Hello again, Friends! I’m thrilled to be back, this time to share a little holiday cheer with y’all! In my home, nothing symbolizes the arrival of the Christmas season more than our annual tree trimming festivities — always with carols, and always with a creamy glass of bourbon-spiked eggnog, garnished with plenty of freshly grated nutmeg. After that first taste, I end up craving eggnog all season, so it’s only natural that it finds it’s way into my baking habit. These eggnog donuts are Christmas morning perfection. They are baked until fluffy and golden brown, then brushed with an indulgent layer of bourbon-butter, and rolled in spiced sugar. It doesn’t get much better than that! Enjoy! XO, Katie
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground or freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup eggnog, room temperature
1 egg, room temperature
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
FOR THE SPICED SUGAR COATING
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg
1. For the doughnuts, preheat the oven to 425F and grease a doughnut pan.
2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and whisk until very well combined. In a separate bowl, or in a large measuring cup, whisk together the eggnog, egg, melted butter and vanilla. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
3. Spoon the batter into the doughnut pan, filling each doughnut about 3/4 of the way.
4. Bake for 7 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a doughnut comes out clean. Turn out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
5. For the coating, combine the melted butter and bourbon in a small bowl. In another shallow bowl or salad plate, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
6. Use a pastry brush to brush a generous layer of bourbon-butter onto both sides of a doughnut (alternately, you could dip the doughnuts into the butter). Place the doughnut in the spiced sugar, turning over as needed to coat both sides. Repeat until all doughnuts are coated.
7. Serve immediately. Doughnuts are best eaten the same day but can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.