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Halloween Gingerbread Doughnut Recipe

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What better way to welcome fall than with a delicious gingerbread doughnut recipe?

I feel like pumpkin recipes get all the attention around this time of year. It’s time to show gingerbread a little love, as well. This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own.

Gingerbread donuts with Halloween sprinkles on a white serving platter with fall decor on the table

Gingerbread Doughnut Recipe with Dark Chocolate Glaze

There are so many ways to enjoy this doughnut recipe, but the addition of Halloween sprinkles has to be the most fun.

Let the kids get involved by decorating their own. Depending on the sprinkles used, these doughnuts can look spooky, or gorgeous. It’s all up to your preference.

Curious — do you spell it donuts or doughnuts?

rows for donuts decorated for Halloween

This recipe is adapted from The Comfort of Cooking

egg and applesauce
more ingredients for donuts

Donut Ingredients:

(Exact measurements are in the recipe card below)

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Baking soda
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground cloves
  • Buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Molasses
  • Egg
  • Pure vanilla extract
melted butter, pastry brush, and empty donut pan
plain donuts in a basket

Donut Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a standard size 6-cup donut pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, combine buttermilk, oil, molasses, egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Do not over-mix or your donuts could be tough. Batter should be lumpy.
  5. Spoon batter equally into the 6 donut pan cups.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean.
  7. Allow donuts to cool completely then dip in dark chocolate glaze and finish with an assortment of Halloween sprinkles.
Gingerbread donuts in rows next to milk and fall decor on table

Dark Chocolate Glaze Ingredients:

Dark Chocolate Glaze recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

  • Bittersweet chocolate (61 percent to 70 percent cacao), finely chopped
  • Unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • Whole milk
  • Light corn syrup
Doughnuts with candy corn and milk on table
Halloween sprinkles on donut

Directions:

Melt chocolate and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until smooth.

Remove from heat, and stir in milk and corn syrup. Use immediately.

Yield: 6 donuts

Gingerbread Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Gingerbread Doughnut Recipe with Dark Chocolate Glaze and Halloween Sprinkles

Delicious gingerbread donuts with a dark chocolate glaze. Add Halloween sprinkles or decorate to fit the season.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • For the Glaze:
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (61 percent to 70 percent cacao), finely chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a standard size 6-cup donut pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl, combine buttermilk, oil, molasses, egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Do not over-mix or your donuts could be tough. Batter should be lumpy.
  5. Spoon batter equally into the 6 donut pan cups.
  6. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean.
  7. For the glaze, melt chocolate and butter in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in milk and corn syrup. Use immediately.
  8. Allow donuts to cool completely then dip in dark chocolate glaze and finish with an assortment of Halloween sprinkles.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 256mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 15gProtein: 7g

Nutrition facts are an estimate only.

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Gingerbread Doughnut Recipe with Dark Chocolate Glaze and Halloween Sprinkles
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