Spiked Oktoberfest Donuts Recipe

Spiked Oktoberfest Donuts



  • 1 cup Oktoberfest beer of choice
  • 3 and ½ cups of whole wheat pastry flour (can sub with all-purpose flour if needed)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 and ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice mix
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 tbsp butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup buttermilk (milk + 1 tsp vinegar)


  • 2 tbsp Oktoberfest beer
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, simmer oktoberfest beer for about 20-30 minutes. It will be ¼ cup after.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice mix, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add 1 egg in at a time until thoroughly mixed. Add in the buttermilk.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. After the dough has been thoroughly mixed lined 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. The dough will be very sticky – that is normal.
  6. Sprinkle flour onto the parchment paper – flour is your friend here, the more you use the least the dough will stick to the paper.
  7. With your floured hands, stretch the dough the length of your baking pan. It should be about ½ an inch thick.
  8. Put the dough in the freezer for 20 minutes until it is a little bit hard.
  9. Remove from freezer and cut 3 inch circles for the donuts (I used a wine glass, but use what you have on hand). Cut 1 inch circles inside of the donuts. Use a small circle cap or an apple corer.
  10. Remove the extra scrap dough and roll into a ball. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  11. While the donuts are in the refrigerator, head about 3 inches of oil in a large pot. When the oil is 360 degrees it is ready. You can use a candy thermometer.
  12. Drop donuts in the frying oil. Remember to not overcrowd them. Fry until golden brown. Flip and fry the other side.
  13. Remove donuts and allow to cool on a paper towel for about 1 minute.
  14. Dip the warm donuts in the glaze.
  15. Garnish with pumpkin pie spice mix (optional)


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  1. Tammy S
    October 7, 2013 at 11:26 am — Reply

    This is a new one. I have never heard of Spiked Oktoberfest donuts. They do look great. I love trying new spins on old recipes. Thanks!

  2. October 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm — Reply

    I think it would be very dangerous for me to make my own donuts at home LOL. These sound so good I’d end up eating them ALL myself.

  3. October 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm — Reply

    Nummy, Stacie! There are so many options with all the wonderful brews out there now too!

  4. October 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm — Reply

    I do not like the taste of beer but the recipe itself for these donuts sounds very tempting–I love glazed donuts.

    • October 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm — Reply

      They actually don’t taste like beer at all. 🙂

  5. October 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm — Reply

    oooh hubby would love this. The kids would prefer this not spiked of course but hubby would. I’ve never made my own donuts though and not sure if I would even be any good.

  6. October 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm — Reply

    wow…very awesome! My husband loves it when I bake/cook with beer, so I know these would be a hit!

  7. October 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm — Reply

    I would never have thought to add beer! I bet it adds a lot of lightness to the donuts!

  8. October 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm — Reply

    Wow, I never heard of this before!

  9. October 9, 2013 at 6:38 pm — Reply

    That sounds absolutely amazing! I will have to try this out! Thanks for sharing, I love donuts!

  10. October 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm — Reply

    Ah Hah!! Now I see what they are spiked with. Beer. When I first read the caption, I said to myself. I wonder what they are spiked with.

  11. October 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    Your donuts look fantastic! we don’t do beer of any kind, but i bet it would still taste amazing omitting the beer too!

  12. October 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm — Reply

    Wow, these look awesome! I’ve had beer bread, but never beer-spiked donuts!

  13. October 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm — Reply

    YUM YUM YUM.. these look amazing.. I soo would like to try them.. not sure if I can keep the beer in the fridge long enough.. hubby loves my german oktoberfest beer…hahah I may have to sneak an extra bottle in.. Thanks for sharing they sure look delicious

  14. October 9, 2013 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    Oh they sound so good. I would love to make some. I wonder if I can substitute non-alcoholic beer for the Oktoberfest beer? My family loves homemade donuts so these would be eaten in a flash.

  15. October 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm — Reply

    WOW these have my attention. I bet they taste YUM!

  16. October 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm — Reply

    I knew beer was great for some bread recipes, but not doughnuts. I’m starving and shouldn’t have read this late at night when I can’t get a donut!

  17. October 9, 2013 at 10:59 pm — Reply

    Those look yummy. I have never tried donuts before but I think i will try this recipe thanks so much for sharing.

  18. October 10, 2013 at 12:15 am — Reply

    Hahaha, I could just imagine someone eating a whole lot of these, then walking home very drunk. Great recipe!

  19. Nicole A.
    October 10, 2013 at 12:51 am — Reply

    These sound great! They look even better!

  20. October 10, 2013 at 3:38 am — Reply

    It wouldn’t be a good idea if I made my own donuts, lol. These look so good, though!

  21. October 10, 2013 at 10:39 am — Reply

    I liked donuts and my kids, too! But, I never made… This will be great to try sometimes.

  22. October 10, 2013 at 10:50 am — Reply

    I am Bavarian so this screams my name! I have never seen a Oktoberfest Donut and love the idea!

  23. October 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    the glaze sounds easy and yummy. i’m thnking maybe even for french toast topping!

  24. October 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm — Reply

    I never thought about adding beer to donuts! Such a cool idea! May have to try these out! 🙂

  25. October 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm — Reply

    Ooooh mmyyyy goooddnnesss. I want one of these so bad! I would definitely screw something up about this recipe. I have always been too scared to try to make donuts. Is that crazy? These look fantastic!

  26. October 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    I had no idea that you could include beer in a donut recipe. These donuts look absolutely delicious and I’m a big fan of glazed donuts anyway so I am quite sure that I would love them. I can’t wait to tell my husband about this since he thinks he is a beer connoisseur.

  27. October 11, 2013 at 1:30 am — Reply

    Love Oktoberfest! These look great, and easy too. I love making donuts, the odd thing is ( ok not that odd) I can’t only eat warm donuts ! They taste amazing that way

  28. October 12, 2013 at 11:16 am — Reply

    These donuts sound and look amazing! I would probably just put a plain glaze on it though bc I am not a beer fan!