It鈥檚 almost holiday season, where reindeer-themed treats are ubiquitous, and calories don鈥檛 count. Adding a dash of cuteness and quirkiness, these gingerbread baked donuts are almost too adorable to eat! They鈥檙e so easy to whip up 鈥 you don鈥檛 even need an electric mixer 鈥 so making a fresh batch really isn鈥檛 a big deal. Share these goodies over this festive season with some friends and family who are deer to you!

Gingerbread Cake Donuts
Makes approximately 28 mini donuts

Ingredients:

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  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 录 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses (treacle syrup)
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Decorations:

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  • white and milk chocolate melts
  • black royal icing or edible marker
  • red and yellow M&Ms
  • pretzels
  • holly & heart sprinkles
  • gold luster dust
  • pumpkin seeds
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Instructions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, grease donut pans and set them aside. In a large bowl, mix sifted flour, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, sugar, egg, oil and molasses. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and fold until just incorporated.

2. Transfer mixture into a large piping bag, and fill pans 2/3 of the way full. Do not overfill! Bake for 8-11 minutes and leave in pans for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

3. While donuts are cooling, break pretzels in half to imitate reindeer antlers. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, or over a double boiler.

4. When donuts have completely cooled, dip the pumpkin seeds into the melted chocolate, and insert into the donut for the ears. You may need to use a toothpick to poke a small hole beforehand. Allow to set, then one at a time, dip the donuts into the melted chocolate. Insert pretzels into the top of the donuts, using the same method as the seeds, and place an M&M in the donut hole.

5. Before the chocolate dries, place bow ties or holly sprinkles on the donuts. After the chocolate has set, draw on eyes and mouth with a black edible marker, or pipe on with royal icing. Mix a bit of gold luster dust with an alcohol-based liquid, and paint the yellow M&Ms gold. Feel free to paint some of the pretzel antlers gold too!

6. Enjoy and share with your loved ones! These taste best freshly baked.

Fill pans 2/3 of the way full. Do not overfill, or it may result in muffin tops! Bake for 8-11 minutes, and leave in pans for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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Allow donuts to cool completely before decorating.

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Carefully break pretzels in half to imitate reindeer antlers. Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, or over a double boiler. Dip pumpkin seeds into the melted chocolate, and insert into the donut for the ears. Allow to set, then one at a time, dip the donuts into the melted chocolate. Insert pretzels into the top of the donuts, using the same method as the seeds, and place an M&M in the donut hole.

Before the chocolate dries, place bow ties or holly sprinkles on the donuts. After the chocolate has set, draw on eyes and mouth with a black edible marker, or pipe on with royal icing. Mix a bit of gold luster dust with an alcohol-based liquid, and paint the yellow M&Ms gold. Fee free to paint some of the pretzel antlers gold too!

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And you鈥檙e done! Enjoy and share with your loved ones over this holiday season.

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Don鈥檛 they look adorable on a bed of cotton candy?

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After devouring these, you may need a nap too!

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