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Glazed Gingerbread Donuts

These Glazed Gingerbread Donuts are like eating your favorite molasses ginger cookie in donut form!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!

Glazed Gingerbread Donuts Recipe l

Glazed Gingerbread Donuts

Yield: 8 donuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes


For the Donuts

  • 1 Cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1/3 Cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil or melted butter

For the Frosting

  • 1 Cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons half and half or milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 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 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges just start to turn golden and a toothpick inserted in the fattest part of the donut comes out with just a couple of crumbs. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  6. While donuts are cooling, prepare the frosting. Stir together the confectioner's sugar, 1 Tablespoon milk, and vanilla extract. Add additional milk, as needed, 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 donut
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 220mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and may not always be accurate. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.

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Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Tried these for fun with our mini donut maker and they were perfect! It was my first time getting the nerve to try a recipe that did not specifically say it was for a donut maker so I was a bit nervous if it would work but it was so much better than the other recipes labelled for the donut maker. I loved the gingerbread spices! I had to use dark corn syrup because no molasses but it worked fine. Keeping this recipe!

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Wednesday 7th of December 2022

I'm so glad they worked for you! Thanks for letting me know!


Friday 6th of August 2021

This is my favorite recipe! So good and so easy to make!

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Thursday 12th of August 2021

So glad you like them! :)


Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

can you use bread flour or regular flour?

Jessica@A Kitchen Addiction

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Yes, you can use all-purpose flour in place of the white whole wheat flour.

Vanessa Medlin

Monday 10th of December 2018

How many donuts does this recipe make?


Sunday 9th of December 2018

Stumbled upon this recipe and absolutely loved it! They were a big hit at the holiday party I went to, and looked beautiful with the sprinkles I added. Thanks for sharing!!!

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