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Recipes: Matcha Donuts


Matcha is amazing for so many reasons. One of those is how delicious it is in baked goods!

At Shanti Tea, we try to keep things healthy, but we still crave sweets! We took a good old-fashioned donut recipe and added matcha to the batter. We wanted to keep the glaze simple, but we also tried mixing it up a bit. See below for suggestions on how to top your matcha donut differently!

Special Equipment:
Donut cutter
Deep fryer, or large saucepan




  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 T. butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 6 c. all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 4 tbsp Ingredient Matcha
  • 4 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar




  1. Whisk sugar and butter together until creamy. Add 3 cups of flour and all remaining ingredients (except vegetable oil) and mix well with an electric mixer.
  2. Slowly add the remaining flour until a soft dough that can be rolled out is formed. You may not use the full 3 cups (we only ended up using 2).
  3. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to ½ inch thickness. Be precise about thickness! Use a donut cutter to cut out rounds. Flour the donut cutter between each round. Gather the scraps and re-roll to ½ inch thickness and continue cutting rounds. Note: re-rolling the dough makes it overworked, don’t re-roll more than once.
  4. Fill your fryer or saucepan with oil. Using a thermometer, bring the oil to 360°. Continue to monitor the temperature.
  5. Use tongs to place in a few donuts. Fry for 2 minutes per side, or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly when done. Warm donuts will be tossed in glaze.
  6. While donuts are frying, prepare your glaze! Combine milk and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat until warm. Sift in powdered sugar and whisk until well combined. Remove from heat and let sit in a bowl of warm water.
  7. Once donuts have cooled slightly, dip them one at a time and transfer back to the wire rack.

Glaze substitutions

This list is not exhaustive, but hopefully will inspire your own creations!

  • Replace vanilla extract with powdered vanilla.
  • Instead of vanilla extract, try almond!
  • Melt chocolate chips with butter (3 tbsp butter for each ½ cup chocolate)
  • Marshmallow glaze (melt 2 cups marshmallows with 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, 3 tbsp butter, 1tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt)
  • Maple! Mix 1/3 cup of pure maple syrup with 2 cups powdered sugar, ¼ cup heavy cream and a pinch of salt.
  • Matcha glaze – yes, you can glaze your matcha donut with matcha glaze: Whisk together 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 ½ tbsp. Ingredient Matcha and ¼ boiling water. Or, instead of using Daily Matcha, try one of our delicious matcha blends!

Plus, take any of the above recipes and add flower petals, chocolate shavings, goji berries, crushed nuts, or whatever else you fancy!