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Carrot Cake Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

A savory carrot cake donut, topped with a sweet cream cheese glaze is the perfect treat for Spring.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8


  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • canola oil, for frying

For The Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, and vanilla. When smooth, add the egg, and beat until the consistency's smooth. 
  • Use a spatula to stir in the carrot and sour cream until the mixture's smooth and evenly incorporated.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, spice, and salt. 
  • At a low speed, gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet until evenly incorporated and the dough's formed.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes.
  • Transfer the chilled dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough fully about three times. Roll the dough out evenly until it's about a half inch thick.
  • Use a 3" donut cutter, cut the donuts out. Reserve the donut holes to cook with the donuts. Re-roll out the scraps as necessary until there's no more.
  • Fill a dutch oven half way with oil. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer reaches 350 degrees. Fry the donuts in batches, about 1 1/2 minutes per side, until golden brown. Remove  the cooked donuts to a paper towel lined plate to drain any excess grease.
  • Fry the donut holes about a minute, or until golden brown.

To Make The Cream Cheese Glaze

  • In a mixing bowl, whip together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until creamy. Mix in the sugar and milk, a little at a time, until the glaze is completely smooth. 
  • Dip the top half of each donut in the  glaze, set it on a wire rack, and sprinkle with the pecans. Let the glaze set completely before serving.