and enjoy treats and and tea.  

These baked donuts are have vanilla chai tea in the donut and the glaze on top.  They are such a fun donut for breakfast.
I headed to Walmart to check out the selection of Bigelow Tea that they offer.  They had such a great selection of the tea at a great price.  You can follow my shopping experience HERE if you are interested.   There were so many flavors to choose from.  As I looked over the selection, I decided to make some Vanilla Chai Baked Donuts for the surprise tea party.

I was so interested to learn that Bigelow Tea is a family owned company.  I love that family owned businesses tend to put more of a personal touch into their products.  You can feel more of a warmth and care in what they sell.  The tea bags are individually packaged in foil pouches that preserve the tea flavor.  It makes them easier to store in a basket on your kitchen counter.

Bigelow Tea, Walmart, #americastea

The first thing you need to do when baking with tea is to actually steep your tea.  You start by boiling water and adding extra Vanilla Chai tea bags for a stronger flavor.  The aroma coming from the tea cup filled my entire kitchen.  I couldn’t wait to infuse that amazing scent into my baked donuts.

Bigelow Tea, Walmart, #americastea

I stirred up my donut batter using some of the cooled tea.  I also used a vanilla yogurt to increase more vanilla flavor and to create a softer texture in the donuts.

To fill donut pans with less of a mess, spoon the batter into a large ziplock bag and cut one tip off.  When you are finished, throw the bag away.  Isn’t it nice to not have another pan or spoon to wash?

How to fill donut pans

donut pans

By adding more tea to the glaze, it increased the tea flavor even more in these donuts.  The white sanding sugar on the top was the perfect touch for the glaze.  These Vanilla Chai Baked Donuts were even better the next day after the glaze had time to soak into them.  Keep them stored in a sealed container to preserve that freshness.

When my kids got home from school and realized they were having donuts and a tea party, they were so excited to invite all their “friends”.  I love the excitement and happiness that these little tea parties give them.


My hope is that they will remember these fun moments and be able to continue sharing these moments with their children when they are older.  I cannot wait to pass on the family tea set to my daughter after she is married.  But I don’t want that happening any time soon, so for now I will enjoy my little ones and their cute stuffed animal parties!

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Vanilla Chai Baked Donuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 15 large donuts

Vanilla Chai Baked Donuts

These fun baked donuts have vanilla chai tea in the donut and in the glaze. Such a fun breakfast choice!


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
2/3 cup vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup strong brewed tea, cooled (see note)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons strong brewed tea
1/4 cup white sanding sugar


  1. Cream the butter, brown sugar, and honey in a mixing bowl. Add the egg, vanilla paste, and yogurt and mix again. Sift together the salt, baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Add the flour and the cooled tea alternately to the butter mixture, until everything is mixed in.
  2. Spoon the donut batter into a large ziplock bag and cut off one tip. Spray the donut pan with non stick spray and fill the donut pans 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 11-12 minutes. Let the donuts cool in the pan 3-4 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Stir together the powdered sugar and remaining tea. Dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze. Sprinkle with white sanding sugar while the glaze is wet. Let set. Store donuts in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Makes 15 large donuts.


*Steep 3 tea bags in 1/2 cup boiling water to create the strong tea for the batter. Let cool before adding to the ingredients. *You could also bake this in a muffin pan. You would just increase the baking time to 18-20 minutes.

These baked donuts are have vanilla chai tea in the donut and the glaze on top.  They are such a fun donut for breakfast.

 I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and Bigelow Tea #CBias #SocialFabric #AmericasTea”  All opinions are my own.

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  1. Molly says

    I want to make these RIGHT now! I wonder if I have any vanilla chai hiding in my cupboards? I love the tip of putting the batter into a ziploc bag. And your kiddos are just too cute! Thanks so much for all of the great recipes!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Oh, I really hope you have some vanilla chai in your cupboards. Make sure you let them sit over night if possible…they really were so much better the next day.

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Thank you so much Regina. These donuts were a lot of fun to create. The sugar on top was the perfect touch…yes, much fancier that way!

  2. says

    Love it! Can’t wait until I can have a tea party with my sweet granddaughter. (She just turned one a few days ago.) I LOVE baked donuts and have quite a selection of recipes already. Thanks for another one!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Oh, you are going to have so much fun having tea parties with her when she gets a little older. Donuts are the cutest treats for tea parties!!!

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      I am kind of addicted to using my donut pan :-) You will love using yours…I can’t wait to see what fun things you create with it!! And yes, baked totally means healthy…so we can eat more!

  3. says

    That is so cute! I love tea parties, and I loved when my grandma would throw some for me and my friends as a kid. She always used her fancy tea set, too, though we had Diet Coke or root beer instead of tea :) these chai donuts look FANTASTIC. I love Bigelow tea and I’ll need to try the vanilla chai next time I’m at Walmart. Chais are my coffee-shop staple!
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    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      What fun memories of tea parties with your Grandma. I love your choice of “tea”…my kids probably would like that better too! You will love this tea…it smelled so amazing as I was making these.

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      Awe I’m blushing now! My mind is racing with all the things I could make now with the tea in my cupboard! I’m thinking some sort of muffin next…

    • Jocelyn Brubaker says

      These are the perfect tea bags to have out because of the packaging! The ziplock bag is such a easy way to fill those pans, plus it’s one less thing to wash :-)

  4. Cindy H says

    These sound perfect for a fund-raising bake sale that’s coming up. How much of the tea do you use in the batter and how much in the frosting? Also, can I substitute vanilla extract for the vanilla paste?

  5. Alyssa says

    These sound so good! I just bought a donut pan and have been collecting donut recipes to try. I absolutely love chai tea, so these will be perfect to try. But I have to say I’m not a fan of Bigelow’s chai. It’s pretty weak. I’ve tried every brand I can get at the grocery store and Celestial Seasoning’s chai is my favorite by far.


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