Baked Chai Donuts with a Brown Butter Glaze |

Chai spiced baked donuts are drizzled with the most heavenly brown butter glaze!

This week, the temperature went from above zero (Celsius) to -43 with a windchill, back up to 3 degrees.  What the ?  Makes it difficult to get dressed!  I am tired of the weather roller coaster.  Well, apparently the groundhog didn’t see his shadow this year.  Which means an early spring!  I’m ready for it!

These donuts got stuck in my head this week.  I was trying to think of a new donut flavor to try out in my donut pan.  When I came up with chai donuts with a brown butter glaze, I couldn’t stop thinking about them.  I knew they were going to be amazing!  Guess what?  They are amazing.  As in, I-can’t-go-into-the-kitchen-because-I-will-eat-them-ALL-amazing.  As in, there-won’t-be-any-leftovers-coming-in-to-work-tomorrow-amazing.

Baked Chai Donuts with a Brown Butter Glaze |
Baked Chai Donuts with a Brown Butter Glaze |

I love chai.  I made Almond-Chai cookies at Christmas, and a really yummy Pumpkin Ginger Loaf with a Chai Sugar Glaze in the fall.  When you think about it, it was inevitable that I was at some point going to make chai spiced donuts.  Really.

I also love brown butter.  I think everyone loves brown butter.  At Christmas, I made Soft Ginger Cookies with a Brown Butter Frosting.  That frosting was soooooo good.  I may or may not have licked out the frosting bowl.  We’ll never know.

I knew the rich, nutty flavors of the brown butter frosting would be the perfect complement to the deep spicy flavors of the donut.  I was right.  I love saying that.  I love it even more when my boyfriend says it though.

Baked Chai Donuts with a Brown Butter Glaze |

On a side note, I still have not improved on my decorating skills.  It kind of looks like someone flung the brown butter frosting at the donuts and hoped some of it would stick.  Which is kind of, sort of, maybe true.

Baked Chai Donuts with a Brown Butter Glaze |


Baked Chai Donuts
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons chai spice mix
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, chai spice mix and salt. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, eggs and melted butter. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix until just combined.
  3. Fill a greased donut pan ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until top of donut springs back when touched. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Recipe Adapted from Wilton

Chai Spice Blend
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • pinchground black pepper

Recipe from Carrie and Jonathan

Baked Chai Donuts with a Brown Butter Glaze |
Brown Butter Glaze
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A delicious brown butter glaze that was used on my baked chai spice donuts. It would be great on cupcakes, cookies, almost everything!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 cup
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  1. Melt butter in a small pot over medium heat. Continue to cook butter, stirring or swirling the pan frequently, until butter turns a deep golden color. This will take between 5-10 minutes depending on how hot you heat the butter. Immediately transfer to a heat proof mixing bowl to prevent burning.
  2. Add icing sugar, vanilla and milk. Blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Add more milk, depending on how thick you would like the glaze to be.
  3. Glaze donuts with a knife or spoon. Allow donuts to sit for several hours for glaze to solidify.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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