Mini Gingerbread Donuts

Have you found the perfect holiday donut for Christmas breakfast? Enjoy these soft, sugary, mini semi-homemade gingerbread donuts, for the whole family! 

I’ve always said that if I ever own I bakery, I’ll give away mini cupcakes and donut holes free with a purchase. I mean…since when does miniature food not make you smile!

Mini gingerbread donuts are the perfect way to celebrate during the holiday season. Not only are they easy, but this recipe makes 60 miniature donuts. Perfect for sharing.

breakfast table with donuts and coffee

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • baked, not fried, so you save on calories
  • made with a versatile cake mix
  • soft and fluffy texture
  • bite size: they feed a crowd!
  • quick cinnamon ginger sugar topping

And if you love homemade donuts, try our pumpkin donuts!

donut with one bite out on a wire rack

What type of molasses is best for baking?

You’ll notice the recipe calls for molasses. Unsulphured molasses to be exact.

You can try other types of molasses. Unsulfured molasses are what is mostly used in baking because they preserve well and they are more mild in flavor than sulfured molasses. Also, light, medium, and dark molasses all have a different sweetness flavor. These donuts are already pretty sweet though, so don’t worry too much about adding extra sweetness with the lighter molasses.

cinnamon sugar donuts on a wire rack

How to Make Donuts with Cake Mix

You’ll need a mini donut pan to bake these in. A nonstick pan works beautifully!

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • To make donuts, whisk the cake mix, ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves together. Whisk until evenly combined.
  • Add to the dry ingredients the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and molasses. Mix until just incorporated.
  • Pour batter into a greased mini donut pan. This is difficult to do straight from the mixing bowl. I recommend spooning batter into a big zipper bag, sealing it closed, and cutting a small hole in the corner. Then you can squeeze the mixture more easily into the donut holes. Do not fill holes more than halfway, as these will rise a lot.
  • Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Whisk the sugar, cinnamon and ginger together, then dip the hot donuts in the sugar mixture. The sugar mixture will stick to the donuts better if your roll them when they are hot.

cinnamon sugar donut in a bowl

How do I store these donuts?

These donuts will store well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5-7 days. If you store them in the freezer in aluminum foil or a bag, they will last for up to three months.

plate full of mini gingerbread donuts
plate full of mini gingerbread donuts

Mini Gingerbread Donuts

5 from 1 vote
Have you found the perfect holiday donut for all those little kids? If not, look now further! Enjoy these soft, sugary, mini semi-homemade gingerbread donuts, for the whole family! 
Servings 60
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

For the donuts:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup molasses unsulfured

For the Sugar Coating:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • To make donuts, whisk the cake mix, ground ginger, cinnamon, and cloves together. Whisk until evenly combined.
  • Add to the dry ingredients the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and molasses. Mix until just incorporated.
  • Pour batter into a greased mini donut pan. This is difficult to do straight from the mixing bowl. I recommend spooning batter into a big zipper bag, sealing it closed, and cutting a small hole in the corner. Then you can squeeze the mixture more easily into the donut holes. Do not fill holes more than halfway, as these will rise a lot.
  • Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  • While the donuts are baking, make sugar coating by stirring together sugar, cinnamon, and ginger.
  • Roll hot donuts into sugar mixture (cooled donuts won’t stick as well).

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 60 mini donuts, with 1 serving being 1 donut. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 58
Keyword cake mix recipe, christmas dessert, easy breakfast recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a regular size donut pan?

You can also use a regular sized donut pan. Fill the donut pan halfway and bake for 10-13 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. It won’t make as many donuts, but they are still delicious!

Can I use a different flavor box mix?

Yes! Try yellow cake, butter pecan cake, spice cake or even chocolate cake.

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