Maple Bars (Doughnuts)

READY IN: 1hr 3mins
Recipe by startnover

I grew up with these oh so good bar doughnuts and didn't realize till recently that they are somewhat of a northwestern phenomenon. I actually halved the original recipe because it was so huge, so it does double. Don't use to much flour because it will make the dough tough. If you are feeling really decadent (they are already deep fried after all) I like to fill them with Bavarian cream filling which I get at our Cash and Carry restaurant supply store, or you can make it yourself.

Top Review by scratchcook

I followed the recipe exactly but my doughnuts rose so much that they wouldn't cook all they way through (they were gigantic!) I think they would have turned out wonderfully if I had halved the size of the original doughnut to 1-2" x 3-4". I'll have to give it another shot!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a bowl place yeast and 1/2 water, to activate.
  2. Place butter, salt, and sugar in hot scalded milk, then add cold water.
  3. Mix well and add eggs to this.
  4. When it is cool enough place in mixer with yeast mixture.
  5. Add flour 1 c at a time till soft but workable dough.
  6. Roll out on lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 1/4-1/2 inch thick.
  7. Cut into rectangular bars about 2-3 inches by5-6 inches.
  8. Let rise till doubled.
  9. Heat oil to 350°F and fry till browned on both sides.
  10. Drain on paper towels and when cool fill with bavarian cream if desired and frost.
  11. Frosting:.
  12. Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix with a hand blender till smooth.
  13. I frost mine as I eat them because if you let the frosting sit it will start to slide off the doughnut.
  14. The number you will get is determined by how big you cut them.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a