Chocolate Gingerbread Baked Doughnuts
Ready for some Christmas holiday baking? Add these Chocolate Gingerbread Baked Doughnuts to your list, complete with gingerbread men sprinkles.
It finally feels like Christmas in my apartment. The tree is up (full of cupcake ornaments – see pictures from last year), Christmas mugs are filled with hot chocolate, and my Pandora Christmas channel is playing in the background. Outside, neighbors decorated their balconies with lights galore while storefronts are filled with red and green. This is also the time of year where my gingerbread craving kicks in, which started with gingerbread s’mores cookie bars. Now I bring you Chocolate Gingerbread Doughnuts. Baked doughnuts are the easiest to make, yet I don’t make them often enough. After a few tries, I finally developed a recipe that tastes like Christmas. Plus they are the perfect excuse to break out the gingerbread men sprinkles after you frost them with a chocolate ganache glaze.
Why don’t I use sprinkles more often when I’m baking? That was the first thought I had once I finished frosting the doughnuts. I should really be more spontaneous with sprinkles. Also, is it doughnuts or donuts? I spell it doughnuts for the blog but spell it donuts in conversation. Does that make me a doughnut/donut hypocrite? Why can’t we all get along with the spelling? I’m going to eat another doughnut while I figure that one out.
If you don’t have a doughnut pan yet, then you need to ask Santa for one! I got mine last year for Christmas and have been using it more than frying doughnuts. If you don’t have a pan and still want to make these chocolate gingerbread doughnuts, bake the batter in a muffin pan. Now you have doughnut muffins (Duffins? Muffnuts?)
Baked gingerbread doughnuts are best eaten the day they are made (almost all doughnuts are that way), which is no problem because they take only 10 minutes to bake, another 15 minutes to cool, then they are ready to frost. You can easily have them ready to go in an hour. However, if you do want them for the next day, make sure you store them in airtight container as soon as they are completely cooled so they don’t dry out from sitting on the counter for several hours (oops). The chocolate frosting does help keep them moist as well.
Equipment You May Need:
Chocolate Gingerbread Baked Doughnuts
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons or 2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar*
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
- 1/4 cup full-flavor molasses (not blackstrap)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- Sprinkles, to decorate
- Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease two doughnut pans**.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the egg then beat in the sour cream, molasses, and vanilla. Gradually beat in the flour mixture.
- Fill a piping bag fitted with a round tip*** then pipe the batter into the pan. You'll want to fill each cavity about halfway since the doughnuts will rise. Bake 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes then remove from the pan to finish cooling.
- Once completely cool, in a small saucepan, warm up the heavy cream just before boiling. Add the chocolate chips to a small bowl and pour the cream over top. Wait 1 minute then stir together until completely smooth. Dip each doughnut into the glaze then top with sprinkles. Doughnuts are best eaten the same day they are made. Store in an airtight container.
I like to use dark brown sugar as it contains more molasses than light brown sugar. However, you can equally substitute light brown sugar.
*If you only have one doughnut pan, bake the first six doughnuts, remove them from the pan as directed, then cool the pan in the refrigerator for 5 minutes before reusing. If you don't have a doughnut pan, you can bake them in a muffin pan.
***The piping bag makes it much easier to fill the pan. However, you can either use a freezer bag with a corner cut off or very carefully spoon the batter into the pan.
Source: Adapted from my vanilla bean doughnuts
More Christmas Recipes To Make
Baked Vanilla Bean Doughnuts
Carrot Cake Baked Doughnuts
Gingerbread S’mores Cookie Bars
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I loooove gingerbread spiced and any baked goods made with them. I also appreciate that your recipe doesn’t seem super sweet either. I’m seriously drooling over here!
Gingerbread doughnuts & chocolate——wow. Be still my heart. Sounds decadently wonderful even if they are baked.
These gingerbread donuts have definitely been added to my Christmas baking list.. they look festive, delicious and surprisingly healthy (in comparison to a usual deep fried donut) too!
Carla, this is super creative! Now I can picture myself having these for breakfast. Yum!
ahhhhhh Christmas time!!! These are the most festive doughnuts I’ve ever seen!
Mmmm chocolate+gingerbread is the choc+pb for the winter. Love it!
any substitute for sour cream? yoghurt?
Yes, you can use Greek yogurt. Make sure it’s plain and not vanilla by accident.
I tried your recipe right after reading it and it turned out delicious. However, there is one thing that I want to be sure about before I try it next time that what brand and how many drops of vanilla essence do you use? I am a bit suspicious about the one that I use because I don’t want to ruin the recipe when I try it on Christmas.
The amount is listed in the recipe (1 teaspoon) and the brand I use is from ALDI or Walmart usually. However, you can also use McCormick and Nielsen Massey for brand names. Whatever you use, make sure it says “real vanilla extract” and not “imitation vanilla”. I’m guessing that may be your issue if it tastes off.
Another possibility is vanilla extract and vanilla essence are two different ingredients here in the US. Based on your IP, you’re outside of the US so you may want to look into that as well.