Easy Chai Spice Donuts

Homemade baked chai spice donuts are perfect for cool mornings. Each bite is flavored with cozy fall spices like cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and allspice. Ready in 35 minutes, use this recipe to make donuts or donut holes! Another favorite fall donut recipe is my apple cider donuts— try those next.

chai spice donut holes with a bite out of one showing the inside

Do you have a donut pan? Add this fun baking tool to your collection because today we’re making baked chai spice donuts!

chai spice donuts

Why You’ll Love These Baked Donuts:

  • Baked, not fried
  • A quick & easy breakfast treat
  • Double dose of chai spice– in the batter and the coating
  • Just like baked cinnamon sugar donuts with a fall twist
  • Soft, dense, and cakey (more like a muffin than a fried donut)
  • Make donuts or donut holes with the same recipe

chai spice mixture in a glass bowl with a spoon

Two Parts to Baked Chai Spice Donuts

  1. Donuts: We’re using my standard baked donut recipe as the base. It’s what I use for my chocolate frosted donuts, banana donuts, baked sprinkle donuts, baked maple donuts, baked cinnamon sugar donuts, and crumb cake donuts (doubled for that recipe). It’s a very thick batter that produces tight-crumbed, cakey donuts. There’s a small handful of basic ingredients required like flour, egg, leaveners, sugar, and milk. I like to add a little sour cream to the donut batter for a moisture punch (Greek yogurt works too). Add cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and allspice for ultimate chai flavor.
  2. Chai Spice Coating: While I dabbled with the thought of glazing these donuts, I kept going back to my cinnamon sugar standard. Only with the addition of our chai spice mix. Each baked donut is dipped in butter and generously coated in a sugar/chai spice mixture. Just wait until you smell these easy chai donuts– you’ll wish this scent was available in candle form.

pouring wet ingredients into a glass bowl with dry ingredients

Quick Overview: How to Make Baked Chai Spice Donuts

These baked donuts are such an easy breakfast treat– essential as the days get shorter and our schedules get busier. No electric mixer required!

  1. Make the sugar & spice mixture. Combine the granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and allspice. (We use the same spices to coat white chocolate chai snickerdoodles.) Part of this sugar/spice mixture will be for the actual donut batter while the other part will be for the donut coating.
  2. Make the donut batter. Whisk the dry ingredients together, whisk the wet ingredients together (including 1/3 cup of the sugar/spice mixture), then combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  3. Fill the donut cavities. Transferring donut batter into the donut pan can be tricky, so I always suggest using a zipped-top bag to pipe the batter. (You can see me doing this in my pumpkin donuts post.) Just spoon the batter into a large zipped-top bag, trim off a bottom corner, and squeeze the batter into the pan. The donut batter is thicker than you’d expect, so it pipes pretty neatly.
  4. Bake. They bake up VERY quickly!
  5. Top the donuts. If the remaining melted butter has solidified, re-melt it. Dip each warm donut into the melted butter, then dunk into the remaining sugar/spice mixture. Make sure to coat all sides! This coating would be equally delicious on pumpkin donuts.

chai spice donut batter in a glass bowl with a metal whisk

Use This Batter for Donuts or Donut Holes

Make donuts or donut holes with today’s easy chai spice donut batter– you’ll get about 8 regular size donuts or 20 donut holes. While I love the look of classic donuts, itty butty donut holes are adorable– and perfect if you a) don’t have a donut pan or b) need to feed a crowd. Simply bake the donut holes in a mini muffin pan for 9-10 minutes. Super simple!

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chai spice donut holes with a bite out of one showing the inside

Easy Chai Spice Donuts

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 donuts or 20 donut holes
  • Category: Donuts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Baked and completely easy chai spice donuts are extra delicious and ready in under 30 minutes!


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (8 Tablespoons; 115g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled (divided)
  • 1 large egg*
  • 1/4 cup (60g) sour cream*
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray donut pan or mini muffin pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the donuts: Whisk the granulated sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and allspice together. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside. Whisk 3 Tablespoons of melted butter, egg, 1/3 cup of the sugar/spice mix (the rest is for the coating), sour cream, milk, and vanilla together until completely combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. The batter will be thick.
  4. Spoon the batter into the donut cavities—I highly recommend using a large zipped-top bag for ease. Cut a corner off the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into each donut cup, filling 2/3 – 3/4 of the way full. (You can see me doing this in my pumpkin donuts post.) Or, if making donut holes, spoon the batter into the mini muffin pan, filling each 3/4 of the way full. You’ll only need a couple teaspoons of batter for each.
  5. Bake the donuts or donut holes for 9–10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and when poked lightly with a finger, they spring back. Once done, transfer to a wire rack set on a large piece of parchment paper or on a large baking sheet. Bake the remaining donut batter (there is usually enough batter for 1-2 more donuts) and once baked, transfer to the wire rack. Allow donuts to cool down until you can handle them.
  6. Top the donuts: Re-melt the remaining butter if it has solidified by now. Dip the donuts in the melted butter, then dunk into the remaining sugar/spice mixture, making sure to coat all sides. Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: You can freeze the donuts for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up to your liking in the microwave. I usually just zap ’em for a couple seconds.
  2. Special Tool (affiliate link)Donut Pan
  3. Room Temperature Ingredients: I find it is best to have these 3 ingredients at room temperature. The batter comes together very easily. Any milk works, whether that’s whole milk, skim milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or almond milk.
  4. Adapted from baked cinnamon sugar donuts.

Keywords: baked chai spice donuts, chai donuts

86 Comments

  1. I always love your cinnamon-sugared photographs…they look so real! Or whatever 😉 These sound delicious on the rainy fall morning we are having in Durham. But unfortunately, I have to go take a test 😉

    1. Good luck & stay warm!

  2. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden says:

    The fall baking I’m planning to do is your zucchini muffins!!! I’ll be using the last of my zucchini baseball bats, but I am looking forward to it. But these Chai Spice donuts looks spectacular! Hmm, you have me wondering what this batter is going to taste like! 

    1. Haha baseball bats 🙂

  3. Can you use yogurt instead of sour cream? These look amazing. 

    1. Yes, definitely.

  4. Patricia @Sweet and Strong says:

    YUM!  These sound amazing, I love the chai tea latte’s at Starbucks, but have never made any baked goods with chai spices.  And pumpkin cake at a Fall wedding sounds so perfect!  I saw your instagram post you looked gorgeous, I loved the dresses!

    1. Thanks Patricia! I loved the navy dresses too. 🙂

  5. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says:

    I’m glad that Jude is going to be okay. 🙂 It always breaks my heart when dogs are injured or sick! These donuts look BOMB. I’m such a huge fan of chai anything!

  6. Melanie @ Gather for Bread says:

    We just picked up some apple cider donuts at the apple orchard this weekend and they were so good! I have a donut pan in my kitchen that just needs to see more use. Love this spice variety!
    Hope you had a great weekend!

  7. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says:

    Sometimes I feel a little guilty eating a whole donut. I never feel guilty eating several donut holes. Mini is always better!! My sister is going to lose it over these chai beauties when I show her! P.S. feel better Jude!!

  8. Where do you find ground cardamom? We looked at several different groceries stores last year to make your chai apple pie and could not find it. We did find whole cardamom, but it was really expensive. Is that normal?

    1. Hi Heather! I actually found it at Target. Who knew!

  9. Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says:

    A pumpkin spice wedding cake is so unique! And you are totally reading my mind this morning with donuts. I’ve been obsessed lately! I just got a donut pan the other day and have been pinning donut recipes nonstop!

  10. I loooove chai tea lattes on a weekend morning too! All the fall baking and fall produce is exciting me – I have way less time to bake than ever before but that doesn’t mean I won’t still. Made your chai spiced apple pie on Saturday (!!!) but two days is long enough to wait to bake a chai spiced dessert again, isn’t it? Pumpkin spice wedding cake!!! I would hold my wedding in October purely to be able to have a cake like that. It sounds incredible. Poor Jude!!! 🙁 yes please keep us updated… Hopefully, he’ll be okay. 

    1. I hope you loved that apple pie! I’m going to remake it again this Fall for sure.

  11. Lynn @ Fresh April Flours says:

    Yesssss! I put a chai donut recipe on my blog earlier this year and people went bananas over them! And Matt and I didn’t share a single one with anyone! Oops, hehe. 

    1. So good. And happy birthday Lynn!

  12. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the purple plate…. my gosh, it is absolutely gorgeous!

    as to baking, I guess I welcomed Fall by making Apple Blondies with Maple Icing

    they turned out delicious….. but now I feel like baking something chai   😉  see what you did?

    1. Apple blondies with maple icing sounds SO GOOD right now! Do you have a recipe for those? I love apple anything!

      1. I haven’t blogged on them yet, and it might take me a while, but I used Sue’s recipe, with very minor modifications – love her blog!

        Here is the link http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/maple-frosted-apple-blondies/

  13. Do you think this will also work in a normal muffin pan? Or do you have an alternative tip to create a real donut shape?

    1. A regular muffin pan will work! Should take 18-20 minutes.

  14. I looooove anything chai and I love your mini donut recipes so I definitely have to try these!
    I made the pumpkin oatmeal cookies from your ebook yesterday – couldn’t find cinnamon chips so I used chocolate chips instead and they’re SO good. Already getting rave reviews from my coworkers today. 🙂 They were super easy to make, too!

    1. YUM! One of my favorites out of those 8 new cookie recipes.

  15. Demeter | Beaming Baker says:

    Shakes from baking withdrawal? Lol. I feel ya, Sally! It’s incredible that your friend had a pumpkin spice wedding cake! Just… wow. 🙂
    I hope Jude feels better soon. Oy, something about hearing Jude having joint pain and arthritis makes my heart hurt. Sending good vibes to you guys. <3
    I love that you made chai spice donuts and donut holes! I remember you using your mini muffin pan to make donut holes a couple years back and I've totally been meaning to try that! 🙂 Also, that purple plate: AMAZING. Happy Monday Sally! xo

    1. Donut holes in a mini muffin pan are soooo simple. Definitely try it this Fall! Poor Jude, but he is feeling so much better today. Smiling, wagging his tail, etc. The vet gave him some new medication appropriate for this size. 🙂

      1. Demeter | Beaming Baker says:

        It’s on my to-do list! I’ve been staring at my mini muffin pan for ages… it’s HAPPENING. Lol. I’m so, SO happy to hear that Jude is doing well. There’s no better sign than a tail wagging! 😉

  16. Oh this fall monday this Donuts has became in a total happiness reason to smile Sally!!! I wish move on to your kitchen…absolutly in love with them and obsessed with your recently posted apple galette… 🙂

  17. Sorry to hear about Jude and I hope there is something the vet can do to make him comfortable, and hopefully a ling term solution.  Your donuts look delicious!  I have a donut pan but have yet to use it.  Soon!  This weekend we bbq’d two beer butt chickens and I made a great rub for them.  They were fabulous!

    1. Thanks Debra, he’s feeling so much better today. He’s on a different pain medication and a little steroid to help as well. 🙂

  18. Stephanie | Worth Whisking says:

    I also didn’t bake this past weekend, and life seemed out of kilter! Sally, these donuts look and sound fantastic! Literally, my mouth is watering right now. So, easy to make, too – bonus! (And yes, donut holes are one-bite treats if we’re being real. 😉 )

    1. HA! 1 bite for sure.

  19. Sally,

    I love love love chai tea so I can’t wait to make these!!! Thank you!

  20. Austria Azaceta says:

    Hi Sally,
    I was already thinking that i have to try your chai spice apple pie this fall (& now that amazing apple galette you recently posted) and here’s another chai spice recipe!! These will be made very soon.  Love love love cinnamon & sugar coatings & this with the extra spices must be amazing! I (sadly) didn’t get to bake over the weekend but will definitely make some time this week for it.  Sending some healing vibes & hugs Jude’s way!! 🙂

    1. Thanks Austria! Jude is feeling so much better today after seeing our regular vet. I feel tempted to try the apple galette with chai spices now!

  21. This weekend I made your favorite pumpkin cupcakes. With a cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It was hard to have just one!
    I absolutely love your apple cider donut hole recipe and I always make sure to roll them in extra cinnamon/sugar 🙂 Thanks for all the amazing recipes. So excited for fall baking!

    1. Those pumpkin cupcakes are a must every fall!

  22. Liz {Six Clever Sisters} says:

    Yum!!! Sound delicious!

  23. Can I wish you happy belated anniversary? 🙂 Sally you looked really nice in your dress. I hope you get more use out of it. (I hate buying expensive dresses and then not having that many occasions to wear them!) Hope your pup is better. Maybe you can make him your doggy biscuits! 🙂

    1. Thanks Iram! He’s feeling so much better today. Smiling and wagging his tail again.

  24. I hope Jude is feeling better soon!

    1. He’s feeling better today. 🙂 Thanks Lucy!

  25. Tai chi? I’d rather have some chai tea, please. With one or ten of these donuts. 🙂 

  26. Sally!!! How is Jude?? No new updates on snap chat :(:(

    1. Hey Allison! Thanks for the reminder AND for the concern! I just uploaded an update to Snapchat. He’s doing much better 🙂

  27. Lisa | Garlic + Zest says:

    I don’t even like chai and I’m drooling over these donuts.  These are seriously mouthwatering.  I recently started making churros, but it seems I’m going to have to wade deeper into the donut realm!

  28. These look amazing! I can’t wait to give the recipe a run. And I love that purple plate too

  29. Stella @ Stellicious Life says:

    I bought a donut pan based on your recommendation (and tempting recipes) but haven’t tried them out yet. But as I love chai spice, I think this will be the inaugural recipe for the pan! 😉

    1. Yes yes yes! Let me know when you try them.

  30. I made these yesterday and they are my new favorite baked donut! I halved the sugar because I’m trying to cut down and I didn’t miss it at all. I cut the recipe in half and made 4 donuts, 2 for me and 2 for my husband. It was just the right amount! 🙂 Thanks again for a great recipe!

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