Grinch Donuts are baked chocolate donuts, dusted with green sugar and finished with a red candy heart. These easy holiday donuts are delicious enough to make anyone’s heart grow three sizes!
Treats with a Grinch theme are always a hit, especially when they taste as good as they look. Try this easy Grinch Peppermint Fudge next. Or give our delicious grinch cookies a try next.
Why these Donuts are Best
This recipe makes the perfect treat for a holiday party or Christmas breakfast. Enjoy these Grinch Donuts with an Egg Nog Latte and some holiday tunes around the tree!
- Grinch colors. Neon green donuts accented with a red heart creates a “Grinchy” vibe that’s instantly recognizable if you’re familiar with the classic holiday character.
- Baked, not fried. Making these in a donut pan makes them easy to bake and share!
- Light and fluffy donuts. With a tender crumb and a pillowy soft consistency, Grinch Donuts keep everyone coming back for more.
You’ll need all the basics to make our classic chocolate donuts, from flour to butter, we’ve got it all.
- Whole milk – You will need some for the donut batter and additional milk for the icing.
- Green gel food coloring – I use this neon gel coloring for amazing color!
- Green dusting sugar – Dipping the iced donuts in this sugar gives them a delicious crackly coating and more Grinch-green color.
- Red heart sprinkles – The finishing touch. One gets placed in the top right of each Grinch Donut before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- Filling the donut pans: Spoon the batter into a plastic bag with a zip top. Snip of a corner, then squeeze batter into each cavity of the pan until it’s 2/3 full.
- Tap the pan on the counter. Give the filled donut pan an aggressive tap or two to flatten the batter. It’s a thick batter that needs a little extra help to get evenly distributed.
- Bake for 7 minutes. The donuts should be fluffy and soft at the touch when you take them out of the oven. They’ll continue cooking through as they cool. Baking for even a few minutes too long will result in dry, tough donuts.
- Icing the donuts. Lightly dip the top of each donut into the icing followed by the dusting sugar. Be careful not to use too much icing or it will drip down the sides of the donut.
Yes, this recipe can be made in any kind of donut pan. Keep in mind that the shape and size of your pan effects the look of the donuts. When you use a different pan your Grinch Donuts will look different from mine–but they’ll still be adorable and delicious!
I find mine at craft stores or online. Some well-stocked grocery stores will also carry them in the baking aisle.
If you want a tasty baked donut without the Grinch colors, go ahead and make these without the green food coloring.
You can also change up the colors of the food dye and dusting sugar for different occasions and seasons.
These donuts are best enjoyed within 1 to 2 days of baking them. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for best freshness.
More Holiday Breakfasts
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