Gingerbread Doughnut Muffins Recipe

Gingerbread Doughnut Muffins Recipe

How To Make Gingerbread Doughnut Muffins

Celebrate Christmas morning with these gingerbread muffins that have a distinctly spiced flavor with a powdered sugar glaze on top for sweetness.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • 3cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2tspbaking powder
  • ¼tspbaking soda
  • ¾tspsalt
  • 1tbspground ginger
  • tspground cinnamon
  • ½tspground nutmeg
  • ¾cuppacked light-brown sugar
  • 6tbspunsalted butter,softened
  • ¼cupvegetable oil,divided
  • 1tsporange zest
  • 2tbspunsweetened applesauce
  • 2eggs,large
  • 1tspvanilla extract
  • ¼cupmolasses,+ 2 tbsp
  • cupsmilk

For Glaze:

  • 2cupspowdered sugar
  • tbspfresh orange juice,or milk
  • ¼tspvanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and butter a 12-hole muffin tin. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip brown sugar with butter, 1 Tbsp vegetable oil and the orange zest on medium-high speed until mixture becomes pale and fluffy.

  3. Blend in the remaining 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and the applesauce. Add in eggs one at a time and mix just until combined after each addition while adding in vanilla with the second egg. Stir in molasses.

  4. Fold in 1/3 of the flour mixture in 3 additions alternating with 1/2 of the milk in 2 additions between. Fold just until combined after additions

  5. Divide batter among 12 prepared muffin cups, filling each well nearly full. Bake in preheated oven 8 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F and continue to bake 8 – 11 minutes longer.

  6. Remove from oven and run a knife around muffins to remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool slightly.

  7. When muffins are slightly warm, dip into glaze or spread over tops, then return to cooling rack and allow glaze to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container.

  8. FOR THE GLAZE: In a mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla and enough orange juice to make a smooth glaze.


  • Calories: 389.72kcal
  • Fat: 12.31g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.74g
  • Trans Fat: 0.27g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.36g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.34g
  • Carbohydrates: 65.47g
  • Fiber: 1.15g
  • Sugar: 40.25g
  • Protein: 5.10g
  • Cholesterol: 44.47mg
  • Sodium: 261.74mg
  • Calcium: 126.51mg
  • Potassium: 219.49mg
  • Iron: 2.25mg
  • Vitamin A: 72.30µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.04mg
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