Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

IMG_6198FA LA LA LA LA….. LA LA LA LA….Happy eve of Christmas! What better way to celebrate the holidays than with the sweet and spicy flavor of ginger…in donut form! There is nothing better.

This donut is ideal for Christmas morning(or any other morning)..Warm and sweet, bright and tangy….The perfect balance to make everyone happy! It's really fast and easy, so you can make a batch while the coffee is brewing, or you can even make them tonight and maybe leave a donut out for santa. Have guests over for the holidays…Dazzle them with a homemade donut. Hanging out at home by yourself…make some donuts…..traveling….well you are kind of screwed at the moment… but think about making donuts when you get where  your going. 

It all started a few Christmases back when the mister gifted me with a wonderful addition to my kitchen bakeware….a donut pan…. and it was a game changer. If you do not have a donut pan I suggest that you immediately go buy one.. No joke, it's so worth it. The pan elevates a simple cake recipe to something more… A round of frosted soft cakeness. Circles with holes…..happiness. Hopefully you already have a donut pan, but if not, I trust you will soon.(you can still make this recipe without the pan, just bake it in a 9x9 pan. Yes, it will still taste amazing, but it's that much better as a donut!)

IMG_6100 I am really excited to finally share a donut recipe with you all. I haven't made a batch yet that hasn't won a round of applause or at least a super double thumbs up. If you haven't made donuts yet, bookmark this recipe and make it  priority for your next baking adventure

.What I started with….flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt whisked together. A little bowl of fresh ginger, powdered ginger and cinnamon.  Molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and egg, melted butter and milk. Not a bad line up

IMG_6107The spiced mixed in to the dry….I used fresh and powered ginger but if you don't have any fresh.. just add more powdered…but fresh adds that extra bit of gingery spiciness.

IMG_6111       IMG_6114                                            The wet ingredients all mix together. Molasses first, then the butter, vanilla, and the brown sugar, mix that then add the egg and the milk last.(avoid adding egg and melted butter together so it doesnt scramble)  Mix wet mixture with the dry until fully incorporated and smooth. 


A beautiful donut batter….Scoop small spoonfuls of batter into very well greased donut pan …smooth tops with a spoon or spatial....I may have added just a little too much batter the first round, , which is totally cool, it's just the donuts came our with a bit of a spare tire around the bottom…a little more to eat I say.IMG_6133Out of the oven and turned onto a cooling rack…This beauties smell so very nice.

IMG_6124      IMG_6130While the donuts are cooling, prepare the icing. Mix  1/4 cup of cream cheese with 1/2 cup of sifted powdered sugar. Half of a lemons worth of juice with a teaspoon of lemon zest and mix…  add a splash or two of milk to get the desired consistency(this is a cream cheese glaze, it won't harden like a sugar glaze)IMG_6151When the donuts are full cooled, dip into glaze….

Flip and let drip……and admire. I had to beat a few hands away while taking these pictures..I am telling you, people will do crazy things for a donut…..CRAZY THINGS…IMG_6156Just look at these. And for real, they really don't take much time. You could totally whip these up in less than 30 minutes.. just make sure to have someone else do all the dishes!!!


Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

Ingredients……Makes about 8

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon  powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoon melted butter

Lemon Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • half a lemon worth of lemon juice
  • a splash or two of milk

Instructions Preheat oven 350

Grease  donut pan In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, powdered and fresh ginger. In a small bow mix molasses, vanilla, brown sugar and melted butter. Stir and add milk and egg last.

Mix the wet with dry ingredients and until just combined. Scoop small amounts of batter to each donut mold… fill to about 2/3 full. and level out with a spoon if spatula. Stick in oven and bake for  10 minutes or until edges just start to turn golden brown and a cake test comes out clean.

While donuts are cooling, stir together cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and zest. Add small splashes of milk until you reach the desired consistency(not to runny, think dish soap) Dip baked side of donuts into glaze, flip and return to wire rack.

And then you open your mouth…..EAT DONUT……..EAT!!!