Do you have a little that likes to help in the kitchen? Liam loves being a helper. With anything, really, but especially when we’re making something yummy. He’s been getting pretty good at it, too. He can now dump cups of flour and sugar or teaspoons of vanilla into a bowl without spilling. It’s so cute to watch him be very careful not to spill. Last weekend, I surprised Liam with a little morning baking sesh in the kitchen and he loved it. We made glazed mini donuts! He was so excited the entire time and had a hard time letting the donuts cool before tasting them. Okay, maybe me too.
We made a simple vanilla glazed mini donut recipe and added a little food coloring to a few to make them a little more festive for Valentine’s Day. Liam turned out to be quite a good glazer. (Is that even a real word?)
I have this thing with Funfetti cake (because it’s awesome), so I decided to throw some sprinkles in half of our donut batter. The results were….okay. I’m sure there’s a better way to do it. Like maybe less sprinkles the next time around. The sprinkles cooked great in the pan, but the ones on the top of the donuts puffed up and ended up looking more like fruity pebbles. And honestly, Liam didn’t care about the sprinkles in the donuts as much as he like the donuts with sprinkles on top.
But all-in-all, these were quite yummy. You can definitely adjust the sugar levels to your liking, if you want something a little less sweet. I also used almond milk and non-dairy butter to make these dairy-free. I also loved that this recipe only made one pan of mini donuts. It was perfect for our family to have a few leftover. But not so many that we’d have to toss what we couldn’t eat in time.
These are definitely a cake-style donut. They’re baked, so they’re not the melt-in-your-mouth fried goodness you’ll get from a donut shop. But that also means they’re a little healthier too. So you can have the whole pan, right? Just kidding. Or maybe not.
I did a little research before we baked and I found that heating the glaze is definitely the way to go. Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try yourself! I think we may try a blueberry donut next time. What’s your favorite donut flavor?
1 c flour
1/3 c sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter (melted)
1/3 c milk (plus a Tbsp or so more, if needed)
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a mini donut pan and set it aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients.
- In a second bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients.
- Gently mix the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients until combined and no lumps remain. Be careful not to over mix. If you’d like to add sprinkles or anything into your donut batter, gently fold it in.
- Pour the batter into a large ziplock bag. Twist the back of the bag tightly so that the batter fills up one bottom corner. Snip the corner and gently pipe the batter into each donut space in the pan. Fill each space about 3/4 of the way full.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden.
- Remove from the oven and cool for a few minutes in the pan. Then, gently loosen the donuts from the pan with a knife (if needed) and turn out onto a wire cooling rack. Allow the donuts to cool as you prepare the glaze.
- In a small saucepan, whisk together the milk, powdered sugar and vanilla extract for the glaze. Heat the glaze on low heat, stirring constantly, until the glaze is smooth.
- Remove from heat and add food coloring to desired hue.
- Dip the donuts into the glaze and return to the cooling rack and top with sprinkles, if desired. Be sure to have a baking sheet underneath the cooling rack to catch any drops of glaze. Allow glaze to set about 20 minutes.
- Serve immediately. Leftovers can be stored in a covered container for a day or two.
Speaking of Valentine’s Day, what are your plans? I’m supposed to have jury duty. We’ll see if I have to actually go in, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to spend all day with my favorite boys instead. And I may also try catching up on some sappy Hallmark movies during nap time. Hope it’s a good one!