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Baked Eggnog Donuts With Cinnamon Glaze

Eggnog donuts on a cooling rack.

I’m sure it’s a bit of a shocker when I bring baked goods to the blog. I’m all about savory! But every once in a while I get a hankering for something sweet which fits nicely into my 80/20 lifestyle (80% of the time I’m eating healthy; 20% of the time, well, you know… ) For a while, I wondered if I should not bring sweets to this blog at all. But I want this space to be honest and reflect my eating habits, so yeah. Expect the odd donut or cookie recipe, no matter how random. Because this is my life.

At Friendsgiving this year, my friend Anna, baker extraordinaire, brought a batch of homemade baked pumpkin spiced donuts. And we were floored. They were so good. Naturally, I hopped onto Amazon and ordered a couple of donut pans the next day.

We’re big fans of eggnog in this house, and we like to consume it in as many forms as possible over the holidays—cookies, cakes, ice cream, you name it. So it only made sense to christen my donut pans with that spiced nutmeg-y goodness :)

Mixer with ingredients

Mixer with batter all ready and dripping from mixer paddle.

Closeup of donut with bite taken out of it.

Baked Eggnog Donuts With Cinnamon Glaze.

Most eggnog treats I’ve whipped up in the past have had a rich dark rum incorporated into it. (Kraken is our bougie rum of choice.) Especially where icing is involved. But! I wanted to change things up with this one. So I went with a simple finger-lickin’ cinnamon glaze. You just can’t go wrong with cinnamon.

Glaze is so easy to work with. All you really need is some confectioner’s sugar and a flavor-infused liquid—sometimes I add spices. If you can’t have your eggnog without a dose of rum, go for it and add a splash to the glaze along with your eggnog.

SO BAKED DONUTS. Does that mean they’re healthy? Well, no. They’re still an indulgence, let’s be real. But given the fact that they’re baked and made with unrefined sugar, they’re a smarter indulgence. That’s kind of reassuring, right?

These yummy treats go amazingly with the season’s belly-warming drinks, like mulled cider and hot cocoa. Or just dunk’em into your coffee or tea! So delish.

Eggnog donuts drizzled with glaze.

Baked Eggnog Donuts With Cinnamon Glaze

These festive Baked Eggnog Donuts With Cinnamon Glaze are the perfect thing to dunk into your warm seasonal drinks! And they're made with unrefined sugar.
Course Breakfast + Brunch
Author Killing Thyme


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp baking power
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1 egg
  • 4 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup eggnog
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Lightly grease two 6-count donut pans with a bit of butter or extra virgin olive oil and set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl.
  • With an electric hand mixer or stand mixer (with the paddle attachment), slowly and gently beat in the eggnog, egg, extra virgin olive oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Spoon the mixture into a large piping bag or ziplock bag and cut a 1/2-inch hole at the tip.
  • Carefully pipe the mixture about 3/4 of the way into each donut mold.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until the donuts are slightly firm and a cake tester comes out clean.
  • Remove the donuts from the oven and set them aside to cool completely before adding glaze.
  • To make the glaze, whisk the powdered sugar, eggnog, and cinnamon together in a medium-sized bowl. Taste, and adjust as you see fit.
  • Once the donuts cool, you can either dunk the tops of each donut into the glaze for full coverage, or simply drizzle the glaze over the donuts, as pictured in the recipe post.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
Baked Eggnog Donuts With Cinnamon Glaze


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  • MasterCakes
    December 27, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Bring on the holiday eggnog! These donuts look festive and bright and perfect for celebrating. Great idea to bake them rather than fry them. MasterCakes

  • Marisa Franca
    December 18, 2018 at 7:55 am

    I loved the striped effect on the baked donuts. And let me tell you that eggnog is a favorite of mine. We are going over to my daughter and family for Christmas brunch and I’ve got to take these delicious baked donuts with me.

  • Sues
    December 17, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    I love that you’re adding random desserts to your blog since we all need a little sweet in our lives!! And these are both beautiful and fun… I’m always in the mood for eggnog desserts (orrrr breakfasts) in the holiday season!

  • Sean@Diversivore
    December 17, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I’m a fan of the 80/20 rule too. Like, I’ll save 80% of the donuts for later, and only eat 20% of them off the cooling rack while my kids are occupied. Honestly though, this is a lovely recipe with fantastic flavours, and I’m glad you shared it here. I know desserts are always big business on food blogs and the temptation can be there to fire them out a little too often, but it’s also important to be real with ourselves (and our readers) about life’s little treats and indulgences.

  • Mackenzie
    December 17, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I just bought my first donut pan, and I’ve been looking for just the right inaugural recipe. My husband loves all things eggnog, and I’ve been wanting to add some variation to our breakfast treats. Especially for Christmas morning. Ooh Ooh, or New Year’s morning. Now I can’t decide. Good thing that they’re fantastic enough for any day!

  • Stef
    December 17, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Forgot Christmas cookies… I need to make these this year! I love eggnog everything and I loved that these are baked and not fried. I have a mini baked donut pan and I’d love to try these as minis or even donut holes. Sounds wonderful! Happy holidays!

  • Trish
    December 17, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Oh cripes. Just when I thought I wanted a week of healthy eats before the weekend treatsapalooza, you hit me with these AMAZING DONUTS! I’m weak in the knees for eggnog, and wouldn’t you know it… eggnog without rum. LOL! I’m drooling over these while I sip my coffee. :)

  • Debra
    December 16, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    I’d never know you weren’t an avid baker…..those photos are gorgeous. The donuts look absolutely delish! I love the cinnamon drizzle on top. I can image how yummy the house smells when these are in the oven.

  • Carmy
    December 16, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I need a dozen of these pronto! Your donuts look perfect. I’m going to go with the idea of the donuts being baked makes them healthy haha. I had purchased my donut pan on a whim a couple months ago and never used it in ages. I also want your friend’s spiced donut recipes as well!

  • Tracy
    December 16, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Yay so glad to see something sweet here! Love all of your savory dishes but I totally agree – need a little 20% sometimes, too ;) I’m the same way- I think I’m going to go buy some donut tins now!!

  • Anne|Craving Something Healthy
    December 14, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    OK maybe I’ll just have on of these for Christmas! SO pretty and I love the flavors here!

  • Lisa
    December 14, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I’m glad to see that you do indulge every once in a while! I certainly would if these egg nog donuts were in the house — especially with the cinnamon glaze. I’m hosting Christmas brunch this year and aside from all the savory dishes (eggs, ham — cocktails) I’ll need one or two sweets. I think I just found one! Thank you for the recipe — they’re gonna love this one!

  • Gloria
    December 12, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    5 stars
    First, baked donuts are THE BEST. Second, the addition of eggnog makes these super special for the holidays. Perfect for an afternoon treat, or if you are like me…the best way to start my morning along with my coffee. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  • Holly
    December 12, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    5 stars
    Oh how beautiful! I think indulging now and then is part of life– a good part of life! And these baked donuts would be so nice on Christmas morning. Eggnog just gets the holiday feeling going!


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