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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.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword heath doughnuts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Let Rise 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 372kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout



  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk heated to 110-115 degrees
  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups flour divided
  • 1/2 cup butter cold, cut into 20-24 cubes

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz reduced-fat cream cheese softened
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Heath bits


Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream the cream cheese and butter together.
  • Beat in the vanilla extract.
  • Sift the powdered sugar and gradually add to the cream cheese mixture.
  • Continue beating until frosting is nice and fluffy.
  • Refrigerate until needed.


  • Beat egg and sugar together in a mixer bowl until nice and blended.
  • Add milk, yeast, vanilla, and salt and continue mixing until combined.
  • 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.
  • Change to the dough hook and turn the mixer to medium speed.
  • Add butter one cube at a time and continue beating until butter is combined and no large pieces of butter are visible.
  • 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.
  • Lightly flour a cutting board and turn dough onto the floured surface.
  • Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky.
  • Lightly grease a medium sized bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size. About 1 hour.
  • Punch down the dough and roll out to 1/2 inch thick.
  • Use a doughnut cutter, cookie cutter, or large glass, to cut out rounds from the dough. Use a smaller cutter for the center.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake doughnuts until lightly golden and then brush with butter if desired.
  • Let cool for just a few minutes.
  • Frost with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle heath bits on top.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg