Maple Cream Filled Spice Doughnuts

Maple Cream Filled Fall Spice Doughnuts at Chasing Delicious. Recipe by @rvankCreamy, melt in your mouth, and full of fall flavor. These homemade doughnuts bring some of my favorite fall flavors together in a delicious eat-them-anytime package. I usually find myself down at a local doughnut shop every Sunday morning, but this Sunday I decided to make my own doughnuts. Knowing I wouldn’t find a flavor combination like this anywhere, I knew the only way to get a doughnut like this was to fry one up myself.


Maple Cream Filled Spice Doughnuts
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For this recipe you will need a stand mixer with a knead hook attachment, proofing bin or large bowl, work surface, tea towels, rolling pin, and 1½" cookie cutters.
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Difficulty: Intermediate
Great for: Dessert, Breakfast
Makes: 2 dozen doughnuts
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 14 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 4 ounces whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2-3 quarts vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces powdered sugar
  • 1½ tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Pour the milk into a heavy-bottomed pot. Add the two cinnamon sticks. Bring the milk to the scalding point, or at least above 140°F. Remove the cinnamon sticks and set the scaled milk aside to cool to 110°F.
  2. Once the milk has reached 110°F, dissolve the yeast in the milk, in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir until the yeast is completely dissolved. Add the sugar and eggs and mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Add the flours, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and butter. Mix until a dough forms. Using the kneading attachment, knead on medium-low speed for 7 to 10 minutes, or until the dough is smooth, elastic, and slightly tacky.
  4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled or buttered proofing container, and place in a warm spot to rise. Let the dough rise until at least doubled in volume, about 2 hours.
  5. Punch the dough down to deflate it. Gently knead the dough by hand for a few seconds and place the dough on a lightly floured surface, covered with a lightly floured tea towel. Let the dough rest 20 minutes.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a large rectangle about ½" tall. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out disks. Place the disks on a lightly flowered tea towel, and cover with a lightly flowered tea towel. Let the dough rise until about 1½ times in volume, about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  7. In the meantime, heat the oil to 375°F in a very large pot, making sure there is enough room in the pot for the oil to rise.
  8. In batches, fry a few dough disks at a time, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until that side turns golden brown. Remove to paper towels or newspaper to let the oil drain.
  9. In the meantime, mix together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon to make a glaze. Prepare the maple cream filling according to the instructions.
  10. Once dry and cool, fill each doughnut with the maple cream filling (recipe below).
  11. After filling, dip each doughnut in glaze and serve.

Maple Cream Filling
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For this recipe you will need a heavy-bottomed pot and a wooden spoon or whisk.
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Difficulty: Easy
Great for: Dessert
Makes: 1½ quart custard
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 ounces cornstarch
  • 7 ounces sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ounces butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  1. Pour the milk into a heavy bottomed pot. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the seeds into the milk. Add the pod to the pot as well. Bring the milk to a boil.
  2. In the meantime, mix the cornstarch, sugar, salt, and eggs together.
  3. Once the milk has reached a boil, slowly pour one third of the milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the tempered milk and egg mixture back into the pot with the remaining milk.
  4. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for a few seconds before removing from the heat.
  5. Add the butter and maple syrup and stir in.
  6. Set aside to cool.

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AUTHOR - Russell van Kraayenburg

Food nerd. Cookbook author. Founder of Chasing Delicious. Pastry cook at Fluff Bake Bar. Lover of hot dogs. Russell van Kraayenburg founded Chasing Delicious in 2010 and has been chasing delicious recipes ever since. Russell is author of the cookbooks Haute Dogs and Making Dough.


  • Belinda @themoonblushbaker

    Yum on the flavour for these. One day when get over my fear of the deep fryer ( I am clumsy, so hot oil and me not a good mix); I have to make these fall inspired donuts

  • RavieNomNoms

    WOW!! These are so amazing!!! Loving this so much

  • Amanda

    This looks wonderful! I’m excited that the maple filling can be used in many ways :)

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Mmm….love those fall flavors!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Maple pastry cream. Let’s put that on or in everything!


  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    These are the perfect size, love the maple pastry cream!

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  • Sarah | The Sugar Hit

    These really do look incredible. You are knocking fall baking out of the park.

  • Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style

    What a delectable fall treat, Russell!

  • Kristin

    Oh wow! They look wonderful! Did they satisfy your craving?

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This looks like such a fun fall project – I NEED to get into donut baking! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    these sound amazing!! :)

  • Claire Webb

    These look delish! I love the idea of the spiced dough, in addition to the maple glaze. I’d be curious what other flavors you think would pair well in the glaze. Cheers!

  • Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats

    Hello Mr R! How’re you? May I say, I am totally in love with Chasing Delicious? Your recipes always puts me ina happy place and this doughnuts with filled maple cream makes me want to go out and grab a doughnut right now. Of course, nothing herre will be the same as yours. If only I could get you to FedEx a box to me, that would be truly make my day. Till then, take care and have a wonderful Happy Halloween! ♥ Jo

  • Jeanette

    These are the cutest little bites Russell – my kids would love these!

  • Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence

    Mmm fall flavors packed in a bite-size donut! Sounds incredible. :)

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

    Mmmm…these look delicious, Russell!

  • Shashi @

    These look AMAZING! I would be happy with a mug of this maple cream in one hand and a donut in the other :)

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