Gingerbread Donuts

I made a huge mistake when I made this recipe. I never should have done it. I halved the recipe. (The recipe below is the full version) What a mistake. What was I thinking?  I should have doubled it! These donuts were terrific. We usually always have cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas Day but we might need to make an exception this year. Cinnamon rolls and gingerbread donuts sounds like a much better idea to me!

We decorate gingerbread houses every year with my family but it was only last year I think, that I actually ate anything gingerbread flavored. I have always been a chocolate girl. So, there are many things that I’ve never bothered to try. Unfortunately for me, gingerbread was one of them. Kelly made gingerbread cookies for Christmas last year and I was shocked how much I liked them. Even though I could eat them all year round they really taste like Christmas to me! Now that I know how much I like gingerbread I have made my own gingerbread cookies, gingerbread cupcakes and now gingerbread donuts! These are the best donuts I have ever made! Plus, it gives me the opportunity to use my mini donut pan. Super adorable, and they taste great!


Here is what you’ll need


Mix the dry ingredients together


Add the wet ingredients


Mix the batter and fill the donut tins half way


Almost there!


While the donuts cool, bring the butter and the brown sugar to a boil


Add the milk and then the powdered sugar


Dip the donuts in the glaze. It is best to keep the glaze on low heat so it does not harden.


Let dry a few minutes until the glaze hardens


Dunkin’ Donuts has got nothing on us!


Gingerbread Donuts

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dessert


For the Batter:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 14 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 12 tsp ginger
  • pinch of allspice
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease your mini donut pan. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt and ¼ cup brown sugar together. Add the egg, applesauce, maple syrup milk, and butter.  Mix well and put the batter into a large Ziploc bag. Cut off the tip of the bag. Fill each tin ½ full with batter. You should get about 24 donuts. Bake for about 7-8 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. As soon as the donuts are cool enough transfer to a cooling rack. To make the glaze begin by melting the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter with 1/4 cup brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the butter/sugar mixture to come to a boil and allow it to boil about 2 minutes. Do not let it burn; lower the heat if necessary. Add 1 tablespoon milk allow to come to a boil again. Add the powdered sugar. If the glaze is too thick add an additional  tablespoon of milk. Turn the heat to low and begin dipping the top halves of the donuts. If you turn off the heat completely the glaze will harden. Once the donuts are glazed they are ready to eat!
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