Chai Spice Doughnuts

Hello friends!

I am back with more delectable doughnuts!!!


Chai Spice Doughnut Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

Chai Spice Doughnut Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

So I mayyyyyy have mentioned, perhaps a million times, how I do not like hot weather.

It creates a lazy baker who never wants to turn the oven on for fear of living in an inferno the rest of her days.

But, I also have needs.

Needs that many of you share with me, I am sure.

The need to smell something fresh and sweet enveloping the kitchen, to taste any combination of  moist, chewy, ooey, gooey, salty, sweet, fun to eat treats!

Then, as if those cravings weren’t enough; I suffer from another.

One that is even more dreadful to me when the hot weather arrives: the caffeine addiction.

Coffee, tea, all my compadres during the winter months are now a necessary evil in the middle of June.

Whatever are we to do, friends?


Chai Spice Doughnuts Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

Chai Spice Doughnuts Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

I am sure you guessed the solution centers on these doughnuts. 😉

Problem #1: Turning on the oven

Solution #1: Doughnut maker!

Problem #2: I love chai tea but it’s too hot


All of my cravings combine to form one super duper doughnut. Think of these as your favorite cinnamon sugar doughnut with all the spices and flavors you love in a comforting cup of chai tea.

We are talking cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and even an entire bag of chai tea opened right up into the batter.

It’s chai spice to the extreme!

I may have eaten all a great deal of these doughnuts before writing this post, which would explain the levels of excitement exploding into the form of caps lock everywhere.

Chai Spice Doughnuts Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

My apologies.

Except I am not sorry.


These doughnuts, which are baked and not fried by the way, could very well be the best doughnuts I have ever created.

They are moist, fluffy, sweet and spicy, and the perfect treat to start your day, take with you to work,  or enjoy when you get home.

If you end up with a chillier day and the idea of a hot cup of tea or coffee does not repulse you, these are definitely doughnuts worth dunking.

I’ll be back Friday with more from-scratch tomato sauces, so be sure to pop over before you begin your weekend!

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Chai Spice Doughnuts Recipe - On Sugar Mountain

Happy Baking!

OSM Signature

Chai Spice Doughnuts


Need more chai in your life than a latte can provide? Try these soft, fluffy, Chai Spice Doughnuts!

Yields: Approximately 2 Dozen Mini Doughnuts

  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 2 tbsp melted (and cooled) butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 tbsp melted butter, for dipping
  1. Preheat doughnut maker (or your oven to 350) and if using a doughnut pan, grease with cooking spray. Combine sugar with spices (cinnamon through nutmeg) until well mixed. Remove 3/4 cup sugar for the actual doughnut batter, set aside the remaining 1 1/2 cups for later. Meanwhile, in a measuring cup combine milk and vinegar and let stand 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine the 3/4 cup sugar/spice mixture with flour, baking powder, and salt. Open chai tea bag and stir contents into the flour mixture. In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together milk/vinegar mixture with melted butter, egg, and vanilla.
  3. Pour wet ingredient mixture over dry ingredient mixture and stir with wooden spoon until just combined and the batter looks smooth.
  4. Spray doughnut maker with cooking spray and fill cavities 1/2 full with doughnut batter; if using the oven fill doughnut pan cavities halfway full with batter.
  5. Bake for 4 minutes, or until doughnuts spring back when lightly touched or a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Place remaining sugar/spice mixture from step one in a plastic or paper bag and have your 6 tbsp melted butter in a small bowl.
  7. Working two or so at a time, dip doughnuts in melted butter, then place in bag with sugar mixture. Gently toss/shake the bag to cover the doughnuts. Remove and set on piece of parchment paper while you dip the rest of the doughnuts.


  1. says

    Oh man, I love chai. These sound like an awesome treat! I agree with you – it’s been way too hot for tea around here. Which stinks since I love it so much! Guess I’ll need to make some donuts instead : )

  2. sweetie says

    hi- is that the correct amount of sugar? even if you use 3/4c for the topping, the mixture gets 1c flour for 1.5 cups sugar. they look great and i want to check before i try these myself. thank you!

    • says

      Hi sweetie – I realize that the directions were a little vague so I just re-wrote them and updated the post. 3/4 cup is what goes into the doughnut mix, the 1.5 cups of sugar is for the topping (you will have some extra but it’s always good to keep for other things!)

      Thanks for pointing that out though! 😀

  3. says

    Oh my gosh, your pictures are consistently GORGEOUS and consistently having me licking my screen in an embarrassing manner. I LOVE chai anything — however did you know?! Also, I never got the chance to tell you this but is it weird that I super LOVE the fact that your gravatar picture is of you in a hot dog costume? I mean, best profile picture ever.

  4. Elizabeth @ says

    These sound delicious! I am such a fan of homemade doughnuts but am usually too lazy to make them myself. These chai ones, might just inspire me to change my mind!

  5. says

    I love chai spiced anything! I’ve seen donut makers in stores but have yet to feel a strong enough desire to actually splurge on one, are they really that worth it? Or is a donut pan a better investment?

    • says

      Li, SO WORTH IT! I like the pans as well, but the doughnnut maker uses less electricity than the oven (and doesn’t turn your house all hot and gross in the summer) and it’s very easy to use and clean. 😀

  6. Ryn says

    Can the vinegar be substituted with lemon juice? I take it you use that process to create a buttermilk alternative. Correct me if I’m wrong of course.


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