'Tis the season for all things gingerbread including these Baked Gingerbread Donuts! These donuts are topped with a Cream Cheese Frosting and festive sprinkles that will make any holiday morning even better!
Why I Love This Recipe
These Baked Gingerbread Donuts are the perfect holiday breakfast or a sweet treat. They are festive, easy to make, and delicious. Who could ask for more? Add some holiday-colored sprinkles and Christmas Morning is done. Did I mention these are also delicious with coffee?
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How to Make Baked Gingerbread Donuts
Preheat the oven to 350° and prepare the donut pan with non-stick spray. Put the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together.
In another mixing bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pan. Bake for 14 minutes and then remove to cool on a rack.
In a medium mixing bowl, add the frosting ingredients and whisk until fully combined and smooth. Decorate and enjoy!
Expert Tips for This Recipe
- Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure the sour cream, milk, and egg are at room temperature before mixing. This ensures even mixing and a better texture in the donuts.
- Don't Overmix: Overmixing the batter will lead to dense donuts. Only mix until the ingredients are combined.
- Molasses Tip: To get the molasses to slide out easily from the measuring cup, coat it with a thin layer of cooking oil or cooking spray.
- Donut Pan Preparation: Grease the donut pan thoroughly with cooking spray or melted butter to prevent the donuts from sticking.
- Fill Donut Cavities Evenly: When filling the donut cavities, use a piping bag or a zip-top bag with the corner cut off to ensure even distribution and baking.
Other Ways to Top These Donuts
If you don't want or like cream cheese frosting, here are some other ideas for finishing these Gingerbread Donuts.
- Roll each cooled donut in melted butter and then in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
- Make a simple glaze with 1 cup of confectioners powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla.
- Add Candied Ginger to the batter or on top!
Store any leftover baked donuts in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days. For longer storage, freeze them in an airtight container, and when ready to eat, thaw them and add frosting and sprinkles.
Yes, you can make gluten-free donuts by using a gluten-free flour in place of regular flour. Make sure it's a 1:1 substitute for best results.
Yes, you can use a regular glaze made with powdered sugar and milk, or even a chocolate glaze for a different flavor profile.
Yes, you can make these donuts ahead of time. Bake the donuts, allow them to cool completely, and then store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. Add the frosting right before serving. You can also freeze them for longer storage; just make sure to thaw them before adding frosting and sprinkles.
Tools for Baking Donuts
It's always a good idea to have the right tools for the job. Below are a few of my favorite things when it comes to making donuts.
Donut Baking Pans
I personally have a silicone donut pan and I like it a lot. It's easy to remove baked donuts and it's easy to clean. The only downside is the silicone starts to change color over time. Another option is a non-stick metal pan. The one below is nice because it has 12 slots.
You can never have enough mixing bowls in my opinion. Here are a few sets that make baking so much easier when you have a clean bowl ready instead of searching and cleaning the only one you have (you know who you are 😉).
Yes, there is such thing as a bad whisk. If you have an inexpensive whisk, it will probably lose shape over time or bend while whisking (been there done that). A metal whisk is a must-have in any kitchen. I also love a silicone whisk because it scrapes the side of the bowl as it mixes.
Baked Gingerbread Donuts
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg (I used freshly grated or you can use pre-made)
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
Cream Cheese Frosting
- ⅓ cup cream cheese
- ½ cup confectioners powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- festive sprinkles
Gingerbread Donut Batter
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and prepare the donut pan with non-stick spray.
- Add the flour, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg to a large mixing bowl and whisk to fully combine. Set aside.
- In another mixing bowl, add the molasses, vanilla, sour cream, milk, vegetable oil, and egg and whisk together.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Don't overmix or your donuts will be dense and tough. The batter may be a little lumpy and that's ok.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared donut pan. Bake for 14 minutes and then remove to cool on a rack.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk and whisk until fully combined and smooth.
- Spread on top of each cooled donut, add some sprinkles and enjoy!
- Baked donuts don't always end up with a traditional hole in the middle based on your pan, how the batter rises, etc. Don't worry, they still taste amazing and the only one who will really notice is you!
Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
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