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Baked Eggnog Donuts (Christmas Donuts) are made with cake mix and topped with an easy eggnog glaze. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast and as a sweet treat throughout the holiday season! Your whole family will love this easy donut recipe!

christmas donuts with eggnog glaze and holiday sprinkles on the table

My family is obsessed with eggnog. The kids love drinking it, and we love it in Eggnog Pie, Mini Pies, Instant Pot Eggnog Cheesecake, Eggnog Pancakes and these easy cake mix donuts.

My oldest daughter made these Christmas donuts for breakfast on Christmas morning last year. These delicious donuts are soft, cakey and taste just like eggnog! The festive sprinkles are super cute too.

Cake donuts are much easier to make than regular donuts, so they’re perfect for an easy holiday breakfast.

If you like eggnog as much as we do, you’re going to love this easy recipe for eggnog donuts!


This Christmas donut recipe calls for only 3 ingredients. You should be able to find them in your local grocery store:

  • Eggnog
  • Cake mix — Yellow cake mix or white cake mix
  • Powdered sugar
  • Optional — We added a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg

How to Make Glazed Eggnog Donuts

First, Mix the eggnog and cake mix together in a large bowl. You can use yellow or white cake mix in this recipe.

Spiced cake mix would be good if you can find it!

The batter can easily be mixed with just a spoon, but you can use a stand mixer or electric hand mixer if you want.

The batter is thick, but this is normal.

mix eggnog and cake mix together

Next, spoon the donut batter into a piping bag, pastry bag or a ziptop plastic bag.

Spray donut pan with non stick spray or grease with butter.

Cut off the end of the bag, and squeeze the batter into a donut pan.

You can spoon the batter into the donut pan if you want. But, the piping method is the best way–it’s super easy!

spoon batter into donut pan

Cooking Time

The eggnog donuts take 10 minutes to bake at 400 degrees F. While they’re baking, you can mix the glaze.

This sweet glaze is a simple mixture of powdered sugar and eggnog–just mix them together in a medium bowl until well combined.

When these cake mix donuts are cool enough to remove from the pan, dip them into the glaze.

Holiday sprinkles are optional, but are a festive way to add some color to any dessert table–and they’re so pretty!

Transfer the donuts onto a cooling rack or wire rack after dipping into the glaze to let them cool and set completely.

glazed eggnog donuts with sprinkles on baking rack

No need to go to your favorite donut shop this year. Just whip up a batch of these easy homemade donuts with eggnog glaze.

They’re soft, fluffy and so dang good!

Serve them for Christmas morning breakfast or enjoy anytime during the holiday season.

eggnog donuts topped with eggnog glaze and red and green sprinkles on table


If you’re not a fan of glaze, cover the donuts with a frosting of your choice instead. Or, dust cinnamon sugar, brown sugar, or sprinkle crushed candy canes over the tops.

You could also have no toppings at all–these eggnog donuts are delicious as they are!

Use whatever donut molds you want–this perfect treat tastes just as good as mini donuts or donut holes!

Add green food coloring to the glaze or frosting and put red candies on top to make Christmas wreath donuts. Use chocolate chips on donut holes to make snowman faces.

If you are looking for more cake mix donut recipes, try our Apple Spice Cake Donuts, Baked Carrot Cake Donuts, or Pumpkin Spice Cake Mix Donuts!

How to Store

Store your eggnog donuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll keep for 3-4 days.

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5 from 8 votes

Baked Eggnog Donuts (Christmas Donuts)

By: Dee
Baked Eggnog Donuts (Christmas Donuts) are made with cake mix and topped with an easy eggnog glaze. Perfect for Christmas morning breakfast and as a sweet treat throughout the holiday season! Your whole family will love this easy donut recipe!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12




  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • dash cinnamon optional


  • cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons eggnog
  • dash nutmeg optional
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  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Combine cake mix and eggnog until batter is thick
  • Put batter into piping bag or ziptop bag, and pipe into greased donut pan
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Donuts should spring back when pressed
  • Remove donuts from oven and let them sit for 5 minutes
  • Transfer the donuts to cooling rack and let them cool completely


  • Prepare glaze by mixing powdered sugar and eggnog until well combined in a mixing bowl
  • Dunk tops of donuts into glaze, and place back on cooling rack until glaze firms up. If using sprinkles, add them before glaze cools


If you don’t have piping bags, use a ziptop bag, and snip off the corner.


Calories: 122kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 15mg, Potassium: 45mg, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 56IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Recipe published in 2020 and updated in 2021.

baked eggnog donuts with glaze and red and green sprinkles on the table

I hope you enjoy this festive cake donuts recipe! My family loves nibbling these Christmas donuts on Christmas morning, and I hope you do too!

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  1. Jim says:

    My kids got up early to surprise mom and dad this morning with these terrific donuts. They said they were easy to make. They even made enough to have some for tomorrow’s breakfast as well.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      What great kids you have! Thanks, Jim!

  2. Amanda says:

    By far the best donut I have ever had, everyone will love these!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked the donuts!

  3. Toni Dash says:

    My kids really loved it! A perfect holiday treat!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Awesome, Toni! Thank you so much!

  4. Beth says:

    These look so delicious and yummy! My daughter is going to love this recipe! So excited to show her this!5 stars

  5. Patricia @ Grab a Plate says:

    I love recipes when recipes deliver easy-to-make, delicious treats like these donuts! What great flavor!5 stars

  6. Catalina says:

    How cute and delicious are these eggnog donuts!

  7. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    These Baked Eggnog Donuts are sound delicious! Dangerously good…5 stars

  8. Sara Welch says:

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without everything eggnog and this is no exception! Looking forward to giving this a try; looks too good to pass up!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks so much, Sara. Hope you like them!