Vanilla Vanilla

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

We’re talking vanilla today. I know. I know. Something must be wrong when I don’t have chocolate all over my treats. But, no… I’m fine. I’m just loving on chocolate’s often overlooked sister with these beauties… Vanilla Bean Doughnuts from the book Pure Vanilla and a very vanilla giveaway.


Vanilla, but definitely not plain.

Dougnuts Rising

You know, I don’t work with dough and yeast nearly enough. But when I do I remember how much I love to watch it rise. It fascinates me.

Doughnut Dough

If doughnuts can be adorable – or adoughable (ha) – then this one definitely is.

I mean, look how cute and puffy it is.

Glazed Doughnuts

But not as cute as when it’s warm and bathed in vanilla bean icing.

I did have to fight my urge to decorate these with bright, colorful sprinkles though. What a pretty pretty backdrop that white would be.

But I didn’t. I refrained. I mean it would be a shame to cover up all those beautiful tiny vanilla bean specks in the icing don’t you think?

Dipping Doughnuts

Oh my. Send help.

Vanilla Bean Doughnut

Never mind. I’ve got this.


Glazed Vanilla Bean Doughnuts
Yield: 12 doughnuts

Glazed Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes


Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted – plus more for kneading
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon salt
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together yeast, warm water and 1 tablespoon of the sugar.
  2. Let stand until the mixture is foamy, about five minutes. Whisk in the remaining two tablespoons sugar, milk, vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds, egg yolks, and butter. Fit the mixer with the paddle attachment and begin mixing on low speed.
  3. Add flour and salt and mix for three minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl and the paddle often to keep the dough moving.
  4. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead by hand several times, dusting with flour as needed. Place dough in a large oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rest in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll to about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Cut out the doughnuts with a three inch doughnut cutter, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let rise for 30-45 minutes or until doughnuts have doubled in size.
  7. Pour 2-1/2 inches of vegetable oil int a 4 or 5 quart pot and heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Fry doughnuts in batches of up to four at a time, until the are golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side, turning only once. Transfer to paper towels to drain.
  9. For the glaze, whisk together confectioners’ sugar, milk, salt and vanilla bean seeds until smooth. Spoon glaze over warm doughnuts and serve.


© 2012 Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever, used with permission

Vanilla Vanilla Giveaway

Now, to help get you in the vanilla baking spirit, I have a fun very vanilla giveaway to share with you. We’re talking a TON of vanilla all courtesy of Vanilla from Tahiti.

  • 16 oz Pure Tahitian Vanilla Extract
  • 100 g Ground Vanilla Bean Powder
  • Vanilla Coffee
  • 20 6-inch Vanilla Beans
  • Tahitian Vanilla Sampler with ground vanilla, vanilla extract and Tahitian Vanilla Beans

That should keep you set in the kitchen for a while.

But that’s not all. It’s a double vanilla kind of day because the winner will also receive a signed copy of the book Pure Vanilla from my friend Shauna Sever. Yay and yum! And full of fun recipes like the ones below.

Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever

Vanilla Cloud Cake, Vanilla Lollipops, Twinkie Bundt Cake, Vanilla Waffles and much more.

Enter for a chance to win the Tahitian vanilla products and the book Pure Vanilla

  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me the last dessert you baked or sweet you made.
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at midnight ET. Sorry, Time’s Up! Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Thursday.

Good luck!

Giveaway items shared courtesy of Vanilla from Tahiti and Shauna Sever. 


And the winner is Lisa!!!!! Congratulations and I hope you enjoy all the Vanilla from Tahiti when you bake.


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1,284 comments on “Vanilla Vanilla”

  1. The last dessert I made was fried apple pies. So good!

  2. I made a banana bread with chocolate :)

  3. Mounds Cake. Dark chocolate cake with a coconut nugget, covered with chocolate. I would love to try the vanilla! I have been using a vanilla paste that I found on ebay. I have a fascination with real vanilla!

  4. Gluten free oatmeal butterscotch cookies-YUM!

  5. Gingerbread cookies!

  6. Apple caramel cupcakes for thanksgiving.

  7. Oh my goodness, all that vanilla…yummy! Awesome giveaway!

    The last thing I made was a Gluten Free Pear Coffee Cake and I do have to say it was sooooo yummy! I think the next thing I am going to make are those yummy donuts, but I’ll have to make them GF. Thank you for offering this great giveaway!

  8. Lemon cupcakes!

  9. I made some gingerbread cut out cookies and decorated them with royal icing for my niece and nephews children who came over to help decorate the tree.

  10. Just had my leftover bread pudding from thanksgiving!

  11. I made orange rolls and brownies this past weekend.

  12. I LOVE vanilla! Pecan pie was the last sweet I baked!

  13. Last dessert: Tar Heel Pie! You would have loved it!

  14. Love Vanilla everything! Just made Apple Crisp for our Thanksgiving dessert.

  15. I made our family’s 100 year old Buttermilk Pie for Thanksgiving. It lasted till lunch the next day ????

  16. Pumpkin pie – no vanilla in it though.

  17. Pumpkin bread and cranberry orange cake

  18. The last desserts I made were a chocolate meringue pie and three pecan pies (your recipe) for Thanksgiving last week! They all turned out delicious :)

  19. wow this looks like a yummy give away. The last dessert i made was lime profiteriles with butterscotch sauce. Trust me it tastes better then it sounds

  20. Actually, I made your “piping practice” Santa sugar cookies! Adorable!

  21. A pear pie

  22. I am experimenting with paleo treats but the last dessert I baked was Swedish sticky chocolate cake kladdkaka.

  23. I baked a peppermint crisp slice for my sister in laws house warming with the family! Perfect little bite to end the night.

  24. Last sweet thing I made was caramel pecan praline bars. First time at bat for these and they were a home run!

  25. Fun!! I made raspberry infused Oreo truffles and vodka soaked strawberries dipped in white chocolate

  26. I made David Lebovitz’s Chocolate Dulce de Leche tart for Friendsgiving. So good!

  27. I baked a cranberry and poppy seed cake

  28. I made butter cake :)

  29. Turrón mousse, just a try before christmas :)

  30. A pumpkin bread with coconut from Post Punk Kitchen – but I adied chocolate chunks to it and served it as a cake.

  31. Pumpkin bread with leftover pumpkin from Thanksgiving, tonight wil be banana bread with the overripe bananas on my countertop.

  32. The last thing I baked were the delicious oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies, as seen on your blog!

  33. Made chocolate pudding pie for Sunday supper with friends!

  34. Vanilla pudding with Amaretto and spice nuts (‘Pepernoten’), yum!

  35. Peanut Butter Pie!

  36. The last dessert i made was a french Tarte Tatin.

  37. I’m midway through making 60 Christmas cookie boxes. Each contains about 12 different types of cookies and candies. I love the holidays!

  38. I have an obsesstion with vanilla. Not just any vanilla but quality vanilla! Vanilla Bean sugar cookies is on my radar for today!

  39. I had three overripe bananas, so I made a banana bread… A chocolate banana bread :)

  40. I made a cake to enter in fair sadly my chocolate burned and it was for decorating

  41. I made a large pan of super chocolaty brownies yesterday. Didn’t even get to have a bite before it was all gone!

  42. I made bread pudding last night with bread that I made from scratch. Mmmmmmm!

  43. Caramel Apple Cheesecake….yum!

  44. I made the traditional Danish Christmas eat “Æbleskiver” yesterday, when the family made Christmas decorations at our house. With Vanilla added of course :-)

  45. Lemon bars!!

  46. sugar cookies!!

  47. I baked an oatmeal coffee cake a while back. It’s high time I got in the kitchen and baked up some Christmas goodness! :-)

  48. Vanilla almond cake was my last dessert m-m-m.

  49. Apple pie

  50. Christmas baking is all around!
    I love baking millions of different cookies right now – and I´d love to make some vanilla cookies :)

  51. Incredibly delicious looking donuts!! The last dessert I made was a chocolate cake for my husband. It turned out pretty yummy! :)

  52. The donuts look very yummy!

  53. Went to my daughter’s for Thanksgiving, I made coconut cream pie, per son in laws request and made daughter her favorite, Corn Flake Pudding!….it’s really good

  54. Pumpkin muffins that I made and had delivered to my daughter who is away at college.

  55. White almond sour cream cake for thanksgiving … Yum!

  56. Thanksgiving baking: pumpkin praline torte, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bundt cake! (Notice a theme?)

  57. Maple pecan crackerjack and a 3 layer vanilla sprinkle cake. YUUUURRRRRMMM!

  58. Those look FAB! I made Sticky toffee puddings for 16, and dark chocolate chip shortbread.

  59. You know, it’s quite sad. I can’t remember the last time I baked, as I can’t really figure out how to use my “new” (2 months old) gas oven. But it was probably a gooey chocolate cake.. Or chocolate chip cookies. :)

  60. Crockpot pumpkin Cake. So moist!

  61. Caramel cake with caramel frosting, pumpkin cake with brown sugar spice frosting, chocolate cake with pumpkin frosting and pineapple upside down cake for Thanksgiving treats. Yummm!

  62. Oh lovely! The last thing i made was some banana teething biscuits to soothe my grumbly little man. Xxx

  63. Vanilla is my absolute favourite flavour and scent! This looks so good! Gorgeous.

  64. I just made gingerbread cookies and pumpkin cheesecake yesterday :-)

  65. Traybake last weekend: soft bread base, strawberry jam layer, vanilla crumble on the top – everything bake until golden. Nham!

  66. One giant choc chip cookie. Kids love it and it always come out

  67. I made a chocolate cake (with chunks of Dove chocolates) with a cream cheese frosting to bring to my co workers. I try to refrain from eating it all myself.

  68. candy sushi!!!

  69. It was my daughter’s birthday last week and her favorite baked goods are cookies, so I made her a giant sandwich cookie with chips,nuts, coconut & peanut butter. the middle had melted chocolate And the top I decorated with dark chocolate and caramel that I piped on .
    my son has been asking me to please make doughnuts and I’m a vanilla person as apposed to the other five chocoholics at home I think I might try your recipe next…

  70. The last sweets I made were caramel cake with caramel frosting a pumpkin cake with brow sugar spice frosting and a chocolate cake with pumpkin frosting and a pineapple upside down cake all for Thanksgiving treats. Yumm!

  71. I made Mexican wedding cookies today for a party my daughter went to.

  72. I made Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies!

  73. My son just loves cup cakes, so made some a whole lot with different variants

  74. This looks so cool! Last thing I made was ginger fudge, lemon cupcakes and rolo brownies – for a bake sale at work.

  75. I made a sour cream bundt cake yesterday!

  76. I made a chocolate Guinness cake with cream cheese frosting yesterday. It would have benefited from vanilla in the frosting, I think!

  77. Two pies for thanksgiving – a pumpkin and apple crumb, and turkey shaped butter cookies. Gobble gobble!!

  78. My favorite flavor! Last thing I baked? Classic vanilla cupcakes!!

  79. I just made some sugar cookies with glaze icing this weekend. Thanks for the giveaway!

  80. The last dessert I made was Bavarian Cream with fresh berries. :)

  81. I made good ol’ fashion flan!

  82. Pumpkin cake! Yum!

  83. I made good ol’ fashion flan twice because it was so good!

  84. oh i live the purity of vanilla:)
    the last thing i baked was a healthy caramel slice, the caramel was dates and cashews and thebase had nuts coconut and dates to sweeten.. It was nutritious, gluten free, dairy free and tasted better than the real thing!

  85. Yum! Those donuts look great! I just finished making some chocolate cardamon cookies – great for Christmas.

  86. I actually baked golden butter cupcakes with chocolate frosting on the night before thanksgiving!!

    your doughnuts look amazing!!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

    Joey J.

  87. I just baked some sugar cookies and made some royal icing to decorate.

  88. Potluck cream cheese Oreo bars. Yum!

  89. I successfully made some yummy and pretty macarons tonight! Super excited to try new flavors! (:

  90. I baked a pumpkin pie and pumpkin cake roll for thanksgiving.

  91. My daughter’s birthday “cupcake” tree cake with cakepop owls in it!

  92. Last thing I made was a snowman & Xmas tree cake pop!!

  93. Hi! I love Vanilla!!!! The last sweet I made is Red Velvet Whoopie Pie!

  94. Last thing I made was a snowman & Xmas tree cake pops!!!

  95. Oh those look so sweet without being overly sweet :D. I helped make cranberry shortbread cookies for thanksgiving.

  96. Today was my sister’s birthday and she requested that I make her a yellow cake with a cream filling and chocolate frosting so of course I did. I used a vanilla bean for the cream to make it extra special. Vanilla is often used to describe something boring or simple but I find vanilla to be an excellent and subtle way to add flavor.

  97. Vegan pumpkin bread!

  98. The last dessert/treat I made was Banana Chocolate Chip Bread, it was delicious! :)

  99. the last dessert that i made was a baked custar with nutmeg topped on top! Delicious!!

  100. I made brownie pudding — it was so delicious, if I do say so myself! :)

  101. it was yesterday: Cinnamon and cherry chocolate chip cookies !

  102. I made apple waffles. Delicious!

  103. The last dessert I made was a pumpkin cake.

  104. Hi there my fellow bakers! My last dessert was not bake but chilled- I made a panakota with vanilla extract, pistachios and homemade caramel sauce. Absolutely yummy!

  105. Those look amazing! The last thing I made was chocolate chip cookies for Thanksgiving dessert (which followed the cheesecake and pies x3)!

  106. The last thing I baked was pumpkin pie cupcakes with a yummy whipped cream cheese frosting.

  107. My last dessert was chocolate cherry cookies. I used vanilla from my first batch of homemade vanilla extract!

  108. I made lemon melt away cookies tonight. They are delicious!

  109. I made muffins with chocolate chunks, oreo-cookiecrumps and rasberries. It was really delicious!

  110. I made southern comfort cake. :-)

  111. Pecan pie for Thanksgiving.

  112. Chocolate chip pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving breakfast!

  113. I made apple coat cake yesterday, and vanilla bean marshmallows are on for tomorrow!

  114. Mexican wedding cakes…starting on my Christmas baking.

  115. A kransekake! ??

  116. I made some really excellent fudge for the holiday!

  117. I made cherry meringues last week! Made with real cherry juice that I strained and juiced out of teeny little cherries. They left the cutest hinge of pastel purple in my meringues and they were absolutely delicious.

  118. I made a dozen of chocolate chip muffin last week as a sweet treat for my classmate and it was delicious!!!

  119. Two apple pies, one pecan pie, and one peanut-butter-chocolate pie. I put mini Reece’s pieces all over the top of the peanut butter pie, then ate the rest of the bag. I regret nothing.

  120. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies!

  121. What a great giveaway!! The last dessert I baked was a pineapple upside down cake. It was delicious!

  122. Ghirardelli brownies!

  123. Made some pumpkin whoopie pies for Thanksgiving, and used almost the last drop of vanilla in my kitchen! I sure could use some more… :)

  124. I’ll tell you a secret, vanilla is totally my favorite. I LOVE chocolate, but I love it most in solid bar form, or in brownies. But in cake and icing and ice cream I’m totally vanilla.
    My family, not so much ;) The last treat I made was a chocolate cake with chocolate icing for my brother’s birthday! I snuck a cream cheese filling into it, though ;)

  125. A batch of chocolate chip cookies!

  126. Double chocolate banana bread…just for the heck of it this weekend!

  127. A super adorable M&Ms filled cake for my daughter’s third birthday. :)

  128. I made Biscoff Truffles over the weekend.

  129. These look unbelievable! Holyyy I need to try making this soon. <3

  130. I baked my great-grandmother’s 10-egg pound cake, and my grandmother’s pineapple cream pie. So delicious!

    Those donuts aren’t too sweet, are they? Does the icing balance that out?

  131. Pumpkin Pie!

  132. ooo I love vanilla… and donuts… how delicious! Last thing I baked was a white chocolate mud cake :)

  133. i made molasses spice cookies! They just scream holiday! Mmmm:)

  134. I made a holiday European sweet bread dessert with almonds and raisins.

  135. I made caramel pecan pumpkin pie and finger bread cookies yummy

  136. These look amazingly good! Last thing I made was pecan pie cheesecake for Thanksgiving!

  137. I made an orange dreamsicle cake for my best friends birthday and she loved it. :0)

  138. A chocolate birthday cake for my kids birthday party.

  139. These look amazingly good! Last dessert I made was pecan pie cheesecake for Thanksgiving!

  140. I made the Bakerella mini pumpkin pie bites. They were delicious!

  141. The last thing I baked was blueberry banana muffins. The last dessert I baked was chocolate chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter M&Ms.

  142. Banana bread muffins! Half with mini chocolate chips and half with a cinnamon streusel topping. Yum!

  143. I looooooooove vanilla, so this is right up my alley! The last sweets I baked were homemade cinnamon rolls, which I made on Friday. And I agree with you — watching doughy creations rise is HYPNOTIC.

  144. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes! So yum!

  145. i made almond flavor cupcakes with a raspberry filling and vanilla swiss meringue buttercream!

  146. I just got done making pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for my husband. His favorite treat!

  147. I made desserts for Thanksgiving: pumpkin pies, chocolate pecan pie, and an apple galette.

  148. I made the family’s favourite – Chocolate Brownies.

  149. Pistachio Muffins

  150. Pineapple peach milkshake! Yuuuuuum.

  151. I made some Cranberry/pistachio/milk chocolate chip/oatmeal cookies a week and a half ago.

  152. chocolate pie with whipped cream topping.

  153. The sweet I made was chocolate covered apples

  154. I made apple pie and bourbon Bundt cake. Tomorrow… Chocolate peppermint truffles!

  155. I baked a cranberry apple pie! I love vanilla!

  156. I love love love vanilla, but my most recent goodie was a salted caramel pretzel dish with chocolate. Yum.

  157. I made brownies for Thanksgiving, with a melted marshmallow on top for frosting. I love vanilla almost as much as chocolate though – so thank you for the giveaway!

  158. I love to bake! For Thanksgiving I baked pumpkin, pecan, and chocolate pies, Death by Chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, and lemon, red velvet, and spice cakeballs! Good thing I just retired :)

  159. Banana cream pie

  160. My uncle’s 80th birthday cake with homemade vanilla buttercreme frosting.

  161. The last dessert I made was pecan pie…and I doubled the vanilla. I LOVE vanilla.
    The last thing I baked was baked french toast, also with extra french toast.

  162. The last dessert I made was with my youngest son for Thanksgiving. We made home made pudding for his trifle. He was so impressed that you could make pudding. I guess he thought it only came in a pudding pack.

  163. White cake with homemade vanilla buttercreme frosting for my uncle’s 80th birthday.

  164. I made baked apples with caramel sauce! Applies halves were stuffed with toasted nuts, spices, brown sugar, and bound with honey. Apples brushed with liqueur before being stuffed. Homemade salted caramel sauce on top :).

  165. Last Saturday I made Japanese tofu cheesecake which was really sweet and full of vanilla!!!!!!!!!!

  166. chocolate chip cookies!

  167. The last thing I baked was a pumpkin pie!

  168. i made browned butter brioche cinnamon roll pull apart bread!!!

  169. The last dessert I made was pumpkin cheesecake cookies. I made them for a “friendsgiving” party!

  170. Just finished making pumpkin spice bread for a client as holiday gifts for his clients.

  171. I made homemade vanilla bean ice cream!

  172. Brownies :)

  173. the last treat I made was rice Krispy treats and they were awesome!

  174. Yum! I love all things vanilla :)
    The last dessert I made was a pumpkin and pecan pie for Thanksgiving!

  175. Milk Chocolate Brownies :)

  176. I made a pumpkin chai cheesecake with a rum sauce for thanksgiving!

  177. chocolate chip cookies :)

  178. I made pumpkin cupcakes on Thanksgiving!

  179. I baked cinnamon swirl bread to get me through finals.

  180. Last week I made some mexican cookies called “hojarascas” you should try them

  181. I made a cream cheese pound cake!

  182. I made chocolate chip cookies!

  183. I made Minecraft Creeper Rice Krispie treats for my son’s 10th birthday. They were a big hit!

  184. I made fruit cake with lots of Rum!

  185. I made cupcakes.

  186. I recently made apple cider donut holes for a bake sale at work that went to charity. I also love to appreciate vanilla as the star, thanks for the opportunity! :)

  187. i made pecan pie for thanksgiving, but i ate about 4 different pies that night!

  188. Pumpkin Cheesecake which the recipe didn’t call for vanilla but I added it anyway because every dessert should have vanilla

  189. I made an apple pithivier for Thanksgiving

  190. carrot cake cheese cake.

  191. heath blondies

  192. heath blondies

  193. I made mini chocolate chip cookie cakes with flower sprinkles for my little Princess’s 7th Birthday. Needless to say, she and her friends ate the flower sprinkles first. =D

  194. I made pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving.

  195. i made pumpkin bread :)

  196. I baked a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, which I served with butter brittle ice cream.

  197. I made two pies and a toffee this weekend. Totally delish. The best part was the whipped cream flecked with yum vanilla beans!

  198. I just got done baking some banana bread. Yum!

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