Baked Gingerbread Mini Donuts

Baked Gingerbread Mini DonutsPinitHellooo mini donuts.

Hellooo gingerbread scents.

Hellooo Justin Beiber Christmas album.  What?

Baked Gingerbread Mini Donuts

Remember when I told you that this frosting was my life?  I wasn’t lying.   And good news!  I’ve made it acceptable to eat it for breakfast.  A soft, warm, spicy donut with smooth frosting?  That’s a whole lot of pre-holiday cheer.

And the good news doesn’t stop there.  Today there’s a giveaway for a mini-donut pan on Pinch of Yum’s Facebook page!

Because seriously, this is the best possible thing you could whip up in 15 minutes (no, seriously) for your holiday company, and you need a mini-donut pan to do it.

Don’t have holiday company?  Me either.  And I’m just sayin, I’ve never had a problem with too many leftover mini-donuts.

Baked Gingerbread Mini Donuts

4.7 from 22 reviews
Baked Gingerbread Mini Donuts
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Serves: 12
For the donuts
  • 1 cup flour (I used white whole wheat)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • pinch of allspice
  • pinch of cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
For the glaze
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  1. For the donuts, preheat oven to 350. Mix all dry ingredients.
  2. Stir in moist ingredients. Pour batter into a gallon-sized plastic bag and cut the corner off. Pipe the batter into a greased mini-donut pan, filling each donut space about ½ full (for me, this was about 22 mini donuts). Bake for about 7-8 minutes. Remove from oven and take each donut out of the pan.
  3. For the glaze, melt 2 tablespoons butter with ¼ cup brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for about 2 minutes. Add maple syrup and 1 tablespoon milk and bring back to a boil. Add powdered sugar, using the last tablespoon of milk to help thin out the frosting if needed. Keep over low heat (otherwise it will start to crystallize) and dunk each mini donut into the frosting. Frosting should set almost immediately.

Nutrition Facts for Baked Gingerbread Mini Donuts

PS.  In case you wanted to know, the nutrition information is for 2 donuts.  And in case you didn’t want to know, the nutrition information is for, um, 8 donuts.

PPS.  I just had an incredible vision: early morning Black Friday insanity shopping, hearing the sweet sounds of Bieber Christmas at the mall, followed by pajamas and a heaping plate of at least 8 warm baked gingerbread mini donuts.

Wait – even better vision: shopping online in my pajamas, listening to my Bieber Christmas Pandora station, while eating at least 10 mini donuts and simultaneously donating to my favorite cause in the world.  That’s for real, friendz!  Check it out.

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  1. My goodness those look good! Might have to be breakfast tomorrow. :)

  2. This post has made me realise that I need to buy a donut pan right this very second. And, um, that I might need to download the Bieber Christmas album.

  3. You had me at gingerbread. And combined with donuts, wow… I really need a donut pan. As in: NOW!

  4. These look Delicious! Yes, with a capital D. I think I need a mini-donut man.

  5. Actually, what I meant was mini-donut PAN, although, I guess a mini-donut “man” could be fun too. . . .

  6. Those are beyond precious! I’d been thinking about getting a mini-donut pan but talked myself out of it since I already have a regular one. But, your donuts are rrrrreally convicing me otherwise.

  7. yum! i make a mini gingerbread muffin similar to this. can’t wait to try the donut form!

  8. Iiiii am in love with these little guys. They’re too stinkin’ cute. They’ll be even cuter as I’m eating them! Nom.

  9. These look so good. I’ve been holding out on the donut pan phenomenon, but I might have to give in for these.

  10. Mmmm, these look amazing. How do you get the nutritional information for all your recipes?

  11. i need a donut pan! these look great. :)

  12. Ok, I must get the Bieber Christmas cd, pronto!!! These look amazing!

  13. OMG! Totally can’t wait to buy the Beibs’ Christmas album! And, are you kidding me?! These look DIVINE!

  14. Blog is the New Black says:

    OMG! TOTALLY making these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. I keep thinking that I really NEED a donut pan!! Going to enter!

  16. Someone at work told me that the Bieber CD was actually good. I didn’t like how they could openly lie to me like that. Haha.. maybe bring it along with some of these donuts at Christmas and we can test them both out…

  17. Oh boy… these look so good! and they are baked! I’m totally making these.

  18. Carole Resnick says:


  19. Gorgeous! I just love the holidays!

  20. These look amazing! I’ve been making regular donuts but haven’t made mini donuts yet. Just got my full size donut pan and am loving it.

    Your recipe looks awesome!

  21. OMG. this looks amazing. props. :)

  22. These look DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to try them! Do you think a donut pan is absolutely necessary or could you potentially free hand them?

    • It MIGHT work to free-hand them, if you had your hands really floured well or if you piped the donuts onto a cookie sheet? The batter is pretty thick, but it’s not like bread dough. I know there are lots of yeasted donut recipes around that are ideal for freehanding!

  23. Love the mini doughnuts! So fun!

  24. Soo @ Little Miss Fitness says:

    Lindsay, can we hang out?! I’m coming to MN for Thanksgiving and you’re hilarious and so fun! We can make these donuts and listen to Justin. He’s the best and so are you!

  25. Emily @ A Cambridge Story says:

    Are these not perfect or what? So adorable!

  26. These look fantastic Lindsay!!! I am drooling on my keyboard – what perfect pictures…100% drool-worthy and definitely making me crave those mini gingerbread donuts! Plus the mini size makes them a must in my book since I feel like I could eat 3 or 4 instead of 1 :)

  27. Just made these for breakfast. OMG soooooooooooooo good. I don’t have a mini donut pan but I do have a regular sized donut pan so it made six BIG donuts with just enough glaze for all of them. Mmmmm. These are being made on Thanksgiving too. Yummmy!

  28. I love these little donuts! I need to make these this morning! I also like that you included the calories on them!

  29. These look so yummy! I love gingerbread. I have been thinking about getting a mini cupcake pan for a while, but this just might be the thing to push me over the edge!

  30. This has solidified that I need to buy a donut pan-like TODAY! These look incredible! And what a fun treat for the morning after Thanksgiving (to fuel us for shopping :))!

  31. Oh boy. These donuts went to the top of my make-for-breakfast list! Your pictures are absolutely amazing. I’ll be back to report how my donuts turned out. :)

  32. OH MY!!! These are incredible!

  33. These looks so good, I want to eat a whole plate of them!! Maybe with a tall glass of egg nog!

  34. Hi. Just found your site and love it! Is there any substitution for applesauce in your Baked Gingerbread Mini Donuts? I don’t like the taste of it but the recipe looks wonderful.


  35. WOWEEE! This look amazing! I can’t wait to get a mini donut pan and try them. On a side note, reading through the comments…the one about getting a “mini donut man” made me giggle out loud! let me know if anyone knows where I can get one of those 😉
    thanks for again for the recipe!

  36. Blog is the New Black says:

    Just made these! YUM!

  37. quite excited to come across your blog tonight via pinterest. one of my friends pinned these delish donuts and I cannot wait to make them for friends and family on Thanksgiving!! also, really looking forward to keeping up with your blog! looks seriously yummy:)

  38. These are amazing!!! I baked a double batch and baked half as mini donuts and half in a mini scone pan. They turned out great in the scone pan, too! I will definitely be making these again. Thanks for the great recipe!

  39. PS: your math is WAY off and the nutrition information is for the entire batch. Truuuuust me, I’m a math wiz. I intend on making these and eating the entire batch.

  40. Made these today. Delicious! I love the wheat flour with it.

  41. I just bought a mini donut pan for these!

    Yes, they look that good. And it was time to finally invest in one. I’d much rather bake donuts than deep fry them.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Agreed! I’d say that was a worthwhile investment (they’re not that expensive, which is nice, too). Hope you like them! :)

  42. Hi! You made these donuts on my birthday this year! What a coincidence!

    Also, I made your donuts this weekend:

  43. I made these and wrote about them here.

    5 star recipe all the way!!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  44. Kelly Suddeth says:

    Getting ready to make a triple batch of these to take for relatives over Christmas–am wondering if you’ve ever tried baking them and them freezing for a couple days? If so how did they turn out? Obviously I won’t frost them before freezing! Thanks!

    • No, I haven’t made them and frozen them, but I wonder if you could refrigerate the dough and then just bake them the day of? If not, I’m sure they’d still be delicious after freezing. :) Just reheat in the oven and frost.. can’t go wrong with that frosting! :)

  45. So, I made these today for Christmas morning (tomorrow) and they are awesome but mine only made 12 (barely). Did I miss something? And yep, I double checked to make sure I was using the mini donut pan. LOL!

    • When I make these, I hardly fill each donut hole with any batter – like about 1-2 tablespoons, otherwise they overflow for me. The only other thing I can think of would be that when I made them, maybe I doubled my recipe and forgot to change the amounts? I’m glad you liked them and thanks for letting me know about that – I guess I’ll just have to make them again to double check that the amounts are accurate! :) Merry Christmas!

      • Hmmm, well let me know. I think I used about 2 Tbls for each and they were the perfect size with no overflow. I have no problem doubling that recipe. I can tell you that there weren’t any leftovers with the first batch!

  46. What kind of pan do you use/recommend? I saw a mention of the Norpro, but on Amazon, some reviewers said it had problems with the donuts sticking. Any recommendations? Also, do you have a regular size donut pan also?

    • I use a norpro mini and they don’t stick for me, as long as I spray it with nonstick spray! I don’t have a full size pan… But I sure wouldn’t be opposed to getting one! :)

  47. I just realized that I never left feedback and I hate it when people do that so here I am a little late! Sorry. These were fantastic! I used normal whole wheat and they were just perfect. I can’t get over those pictures… they’re just amazing. :)

    Thank you so much for the recipe!

  48. I’m 61 and I say that Justin Beiber Xmas album rocks! Over the Xmas season it was nearly the only one I listened to. All my friends thought I was joking when I insisted they buy it and buy it now. Oh, and the donuts look amazing!

  49. I love this recipe, I know it’s not Christmas but i’m in the mood of baking this, So here I am mixing all the ingredients while cheking out your blog. I’m afraid that I still need to buy a donut pan but i’ll try my best!!
    and i love that you put nutrition information on your recipes, it’s quite useful .(future dietitian here haha) :)

  50. These look wonderful. I cant wait to try this recipe.

  51. I thought I was doing good to find a regular size donut pan (xlnt condition) at a thrift shop. Now the challenge is on – to find a MINI donut pan at a thrift shop! Yeah – I could probably just go get one or find one on line, but what kind of a fun challenge is that? :-) I’m going to go ahead and try it in the regular pan, though. I’m always up for a challenge. They don’t call my kitchen the Culinary Experiment Station for nothing!

  52. Even though the “gingerbread season” has definately passed by now, I’ve had these on my to-make list for a while, and I was reallly wanting to make them today. So, I did. :) They were approved by many! Thank you so much for the recipe! & I loved how the frosting set pretty much immediately. I liked the look a lot better than some frosting recipes I’ve used. Thanks again!

  53. Just found your blog on pinterest…these look so fabulous…YUM!

  54. Sommer Buller says:

    I made these into large muffins and they were incredible! I doubled the recipe for 12 large muffins and doubled the cook time. You don’t need to double the icing recipe since there was plenty. My whole family’s mouth was watering. This was an awesome Sunday breakfast!

  55. Shelli Quenga says:

    These are absolutely delicious! And, they were very easy to make.

  56. These look fabulous. Can you just please confirm that the maple syrup is for the batter, not for the glaze? Thank you!

  57. CrystalKay says:


    I would like to make these as gifts for the holiday, but my experience with doughnuts and frosting/glazes in ziplock bags has been kinda awful. The sprinkles usually bleed off into the icing, which melts and turns the doughnut all squishy. (And the bag just rested at room temperature!) Do you have a recommended way to packages these as gifts while keeping them as fresh as possible?

    • The glaze on these actually hardens really well and lasts a lot longer than traditional powdered sugar and milk glazes. I would let the frosting set and then just keep them in the fridge to make sure the glaze doesn’t melt off and then just gift them right away – within the first day or two. Also, with these, I would skip the sprinkles to avoid a melty mess or choose non-colored sprinkles.

      • I added pecans to the glaze and froze them. They kept forever. I wrapped them in foil and then put them in a freezer bag. The glaze hardened the pecans right onto the donuts. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can put them in tins with wax paper in between layers. THEN put the tin in a styro-foam container with dry ice and bubble wrap. Works perfectly. Ever seen or received a package of Omaha Steaks? Yea…it’s like that. 😀

      • oops sorry, my reply was suppose to be for CrystalKay…I hit the wrong reply button. :) I know it’s a year later, but I thought others might want to know this year too. :) Dry ice works great for shipping

  58. Claralou Thoson says:

    Yum! Yum!

  59. Michelle says:

    Is the nutritional information for ONE donut? :((

  60. I just made like 3 dozen of these beauties. They are amazing. Only thing I didn’t have a donut pan( on the shopping list) so I used a mini muffin pan. Yumo, the frosting is delicious. Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

  61. Amanda B. says:

    These look absolutely amazing! I’m begging for Fall right now and this is screaming Fall for me!

    Just one question, I’m allergic to Maple Syrup. Is there anything that you would suggest to use in replace of that?


  62. Made these tonight. FABulous recipe! Easy! Delicous! They came out absolutely perfect. Thank you!

  63. Hi, I’m excited to try these – just wondering if an electric mini donut maker would do the same trick (before I saunter off to my parents attic pull out a Santa gift from yesteryear!) and also what sort of shelf life do these hold?

    I’d like to make them tomorrow night for a bake sale on Sunday – I could do Sunday morning but it would be a push…

    Dream Come True

  64. Someone just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook also a blog. I just “Liked” his Facebook page and came to your site. It’s terrific. I love when people share blogs with each other. Denise

  65. Anna Hoffman says:

    I don’t have a mini donut pan. I wonder if. It would work in my mini muffin pan?

  66. Good morning Lindsay! I made your recipe this morning. Like many others I did not have a mini-donut pan. SO, I improvised & used my Nordicware Petit Four pan. They turned out lovely! Not sure how to post a picture for you so…there ya’ go. A double recipe yielded 34 petit-four…however, some had rather raised bottoms so I think had I been more precise with scooping the batter I would certainly had 36 & possibly even 40. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a wonderful fall weekend!

  67. would you consider editing this recipe into two sections. 1. ingredients for donut recipe and 2. ingredients for glaze? I have yet to know where the maple syrup goes as it’s never mentioned in the instructions. Also you say to mix all dry ingredients, and powdered sugar is a dry ingredient. Most will know that the powdered sugar is for the glaze but some will not. Can you separate them please? Thanks

  68. These were great! When are you supposed to add the maple syrup?

  69. These look soooooo good. I’m about to make them today, but I don’t know when to add the syrup. It is under the glaze ingredients, but the instructions don’t mention the syrup anywhere. I’m hoping that you might get a chance to clarify this for me before I start baking! Thanks, Lila

  70. I love your blog. I made these gingerbread doughnuts a while back and I loved them, and they were so quick! So today for national doughnut day I adapted the recipe some to help me with my s’mores doughnuts. thanks!

  71. good flavor, too dry.

  72. Thanks for posting, made today.

  73. Nice flavor. Tender and moist, even with much of the fat replaced with applesauce. I didn’t think about it until I was actually making them but the glaze is really a caramel sauce. It definitely only needs 1 Tbs of milk otherwise is too thin. Would be fine with just one Tbs of maple syrup as well. The flavor would still be there without thinning the caramel further. Will definitely make again. Easy as a quick bread or muffins and the family was thrilled with the special treat!

  74. Made these this morning for Christmas and they are amazing!!!! I think only one tbsp of milk is necessary too or otherwise glaze is too thin

  75. These look amazing! Although I only have a large baking pan and I’m notorious for screwing these things up. What do you think the baking time difference would be? Thanks!

  76. I just made theses and they are delicious! I substituted 3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour and added 2 TB of milk. Icing was the perfect touch!

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