Eggnog Cranberry Donuts

I have found a new holiday favorite! With eggnog, cranberries, and a sprinkle of nutmeg, these baked donuts were a huge hit!

Personally, I’m not a huge fan of eggnog. My husband, on the other hand, loves it (without the alcohol). But these donuts…are amazing! I tried to deliver some to a neighbor (so I wouldn’t eat too many), but my husband told me they were too good to share.

Did I mention they are baked?! I finally broke down and bought a donut pan. This was my first time using it. I think we will be having a lot more donuts in the future!

Cranberry Eggnog Donuts
Slightly adapted from Shugary Sweets

Doughnuts:
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 egg
3/4 cup eggnog
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour the donut pan (don’t forget).

In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Beat in egg, applesauce, and eggnog. Fold in dried cranberries. Transfer batter to a large ziploc bag and cut a hole in one corner to squeeze out the batter.

Fill the donut pan 1/2 to 2/3 full (I filled it a little too full my first time). Bake at 325°F for 10-12 minutes. Donuts are ready when the tops spring back when lightly touched.

Remove from pan and cool.

Icing:
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 Tbsp eggnog
1/8 cup dried cranberries, chopped
pinch of nutmeg

Beat sugar with eggnog for 2-3 minutes. Dip tops of cooled donuts into icing. Sprinkle with a little nutmeg and chopped dried cranberries.

I hope you love these donuts as much as we did. Today is the third month of the Improv Challenge. This month’s ingredients are Eggnog and Cranberries (previously we did caramel & apples and cream cheese & pumpkin). Be sure to check out the other fabulous links below. I think you will find some fabulous recipes. :)

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23 Responses to Eggnog Cranberry Donuts

  1. Oh Yum!!!! I just bought a donut pan too, this is a perfect recipe to make in that new pan:-) They sound amazing:-) Take care, Terra

  2. Those look really pretty as well as yummy!

  3. Your donuts look awesome–aren’t those donut pans great?!? I’m looking for something easy (but festive) to make Christmas morning (our big meal is later in the day), and these might be it.

  4. Those look so festive and lovely! I think I would have sided with your husband!

  5. From a fellow ICC participant, these donuts look wonderful! I have yet to use my donut pan and it looks like I might have to break it in with these :) Pinned!

  6. My mouth is watering! I’m #2 in the challenge, I hope you’ll stop by and visit
    http://thecrunchymamacita.blogspot.com/2011/12/eggnog-cranberry-pound-cake.html

  7. these sound amazing! i love my donut pan, too (which i won from ashley at kitchen meets girl) – will definitely have to give these a try!

  8. I’m with you on that one – don’t really like drinking it by the glass, but I love the subtle flavor it add to baked goods! These look amazing!!

  9. Hello fellow ICC blogger. Your donuts look delicius. Love the pictures. Come visit and check out our cookie. Also be sure to register to win the wonderful book we are giving away. Today is the last day. Look for the Southern Fried Women post.

  10. YUM! I’m hoping Santa’s bringing me a donut pan this year. My list of donuts I want to make keeps getting longer!

  11. These donuts look awesome and what a great use of this months ingredients.
    I too am not a fan of egg nog and struggled a little with how to use it…but went with bread pudding.
    I have some nog leftover and might have to give you donuts a go as they look so wonderful (plus ample icing is right up my alley).

  12. ILS SONT À CROQUER !!
    Je te souhaite une agréable soirée
    valérie

  13. Scrumptious! Merry Christmas! Come see my cranberry cordial :)

  14. Donuts? How cool are you?! These are terrific and your photos are mouthwatering!

  15. Mmmmm.. I LOVE donuts! And with eggnog?! Forgetaboutit …. LOVE!

  16. Can I just tell you that I’ve been looking EVERYwhere for a donut pan, but to no avail…I’ve seen these eggnog donuts around so, as soon as I find a pan, I’m making these!

  17. Donuts were a great idea for the improv. They sound delicious and I love the photos!

  18. Gorgeous donuts! I have to get myself one of those donut pans…

  19. Your donuts are gorgeous and I love the idea of sprinkling the cranberries on top! LOVE.

  20. I had to share these with a friend… she loves donuts!

  21. mmm… These look sinfully delicious. They would make a nice weekend morning breakfast with coffee. Thanks for posting.

  22. These doughnuts are beautiful! I have a doughnut pan that I need to get more use out of – this looks like the perfect recipe to try over the holidays. I’d like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/12/sweet-indulgences-sunday-35.html

  23. Oh wow, these look so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

    Pinning on pinterest. :)

    Cheers,
    Tracy

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