In turbulent times like these, sometimes we need to find joy and comfort in life’s simple pleasures. From classic fritters in Las Vegas to Harry Potter-inspired doughnuts in Florida, these 20 sweet treats will bring a smile to your face and give you the pep needed to face the world with a little more grace than you thought you could manage. Do not underestimate the power of a vegan doughnut.
Crème brûlée in a doughnut? You betcha! This bullseye doughnut is filled with dairy-free bavarian cream and topped with a crunchy layer of brûléed sugar.
A little sugar and a little spice combine to create this yeast-raised square doughnut, coated in creamy peanut butter glaze, pan-fried seitan bacon, and a fiery sriracha drizzle.
If your sweet tooth is hankering for something super decadent, head to the Cleveland Flea Market to snag one of these doughnuts topped with cookie crumbles, Oreo cookie pieces, and a huge dollop of cookie dough.
A thick root beer-infused glaze and a heaping swirl of whipped cream top off this unique take on the classic beverage, complete with an aesthetically pleasing (and eco-friendly) little paper straw!
These doughnuts are too cute to eat … almost! A white chocolate drizzle, cookie crumbles, and an adorably frosted sugar cookie top off these one-of-a-kind treats.
Sometimes going classic is best. And in the case of this Brooklyn-based doughnut shop, you can’t go wrong with the Boston Cream, stuffed with irresistibly creamy filling and topped with a thick chocolate frosting.
Okay, so maybe a fritter isn’t exactly a doughnut, but close enough, right? These old school, big-as-your-face fritters filled with fresh apple chunks are an absolute must-eat.
Let your inner child out and grab one of these marshmallow glazed, peanut- and rainbow-sprinkled, chocolate-drizzled, and cherry-topped doughnuts from this Philadelphia all-vegan bakeshop.
Looking for something gluten-free that doesn’t taste gluten-free? Look no further than these Girl Scout cookie-inspired baked doughnuts loaded with shredded coconut and chocolate sauce.
Calling all vegan Harry Potter fans! This Florida-based bakery is serving up ultra-chic doughnuts, glazed in Butterbeer frosting (made from a combination of butterscotch and vanilla flavoring) and coated in gold sugar crystals. Accio, Butterbeer doughnuts!
These apple-based, baked doughnuts have us dreaming of sweater weather. A thick maple frosting and chopped walnuts complete the fall time aesthetic.
Light and fluffy doughnuts are dipped in a maple glaze, topped with homemade crispy fried “chicken” and miniature Belgian waffles, and finished with a syrupy maple drizzle for a unique creation.
A thick layer of vegan “better cream” (inspired by the foam on a latte) covers the top of this doughnut, which is then crisscrossed with toffee sauce and chocolate ganache for a picture perfect finish.
This refreshing take on the traditional Southern drink is made with Four Roses Bourbon glaze, fluffy whipped cream, and garden-grown mint. Cheers!
Delicate pink rosewater-infused glaze coats this yeast-raised doughnut, and lighter-than-air whipped vanilla frosting forms a rose in the middle, making this handcrafted doughnut so very Instagrammable.
Gooey jelly and rich, salted-caramely peanut butter cushioned within soft, pillowy, fried dough form the ultimate salty-sweet combination. You’ll be licking your fingers and wishing you bought two.
Post a photo of this artfully crafted doughnut on your Instagram and you’ll have all your friends asking, “Where?” This gluten-free cake doughnut receives a heavy coating of vanilla frosting and pastel blue and purple sprinkles, before being topped with a hand-painted mermaid tail.
Get your caffeine fix in doughnut form with this Bailey’s glazed yeast donut, complete with a chocolate and coffee caramel drizzle and toasted hazelnuts.
Skip the birthday cake and go for a birthday cake doughnut instead! This sweet treat is stuffed with funfetti icing and generously covered in rainbow sprinkles and birthday cake crumbles.
Last, but not least, grab a few friends and dive into one of Valkyrie’s gigantic BFD doughnuts, available in flavors such as Churro, PB Chocolate Pretzel, and Key Lime Pie.
Sarah McLaughlin is an assistant editor at VegNews who enjoys a good, classic vegan doughnut.
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