Baked Peanut Butter Cup Doughnuts with Sea Salt // Wit & Vinegar


They’re celebratory doughnuts because my gurl Ashley over at The Edible Perspective decided to write a cookbook ALL ABOUT DOUGHNUTS (RAMONAEYES LIKE WHOA) and she asked if I’d like to be a part of the the blog book tour. Obviously I said yes. Doughnuts are my favorite food group.

The special thing about this book? All of the doughnuts are baked and they’re gluten free. Seriously, DOUGHNUTS FOR EVERYONE. There’s even some vegan recipes in the back! There’s also a ballpark estimate of a million different recipes. Crazy doughnuts I would have never thought of like Boston Cream, TIRAMISU, Strawberry Cheesecake, Baklava, and the bad boys I made for you today.

Baked Peanut Butter Cup Doughnuts with Sea Salt // Wit & Vinegar

Seriously you guys. Peanut butter doughnuts with a chocolate peanut butter glaze and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. I just, I can’t. Not only do they taste fabulous but they look great. LOOK AT THEM. Did I make those doughnuts my new phone background? I don’t know, maybe. YES. YES I DID. That glaze is still a little fresh, but once it sets it pretty much turns into a ganache. Think chocolate peanut butter truffle filling ON A DONUT. Insert that confetti emoji. Then eat like seven of these.

Not only do I have these awesome donuts for you today, but Ashley’s super awesome enough to give away a copy of her book and a set of measuring spoons! Also add to that my volunteer as tribute in the form of a doughnut pan. This means that one lucky bebe is gonna win the book, some measuring spoons, and a doughnut pan so they can get their gluten free baked doughnut game ON.

To enter, simply use the form below and enter up to four times just by liking myself and Ashley on Facebook and following us on Twitter. The giveaway is open to residents of the US, Canada, and UK, and you have until midnight (west coast time) of Oct. 11.


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Now for the recipe:

Baked Peanut Butter Cup Doughnuts with Sea Salt

makes about 10 donuts in the standard doughnut pan I used


1/2 c oat flour*

1/2 c sweet rice flour*

1/3 c pure cane sugar

3 T peanut meal* (I used almond meal, a good chunk of the recipes do)

1 t baking powder

1/2 t salt

1/4 t cinnamon

2 large eggs

1/2 c milk

1/4 c unsweetened applesauce

1/4 c creamy peanut butter, melted and slightly cooled

1 T oil

1 1/2 t vanilla extract


1/2 c dark chocolate chips

1 1/2 T creamy peanut butter

Flaky sea salt

*These should all be available at a natural foods store or a health store. Bob’s Red Mill is the most common brand. If you cannot find them in a store, try ordering off of Amazon: Sweet Rice Flour, Almond Meal, Oat Flour Make sure whatever oat flour you buy is gluten free if needed.


Preheat the oven to 350 and grease your doughnut pan.

Combine the oat flour, sweet rice flour, cane sugar, peanut meal, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl, mixing well. In another bowl, whisk the eggs together. Then whisk in the milk, applesauce, peanut butter, oil, and vanilla extract.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir with a large wooden spoon until just combined, being careful not to overmix (stop when you no longer see dry flour).

Spoon the batter into the doughnut molds, filling to just below the top of each mold, 1/8- to ¼-inch (3 to 6 mm) from the top. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes until lightly golden brown around the edges. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Slide a thin spatula around the edges of the doughnuts to help loosen them out. Then place on a cooling rack and allow to cool fully before topping.

The standard doughnut pan makes six doughnuts. I found no problem having the batter sit while six baked, then I just baked the other four when those were done.

Make the topping by combining the chocolate and the peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and zapping it for 30 seconds. Stir it then let it go for another 30 seconds. Dip the cooled doughnuts into the glaze, sprinkle with sea salt and let it set.

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  • I could eat half a dozen of these in one freaking sitting! Loooove PB cup anything and this recipe is super fly!

    • I might have done that. might = definitely did.

  • These look amazing. It might be the hot pink background. Or the ganache description. Either way, is there a giveaway for the actual doughnuts too?

    • ALL OF IT. I wish I could send these!

  • This is AMAZING!!! LOVE the photos and those huge sea salt flakes. Seriously. You rock, Billy!!! Big time! [insert donut emoji x100]

  • My oh my these look fly

  • Wuuuut! Look at dat donut with those flakes!! Heck yeah boy!

  • Insert stuffing my face with doughnuts emoji here.. I really need this cookbook.. I also really want to lick the chocolate off the tops of the doughnuts above.. I hope that’s ok.

    • That’s totally okay. There was leftover topping that I can give you too. With a spoon.

  • Oh my! I just love those salty chocolate donuts on that hot pink background, Billy! I’ve been resisting a donut pan purchase, but this recipe might send me over the edge.

    • Thanks Gurrrl!! You should definitely get one! I was on the edge but I went for it and love it. Michael’s is the best option if you use a 40% off coupon!

  • Hahaha the Ramona eyes. Love it. And OMG I cannot wait to make these!!! Loveee the styling!

  • Ana

    Wow, that looks so good, they are perfect!!
    I truly can’t wait to get a copy of this book!

  • I think these are my favorite photos of yours so far. And only partly because I really, really want to eat these.

    • Thanks Saraahhh!!

  • Oh my God. Ramona eyes ahhahahahaha!!!! These doughnuts are amazing! I love how they are baked, makes you feel like they might be good for you!

  • Baked donuts! I’ve wanted to make them forever but I never had any good recipes before. If this book has baklava donuts, I may as well be in heaven.

  • OMG. They are so. freakin. cute.

  • Ummm, these doughnuts sound unreal! Definitely want to try this recipe.

  • Taylor

    Ah I love Ashley! I want her book so bad. Making these ASAP, what could be better than PB cup doughnuts!?!

  • Baked doughnuts are perfection because I pretty much use the fact that they’re baked as a license to eat the entire batch. And if you add peanut butter to anything, well…I’m all over that business. What a fun giveaway. And thanks for including us Canucks!

  • Drooling over here…

  • Yes, yes, yes! Peanut cups and sea salt?!? I am all in!

  • HARD STARE. These look amazing. Damn my living in Australia. Damn you land down under!!!!

  • GENIUS I’M DYING that’s all

  • These donuts are amazing. Your photos are equally delightful 😉

  • Oh Em Gee.

    Peanut butter and chocolate were made for each other. And my general disapproval of specialty single-use bakeware: gone.

    Must. have. donut pan.

  • Give me a minute. I’m still processing the fact that there is an ENTIRE BOOK OF GLUTEN-FREE DONUTS!

  • Sexy doughnuts!

  • Kate

    Sounds great all (a)round 😛

  • Jennifer

    These sound — and look! — unbelievable. I know mine won’t be half as beautiful but I can’t wait to make these!

  • Emma

    I want some! Tried her gingerbread ones and they were phenomenal.

  • Sea Salt, Chocolate and Peanut butter are seriously a match made in heaven. BRB, going to buy a muffin pan now….

  • Daniella


  • OMG – Want.

  • These look amazing! That book sounds amazing! And that photo is amazing!
    Good work x

  • Making baked donuts is my last food OBSESSION! Well that and waffles! 😀 Happiness all around!

  • OMG these doughnuts. I need them. A salted doughnut + chocolate + peanut butter…c’mon now. That’s just sinful.

  • I need to get a real life donut sized pan. I just have the pinkie ring size!

    • Gurl I want one of those Guy Fieri Donut pans!

  • Those. look. amazing. You can’t go wrong with salty + sweet, especially when it’s in PB+chocolate form!

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  • HOW DID I MISS THESE GLORIOUS CIRCLES OF DELICIOUSNESS? *commence maniacal rummaging through my cabinets/fridge for all the ingredients to make and get these doughnuts in my belly ASAP*

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  • Crystal

    These were delicious. I used teff flour in place of oat (all I had). My daughter has a dairy & egg allergy so I also substituted soy milk & 2 T flaxseed + 3 T water for the eggs. My girls loved it!!! These were the best doughnuts I have ever eaten. Thanks for the recipe.

  • OMG I made a version of these a few weeks ago!! How crazy is that?! The BEST, right?? I hadn’t had a do(ugh)nut in years (why?) and I was blown away when I made these. Why am I not making them all the time. Tisk tisk