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10.21.2013

The Best Baked Mini Donuts

We like to think of these oven-baked mini donuts as the "Granny Girls" signature recipe.  This is our go-to recipe to take to parties or give as birthday gifts because not only are they super easy to make but people LOVE them (get ready for recipe requests out the wazoo).


What makes these happiness-inducing sprinkle-festivals so amazing?  First of all, they're donuts.  Second, they're mini (cuuute!). Third, they're baked, not fried (aka you can eat them all). And fourth, they taste like cinnamon-y, fresh baked heaven.  And they're super fun because you can color co-ordinate the sprinkles to match whatever it is you're celebrating.  Bring these babies to your next get-together and, trust us, your dessert will be the talk of the table.  Or the talk of your coffee table as you finish them off while watching Netflix.  We've done it.


P.S.  Want to win a mini donut pan of your very own?  Check back soon for our first giveaway featuring one of these pans & a bunch of other fun prizes!


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg


Wet ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk (we used vanilla almond milk)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 egg (or egg replacer for 1 egg)
  • 4 tbsp. butter (or Earth Balance)


For the icing

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. milk (again, we used vanilla almond)
  • sprinkles!


Directions


1.  Preheat your oven to 350┬║ F.

2.  In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.

3.  In a small pot, mix together the wet ingredients.  Heat on the stovetop on low heat and stir until blended.

4.  Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients & lightly mix until just blended.

5.  Lightly spray mini donut pan with your choice of cooking oil (we used coconut oil).

6.  Now it's time to pour the batter into the pan!  On our first try making these donuts we painstakingly used a teaspoon and our fingers to spread the batter around - until we realized the GENIUS plan of pouring the batter into a Ziploc bag, snipping off a tiny corner, and piping the batter into the donut circles.  SO EASY!  (You probably would have figured this out on your first try but we're all about trial & error over here). 





7.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Let cool for about 5 minutes & then tip baked donuts onto wire cooling rack & they should just pop right out.  Repeat until batter is done.  (We got about 36 mini donuts out of the batch!)8.  To make your icing (which is really more like a glaze) just mix the icing sugar & milk together in a bowl.  Once the donuts have cooled, dip each one in the glaze and then into your bowl of sprinkles.*Note:  You can also make a chocolate glaze by adding cocoa powder to the icing mix (start with a couple tablespoons and add more to make it as chocolatey as you want)

9.  Place on a pretty plate, take a picture, and devour!



P.S.  The donut-decorating options are endless!  Here are some other versions we have tried:
  • Chocolate Glaze - to make this one we added cocoa powder to the icing
  • Chocolate & Coconut
  • "Snowflake" donuts (dip in vanilla icing and then in a bowl of shredded coconut)
  • Maple Walnut (add some maple syrup to the icing - use slightly less milk)
  • Cinnamon Sugar (dip donuts in melted butter & roll in cinnamon sugar)





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