Itsy Bitsy Doughnuts

October 20, 2010

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I purchased these mini muffin tins a few months back.  I have been dying to make some little doughnuts, but for some reason just haven’t had the time.  With all my meal planning (cooking most nights), three kids going here there and everywhere and all the back to school stuff, I barely have time to focus on the day to day.

Halloween is always a really fun holiday in our house.  For the past 9-10 years we have had a neighborhood party. The party, for me, is just an excuse to decorate, create fun and creative food, get everyone in one place, and keep  my kids close to home.  This year, each of my kids want to invite just a few kids over for dinner(prior to trick-or-treating) and although they are going to gather tons of “junk” as they venture into the neighborhood, I wanted something sweet and festive on the table.

Isaac and I experimented with a baked doughnut recipe I found on one of my favorite blogs, Sprinkle Bakes. Hers were so cute and the recipe seemed easy enough.  As I was making the dough, it reminded me of a pancake or waffle dough.  There is no yeast involved and all can be done in one mixing bowl.  My kind of Sunday morning activity.

All my kids fell in love with these doughnuts!  Isaac, my savory, loving, chip eating, curly headed monster could not stop eating them.  Generally, when I make something new, he takes one bite and says, “it’s just okay”.  Hence, these he ate proudly!

Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts
adapted from here
yield: 4-5 dozen

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbls. unsalted butter, melted
seeds from half of a vanilla bean

1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 Tbls. whole organic milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
food coloring of your choice

• preheat oven to 425*.  spray mini doughnut pans with cooking spray.
• in a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
• add the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, vanilla seeds, and melted butter.
• mix just to combine.  don’t over mix
• using a piping bag and medium size tip, fill doughnut trays, 1/2 way full.
• bake 5-8 minutes or until top of the doughnuts spring back when touched.
• let cool in pan 4-5 minutes before removing.
• in a small bowl, stir together sugar, milk, and vanilla.  you may need to add more
sugar, depending upon the thickness you desire.  add food coloring and mix until
color is uniform.
• use immediately.  sprinkle with nonpareils, or jimmies.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bria October 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm

adorable!! I might need to cave soon and buy one of these pans, they are just too cute. Plus I love the Halloween colors on these!


2 Hazel October 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm

These look perfect! I always love miniature versions of food. I wonder how well pumpkin flavoured frosting would go down?!


3 Brownieville Girl October 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Great recommendation!These sound fantastic.


4 Amanda October 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm

So cute!!! The recipe looks delish!


5 Kristen October 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Those look so delicious and lovely! Yum!


6 Esi October 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I totally need to get a donut tin. I have a feeling I would be making them all the time!


7 Cathy @ ShowFoodChef October 20, 2010 at 7:52 pm

A-dorable!! I love the tin, and I’m a sucker for the mini anything with food. Nice decorating, too – lucky neighbors!


8 Brooke@foodwoolf October 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Can you be my Mommy? You are sooooo good!


9 Jennifurla October 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm

OMG I WANT that pan, how adorable.


10 Debbie B. October 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Oh my goodness these are adorable! I’ve never made homemade donuts … maybe one day when I am feeling adventurous!


11 marla {family fresh cooking} October 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Susan, I am so thrilled that these doughnuts are baked not fried. You have my gears spinning now. Think I need to come up with a Family Fresh version – even though yours are perfect as is & so beautiful with that orange glaze. I bet your kids loved ’em!


12 Zoe October 20, 2010 at 10:32 pm

very cute little donuts…


13 Maria October 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm

SO cute and festive!


14 L8YCHEF October 21, 2010 at 1:57 am

OMG-i have to try these..and then a Maple version because maple donuts are my FAV!


15 The Urban Baker October 21, 2010 at 2:01 am

all of you who commented on the cute doughnut pans…buy them. they are not expensive and they are so cute. and what could be better than “baked” doughnuts?


16 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Those are so adorable! I also love that they’re baked instead of fried. I’m not one to deep fry things at home.


17 Kathryn October 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Hey! Just stopping by to let you know we’re giving away a signed Sandra Lee cookbook with 1,001 recipes over at Chew on That! We’d love for you to enter! The giveaway ends on Halloween, so hurry over! 🙂


18 The Food Librarian October 22, 2010 at 4:06 am

these are perfect for the season! how lovely! – mary


19 Eliana October 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Awww – these could not be any cuter. I could see myself enjoying a whole bunch of these little beauties at once.


20 SprinkleBakes October 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm

OH my goodness! Yours turned out so perfect and festive! I just saw a recipe for caramel apple baked donuts… I’m going to break out the donut pan once again! 🙂


21 The Sukkar Chef October 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm

i’ve seen these pans but never thought of baking donuts in them! will try 🙂


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