Glazed Lemon Mochi Donuts

Mochi donuts are SOOOOOO good! They’re not your typical donut. I use rice flour (Mochiko brand) instead of regular enriched flour, resulting in an almost sponge-like soft and chewy texture when you bite into it. I just love this chewy texture, which unfortunately had me craving more. That first bite hints at flavor, especially the burst of lemon. The lemon zest adds even more to the flavor and authenticity. Add the lemon-infused glaze and it’s a lemony double whammy delivered to your taste buds!

What I like about these donuts is that they aren’t as sweet as your regular glazed donuts, even with the confectionery glaze. Just this alone has me snacking on these donuts like there’s no tomorrow (which isn’t necessarily a good thing). Another difference with these donuts is that they are small–they don’t rise as much as a regular donut. Mochiko flour isn’t exactly self-rising. It is a type of sweet rice flour that is made from sticky rice. The sticky rice is first cooked, then dried. Then it is grounded into a fine powder, the rice flour.

These donuts are quick and easy to make. They’re slightly smaller than a regular donut because all-purpose flour isn’t used. I made a dozen with this recipe and they were eaten in 2 days. By me. Yes, that’s how good they are!

You can make these donuts the night before you plan a day at the beach with friends. Bring them only to see them eaten up in minutes! That’s why you triple the recipe. Even then, I can’t gurantee that you’ll have any left.

My favorite pans in my kitchen are my donut pans. I purchased them a few months ago from Pampered Chef and I must tell you that they’re gorgeous! They’re metallic (truthfully, I don’t know what kind of metal) with a beautiful retro blue coating at the bottom of the pan. Donut pans are a must-have when making donuts, especially for the recipe below. These donuts don’t take long to bake, and you’re not monitoring the temperature when frying donuts.

Recipe for glazed lemon mochi donuts.

If you would love to have these pans, you can purchase them at Pampered Chef through my consultant Amanda here.


Glazed Lemon Mochi Donuts

Not your typical donut. More like a snack, less like a breakfast pastry. Not so sweet, but you’ll come back for more.

  • Author: Audrey
  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 35
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Cuisine: American



2 cups sweet rice flour (Mochiko)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

Zest of 1 lemon

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoon buttermilk

1 teaspoon lemon extract


2 cups powdered sugar

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

a pinch of lemon zest


  1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Prepare donut pans by greasing the wells with butter or shortening.
  2. Mix the sugar and lemon extract in a large mixing bowl until you form a paste . Whisk in the sweet rice flour and baking powder.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs and add in the buttermilk, milk, and lemon zest. Pour into the large mixing bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Fill halfway in each well of the donut pan.
  5. Bake 8 – 10 minutes. Cool in the pan for about 3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to completely cool before adding glaze.



  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until slightly thick but runny. Adjust ingredients for consistency.
  2. Dip the donuts horizontally in the bowl of icing until halfway submerged. Let sit on the wire rack until glaze is set.
  3. Eat immediately.




  • Serving Size: 12
  • Calories: 191
  • Sugar: 19 g
  • Sodium: 36
  • Fat: 3%
  • Carbohydrates: 41 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 53 mg

Keywords: snack donuts breakfast food pastry bakery treat cake lemon glaze dessert mochi baked

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  • Reply
    February 8, 2020 at 6:22 am

    Hello, I’m interested in making these but was wondering how they keep. You mentioned that your donuts were eaten over 2 days, though the recipe suggests eating the donuts immediately. If I do end up making a day ahead, should I just store in an airtight container at room temp? Or put in fridge?

    • Reply
      February 8, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Aloha, the donuts are best if eaten fresh, thus immediately. They are fine if you make it a day ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

  • Reply
    Mika Walton
    April 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    I just tried this recipe and the ratio of liquid to dry ingredients must be off. The dough was way too dry with only a 1/2 cup of milk and 1 egg for 2 cups of flour.

    • Reply
      Audrey Rivero
      January 27, 2021 at 10:50 am

      Aloha Mika,

      Apologies for not replying sooner. I’ve had to drop this blog for a while because of personal reasons. I’m just checking on these comments now. It’s either the milk or the eggs that need to be doubled. I plan to make it this wekeend. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Again, my sincerest apologies for not responding sooner.


  • Reply
    December 28, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    I had to use about twice the milk in this recipe to make it look like the consistency of yours. Hope they work.

    • Reply
      Audrey Rivero
      January 27, 2021 at 10:48 am

      Hi Danielle,

      Apologies for not replying sooner. It has been a while since I’ve made these. I plan to make them this weekend. It’s either the milk or the eggs. I’ll let you know.


  • Reply
    nancy hayes
    January 27, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Something went wrong and the donut mix was super dry- recipe calls for 1 egg but 2 are pictured. Could that be the reason?

    • Reply
      Audrey Rivero
      January 27, 2021 at 10:47 am

      Hi nancy,

      Sorry about that, it has been a while since I’ve made this. I’ll need to make it again, I’ll aim for this weekend. Feel free to try with 2 eggs if you’d like. I’ll try this weekend and let you know the outcome. Thanks for pointing this out.


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