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Gingerbread Homemade Donuts Recipe

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These Gingerbread Homemade Donuts are easy baked donuts that are perfect for the holiday season – in our house my kids call them Christmas donuts – but are delicious year-round, anytime the craving for homemade donuts strikes.

Why is gingerbread not a year-round thing? Is there somewhere in the world that serves gingerbread year round? Maybe one of those Santa-villages they make Hallmark movies about. If so, I want to live there, please. Gingerbread is just one of those flavors that I find myself craving at random times, whether it’s near Christmas or not.

These Gingerbread Donuts have to be one of my all favorite gingerbread recipes and they were actually my introduction to making homemade donuts. It turns out that homemade donuts are much easier to make than I thought and baked donuts are a great alternative to fried donuts. Making these Gingerbread donuts isn’t much harder than making gingerbread cookies AND they can double as a breakfast or a dessert. I love enjoying one of these while sipping a morning or even afternoon coffee with friends.

Gingerbread Homemade Donuts

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What to Serve with this Best Donut Recipe

These donuts are called Christmas Donuts in my house. That is because we ate them on Christmas morning for breakfast. If you are like me and feel like these donuts are better for dessert than breakfast, you can serve them with these other breakfast recipes:

If you are making these homemade donuts for dessert, you can try pair them with:

How Long do Gingerbread Donuts Last

These gingerbread donuts tend to go very fast around my house. Many time, before I even get one, they are gone. So I like to make a large batch. However, while these donuts can be saved for a few days in an airtight container, they taste the best when they are eaten the same day as they are made.

If the donuts start to taste stale, you can add them to the microwave with a damp napkin for a few seconds. This will bring back some fo the softness and feel like they are straight from the oven.

How to Store Gingerbread Cake Donuts

If you have extras of the gingerbread cake donuts, you will want to store them in an airtight container. You also want to store them at room temperature. When you store the donuts in the refrigerator they will taste dried out and stale.

Are Gingerbread Donuts Baked or Fried

This is a baked donut recipe. Baked donuts taste just as good as fried donuts. Actually, in my opinion, they are better. It allows the flavor of the gingerbread to stand out. Not only do the baked donuts taste better, but they are also much easier to make. No dealing with hot oil and the risk of getting burned when it splatters. It makes for a much easier clean up too. You don’t have to worry about what to do with the oil. As another added bonus, baked gingerbread donuts are healthier than fried donuts.

Can I Freeze Homemade Donuts

While these donuts taste best when they are homemade, they can be frozen for up to a month. Since these have a delicious frosting over the top of them, you will want to freeze the donut on a plate or baking sheet first. Once it is frozen, you can put the donuts in a freezer bag. Remember to remove the donuts from the bag before it thaws. This will keep the frosting from sticking together once it is thawed.

With these donuts being so good, you might decide you want to serve them all year round, not just Gingerbread season. That’s ok, I like to have them all the time too.

Gingerbread Homemade Donuts Recipe

Ingredients in Gingerbread Homemade Donuts

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • allspice
  • ground cloves
  • salt
  • brown sugar
  • egg
  • molasses
  • whole milk
  • vanilla extract
  • unsalted butter
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • hot water
  • eggnog
  • maple extract
  • crumbled gingersnaps

How to Make Gingerbread Homemade Donuts

ingredients in a glass bowl

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, molasses, vanilla, milk, and butter.

dry ingredients in the bowl

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt, and brown sugar.

wet ingredients in a glass bowl

Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Mix until just combined. For the best baked donuts, be sure not to overmix.

dry ingredients mixed with wet ingredients

Pour mixture into a piping bag. Fill donut pan 2/3 way with batter. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before dipping in the icing.

donut batter in a glass bowl

When the donuts are out of the oven and cooling, make the icing with confectionary sugar, hot water, eggnog, and maple extract.

Dip completely cool gingerbread donuts in the icing and top with crushed gingersnaps.


glazed gingerbread homemade donuts

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Gingerbread Homemade Donuts Recipe

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Gingerbread Donuts, affectionately called Christmas donuts in our house, are easy baked donuts. If you've never made homemade donuts, you'll love these!
Gingerbread Homemade Donuts Recipe
4 from 7 votes


Donuts Ingredients:

  • 1 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 TBSP molasses
  • 1/3 C whole milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, melted

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 C confectioner's sugar
  • 1 TBSP hot water
  • 1/2 TBSP + 1/2 tsp eggnog
  • 1/4 tsp maple extract
  • crumbled gingersnaps

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Donut directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray donut pan with non-stick baking spray.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt, and brown sugar in a large bowl.
  • Set aside.
  • Whisk together the egg, molasses, vanilla, milk, and butter in a small bowl.
  • Slowly add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients.
  • Stir together until just combined.
  • Scoop the batter to a pastry bag.
  • Pipe batter into donut pan filling each about 2/3 full.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. (Or until the edges just start to turn a golden brown.)
  • Remove the donuts from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Set aside.

Icing Directions:

  • Stir together the confectionary sugar, hot water, eggnog, and maple extract. (If your icing is too thick add up to another 1/2 teaspoon of eggnog to reach desired consistency.)
  • Dip tops of donuts into glaze.
  • Return each glazed donut to the wire rack.
  • Top with crumbled gingersnaps.
  • Let the glaze to harden before serving.


Best served same day but can be stored in an airtight container.


Serving: 12donuts
Author: Laura

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