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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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