Bake up these gingerbread donuts for a special breakfast treat!  The tangy lemon yogurt glaze is a great compliment to all the ginger and warm spice, and the whole wheat adds a subtle nuttiness.

Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Yogurt Glaze | Baking a Moment

Did you guys see the post I contributed to KitchenAid earlier this week?  All those yummy cupcakes?

Do you know what really surprised me?  Out of all the varieties in that selection, the one my kids loved the most was the gingerbread!  I couldn’t believe it because my kids are so notoriously picky.  And my gingerbread has a lotta bold flavor going on.  ???

Mine is not to question why, I just know that when I land on something they actually like, I’d best be making more of it.

So I thought maybe they’d enjoy a leeeeetle bit of a healthier twist on that idea, for a special Christmas morning breakfast!

Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Yogurt Glaze | Baking a Moment

If you like a really pronounced, spicy gingerbread flavor, then you are going to luuuuuurve these baked donuts.  They utilize 2 kinds of ginger, fresh and crystallized.  Very gingery.  Plus there’s lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove to really give you those warm holiday fuzzies.

If you like a milder flavor, you can cut back a little on the fresh ginger, and omit the crystallized ginger altogether.  Or you could just replace the fresh ginger with ground.

I like to use whole nutmeg, which I just grate into my mixing bowl or whatever, using a microplane grater.  The flavor is amazing!  If you don’t keep whole nutmeg on hand, go a little heavier on the pre-ground stuff.  It’s much less potent so you can get away with adding a little more.

Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Yogurt Glaze

I’m topping my gingerbread with a drizzly lemon yogurt glaze.  The tangy lemon is a perfect foil to all the spice!  But if you’re looking to keep your breakfast on the healthier side, a light dusting of powdered sugar would be lovely too…

Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Yogurt Glaze | Baking a Moment

The addition of whole wheat flour works really well with these donuts.  I really think your family will enjoy the added texture and subtly nutty flavor.

Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Yogurt Glaze

The donuts can be made up to 2 days ahead, and stored at room temperature in an airtight container, or frozen up to 2 weeks ahead,.  The glaze can also be made ahead, but you’ll probably want to wait until a few hours before serving to drizzle it on.

Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Yogurt Glaze | Baking a Moment

PS- If you don’t already have a donut pan, you can purchase one here.  Or you can make these into muffins instead, but they will probably need a longer bake time.  😉

PPS- If you want to dress your gingerbread donuts up with sugar pearls, the way I did, you can purchase them here.  Just sprinkle them on while the glaze is still wet!

Do you make a special Christmas morning breakfast?  Or are you too busy fighting with wire packaging ties, searching for batteries, and picking up wrapping paper shreds off the carpet?

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Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Yogurt Glaze
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
14 mins
Total Time
39 mins
 

Bake up these gingerbread donuts for a special breakfast treat! The tangy lemon yogurt glaze is a great compliment to all the ginger and warm spice, and the whole wheat adds a subtle nuttiness.

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked gingerbread donuts, baked gingerbread donuts with lemon yogurt glaze, gingerbread donuts, gingerbread donuts with lemon glaze
Servings: 6
Calories: 309 kcal
Ingredients
For the Lemon Yogurt Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons greek yogurt (I used fat free)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest (zest of half a lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
For the Baked Gingerbread Donuts
Instructions
To Make the Lemon Yogurt Glaze
  1. Whisk all the glaze ingredients together until well incorporated.
To Make the Baked Gingerbread Donuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease a donut pan.

  3. Combine the first 8 ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  4. Combine the remaining ingredients in a smaller bowl.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix just until barely combined. (Do not overmix or the donuts could come out tough. The batter should be lumpy.)

  6. Pipe or spoon the batter equally into the 6 wells of the donut pan.
  7. Bake for 14 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Cool the donuts completely and top with Lemon Yogurt Glaze.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Lemon Yogurt Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 309 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 227mg10%
Potassium 230mg7%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 73IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.