Eggnog Donuts (Baked)

Eggnog and donuts all in one easy baked treat! This Baked Donuts Recipe is a must-try for all your holiday festivities.

Everyone loves donuts, right? But you know what everyone does NOT like? Frying donuts at home.

Not only do you have the mess (and potential danger) of very hot splashing oil to deal with, you can also wind up with greasy donuts on your hands if you’re not careful. That’s why I love a good Baked Donut Recipe.

This eggnog version of a classic baked donut has become my go-to for holiday breakfasts. Make a dozen of these for the family to nosh on while opening presents and sipping coffee!

So tasty, so easy and so festive!

Eggnog Donuts

If you love a sip of cold eggnog this time of year, you’re going to love these eggnog inspired donuts. With eggnog baked into the dough and more eggnog in the icing, the donuts are enhanced with some rum flavoring and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

I admit to getting a little eggnog crazy this year. First, it’s Eggnog Fudge and Eggnog Cupcakes. Next thing you know, it’s eggnog for breakfast –in donut form, of course.

Even if you’re not as big of a fan of eggnog as I am, I recommend you give these a shot! They have the perfect amount of seasonal flavor but at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you have a homemade baked donut to enjoy.

Baked Eggnog Donuts are fluffy on the inside with a thin sugary glaze that’s out of this world. If I could get eggnog year round, I’d probably even make these in the middle of summer; that’s how good they are.

When Eggnog are on the breakfast menu, everyone’s day is merrier!

How to Make Baked Donuts

The batter for these donuts is similar to a basic cake batter, with baking powder and baking soda to leaven. Applesauce and eggnog add moisture, texture and flavor.

To bake the donuts in the oven, you need a donut pan. They aren’t expensive and the investment is well worth it, even if you only make donuts a few times a year. The donut pan ensures all your donuts come out perfectly round and evenly shaped!

To fill the donut pan:

Pour your prepared donut batter in large ziploc bag. Snip the corner (a big snip) and squeeze batter into the greased and floured donut pan evenly.

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, until donut springs back when lightly pressed.

Remove from pan immediately and allow to cool. While the donuts are cooling, make the glaze.

Eggnog Donut Glaze

To make this finishing touch for your baked donuts: Beat powdered sugar with eggnog and rum flavoring for about 2-3 minutes. Dip the tops of each donut into the glaze then immediately sprinkle with nutmeg!

Let the donuts rest for at 15 minutes to allow the glaze to set. Serve with coffee or your favorite morning beverage!

Tips & Tricks

  • Be modest with the nutmeg. It’s easy to overwhelm the flavor of the donuts by adding too much. I used just a pinch of nutmeg total to cover the entire batch of donuts.
  • Don’t forget to grease your pan! I use a thin layer or oil or cooking spray and a light dusting of flour to keep the batter from sticking.
  • Storing baked donuts: These donuts taste their best served within 1 day of baking. You can also store them in the freezer if you don’t eat them all right away. They’ll keep well this way for a couple of months.
  • Eggnog donut muffins: If you don’t have a donut pan, you can make these as mini muffins in a muffin pan. Just reduce the baking time by a couple of minute. Perfect to bring to an early meeting on a chilly winter morning!

These donuts taste just as good as the fried version and they’re world’s easier. No waiting for dough to rise or oil to heat up and clean up couldn’t be easier. My whole family loves Eggnog Donuts!

Like eggnog? LOVE donuts? Then hold everything and go make this easy baked donut recipe! Your Christmas breakfast just got even more delicious.

Baked Eggnog Donuts: perfect for Christmas morning breakfast
Baked Eggnog Donuts: perfect for Christmas morning breakfast

Eggnog Donuts

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup eggnog
  • 1/4 cup applesauce


  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp eggnog
  • 1 tsp rum flavoring
  • pinch of nutmeg


  1. In a large mixing bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Beat in egg, applesauce and eggnog.
  2. Grease and flour donut pan. Pour batter in large ziploc. Snip the corner (big snip) and squeeze batter into the donut pan evenly. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, until donut springs back when lightly pressed.
  3. Remove from pan immediately and allow to cool.
  4. To make glaze, beat powdered sugar with eggnog and rum flavoring for about 2-3 minutes. Dip tops of each donut into glaze. Immediately sprinkle with a TINY pinch of nutmeg. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 donut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 412Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 714mgCarbohydrates: 90gFiber: 1gSugar: 57gProtein: 7g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on November 17, 2011

Comments & Reviews

  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful receipes. Want to make this donuts tomorrow (need to get some stuff first). My question is, I don’t have a donut pan,is there any way to make donuts with out the pan somehow and use something else? Thank you for any info.

  2. I found these through Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. Thanks so much for creating this recipe! It’ll definitely be a winter time favorite from now on! I’ve made them as written and they also come out wonderfully as whole grain donuts (which I just posted about). Oh and that donut with strawberry icing up at the top looks insanely amazing. I’m definitely craving a strawberry glazed donut now and I just finished making more eggnog donuts. Hmm… you seem to be some kind of evil donut genius. Thanks again. 🙂

  3. Who’d thought of Eggnog Donuts; you did! Saved this one too.

    Thanks again,

    Sharon Anne @ sharealikecooking.blogspot.com

  4. Definitely gotta try this one!! Thanks! I also featured this on my blog: http://vixenmade.blogspot.com/2011/12/festive-eggnog-recipe-roundup.html

  5. Oh heck, yeah! Definitely featuring your post on my Facebook page today!

    Thank you for being a part of making last week’s “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17 so rich in creativity and inspiration! Today’s party is in full swing, so please feel welcome to drop by and share your talent.


    P.S. I’m following you on Twitter!

  6. Hi! Came over from Sumo Sweet Stuff…This looks really yummy. Would love for you to come over and share at my Tasty Tuesday Party going on now!

  7. Honest to goodness, woman!
    YESTERDAY I was walking through the grocery store thinking how I needed to make some doughnuts for the kids and eggnog goodies for us 😉

    LOL Kindred Spirits, indeed!

  8. oh dear…I love ALL THINGS EGGNOG! and who doesn’t love a BAKED donut?? AWESOME..can’t WAIT to make these! (and ps-Christmas china is NEVER wrong! 🙂

  9. Crave worthy! I love eggnog and any eggnog flavored treat is a winner in my book. I would love to give these a try sometime. Great recipe.

  10. I really need to make donuts! Maybe tomorrow morning I’ll whip up a batch. I’m not the biggest Egg Nog fan, but my Husband and Step-daughter are, so I shall make your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I’m the same way when I’ve baked something spectacular…it moves to front and center in the blog queue! And I can see why you posted these donuts immediately…I’m craving them something fierce now!!!

  12. my husband is an eggnod freak I should totally make these for him I’d love it if you add this to my link party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

  13. I should have known you were an eggnog fan…I mean we are about hitched at the hip:-) Eggnog is one of my top favorite things about the Christmas season! And in a donut, yummo!!!! I am the same way…I make things and then post them like a week or two…sometimes three weeks later!!! Your excitement for Christmas is getting me ready to unpack all my decorations!!!

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