Blueberry Crumb Donuts

Embrace the crumb!  These Blueberry Crumb Donuts will make you cheer for crumbs again!

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Embrace the crumb! These Blueberry Crumb Donuts will make you cheer for crumbs again!Ah, crumbs.  Crumbs are a regular part of our lives these days.  And, nope, I’m not talking about Laura eating saltine crackers in bed.  (In her defense, that only happened one time…and she was sick.)  I’m talking crumbs of the Robbie variety.  The little guy went through a phase where he was a super picky eater.  He only wanted bananas (or nananas, as he called ’em).  He also loved yogurt, but that was about it.  Good luck feeding him anything new.  

Embrace the crumb! These Blueberry Crumb Donuts will make you cheer for crumbs again!I’m not sure where Robbie got that picky eating thing from as Laura and I will usually eat anything and everything in front of us.  But Robbie broke out of that picky phase, and he’s been pretty good for us lately.  We just fill his tray with little bits of everything from sweet potatoes to blueberries to whatever we made for dinner that night.  But with that comes crumbs.  Holy cow.  I thought Laura’s saltine cracker epidode was bad.  Yeah, I hadn’t seen crumbs.

If you asked our dogs, they would probably say that crumbs are awesome.  Both of them circle Robbie’s high chair like two hungry sharks.  Did you know that green beans can produce crumbs?  I wouldn’t have thought so…and then I watched a toddler eat.  (Good thing Max likes green beans…)  But crumbs don’t always have to be a bad thing.  Take this Raspberry Crumble Bread or these Blueberry Crumb Bars.  Crumbs are an essential part of those recipes!  The more crumbs the better!

Embrace the crumb! These Blueberry Crumb Donuts will make you cheer for crumbs again!I have always loved blueberry donuts.  They’re a secret love, and I have to just avoid the donut section of the grocery store…or else I’m coming home with a dozen blueberry donuts!  And they’ll all be gone by the time Laura comes home from work.  Just kidding!  (Sorta…)  But with the blueberry donut in mind, I decided to bake up a batch of Blueberry Crumb Donuts.  The donuts themselves are tasty…like really tasty.  But then you add on loads of crumby topping?  Yes, I believe these Blueberry Crumb Donuts need to happen again.  Like tomorrow.

I’m pretty sure I looked like Robbie after eating one of these donuts.  I stood up and crumbs went everywhere!  And sure enough, the dogs were right there ready to be 4-legged vacuum cleaners.

Embrace the crumb! These Blueberry Crumb Donuts will make you cheer for crumbs again!So here’s a fun tip that I picked up somewhere along the way: I actually prefer baking with frozen berries.  They can be a bag of frozen berries from the store.  Or they can be fresh berries that you toss in the freezer for an hour.  I find that it’s easier to fold frozen berries into batter, and they don’t sink to the bottom as much.  I’ve also seen the tip to toss the berries in a tablespoon or so of flour to prevent them from sinking.

Embrace the crumb! These Blueberry Crumb Donuts will make you cheer for crumbs again!I would offer to leave you with some Blueberry Crumb Donuts, but I may or may not have polished this batch off already.  Oops.  So instead, I leave you with this thought: Can you imagine a toddler eating a crumb donut?  Enjoy!

Embrace the crumb! These Blueberry Crumb Donuts will make you cheer for crumbs again!

Blueberry Crumb Donuts

Embrace the crumb!  These Blueberry Crumb Donuts will make you cheer for crumbs again!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 500kcal


For the Doughnuts

For the Crumb Topping


For the Crumb Topping

  • Using a medium bowl, add sugars, cinnamon and salt; stir until well combined.
  • Add the melted butter; stir until well combined.
  • Add the flour; stir until well combined; set aside.

For the Doughnuts

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease doughnut pan; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, add all of the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt); stir until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, sour cream, vanilla extract, melted butter and heavy cream.
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir until just mixed.
  • Fold blueberries into batter.
  • Spoon or pipe the batter into the greased doughnut pan. (Tip: Fill each doughnut circle about half full of batter.)
  • Sprinkle the Crumb Topping on top of batter; pressing Topping slightly into the batter.
  • Bake at 375°F for 18-20 minutes, or until doughnuts begin to turn golden brown on the edges.
  • Let doughnuts cool in the pan.
  • Once cool, dust tops of doughnuts lightly with powdered sugar.

Embrace the crumb! These Blueberry Crumb Donuts will make you cheer for crumbs again!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sharmila! I love blueberries…and it’s almost blueberry season here where we live now. That means more batches of these donuts! 🙂

  1. Robbie and I have similar palates; I’m eating a nanana with yogurt right now! I like to think that he isn’t being messy, he’s just sharing his dinner with his four-legged buddies. I know Cookie is grateful when I do that :). That said, I’m all for crumbs on baked goods. The more crumbs the better! On any and everything. I’ve never had a blueberry donut but clearly I need to remedy that ASAP. These look awesome! Have a great week, David!

    1. So you’re saying you like diced chicken fingers, pears and oatmeal? Haha! Let’s be real though. Kids have the best food! Robbie still hasn’t gotten on board with mac and cheese…but I keep telling him he’d love it. One day. Maybe. And, yes, you clearly need blueberry donuts in your life, Kelsie. Like today. 🙂 Thank you!

  2. Thank goodness for those four legged little sharks, lol 😀 Sometimes if hubby and I have potato chips on the weekend when we finish, I look on the floor and I wonder what the heck happened! Like, was I really that messy? Did I eat those chips like the cookie monster? Ha!
    These look deliciously good! Love blueberries and thanks so much for that tip with the frozen ones! I regularly stock frozen berries for smoothies mainly so I’ll keep that in mind next time I bake. The crumbs would be worth it if I were eating these 😉 Cheers to a great week, my friend!

    1. Hahaha! Sometimes I say that my life goal is to be the cookie monster. I totally understand the crumbs from potato chips…and that’s where our 2 sharks come in, too. And they might have helped with these donuts as well! 🙂 Thanks so much, Dawn! I hope your week is off to an excellent start so far!

  3. Hi David. Just looking at these is making my stomach rumble. My son’s favorite fruit is blueberries and there is never too much crumb topping for him. Where we lived in MI there was a blueberry farm a half mile down the road; talk about good berries. Here it’s a whole different story so I buy frozen Maine blueberries and they are really good.

    1. Oh man, I’m jealous that you lived so close to a good blueberry farm back in MI! We stumbled across a really good farm here, but it’s about 45 minutes away. We haven’t been in the last year or two, but for a while we were going down there every 4th of July morning and picking a ton! We might have to try that again this year since Robbie loves blueberries. I mean loves ’em!! Thanks, Dorothy!

  4. 😃Haha… once you have kids the crumbs on the floor never stop, so instead of constantly sweeping ,we got 4 dogs and they really do clean up don’t they.

    These donuts really look great,I love baking with blueberries but have just used it in muffins and pancakes so far, so I have got to try this out. I have to use frozen blueberries though because the dogs that I got to clean up after my sons just dug up my potted blueberry plant…you just can’t win😳

    1. Wow…4 dogs! I bet your house is crazy, Ashika! 🙂 But I also bet you don’t have one bit of trouble with crumbs on the floor. Haha! Oh no! The dogs dug up your blueberry plant?? How sad is that!? I guess the silver lining is that baking with frozen berries is often better than using fresh berries…at least in my opinion. But then again, you could’ve just frozen the berries from your backyard! Fortunately, our dogs haven’t showed much interest in the garden or berry bushes. They prefer the finished baked donuts instead! Thanks so much, my friend!

    1. Oh, these donuts are so tasty, Agness! But I swear the crumb layer was at least half the donut. And I wouldn’t have it any other way! 🙂 Thank you!!

  5. Oh, I remember the toddler stage of our kids and now I have a grandson that is a toddler, so I know all about crumbs. I do have to say that I love the crumbs on these donuts. I also like using frozen berries when I am making scones, so much easier. These donuts look yummy!

    1. So I bet your grandson is totally bringing back memories of your kids, right, Dawn? Crumbs are just a way of life with kids. I’ve had to just accept that rule. Haha! These donuts are super tasty, and the extra big crumb layer is super fun. Thanks so much, my friend!!

  6. I’m pretty much drooling over here at these photos! Blueberry crumb donuts… dare I say that I don’t think I’ve ever had one before? These donuts sound really yummy & I might have to try making em, but I’m a little afraid that I’ll just eat them all myself in a day! Crumbs everywhereeeee 😉

    I’m a pretty messy baker/cook/eater, so my dog is ALWAYS close by when I’m in the kitchen, just waiting for something to fall. She also gets the ends of fruits & veggies and the bottom of yogurt containers on the daily! I’m sure your dogs appreciate Robbie’s messy eating!

    1. Why thank you very much, Nicole…you are too kind! Hey, the struggle is real when it comes to eating all of these at once. I could totally see that happening if I wasn’t careful! But that crumb layer…it’s so darned good!! I bet Harley loves when you cook/bake. I know our dogs circle around the kitchen, and I’m constantly shoo’ing them out. But they’re not dumb. They just wait patiently until they see something hit the floor, and then they swoop in! They love Robbie’s dinner time, and they literally sit right under his chair. Hah!

  7. Ha ha, I love reading your story to go with your recipe David. I laughed at the vision of your dogs circling your sons chair like “sharks”!

    It’s been such a long time since I had a go at making Donuts, I’m thinking I should put these down for one summer weekend’s indulgence. Pinned.

    Thanks for this brilliant recipe and story to go with it too! 🙂

    1. Haha…thanks, Neil! I mean sharks is the best word to describe our pups when it comes to Robbie’s dinnertime. They literally circle around and around (and under) his chair just waiting for something to drop. And something will ALWAYS drop! 🙂 You should totally make donuts again. I’ve made a handful of different kinds over the years, and I even tried frying ’em at home one time. But truth be told, I liked the baked ones better! Plus, fresh blueberries are always a good addition, right? Thanks so much for your comment, my friend. I really appreciate it!

  8. Mmm…these look like a cross between donuts and coffee cake – and I know how fond you are of coffee cake! I am too, which is why I was instantly drawn to these. Thank goodness for canine vacuum cleaners! And that is seriously impressive about the green bean crumbs. I had no idea that was possible!

    1. You know what? You nailed it, Mara! These donuts are indeed a cross between donuts and coffee cake…with some sweet, sweet blueberries thrown in for good measure! 🙂 And you’d be surprised at the crumbs that come off of Robbie’s tray. Last night was pears. Did you know pears can have crumbs? It’s true. I saw it.

  9. Hahaha – yes, I definitely can imagine a toddler eating a crumb donut! And…even though my toddler is now 18…she still kinda eats those crumb donuts in almost the same way she used to do – all I can say is thank goodness for dogs! I’d be sweeping every couple of hours if not for them!

    David – that’s an awesome tip about frozen berries – I usually do the flour trick – but gotta try frozen berries next time – besides, they don’t spoil as quickly as the fresh ones do either! Also – right about now you should be super glad I didn’t move up to y’alls neck of the woods cos you know as soon as this post hit my inbox or the smell of sugar and blueberries baking hit my nose, I’d be hightailing it over to y’alls house!
    Happy Tuesday to y’all – here’s hoping y’alls week is off to a wonderful start! 🙂

    1. Hahaha…Shashi! Lil Shashi isn’t a toddler anymore. 🙂 But she may still produce crumbs like a toddler. And that’s ok! Someone has to keep a look out for the pups! So don’t even bring up not moving up here. I’m still sad about that one! Maybe the promise of a batch of these every day will lure you away? Oh, and the weather forecast is mid-70’s for a long time to come. How hot is it down there right now?? 🙂

      1. Hey …don’t be sad for too long…cos Lil Shashi is planning on med school still…and she doesn’t want to stay here for that … so I still might be moving up there…only might be 4 years down the road…hopefully y’all won’t move south then and we have a switcheroo! 🙂
        It was in the humid 90s here – then the crazy thunderstorms began (every night for the past 3 ) and things have cooled into the 80s with a cool breeze … am not complaining 🙂

        1. Haha! I am always looking for a way to get back south! But I’m thinking the mountains of NC or TN. That’s the best of both worlds if you ask me! Are there any med schools there?? 🙂

  10. ooh 😍 normally i spring for apple fritters or glazed donuts when i want a donut, but these sound so good, especially with that crumb! i like using frozen berries in baking too, mostly because if i have fresh ones, you better believe that i’m eating those plain by the handful.

    1. Oh man, I am a total sucker for a good apple fritter, Heather! Seriously!! But then again, I love these blueberry crumb donuts, too. If I had to pick between the two, I might just have a meltdown right there. Haha! And you’re totally right about fresh berries. I always hate using fresh berries when I’m cooking mainly because I just want to eat ’em all instead! Frozen is the way to go with baking! Hope your week is going well so far, my friend! 🙂

  11. Oh well. You probably don’t know that, but I could be quite a messy person. So this “crumbs issue” may or may not sound familiar (just a little). But green bean crumbs? Would have never imagined this either! I’m not a huge fan of frut donuts, but these bad guys look and sound amazing to me! Please send me a few. No worries – not going to eat. I need them for a scientific research which is named “How many crumbs could one person get out of a Blueberry Crumble Donut”?

    1. You? Messy? I don’t believe it, Ben! I bet Robbie could teach you a thing or two about crumbs. For instance, last night he had some pears for dinner. He managed to create pear crumbs. I’m not kidding at all. 🙂 So I like this scientific study that you have planned. I would volunteer to send you one, but sadly they have all disappeared. In fact, we may need to do a study on that called “Why do all of my blueberry crumb donuts disappear?” Haha!

  12. In the directions it states to preheat oven to 425, but then states bake doughnuts at 375. Do you mean preheat at a higher temp then turn down to 375?

    1. Yikes! That was a total typo there, Judy. I really appreciate you catching that, and I’ve updated it in the recipe above. I was playing around with different temperatures for these donuts, and I liked 375 better…but I apparently didn’t adjust the temperature in both places in the recipe. Thank you, my baking friend! 🙂

  13. Did you get busted for the cracker crumbs in bed story? lol!

    There really is something about that extra flavor and texture of crumb desserts – but this is the first time I’ve seen crumbs on donuts. This is like crumb cake meets donut meets blueberry muffin, in a word: heaven!

    1. I did not get busted…haha! Laura used to read every one of my posts quite diligently, but now she just goes through and reads a whole bunch at a time. So I still have some more time before I get caught. 🙂

      So crumbs on donuts are totally a thing. A very, very good thing in my opinion! Thanks, Marissa! I hope you and your family have an awesome long weekend.

  14. I LOVE blueberry donuts– like, kind of my kryptonite. And these? These are beyoooond a regular blueberry donut. They look AMAZE!

    1. Yes! You and I both share a kryptonite, Karly. I’m thinking we need to get together and destroy a batch of blueberry donuts. And by destroy, I mean eat them all and pretend no one saw a thing! 🙂 Thank you!

    1. Whaaat? Stop everything and make blueberry donuts right now, Jeff. Your tastebuds will do a happy dance, and that justifies putting off whatever else was on your agenda today. 🙂

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