Monday, December 19, 2011

Gingerbread Donuts

You might remember that I recently purchased my first doughnut pan.  I asked all of you whether it was doughnut or donut and most people said donut, so that’s what I’m sticking with.  Much easier for my fingers to type out!

I.can’t.stop.baking. doughnuts.  Someone come and take this pan away from me!  They are so good and much healthier than their fried counterparts.  They are soft and fluffy and just sweet enough.  And ’tis the season of gingerbread and I thought that classic holiday flavors would make a great donut.

 

Sure enough, the ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg shine and the added crunch of the turbinado sugar sprinkled on top is perfect.  These will be a big hit on Christmas morning…especially since they are so quick to mix up and you can throw them in the oven while gifts are being torn into!

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Gingerbread Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
2 Tbs. cold butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
2 Tbs. turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw), more as needed for sprinkling

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 6-cavity donut pan with non-stick spray

Whisk together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder,salt , ginger, cinnamon and cloves together. Using a pastry cutter or two forks, mix the butter into the dry ingredients, just until the mixture looks like wet sand.

Mix the buttermilk, vanilla and egg together. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Pipe or spoon the batter into the prepared doughnut pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. The doughnuts will lightly spring back when touched when they are done.

Sprinkle turbinado sugar on the donuts as they are cooling.

Cassie's Notes:
As gingerbread does, these donuts get sticky after a while; I would recommend eating all of them on the day that they are baked.

These would also be delicious with a cream cheese frosting glaze!

Adapted from Eat, Live, Run

 

58 Responses to “Gingerbread Donuts”

  1. #

    Oh my, those do look fantastic. I don’t care if they’re donuts or doughnuts. I’m willing to call them whatever you want if I can get a batch. I love gingerbread and to have it in an official breakfast form is perfect.

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    Baker Street — December 19, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Oh my! These look absolutely divine! Love how they’re rolled in sugar. I absolutely loved baked donuts.

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    Italian Notes — December 19, 2011 @ 9:08 am

    The look really delicious. And they don’t even have to be fried.

  4. #
    Victoria — December 19, 2011 @ 9:10 am

    Donuts! Now all I need is the pan. Please Santa?

  5. #
    Kathryn — December 19, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    I think it would be far, far, far too dangerous for me to get a donut pan. I reckon I could inhale about six of these in about five minutes!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 19, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    hooooly crap. i want to make this. this has JULIE all over it, Cassie!! I need to get myself a donut pan now :) they look delicious and I bet your house smelled amazing!

  7. #
    Kim Bee — December 19, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    Cassie these look so tasty and inviting. I love your pictures. You can send the pan to me if you really need a break from it. Lol!

  8. #
    Bev Weidner — December 19, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    You make just make me a believer. :)

  9. #
    Kadri — December 19, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    Those look so yummy.

  10. #
    lia — December 19, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    I’ll try this recipe I love ginger and cinnamon!!!!

  11. #
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — December 19, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    these look fantastic! i so want a donut pan…maybe santa will bring me one. :)

  12. #
    Anita @ Hungry Couple — December 19, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    Damn, now I have to go out and buy a donut pan :) Yum.

  13. #
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom — December 19, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    Cassie, these look awesome! I. Must. Get. A. Donut. Pan. Now! Or maybe not, My waistline may not like it ;-) Your pictures are great!

    • Cassie replied: — December 19th, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

      Thanks Katie! Thank you for your sweet words!

  14. #
    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — December 19, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    I just got a donut pan and I think I just found my first donut recipe! Looks fab!

  15. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 19, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    Love the sugar coating and of course the gingerbread flavor!! They look fantastic BUT I’m still boycotting baked donuts. I’m all about frying them.

  16. #
    Carolyn — December 19, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

    Aren’t donut pans fun? Gingerbread donuts, what a great flavour!

  17. #
    Janet@FCTC — December 19, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Ow wow, Cassie, these sound delicious! I have GOT to get one of those pans so I can make these.

  18. #
    Erin — December 19, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    The course sugar on top make these so pretty!

  19. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 19, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    Just send the pan to me, I will take it off your hands :)
    Great donuts – love the sugar on top instead of frosting. Although, I do love frosting!

  20. #
    Jennifer Eloff — December 19, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    My son would really love those! Merry Christmas, Cassie – may all your New Year dreams come true. Thanks for visiting my blog this past year. :)

  21. #
    Tina @ mylifeasamrs — December 19, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    i need these in my life… like seriously!

  22. #
    Katie — December 19, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    These look great… I made some gingerbread doughnuts the other morning and they turned out pretty good (though i think i made the mistake of using whole wheat pastry flour instead of cake flour) and they came out very dense. Do you have any suggestions to make them lighter?

    • Cassie replied: — December 19th, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

      Hi Katie! I used AP flour in these and they weren’t too dense at all. The batch that I made before these were with whole wheat and I know what you mean, they felt very heavy. Try some all-purpose or cake flour, I’m sure that will help lighten them up!

  23. #
    Steph@stephsbitebybite — December 19, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    You have no idea how much I’m drooling right now! These are fantastic!!

  24. #
    Ramona — December 19, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

    I need to get a donut pan!! I almost bought one and put it back (kicking myself now). These looks fantastic. What a festive and perfect donut for the season. :)

  25. #
    Clarion — December 19, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    These look scrumptious! They really take gingerbread to a whole new level!

  26. #
    Ryan — December 19, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Ugh, you tempting me to go get a donut pan with this post! :) These look so fantastic, and sound so perfect for Christmas!! I love donuts!!

  27. #
    DessertForTwo — December 19, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

    Omg this makes 6 donuts!! Perfect! Gotta give it a try stat!

  28. #
    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 19, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    Looks like I’ll be putting my donut pan to good use and trying these too! Looks fantastic and I love the topping, perfect! Looking forward to making a few batches this week for Christmas morning!

  29. #
    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — December 19, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    I wonder if it’s too late to add a donut pan to my Christmas list!

  30. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 19, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

    I need a donut pan A.S.A.P! But, I would be scared that I wouldn’t be able to stop making them either. These look SO good!!

  31. #
    marla — December 19, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

    Gingerbread and donuts all in one? Love it and the crystal sugar too.

  32. #
    Ann — December 20, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    These look delicious! I can see why you can’t stop making them if every one of them turn out as beautiful as these!

  33. #
    Alyssa — December 20, 2011 @ 4:10 am

    Ohhh I really love this! I bought a donut (I’ll go with your spelling) pan a few weeks ago but have yet to bake anything in it. I’ve got to hurry up and try this before christmas!

  34. #
    Steve @ the black peppercorn — December 20, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    WOW – these look incredible Cassie – really good job. I love donuts and could eat a ton of these if they were in front of me!

    Also – I have a giveaway on my site – check it out to enter – Christmas Giveaway

  35. #
    Liz — December 20, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Oh, these look outstanding, Cassie…especially with the crunch of turbinado sugar on the outside….mmmmmmm. Merry Christmas, my friend!!

  36. #
    Anna — December 20, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Oh these look so good, I’m sure that pan will more than earn its keep in your kitchen!!

  37. #
    Lauren — December 20, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    LOVE those doughnut pans!! Seriously can’t stop using it.

  38. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — December 20, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    I haven’t had a good donut in forever!! These are just perfect for Christmas morning!

  39. #
    Krissy @ Krissy's Creations — December 20, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    I’ve had gingerbread cookies, biscotti, and cake, but not doughnuts. I must try your recipe!

  40. #
    Asmita — December 20, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

    I have never attempted to make doughnuts but love them. I will try out your recipe. These look fabulous!

  41. #
    Jill | Dulce Dough — December 21, 2011 @ 12:47 am

    These sound so yummy Cassie–and so pretty with the sparkling sugar on top! I need to get a donut pan!

  42. #
    Christine — December 21, 2011 @ 3:04 am

    I had a gingerbread donut from Tim Horton’s the other day and it wasn’t very good at all — your donuts look a million-billion times better! Homemade is best (and now I really wish I had one of those donut pans)! :D

  43. #
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — December 21, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    Omg!! I bookmarked these and will definitely make these this weekend! So amazing!!

  44. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — December 21, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    Oh my Cassie these look wonderful. I may just have to RUN to the kitchen to make some!!!

  45. #
    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — December 21, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    AHHHH gingerbread donuts!! I’m in love. :)

    • Cassie replied: — December 22nd, 2011 @ 8:33 am

      I was hoping you’d like these! :)

  46. #
    Julia at Cafe Lula — December 22, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    I’ve never made baked donuts before. I need to try it! Gingerbread donuts sounds delicious. Love anything gingerbread!

  47. #
    Beth Michelle — December 23, 2011 @ 1:44 am

    So jealous of your donut pan! I have been wanting to get one forever!! Your donuts look so perfect and sound delicious!

  48. #
    Cheryl Anne — April 29, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Made your gingerbread donuts using GF AP flour this morning. So, so good! Our favorite baked donut recipe so far. Cheers!

    • Cassie replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 11:00 am

      I am so glad you liked them, Cheryl Anne! I need to try these again too.

  49. #
    Mary — December 3, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    I just love my doughnut pan…it’s a healthy treat! Plus I love gingerbread. I cannot wait to try this recipe perhaps this weekend…but maybe even sooner!

    Thanks for the recipe!

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