Glazed Gingerbread Donuts

Glazed Gingerbread Donuts Recipe l

Since my theme this holiday season seems to be recipes that are quick and easy, I thought I may as well share an easy breakfast idea. When I want to have something different for breakfast, but don’t want to have to get up super early to prepare it, I often turn to baked donuts. You can whip them up in no time and they often take less than 10 minutes to bake. My kind of breakfast!

Glazed Gingerbread Donuts Recipe l These glazed gingerbread donuts have the flavor of my favorite soft ginger cookies and are topped with a simple glaze to add just a bit of extra sweetness. And, of course, there are sprinkles. Donuts are much more festive with sprinkles! We’re already on our second batch of these donuts and they have made their way to the “good enough to make next year” list. Considering how many recipes we go through in a year, that’s saying a lot!

Glazed Gingerbread Donuts Recipe l

If you don’t want to mess with a glaze, feel free to sprinkle with sugar or eat them plain. However, I recommend the glaze (and the sprinkles!) to get that flavor of a traditional iced ginger cookie. Can’t go wrong with a Christmas cookie in donut form!

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Glazed Gingerbread Donuts
Serves: 8
For the Donuts
  • 1 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ⅛ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • ⅓ C milk
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
For the Frosting
  • 1 C confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • ½ tbsp + ½ tsp milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt, and brown sugar.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, molasses, vanilla extract, milk, and butter. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Transfer batter to a pastry bag or a plastic bag with a corner cut off. Pipe batter into donut pan filling each cavity about ⅔ full.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges just start to turn golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  6. While donuts are cooling, stir together all ingredients for the frosting. You may need to add up to another ½ teaspoon of milk to reach desired consistency. Dip tops of donuts into glaze and return to wire rack. Top with sprinkles and allow glaze to harden before serving.
  7. Best served same day but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container.


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  1. I love these, Jessica! They are the perfect Christmas morning breakfast. I love the flavor of the gingerbread with the glazed topping. So festive and delicious!

  2. Love these! They are so fun!

  3. These look so festive and tasty. I could use one with my coffee right now! :)

  4. looove the pics-these donuts are so PRETTY and that drippy glaze? yesss!!

  5. These look . . . well. They look amazing! And incredibly festive. I can’t say I’ve ever made donuts, but I could see these being a real crowd-pleaser on Christmas morning!

  6. Love the idea of gingerbread for breakfast in doughnut form.

  7. these doughnuts sound so good! gingerbread is such a great flavor :)

  8. Wow! These are almost too pretty to eat! And what a fun way to use gingerbread, love it.

  9. Beautiful pictures! I just got into making donuts recently and now I never want to stop! Gingerbread sounds like such an awesome flavor to try, especially this time of year :-).

  10. I know what I’ll be making first with my brand new donut pan!

  11. These look incredible Jessica! I love that these are like soft gingerbread cookies in donut form – they sound perfect and so festive for the holidays :)

  12. Love these, Jessica! They’re so festive & pretty!

  13. These look so perfect!!

  14. Ugh, the glaze looks so delicious, I am getting hungry just looking at it! I made mini versions of gingerbread doughnuts at my blog and they are SO addictive! Yours look so festive!

  15. Your pictures are beautiful Jessica! I wish I could reach in a grab one of these donuts, I can only imagine how good they taste!

  16. These look amazing!! I wish I had one for breakfast!!

  17. Quick and easy is my middle name!! Love these!

  18. I am all about gingerbread this year. I would take a cookie or a donut but combining the two sounds marvelous. Plus these are super cute!

  19. I love these donuts. They are so festive and pretty. Going to have to make these this week!! :)

  20. These are beyond gorgeous. I bet they smell amazing!

  21. Yay for simple delicious doughnuts! 😀 So festive and pretty.

  22. You gotta have glaze and sprinkles; it’s only right. These look amazing.

  23. These donuts look amazing! Perfect for Christmas morning! Happy Holidays :)

  24. These donuts are so good and easy to make. The only thing is that we might add some more spice next time. :)

  25. These are perfect! I would love to have these on Christmas morning!

  26. I made these today as mini donuts and I loved the flavor of the gingerbread! Thank you for sharing Jessica, I will definitely be back for more delicious recipes :)

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