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10 Warm Winter Donut Recipes to Make at Home

When it comes to winter treats, I love donuts. A soft cakey donut is perfection, as far as I am concerned, when it comes to indulging my sweet tooth. In these colder months I prefer donut flavors that are warm and spicy. Cinnamon-sugar, molasses, caramel, and apple cider are all warm tastes that I gravitate towards. I’ll save bright citrus flavors and strawberry fillings for spring and summer. If you like to make donuts at home, either by frying or baking, here are some delicious recipes you’ll love. They are all perfect for enjoying with a hot cup of tea in front of a warm fire. Each bite is the best kind of sugary comfort to get you through to spring.

  • Glazed Pumpkin Donuts 1 of 10
    Glazed Pumpkin Donuts

    The warm flavor of pumpkin is great for winter and tastes especially good with a mug of hot cider. Mix in lots of warm spices so each bite tastes like your favorite pumpkin pie.

    Photo: Brooke McLay

  • Baked Whole Wheat Apple Cider Donut Holes 2 of 10
    Baked Whole Wheat Apple Cider Donut Holes

    Want an apple cider donut, but only a small bite? Make these awesome baked whole wheat donut holes. They are perfect for a little sweet treat with the warm taste of cinnamon sugar.

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Sour Cream Donuts with Dulce de Leche 3 of 10
    Sour Cream Donut with Dulce de Leche

    Sour cream makes a normal fried donut twice as moist as usual. These donuts are just that — moist and warm with a generous swath of dulce de leche on top. They are perfect for enjoying with a big mug of hot chocolate!

    Photo: Kelsey Banfield

  • Cookie Donuts 4 of 10
    Cookie Donuts

    If you are in the mood to play with the idea of what a donut is, try these awesome cookie donuts. They are made with a batter that is very similar to a chocolate chip cookie, but taste like a soft warm donut. Serve these with a tall glass of milk for the ultimate treat.

    Photo: Macki Cayloma

  • Double Chocolate Coconut Donuts (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free) 5 of 10
    Double Chocolate Coconut Donuts

    Chocolate is one of the best warm flavors for winter. On the healthier side, these rich and chocolatey treats are perfect for enjoying after a day of sledding.

    Photo: Beth Brickey

  • Red Velvet Donuts 6 of 10
    Red Velvet Donut

    Red velvet is a smooth silky chocolate flavor that is perfect for winter. Bake up these treats this afternoon to share with your loved ones after dinner tonight.

    Photo: Spoonful of Flavor

  • Baked Molasses Donuts with Peanut Chew Filling 7 of 10
    Baked Molasses Donuts with Peanut Chew Filling

    Molasses is a classic warm winter flavor. Bake up these donuts today and fill them with chewy peanut candy bars. These over-the-top donuts are bound to win everyone over this winter!

    Photo: Melinda Strauss

  • Baked Gingerbread Donuts with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting 8 of 10
    Gingerbread Donuts with Orange Cream Cheese Icing

    These amazing donuts are perfect for winter. They will remind you of your favorite holiday gingerbread all revamped with a thick layer of citrus frosting.

    Photo: Alejandra Ramos

  • Hot Chocolate Donuts with Marshmallow Frosting and Chocolate Glaze 9 of 10
    Hot Chocolate Donuts

    Chocolate donuts are always a welcome treat. But the way to make them ideal for winter is to make them taste like s'mores by adding marshmallows and a chocolate glaze. They are the winter version of your favorite campfire treat!

    Photo: Love from the Oven

  • Cinnamon Glazed Maple Donuts 10 of 10
    Cinnamon Glazed Maple Donuts

    Maple is the ultimate winter flavor. Use it to flavor your donuts and them top them with a rich cinnamon glaze. These cozy spiced donuts will warm you up to the tips of your toes every morning all winter long!

    Photo: Lemons for Lulu

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