Spiced Vanilla Doughnuts

So yesterday I spent the whole day in my pajamas.

The WHOLE day.

I loved every minute of it.

I also spent the entire day watching Game of Thrones on HBO. I am late to the game when it comes to the whole seven kingdoms, protect the realm thing, but I am trying to catch up before Season 3 premieres next Sunday. Unfortunately, I will have to choose what I watch first –Game of Thrones, Season 3 premiere or The Walking Dead, Season 3 finale. They both air on Sunday at exactly 9:oopm EST. I hate it when that happens.

It looks like I watch a lot of T.V., but I actually don’t. I only have 7-8 shows in my T.V. viewing repertoire and they typically don’t overlap. But here I am, having to decide what to watch first next Sunday.

Anyway, I didn’t just watch T.V. I made you doughnuts.

Spiced Vanilla Doughnuts

These spicy vanilla doughnuts are not only baked, but I threw in whole wheat flour to the mix too! I used 2/3 all purpose and 1/3 whole wheat, but you could totally used 1/2 and 1/2 or even 2/3 wheat and 1/3 all purpose.

Spiced Vanilla Doughnuts

The spiced vanilla bean sugar I found is perfect for dipping my warm, butter drenched doughnuts in. I discovered it at my local spice shop, but you can order it online here.

Spiced Vanilla Doughnuts

Recipe by Carrie


  • 2 sticks {1 cup} unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 `1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking spice
  • 1/2 cup Spiced Vanilla Bean Sugar or 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6-7 tablespoons cream
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease doughnut pan or muffin tin with flour spray.
  3. In your stand mixer bowl, combine 1 stick{1/2 cup} and 2 tablespoons of butter with 1 cup of sugar. Mix until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  5. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, salt, and baking spice.
  6. Add dry mixture to the butter and sugar, alternating with the buttermilk, and beginning and ending with the dry mixture.
  7. Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full
  8. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until doughnuts are golden.
  9. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons of butter.
  10. While doughnuts are still warm, roll them in melted butter; then in Spiced Vanilla Bean Sugar.
  11. Combine cream and confectioner's sugar until a thin icing forms. Use pink food coloring gel to tint your icing Spring pink.
  12. Drizzle icing on top with a spoon.
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Spiced Vanilla Doughnuts

4 thoughts on “Spiced Vanilla Doughnuts

  1. Game of Thrones v. Walking Dead is a toughie! Thank goodness my husband and I have Tivo – makes these decisions easier! If I personally had to choose, it would be Game of Thrones, mainly because there will be DRAGONS this season!!

    These are beautiful doughnuts :)

    • I LOVE the dragons!! So cool!! I will be on Spring Break and can stay up late, so chances are I will watch Game of Thrones directly after The Walking Dead. I wish I could clone myself and watch them both at the same time. Ha!

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