Coconut Cream Mini Donuts

These tiny little coconut cream donuts are sweet, but not too sweet, moist and light and fluffy. Frosted with a light, creamy coconut icing then sprinkled with flaky, toasted coconut.

Recently a publishing company contacted me asking if I was interested in authoring a cookbook they want to have on the shelves for Christmas. Ultimately the deal didn’t work out, but it was flattering to be asked and I did develop this sweet little recipe in the process.

My dear friend Tiffany, Food Finery, let me borrow her mini donut maker. Thanks Tiff! Hopefully, one day soon, I’ll bake up a full size version and update this post with a picture and the cook time.

Coconut Cream Mini Donuts

Yield: 4 dozen mini donuts

Coconut Cream Mini Donuts


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Coconut Icing, recipe below
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • Coconut Icing
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract


Preheat non-stick mini donut maker.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg, sour cream, oil, coconut milk, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and stir until just combined.

Fill each donut cup about three fourths full.

Close the lid and bake for 3 to 5 minutes, until the tops of the donuts spring back when lightly touched. Use a wood skewer to remove donuts to a wire rack to cool.

Decorate donuts with Coconut Cream Icing and crushed toasted coconut.

Coconut Icing

Whisk together powdered sugar, coconut milk, and coconut extract.

Add more powdered sugar to thicken or more coconut milk to thin until icing reaches your desired consistency.


Tip: To fill donut cups without the mess, spoon batter into a piping bag or a plastic storage bag with a small corner cut off.

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  1. says

    That’s such a creative idea!! I feel like food is just more fun when it’s in donut form, whether it’s sweet or savory. And I love how pretty it is! I had featured u in the post of 7 New Ways To Make Fresh Mini Donuts At Home on AllFreshRecipes. Except ur renewly recipes!

  2. says

    LOL same happened to me and for some reason I was glad it didn’t work out (but then I’m not really a recipe developer like you are!). And these donuts are amazing! Your donuts kill me…. I never get donuts here and I ogle yours. Love the flavors; truly creative!

  3. says

    What a wonderful looking doughnut! I am such a fan of mini doughnuts. I will be making these (I’ve got some coconut in the freezer). So excited!

  4. says

    fabulous looking donuts! and sometimes things don’t work out because there are better things ahead! I would have loved a cookbook by you though!

  5. says

    Just say the word “coconut” and you have my attention. I’ve seen the little donut maker and have thought it would be fun to have and I love the idea of you writing a cookbook. I would be one of your first customers, Barbara. I hope you do it!!!

  6. Mercedes says

    I think we share a true love of coconut! You are so talented with your donut recipes! And congratulations on the cookbook offer! That is so exciting and a wild dream of mine!

  7. Melissa Warner says

    This is such a wonderful recipe. I’ve already started salivating at the sight of these donuts. Can’t wait to try them out.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.


  8. says

    These are adorable….I actually like the idea of the mini doughnuts…and coconut – oh my:-)…

    Congrats on the book offer. If it didn’t happen I’m sure it just wasn’t the right time:-)…you would put together a great one, I’m sure!

  9. says

    I ordered a mini doughnut pan but haven’t break it in yet….now, I know exactly what to make! :) These look absolutely wonderful and perfect for breakfast or afternoon tea. I love that it’s sweet but not too sweet. Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend.

  10. says

    How exciting that you got the offer! That’s wonderful. These look amazing. I’ve put doughnut tray on my Birthday wish list (my Birthday is in March) and can’t wait to make some of your doughnuts. If no one gets it for me it will be my present to myself!

  11. says

    Very flattering indeed to be asked to submit a recipe for a cookbook. Sorry to hear that it didn’t work out, but congratulations are in order anyway! I love the donut recipe. I especially love how you incorporated coconut milk into the icing…smart thinking:)

  12. Candy @ Candy Girl says

    Yum! These look delicious. I made some coconut filled doughnuts a while back using some coconut jam I found in St. Maartan. Love me some coconut!

  13. says

    Oh wow Congrats Barbara for the book offer, even though it didn’t work out this time around, but I’m sure you’ll get other offers 😀

    YUM YUM YUM!!! Mini donuts are great hehe it feels less guilty to me hehe Thanks for sharing!

  14. says

    Too bad about the cookbook! I would be first in line to buy it…

    The donuts look amazing…I love love love coconut.

    When I was working in Florida years ago, I used to stop every morning and have coffee and a peanut donut at Dunkin Donuts, that was back when I had metabolism…


  15. says

    These sound fabulous, Barbara! I just bought a mini donut pan two days ago and can’t wait to try it out:) That’s so exciting that a publisher sought you out! Don’t worry, it won’t be long till you get another offer:)

  16. says

    oh my goodness! these doughnuts are beautiful and too good to be true! i’ve never attempted doughnuts before. i think now is a good time to look into a doughnut pan. love the photos!