Bring the Heath Doughnuts – Gourdough’s Copycat

Bring the Heath Doughnuts – A delicious baked yeast doughnut topped with cream cheese frosting and Heath candy pieces.

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So y’all know I went to Austin, TX for BlogHer Food ’13 at the beginning of the month right?  Well, weeks before I left, I had made plans with a bunch of blogger buddies to head over to Gourdough’s Doughnuts for some out-of-this-world doughnut goodness.   Kristen came up with this amazing idea that we could all pick a doughnut and try to recreate that doughnut once we got home.  We had a spreadsheet and everything people.  I mean, we are so organized, right?

Well, I saw the Bring the Heath Doughnut and I was sold.  Heath is one of my favorite candies.  I like it in pretty much everything from no bake cookies to brownie trifles.  When I thought about doughnuts topped with Heath bits…  Get in my belly!

Bring the Heath Doughnuts - Gourdough's Copycat from | A baked yeast doughnut topped with cream cheese frosting and Heath candy pieces.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how heavenly this doughnut is.  I actually ordered two doughnuts and both were SPECTACULAR.  The doughnuts are ginormous, soft, sweet and absolutely perfect!  Now I wanted  you guys to be able to recreate this at home without a bunch of fancy equipment and without having to break out your deep fryer (I so need to get one of those!) so I made a baked version that you’re going to love!


This doughnut is a raised baked doughnut that actually tastes like a traditionally fried doughnut without all the mess.  While they are absolutely amazing straight from the oven, these doughnuts also stay soft for at least a day after baking (I can’t attest to any longer times because we ate them all so quickly…)

Bring the Heath Doughnuts - Gourdough's Copycat from | A baked yeast doughnut topped with cream cheese frosting and Heath candy pieces.

The cream cheese icing is phenomenal and when topped with Heath bits – look out world!

Want to check out some other Gourdough’s Doughnuts? Go see some of my friends today!

18 Copycat Gourdough's Doughnuts Recipes from your favorite bloggers!

From the picture above, they are in order from the top left corner looking left to right:

PB & J by Capturing Joy | Granny’s Pie by Crazy for Crust | Heavenly Hash by Something Swanky | The Carney (Apple Pie Doughnuts) by Shugary Sweets | The Flying Pig by The Novice Chef | Dirty Berry by Inside BruCrew Life | Bring the Heath by Mom on Timeout | Son of a Peach by Chef-in-Training | Mama’s Cake by The Domestic Rebel | The Mother Clucker by Oh Sweet Basil | Cherry Bombs by My Life as a Mrs.| The Funky Monkey by The Little Kitchen | The Baby Rattler by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen | Black Out Cupcakes {inspired by Gourdoughs} by Cookies & Cups | ODB by Sweet Treats and More| The Puddin’ by Lauren’s Latest | Naughty & Nice by Life’s Ambrosia | Miss Shortcake by Kevin & Amanda

Bring the Heath Doughnuts – Gourdough’s Copycat
Makes 1 dozen doughnuts. Doughnut recipe adapted from my Mom. Cream cheese frosting recipe from my Nana.
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk, heated to 110-115 degrees
  • 1 Tbls active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbls vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2½ to 3½ cups flour, divided
  • ½ cup butter, cold, cut into 20-24 cubes
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tbls unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup Heath bits
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Cream the cream cheese and butter together.
  2. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  3. Sift the powdered sugar and gradually add to the cream cheese mixture.
  4. Continue beating until frosting is nice and fluffy.
  5. Refrigerate until needed.
  1. Beat egg and sugar together in a mixer bowl until nice and blended.
  2. Add milk, yeast, vanilla, and salt and continue mixing until combined.
  3. Turn mixer to low and gradually add 2 cups of flour. Continue on low speed until dough is pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Change to the dough hook and turn the mixer to medium speed.
  5. Add butter one cube at a time and continue beating until butter is combined and no large pieces of butter are visible.
  6. Reduce mixer speed to low and continue adding flour a little at a time until the dough forms a ball around the hook. The dough will be very soft.
  7. Lightly flour a cutting board and turn dough onto the floured surface.
  8. Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.
  9. Lightly grease a medium sized bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl.
  10. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size. About 1 hour.
  11. Punch down the dough and roll out to ½ inch thick.
  12. Use a doughnut cutter, cookie cutter, or large glass, to cut out rounds from the dough. Use a smaller cutter for the center.
  13. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place doughnuts 2 inches apart. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until almost doubled in size. 20-30 minutes.
  14. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake doughnuts until lightly golden and then brush with butter if desired.
  15. Let cool for just a few minutes.
  16. Frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle heath bits on top.
  17. Serve immediately.

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  1. Cream Cheese Frosting AND Heath bars? Yeah…I should have tried this one!
    shelly (cookies and cups) recently posted..Blackout Cupcakes

  2. The fact that these are baked is so great!! I love fried goodies as much as the next donut loving girl but it really does not work well in my cramped little kitchen. That un-topped baked donut is GORGEOUS. Can’t wait to try these!!
    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me recently posted..Lemon Blueberry Poppy Seed Ricotta Pancakes

  3. I had this one at the PJ party. Oh my it was good! Your version looks wonderful Trish!!
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets recently posted..Apple Pie Doughnuts

  4. Wow you brought it, these look great!
    JulieD recently posted..Funky Monkey Doughnut with Nutella – Gourdough’s Inspired Recipe

  5. This was one of my favorites at the conference! And your copycat version looks PERFECT!!!
    Ashton recently posted..Heavenly Hash Donuts {Gourdoughs Copycat Recipe}

  6. I totally love how your donuts are baked! I haven’t had a health bar since I was a kid! These look fabulous!
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet recently posted..No-Bake Biscoff Balls

  7. Christina Gathright says:

    Cream cheese frosting + heath bars = me totally loving this! Need a donut asap! They look great :)

  8. I’m totally going to try doughnuts without the frying! What a great idea :)
    Lauren recently posted..The Puddin’ Doughnut {Gourdough’s Copycat}

  9. Good Lord, Trish!! That’s really all I can say.. :) Pinned and can’t wait to make these donuts. There is a creative donut place by me called Glazed & Infused. This donut looks like something they would make but I like your version better.
    Meghan @ The Tasty Fork recently posted..Flavors of Summer Giveaway

  10. OMG. They look fried. But they’re baked. I love you!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted..Banana Caramel Pecan Doughnuts {gourdoughs copycat}

  11. Heath Bars + Doughnuts = Total Win
    Cookbook Queen recently posted..Baby Rattler (Worms & Dirt) Doughnuts — Gourdough’s Copycat

  12. Oh good heavens Trish!! Those look DIVINE!!!! I just love donuts- I could make them every week :)
    Gina recently posted..Coco Piña Colada

  13. Um…YUM!!! These doughnuts are calling my name…Daaaaaaaaaaniiiiiiiiii…eaaaaaaaat meeeeeeeee!

    Why thank you, doughnut, don’t mind if I do!
    Dani recently posted..Peanut Broccoli Stir Fry

  14. I love love love that you baked yours. They totally look fried! And cream cheese frosting and heath…yeah, get in mah belly!!!!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted..Dirty Berry Doughnut – Gourdough’s Copycat

  15. Whoa mama. These look amazing!! Must try your baked doughnut recipe!!
    Amanda @ Kevin & Amanda recently posted..Strawberry Shortcake Doughnut Muffins

  16. Heath is one of my favorite flavors ever – these look incredible!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted..Restaurant Style Salsa

  17. Love that you baked yours! So smart!
    Jessica – The Novice Chef recently posted..Candied Maple Bacon Donut

  18. Yesss!! This is my favorite option at Gordough’s! Bring the Heath with a little coffee…mmm mm…so good! :)

  19. Those definitely look delicious and a must try! Thanks for sharing :)
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  20. I LOVE that these are baked and not fried…sort of balances out the guilt from eating all of the Heath topping, LOL. These turned out just gorgeous, Trish – yummo!
    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl recently posted..What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday

  21. BAKED doughnuts! They look so amazing! Plus anything with cream cheese frosting is pretty much my favorite!
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting recently posted..Piña Colada Cupcake Shake

  22. I want all of these donuts!!! I’m so hungry now!!!
    carrian recently posted..Cilantro Lime Rice-Cafe Rio Copycat

  23. I love the fact that you baked your doughnuts! Heath bars are one of my faves too and the fact that they are on a doughnut well that does, like you hoped, blow my mind :)
    Des @ Life’s Ambrosia recently posted..Naughty and Nice Doughnut- Gourdough’s Copycat

  24. This looks so good. I didn’t get to try this donut while at GourDoughs so I’ll have to give your recipe a whirl!
    katie recently posted..The Flavors of Summer Virtual Picnic Giveaway

  25. Trish: we you reading my mind? I LOVE Heath Bars, too! You are so funny…I loved the “get in my belly”. I can’t wait to try these – too bad I’m starting a diet tomorrow, but I’ll definitely make these sometime soon because they are baked, not fried. Thank you for recreating an awesome recipe!
    Carole recently posted..Sweet Baby James

  26. Hi neighbor! =) These look so amazing! I love that you used a yeast doughnut as a base, I bet they taste AMAZING!! Beautiful job!
    Glory/ Glorious Treats recently posted..4th of July Snack Mix

  27. well, you know how I love my donuts, but heath is one of my all time favorite candy bars and ice cream toppings. I’m not sure if Austin is a safe place for me ti visit…ever
    Heather @ French Press recently posted..Mediterranean Baked Chicken

  28. Oh my heck! Heath is my favorite! And you baked these? So they are healthier right? =o) They look amazing!
    Erin @ Making Memories recently posted..Glazed Chocolate Donuts

  29. Trish I am so impressed with these! The dough recipe itself – I’ve been wanting to make a baked + yeast donut. Normally they’re quickbread donuts; or yeast/fried. I love that it’s baked + yeast. And then that topping..Heath.. love it!!! Pinned!

  30. Trish you have captured Gourdoughs perfectly! These look amazing! I would love to have you share them on my Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s linky party!!
    [email protected] Plaid and Paisley Kitchen recently posted..Tasty Tuesday’s

  31. YUM!! These look so good! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

  32. What a great idea to do with all the girls! Love how you did the donut hop with everyone’s creation…so fun! Pinning and sharing!
    Gloria // Simply Gloria recently posted..Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese

  33. oh my – doughnuts are my absolute favorite – and heath bars are up there too! Saw you at 6 sisters and had to stop over!

    Would love to see this linked up to Super Sunday at Who Needs a cape! Hope we see you!!!
    Heather Who Needs a Cape? recently posted..Our Week in Review 7/28/13

  34. Oh my goodness, this is just too much deliciousness all in one dessert!!!! These look absolutely amazing!!!!!!

  35. Baked donuts, cream cheese frosting, AND Heath bar!? Goodness, I am drooling up a storm right now. These look amazing. I’m going to bust out my donut pan to make a batch. Stopping by from Whimsy Wednesday to say hi. I am excited to explore some more!

  36. I love donuts!! These look delicious!!!
    I havent made any donuts myself, but Im saving this recipe!!

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