Gingerbread Doughnuts with Cinnamon-Ginger Glaze

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

A stack of gingerbread doughnuts around a straw.

These Gingerbread Doughnuts with Cinnamon-Ginger Glaze are my new favourite dedication to the Gingerbread Man. Yes, you heard (read?) right. I’ve always referred to December as Gingerbread Man Month. In some of my older posts it’s pretty evident that I have some sort of obsession with the gingerbread man, which is ironic since I’ve never actually made a gingerbread man. Deep.

Gingerbread Doughnuts on straw over a glass of milk.

What isn’t deep? My obsession with December. Christmas is my favourite holiday! Everything just gets perfect around Christmas time – the weather cools down, the food gets so much better, everywhere is festive and covered in beautiful lights, and of course, presents! LOTS of presents!

Away from my giddy 10-year-old self and back to these doughnuts. These doughnuts are a hit. I mean, ginger explosion and flavour explosion hit. The addition of molasses in the doughnuts ties in with the ginger and delivers that flavour that is so reminiscent of classic gingerbread. Not only is there ginger in the doughnuts, it’s also in the glaze with the cinnamon. The flavour isn’t overpowering, but you’ll definitely taste it. I wanted to balance the flavours since ginger can be a very strong flavour, but being an insane ginger enthusiast myself it was a bit hard not to dump the entire bottle in.


Top down shot of stack of doughnuts on a wooden table.

Don’t worry, I didn’t.

What I love about this recipe is that these doughnuts taste like doughnuts. Of course, they’re baked and not fried, so you don’t get that greasy fried feeling but instead a cleaner feeling and bolder flavours. They are just the right balance between chewy and soft, and have that melt-in-your-mouth effect.

As great as these doughnuts are, the glaze is probably my favourite part. I wanted a hardened glaze to go back to the nostalgic feel of traditional doughnuts and so I boiled the glaze, which hardens fast. I just wanted to throw in that word of caution, although I doubt you’ll be running from the stove to your set up with glaze trying to quickly dip it in and then realising afterwards that you neither took a photo of the glaze nor the dipping process.


Of course, you don’t have to boil the glaze, it’s fairly optional, the glaze would set by itself within 15 minutes on the doughnuts cold.

If you can wait that long before you devour a few.

Three doughnuts on a straw in some milk.


Doughnuts around a pink straw.

Gingerbread Doughnuts with Cinnamon Ginger Glaze

These Gingerbread Doughnuts with Cinnamon-Ginger Glaze are my new favourite dedication to the Gingerbread Man!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 21 servings
Course Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup all-purpose or white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon of molasses


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons milk



  • If you're using a babycakes or any other mini doughnut maker, preheat.
  • If using a mini doughnut pan, preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease the pan.
  • In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients.
  • Add the egg, milk, and butter until well combined.
  • Add the molasses and stir to incorporate.
  • Fill a pastry bag or a large ziploc bag with the mixture (if using a ziplock bag, ensure it is zipped properly. Snip off the end of the bag to pipe the filling through.
  • Pipe into the doughnut maker or the mini doughnut pan.
  • If using the doughnut maker, follow the instructions, generally cooking for about 2 minutes each. Remember it gets hotter and so a set may take as short as 1 minute and 30 seconds. Once it's set and bouncing back, it's ready.
  • If baking in an oven, bake the doughnuts for 10 minutes or until cooked through and brown. It should be set and bounce back slightly when you touch it.
  • Remove the doughnuts to cool to a wire rack.


  • Add the ingredients for the glaze together.
  • In a small pan, boil the ingredients for about 30 seconds and remove. It will be hot. Pour into a small bowl and allow to cool for about a minute. Dip the doughnuts into the glaze, swirl a bit so it stays on top, then place back on the wire rack. The glaze will set right away.
Store in an air-tight container to keep them soft.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Yuuum. I always completely under utilize gingerbread, but these look sooo good! Pinned 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Rachel! The amount of gingerbread recipes I have planned I think I’m on a binge :D!

  2. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs says:

    Christmas is also my favorite time of the year! I love it so much! And I adore glazed donuts as well. Oh, and gingerbread! These little guys are perfect 😉

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you Consuelo! Also glad we share the same sentiments on Christmas time, it’s just perfect! 🙂

  3. I think I could eat a dozen of these in one sitting–they look so good! And you’re right, baked doughnuts can be hit or miss so it’s a good thing when they actually taste like real doughnuts!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Kiersten! I gave most of them away to my friends and family so I wouldn’t end up eating them in one sitting myself :D.

  4. Ruth-Ann says:

    I’m behind the times… just getting into donut making this year. These donuts look & sound delish. Today I tried another recipe from elsewhere but didn’t get the gingerbread taste so I went searching for a better one and came across yours. I look forward to trying it since there’s more ginger and molasses so hopefully the taste comes through.

    Question – I have regular sized donut pans; will the recipe make two pans (12)? Preheat and bake at 375 as stated in recipe for the mini pan?

    Another question – The glaze sounds yummy too. Does it allow time to add sprinkles (or the mini gingerbread quins at the bulk store)?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Ruth-Ann,

      I am behind too ha! The recipe should make about 11 donuts, maybe you could stretch it to 12. They would take longer to bake so you would just have to watch them for doneness – when they spring back. Re the glaze, if you add the sprinkles immediately after topping or the quins they would stick – the glaze hardens quickly since the donuts are hot.

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