spiced baked doughnuts with nacho chili cheese { + a keurig and k-pack GIVEAWAY!}

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Welcome to Doughnut Week.

Doughnut Week may sound a little contradictory, seeing how the topic of conversation around the water cooler is which crossfit class you are attending and how many salads you have eaten this week. These topics are totally warranted because yours truly did take part in two weeks of gluttony over the holiday.


And yes, I am getting to the gym most days, even though it is really hard, seeing as January is flipping freezing.  But, I am a firm believer in all things in moderation.  Hence, Doughnut Week is totally acceptable.

This week, ten fabulous food bloggers and I are sharing the best of the best of this classic treat. Nothing is off limits. We have everything from sweet to savory and a few things in between. Wet your palates friends, because the forecast is calling for some dough-izzle.  And not only dough-izzle, but a GIVE-AWAY!

Before we talk about today’s giveaway, can I puh-leez tell you about these spiced baked doughnuts with chili cheese? I have a mad obsession with anything chili cheese. Anytime I go to a sporting event or watch a football game, my belly yearns for the spicy, cheesy topping. Hot dogs are my first vehicle of choice, but that got me thinking, why not a doughnut?

spiced baked doughnuts with nacho chili cheese www.climbinggriermountain.com

And the rest as they say, is doughnut history! I promise it will be your new go-to comfort food or better yet, breakfast! Oh, and speaking of breakfast, today’s giveaway is brought to you by the kind folks over at Keurig!

Yep, yep, yep! You could win a Keurig and a K-pack! All you have to do is enter the giveaway below and follow the instructions. It’s so easy!

Make sure and check out the rest of the sugar and savory doughnut line-up for today!


Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama –  Salted Maple Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Brandy @ Nutmeg Nanny – Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnuts

Julie @ Table for Two – Triple Coconut Donut

Rachel @ Baked By Rachel – Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts

Megan @Country Cleaver – Chocolate Stout Maple Bar

Kita @Pass the Sushi – Irish Cream Filled Doughnuts

Gina @Running to the Kitchen – Chocolate Pumpkin Donut Holes with Amaretto Glaze

Lauren @ Healthy Delicious – Spiced Banana Donut Holes

Emily @ Jelly Toast – Chai Spiced Donut Muffins 

Heather @ Farm Girl Gourmet – Kahula and Cream Doughnuts 

spicy baked doughnuts with nacho chili cheese

Yield: Makes 12 doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes


for the doughnuts:
2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 cups leftover chili
red onion, diced, garnish

for the cheese sauce:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and pepper


for the doughnuts:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray. In large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt. Add buttermilk, eggs and butter. Beat until just combined. Fill each doughnut cup approximately 2/3 full.

Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until the top of the doughnuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4 to 5 minutes before removing.

In the meantime, warm the leftover chili on the stove. To serve the doughnuts, take a doughnut and place it on a place. Top with chili and cheddar cheese sauce on top. Garnish with red onion!

for the cheese sauce:
In a small saucepan preheated to medium heat, add the butter. Let it melt and then whisk in flour. Keep whisking for a minute until you cook out all of that raw flour taste. Gradually add the milk. Stir often so the milk doesn't clump. After about five minutes the sauce should thicken and then you add the cheddar cheese. Stir and add pinch of salt and pepper.

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48 Responses to “spiced baked doughnuts with nacho chili cheese { + a keurig and k-pack GIVEAWAY!}”

  1. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 13, 2014 at 12:33

    WHOA! You are really super creative, I love it. What a great savory doughnut! Thanks so much for participating this week! xoxo

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:08

      Yay!! So glad you like! Thanks for letting me joint the party! xoxo

  2. #
    kita — January 13, 2014 at 13:19

    You know how much I was looking forward to seeing these right? Epic!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:09

      LOL! I knew you would fully appreciate these savory doughnuts!

  3. #
    Julia — January 13, 2014 at 13:29

    Doughnut weeeeeek! What a genius, genius idea. I may be on the January health train like a good trend follower, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy gaping at delicious doughnuts mmmm mmmm chili cheese doughnut me!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:09

      Exactly!! Moderation is key:)

  4. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 13:31

    What?!?! These are seriously over the top! You’ve outdone yourself with this one.

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:10

      Thank you, Rachel! xoxo

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    Tieghan — January 13, 2014 at 13:38

    I love savory doughnut! I actually have one coming up, but the nacho cheese is just amazing!! Oh and so is doughnut week!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:10

      Thank you, Tieghan!

  6. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 13, 2014 at 14:05

    This is so brilliant! I always think of sweet doughnuts, but WHOA, I’ll take a huge stack of these!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:11

      Promise, you will love these, Stephanie!

  7. #
    julia — January 13, 2014 at 14:14

    Oh my these look so amazing! I would never have thought of that combo–this is a pregnant girls dream! ;)

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:11

      EXACTLY!! I’ll send some right over!

  8. #
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — January 13, 2014 at 15:06

    You are speaking my pregnant food craving-loving language, m’lady. NEED THESE DOUGHNUTS.

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:11

      HA! I’ll have some delivered ASAP!

  9. #
    Sheila — January 13, 2014 at 15:21

    WHAT THE HECK are you cooking up girlfriend??!! I actually love this, but would have never ever thought of it on my own! Looks ahMAaazing!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:12

      LOL! I don’t know Sheila, you are pretty darn creative! Thanks!!

  10. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — January 13, 2014 at 15:48

    You always come up with the craziest flavor combos! Dusty and I love eating cinnamon rolls with chili, so I bet these are just as delicious!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:13

      WHAT?!! I want a cinnamon roll with chili! So actioning that!

  11. #
    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — January 13, 2014 at 16:15

    Oh dear heavens… I need these!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:13

      Yes. Yes, you do. xoxo

  12. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 13, 2014 at 16:27

    woahhhhhhhhh – i love the savory take on these!!!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:14

      Thanks, Julie! Doughnut week is a blast so far!

  13. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — January 13, 2014 at 16:39

    I’ve been waiting to see what you had up your sleeve with this, and you definitely did not disappoint. WOW.

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:14

      Thanks, Lauren! I think everything did an outstanding job!

  14. #
    cassie — January 13, 2014 at 16:43

    These are so freaking fun! I die for nacho cheese!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:15

      Me too! That is why we are friends!

  15. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — January 13, 2014 at 17:25

    How fun is this idea? I can almost taste them!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:15

      Thanks, Heather! Cheers to doughnut week!

  16. #
    Kate — January 14, 2014 at 00:40

    Savory doughnuts!?! Get out!

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:15

      Thanks, Kate!

  17. #
    Joanne — January 14, 2014 at 02:13

    SAVORY DOUGHNUTS. This brings breakfast-for-dinner to a whole new level of amazing.

    • Lauren replied: — January 14th, 2014 @ 04:16

      Exactly. You need these in your life:)

  18. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 14, 2014 at 03:51

    It’s official- you are my hero! Baked and savory for the win!!

  19. #
    Megan {Country cleaver} — January 14, 2014 at 03:53

    You don’t even know how much I’m into savory cheese nuts of dough.

  20. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 14, 2014 at 05:17

    WHAT! I need these in my life. If I promise to eat salads for a week after, it’s okay for me to eat a dozen, right?

  21. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — January 14, 2014 at 12:59

    Oh my god! These are insane! Pretty much one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Love how your brain works.

    Doughnut week sounds about 10,000,000 x better than soup week, haha!

  22. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 14, 2014 at 15:40

    I’m announcing this week my favorite week ever. All doughnuts, all week–epic! I love that you made a savory doughnut. Yum!

  23. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 14, 2014 at 16:18

    You come up with the best flavor combinations! These sound amazing!

  24. #
    Sarah — January 14, 2014 at 17:00

    Savory doughnuts sounds good for sure!

  25. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — January 14, 2014 at 17:11

    Chili cheese sauce…droooooool. Since these are savory, I can have them for dinner, right? I’ll put a couple celery sticks on the side…ya know, for balance.

  26. #
    Emily {Jelly Toast} — January 14, 2014 at 19:20

    I so love how you piled doughnuts with chili cheese! That is freaking brilliant and I want to make these for the Super Bowl, now! What an awesome savory doughnut!!

  27. #
    Paula – bell’alimento — January 14, 2014 at 23:03

    You are a genius! Prefect for game day!

  28. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — January 15, 2014 at 04:16

    doughnut week? Where do I sign up for taste testing? Chili? nacho cheese? Wowzers!

  29. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — January 16, 2014 at 04:37

    Whoa! A savory donut…I’m sold! I love that it’s filled with spices and topped with chili AND cheese. This is perfect for this cold NY weather…yum!

  30. #
    Carla — January 17, 2014 at 01:04

    What the what the what?! When I heard about these nacho cheese doughnuts, I had to pop by to check them out! Very intrigued to try them.

  31. #
    Amber — January 17, 2014 at 21:25

    These look so ooey gooey delicious! Yum!

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