Baked Gingerbread Donuts

I have found my newest obsession;  a donut pan.  

I purchased this pan about a month ago at Bed Bath and Beyond and I have been anxious to put it to use.  I had some ideas of holiday donuts I wanted to try and I knew my first creation was going to be gingerbread.

These turned out fabulous!  If you love the flavor of gingerbread, you will absolutely love these.  It is simple to make and only took a few minutes to whip up the batter. Once your batter is made, pour  into the pan and in 8-9 minutes you have fresh donuts hot out of the oven.  Can it get any easier?

I prefer the texture and taste of these donuts versus the donuts made in oil.  These actually remind me of something like an Entenmann’s donut.

The best part of baking donuts?  You can freeze these!  Make a few batches and freeze them and you’ll have donuts on hand for a quick breakfast or to serve to your holiday guests.  If you do freeze these just freeze them without adding the topping.  When you are ready to thaw and serve, you can add the topping or even toss them in confectioners sugar.  

Tis the season for giving.  And since I am so fond of this fabulous donut pan I have one to giveaway! 

Contest is closed.  Thank you to all that entered. 
CONGRATULATIONS to #61 Marianne for winning!
I will be emailing you for shipping information.
Have a wonderful holiday!
Here are the rules-

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If you don’t put your email address, please check back on December 19, 2011 to see if you are the winner to contact me to claim your prize!

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Wilton is not affiliated with this giveaway.  This giveaway is sponsored by Mother Thyme.  

Baked Gingerbread Donuts

Makes 8 full size baked donuts (using Wilton 6 cavity doughnut pan)

1 cup cake flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
Pinch of nutmeg
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon butter, melted and cool

For Glaze
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon water

For Crumb Topping
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray non stick cooking spray on donut pan.

In a large bowl sift cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  Add in milk, sour cream, molasses, egg and butter and stir until just combined.  

Pour batter in to donut pan filling 2/3 full.  Bake for 8-10 minutes until baked through.  Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan.  

For Topping-
In a small bowl stir together brown sugar and water, set aside.

In another small bowl mix brown sugar, flour and butter until crumbly.

Dip tops of donuts in to glaze.  Set on wire rack or wax paper.  Sprinkle with crumb topping before glaze dries.  

Store in an air tight container.

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  1. Lord help us! If all the cookies and other goodies don’t finish us off,these will put the final nail in it!!!LOL.Have GOT to try these,they just sound to yummy to pass up. Will try to justify by saying they are baked.haha

  2. Yum-I just had to save this recipe, it is the picture that really sold me! While I do not have a donut pan, I am sure I can find something to bake this tasty dough in!
    Sweet of you to being doing this giveaway-have a great day.

  3. x

  4. These look amazing! I love my Wilton donut pans the regular and the Mini donut pan! I have only made whole wheat blueberry donuts but I will have to try these! I would enter the giveaway but I already have this pan and love it!

  5. Gosh, just what I have been wanting, glad your had a spare to give away !!


  6. My favorite donut is entermans chocolate, chocolate iced.


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  8. I like all kinds of donuts! That’s my problem !

  9. Oh I have been wanting a donut pan for SO long! My email is:

  10. My fave donut is a traditional glazed.

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  14. I like chocolate donuts with colored sprinkles!

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  20. Genius idea to make these gingerbread doughnuts! And I love that crumb topping. My favorite would have to be glazed blueberry.

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  25. My favorite donut is glazed with raspberry filling!

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  28. I’m completely obsessed with mine too. These look perfect! I am thoroughly enjoying making tons of donuts!

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  31. My favorite donuts are maple long johns. I would love to have a donut pan to make my own though!

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  33. Lori

    I’m a traditional glaze donut girl….although I had a peanut butter twist once that was to die for.

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  35. I had no idea donuts were freezable. Thanks for the tip! It’ll come in super handy when I want to indulge in a donut for breakfast!

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  38. My favorite type of donut is the kind with pink icing & sprinkles. hehe =)

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  41. shannon thompson

    would love this pan. my fav kinda donut is a fresh baked bakery jelly donut.


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  44. These donuts look amazing! My mouth is watering! I’d love to win the donut pan :)

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  45. My favorite kind of donut would either have to be an apple cider donut, or a headlight donut. I <3 donuts!

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  49. I made gingerbread donuts this week, for the first time. I used a glaze instead of a crumb topping. But dang, those crumbs are making my mouth water!!!!

  50. I love cake donuts with chocolate icing and sprinkles! Yum!

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  55. says:

    These look amazing

  56. My favorite donut is chocolate not chocolate frosted. These gingerbread ones look delicious.

  57. What a great pan and so nice to be able to bake them instead of deep frying. I already get your posts sent to me by email.

    By the way this recipe sounds wonderful.

  58. I subscribe both RSS feed and email. I like you on Facebook! Sorry I don’t tweet.
    We love donuts, these sound wonderful!


  59. ATLKristen says:

    Powdered sugar is my favorite.

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  63. My fave donut is an orange cake donut with orange frosting.

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  66. Any donut with chocolate frosting is perfect for me!

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  68. I loove pumpkin donuts!

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  72. Those donuts look awesome! My name is Heather and my email is hlsquilts(at)yahoo(dot)com

  73. My favorite donuts are Maple Bars, but these gingerbread ones look amazing!

  74. These look yummy!

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  76. I love baking doughnuts and am desperately in need of a doughnut pan… this would be so wonderful!

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  78. My favorite kind of doughnut would be baked Cider Doughnuts with cinnamon sugar on top, no doubt!

  79. I love all kinds of donuts, but my fave are the chocolate logs! Yummmmm!!!!

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  82. My favorite kind of donut is jelly filled!

  83. I’m baking them right now! I will let you know how they turn out. Please enter me into the contest.

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