Full of holiday flavors, these baked eggnog donuts are light, fluffy, and a perfect treat for breakfast during the holidays! Ready in less than 30 minutes, these baked donuts will impress all your guests this holiday season!
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Is there anything that screams holiday more than eggnog? It's one of those things that you either love it or hate it. Hear me out though, I love baking with it, but please don't ever give it to me in a glass to drink! It's full of nutmeg and cinnamon, perfect to add to baked goods!
Baked donuts are so fun to make and they are delicious! I love them because you don't have to worry about heating up that giant pot of oil to fry them, and they are just a little bit healthier than their fried counterparts.
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
- They are so easy to make! No big equipment is needed, you'll mix everything by hand, add it to the donut tin, and bake them up!
- They can be made in advance! Make these donuts the day before and then right before you want to eat them, dip them in the eggnog icing and enjoy!
- Get the kids involved! My kids loved eating these donuts! To get the kids involved, let them sprinkle some sprinkles or ground cinnamon on the eggnog icing to have them help in the kitchen.
- These donuts are light and airy! They aren't dense like a cake donut, but they don't have the fried donut consistency either. They are kind of a cross between a muffin and a donut.
Ingredients In Eggnog Donuts
- All Purpose Flour- necessary in most baked goods
- Sugar- You can substitute honey or maple syrup if you would like
- Baking Powder- For leavening and making the donuts rise
- Egg- As a binder and helps just a little in leavening
- Eggnog- Your favorite brand! If you have some extra homemade eggnog, feel free to use that!
- Spices- Vanilla, Nutmeg, and Cinnamon are classic eggnog flavors.
Equipment You'll Need
Are Baked Eggnog Donuts Healthy?
They aren't "healthy" exactly, but they are healthier than the ones that are deep fried! Don't eat the entire dozen of these donuts, but one or two here and there are a nice treat to have!
If you want to make these a little healthier, you can use your favorite sugar substitute instead of granulated sugar. Otherwise, enjoy these donuts as a treat over the holidays and worry about counting calories in the new year, if that's your thing!
How To Make Eggnog Donuts
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray the donut pans well with cooking spray or butter.
- Mix the dry ingredients- In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk well to combine.
- Mix the wet ingredients- In a separate medium bowl, mix together the eggnog, egg, sugar, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well to combine.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until completely mixed together. Do not overmix.
- Add the batter to a gallon sized Ziploc bag or a piping bag. Cut the corner of the bag and pipe the batter into the donut pans.
- Place the donut pans in the oven for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven.
- Take the donuts out of the donut pans and place them on a wire rack to cool.
- Mix together ⅓ cup of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of eggnog. If the mixture is too thin for your liking, add more powdered sugar. If the mixture if too thick for your liking, add more eggnog. Dip the donuts into the glaze once the donuts are cooled. Serve and enjoy!
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Tips and Tricks
- Just like cupcakes or muffins, to check the doneness of these donuts, stick a toothpick into the center of the donuts. When the toothpick comes out clean, the donut is done!
- I've found that as the donut pans get older, they tend to stick more. Make sure you grease the pan well. To get the donuts out of the pan, run a butter knife along the donut to gently lift it out of the pan. Try not to turn the pan upside down as I've found that makes the donuts fall apart.
- Instead of making a glaze for these donuts, feel free to roll them in powdered sugar, or a cinnamon and sugar mixture.
- Nutmeg is a spice that is best ground fresh. You can buy nutmeg pods in most grocery stores. Using a grater, grate the nutmeg and then measure it out with a measuring spoon.
Frequently Asked Questions About Eggnog Donuts
Yes! These donuts freeze perfectly. To freeze them, bake them as you would and let them cool completely. Place them in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve them, allow them to defrost completely and then ice them with the eggnog glaze.
Yes! If you don't have a donut pan, you can use a muffin tin and make them in a muffin tin. They would come out more like a donut you would fill with jelly, but they would still be delicious!
If you glaze the donuts, they will last 2 days in an airtight container, though mine barely lasted 24 hours! They will last 3-4 days if you do not ice them.
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Baked Eggnog Donuts- With An Eggnog Glaze
- 1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ½ cup Sugar
- 1 large Egg
- 1 cup Eggnog Your favorite variety
- ¼ cup Coconut Oil Or vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Nutmeg Freshly grated, if possible
For the Glaze
- ⅓ cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 tablespoon Eggnog
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease the donut pan with cooking spray or butter.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the eggnog, egg, sugar, vanilla, coconut oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix well until all the ingredients are combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well to combine.
- Pour the batter into a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Cut off the corner of the bag and pipe the batter into the donut pans.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Take the donuts out of the pan and place them on a wire rack to cool.
- While the donuts are cooling, mix together the powdered sugar and eggnog. If the glaze is too thin for your liking, add more powdered sugar, a tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency. If the glaze is too thick, add a splash more eggnog to thin it out.
- When the donuts are cooled, dip them into the eggnog glaze and serve!
- If the donuts stick to the pan, gently use a butter knife to lift the donuts out of the pan. I find it easiest to lift the donuts out of the pan when they are still hot.
- If you don't want to glaze these donuts, roll them in powdered sugar or a cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Use your favorite brand of eggnog for these donuts.