Soft and cakey gingerbread baked donuts are topped with a sweet glaze and natural white sprinkles. These Frosted Gingerbread Baked Donuts make the perfect holiday breakfast or brunch!
Holiday baking season is officially here! Thanksgiving has passed, and now it is Christmas every single day for the next month. Who is else is as excited as I am about this?!
Besides desserts, my absolute favorite thing to bake (and especially during the holidays) is brunch. I love brunch recipes because, just like desserts, brunch is an indulgent and fun meal. It’s not necessary – no one has to have brunch. But it is so fun when you can spend the time, relax, and enjoy brunch.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
I’m sharing this recipe or Frosted Gingerbread Baked Donuts today, which makes a perfect brunch recipe! These baked frosted donuts are quick and easy to bake. This means you can make them in the morning, and you’ll be enjoying brunch in no time.
I love baked frosted donuts! Adding a glaze on top of donuts just makes them complete to me. And I top these Frosted Gingerbread Baked Donuts with a natural white sprinkle, just because it’s the holidays. India Tree’s Nature’s Colors are natural sprinkles without any artificial colors, and they are the only ones I use.
I made this easy Frosted Gingerbread Baked Donuts recipe with my Braun MultiQuick Hand Blender! And you can make the batter and the frosting with this! This Braun MultiQuick Hand Blender also makes an amazing holiday gift for someone on your list who loves to bake and cook. If you don't have this hand blender, you can use another hand blender or even a stand mixer for this recipe.
I know you’ll love these Frosted Gingerbread Baked Donuts. They have warm notes of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves – with a dark and rich flavor thanks to the molasses and dark brown sugar. Their texture is soft and moist, and they are topped with my favorite kind of glaze that is made up of just powdered sugar and milk. Make these Frosted Gingerbread Baked Donuts part of your holiday season!
What if I only have light brown sugar?
If you only have light brown sugar, and you have molasses (which you need for this recipe anyways) you can make my Homemade Organic Dark Brown Sugar! I highly recommend using dark brown sugar in this recipe, as you want that darker flavor as that is what makes gingerbread so good!
Can I use another kind of yogurt?
Yes, you can use Greek yogurt or plain yogurt if you prefer!
Can I make these frosted baked donuts ahead of time?
Yes, if you want to make them ahead of time you can. You can make these up to one day in advance of serving them. If you do that, be sure to keep them in an airtight container. I like to store them in a cake dome, as not only do they look pretty, but it keeps them very fresh!
What else can I serve with donuts for brunch?
Scrambled eggs are a favorite breakfast or brunch item for me, and those are always a good idea! You can also make my Homemade Pork Breakfast Sausage and Ham & Cheese Rolls with Honey Butter if you have a larger crowd!
Ingredients for Frosted Gingerbread Baked Donuts
Organic Large Eggs
Tools You’ll Need
Braun MultiQuick Hand Blender (or any hand mixer or stand mixer)
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Frosted Gingerbread Baked DonutsDifficulty: Easy
Frosted Gingerbread Baked Donuts make the best breakfast or brunch during the holidays!
382 grams (3 cups) organic all purpose flour
113 grams (1/2 cup) packed organic dark brown sugar
57 grams (1/4 cup) organic cane sugar
43 grams (2 tablespoons) organic blackstrap molasses
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon organic cinnamon
1 teaspoon organic cloves
1 teaspoon organic ginger
1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 organic large egg
1 cup organic milk
1/2 cup organic vanilla yogurt
6 tablespoons organic salted butter, melted
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Organic canola oil cooking spray
355 grams (2 1/2 cups) organic powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup organic milk
India Tree Nature’s Colors White Sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using a hand mixer), add the flour, dark brown sugar, cane sugar, molasses, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and sea salt and mix for 3 to 4 rotations to combine the dry ingredients.
- Add the egg, milk, yogurt, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined into a thick batter. Transfer the batter to a piping bag.
- Spray the donut pans with canola oil cooking spray. Pipe the batter into the pans, or if you don’t want to pipe, you can also just spoon it into the pans too!
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the pans.
- To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar and milk and whisk (or use a hand mixer) until you have a smooth glaze.
- Using a butter knife of spatula spread glaze on top of each donut and top with white sprinkles.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- High Altitude — Bake at 400°F for 10 to 13 minutes, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.
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