Use yellow cake mix as a shortcut to make these easy holiday baked donuts. Eggnog Donuts are moist, fluffy and soft plus filled with delicious eggnog flavor. Serve for breakfast, dessert or as a Christmas treat!
Have you ever used cake mix to make homemade donuts? It’s super easy!
I wanted to make a batch of Christmas donuts and I thought what could be more festive than eggnog? These cake mix donuts are perfection and everyone who tried them raved about how amazing they were.
I love using cake mix hacks in my recipes. Anything that saves time is good in my books. You can whip a batch of these scrumptiously sweet donuts and no one will ever know that you used a box of cake mix!
Why You’ll Love These Baked Christmas Donuts
- They are moist, soft and fluffy
- Easy to make in no time flat
- Perfect way to use up eggnog in your fridge
- Enjoy for breakfast, dessert or a snack
- Tastes like homemade
- Festive treat to celebrate the holiday season
- Baked, not deep-fried
Ingredients to Make Eggnog Donuts
- Box of yellow cake mix
- Eggnog (full-fat is recommended) – Try my homemade eggnog.
- Vegetable oil
- Rum extract
- Powdered sugar (we call this “icing sugar” in Canada)
- Unsalted butter
How to Make Eggnog Donuts
Step One: Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a donut pan with cooking spray.
Step Two: In a large mixing bowl, stir together yellow cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, eggnog, rum extract and nutmeg.
Step Three: Using a cookie scoop, carefully add batter to donut pan about half full.
Step Four: Bake for 12 minutes. Let sit in pan for 5 minutes before transferring donuts to a cooling rack.
Step Five: To make the glaze, stir together powdered sugar, eggnog, and unsalted butter.
Step Six: Dip the top of the cooled donuts in the glaze mixture and return to the cooling rack. Sprinkle the top of the donuts with nutmeg.
Step Seven: Let sit for 1 hour or until glaze is hardened and not sticky.
Equipment Needed to Make Holiday Baked Donuts
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- Donut pans – I recommend using two donut pans so you can bake them faster.
- Cooling rack
- Cookie scoop
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowls
What to Serve with Your Holiday Donuts
- Eggnog Pie
- Christmas Cake Mix Cookies
- Gingerbread Muffins
- Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
- Cranberry Mint Mocktail
- Gingerbread Latte
Substitutions and Variations
- Use white cake mix or spice cake mix instead of yellow cake mix
- Use vanilla extract instead of rum extract
- Add cinnamon in addition to the nutmeg
- Add holiday sprinkles on top of the eggnog glaze
Best Way to Store Leftover Eggnog Donuts
Cover any leftover eggnog donuts with plastic wrap or store in an airtight covered container. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Can I Freeze Baked Eggnog Donuts?
Yes, you can freeze eggnog donuts. Add the baked donuts to a freezer safe container or freezer bags and store for up to 3 months.
- Make sure to not overfill the donut pan or you’ll end up with ginormous donuts! Fill till about half way full.
- Grease the donut pan with cooking spray even if it’s a non-stick pan. It will make removing the donuts so much easier.
- Let the donuts cool slightly before removing them from the pan or they could break apart.
- Use a cookie scoop or a pastry bag to easily fill the batter in the donut pan.
- Make sure the cake mix you use isn’t expired for optimal taste and freshness.
- Use full-fat eggnog (not the “light” version) for best results.
- Use two donuts pans if you can so you can bake the at the same time. If you only have one pan, that’s fine, but you’ll need to work in batches.
Other Donuts Recipes You’ll Love
Craving more donuts? Try these easy recipes.
- Baked Apple Cider Donuts
- Baked Brown Sugar Glazed Donuts
- Glazed Donuts
- Cake Donuts with Chocolate Glaze
You’ll also love these Candy Cane Brownies.
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- 1 (15.25oz/432g) yellow cake mix
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup eggnog
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon rum extract
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup eggnog
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- Nutmeg, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a donut pan with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together yellow cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, eggnog, rum extract and nutmeg.
- Using a cookie scoop, carefully add batter to donut pan about half full.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Let sit in pan for 5 minutes before transferring donuts to a cooling rack.
- To make the glaze, stir together powdered sugar, eggnog, and unsalted butter. Dip the top of the cooled donuts in the glaze mixture and return to the cooling rack. Sprinkle the top of the donuts with nutmeg.
- Let sit for 1 hour or until glaze is hardened and not sticky.
Be careful to not overfill the donut pan.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 0gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g