Recipe Box: Eggnog Donuts

Eggnog donuts courtesy of Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen

Hi guys, it’s Claire here from The Kitchy Kitchen! If you asked everyone for their favorite Christmas movie, I have to imagine that White Christmas would be right at the top. The music, sung in Bing Crosby’s baritone along with Rosemary Clooney’s sultry, smoky voice, is the true star here, especially against a sort of classic Hollywood plot: Performers band together to put on a show and save the day. But the music is wonderful, and inspired by the backdrop for the story—a Vermont inn in serious lack of snow. So, I thought Vermont-style eggnog doughnuts would be just the thing to bake for this food-inspired-by-film installment!

This recipe is based off of a vintage milk doughnut recipe, with this darling line of context:

“No native Vermonter goes without doughnuts for breakfast, even if mother has to get up beforehand to make them.”

To make ahead, I would recommend mixing the dry ingredients together, and separately the wet, and hold those until needed. It’s not as convenient as rolling out the dough and cutting the doughnuts, but baking soda is activated by liquid, and you’ll lose lift the longer the dough sits. No matter when you make them, these treats are sure not to disappoint. Enjoy!

Eggnog donut recipe for the holidays


For the donuts

  • 2 cups of flour
  • ¾ teaspoon soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ½ cup buttermilk

For topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon


1. Sift dry ingredients together. Add wet ingredients and stir until a rough dough forms. Sprinkle your counter with flour and knead together the dough, just until it forms a smooth ball. Roll with a rolling pin to about ½ an inch thick and cut with a doughnut cookie cutter.

2. Heat up 4 inches of vegetable oil (traditionally lard) to 375F. Add the doughnuts, in batches so they have plenty of room, and cook for about 3 minutes, or until a deep golden brown, and flip, cooking for another 3 minutes. Immediately toss into cinnamon sugar mixture to coat. Enjoy warm.

The perfect donut recipe for the holiday season

Will you be trying these eggnog donuts?

I hope you do!

X Claire
The Kitchy Kitchen

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