golden brown gingerbread donuts glazed with a white lemon glaze and sprinkled with red and green sprinkles
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Gingerbread Doughnuts

A spicy sweet donut that is great on a crisp autumn day. Wonderful with coffee, tea, or a glass of cold milk. If you prefer not to fry you can bake the donuts at 350F for 20 minutes.
Course Breakfast Bread
Cuisine Amercian Heritage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 -24 depending on size
Calories 238kcal
Author Marye


Gingerbread Donuts

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar , firmly packed
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • Pinch nutmeg , freshly grated
  • 2 1/2 cups flour , you may need a little more

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest


Gingerbread Donuts

  • Combine all the donut ingredients except flour and stir well.
  • Add just enough flour to make a soft dough, it should leave the sides of the bowl and be JUST firm enough to shape.
  • Roll out lightly on a floured counter (well floured, this is sticky dough) and cut with a doughnut cutter.
  • Fry in deep, hot oil (360F) turning once.
  • Drain on paper towel or brown paper bags.
  • Repeat with all of the dough, and then fry the doughnut holes.

Lemon Glaze

  • Mix all of the glaze ingredients together until smooth.
  • Glaze doughnuts while warm.


You will probably do best with frying them 3-4 at a time, depending on the size of your fryer. The doughnuts will be dark brown because of the molasses. You may also bake them at 350F for 20 minutes if you like.


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 331mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2.1mg