Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Baked Vanilla Donuts

I know Valentine's Day is this Friday and I should be thinking loving, happy thoughts...

...but all I can think is that if I see one more Facebook movie pop up on my newsfeed I'm going to punt my laptop across the room. I bought my Macbook on the same day Michael Jackson died, so I may just be looking for an excuse to put it out of its misery.

It's old and cantankerous.

I guess I'm also old and cantankerous if Facebook movies are all it takes to annoy me.

Baked Vanilla Donuts

In less complainy news, I baked these donuts last Saturday.

I made them pink, sprinkle-encrusted, and Valentine's themed to appease the food blog gods, but they can be adapted to whatever holiday or color-scheme floats your boat.

As an added bonus, these are baked instead of fried like traditional donuts, which means you can eat more. They're practically health food, right?!

Don't answer that.

Baked Vanilla Donuts

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays to bake for, so be sure to check out my archives for all the red velvet-pink frosted-heart sprinkled goodness you could possibly need!

Have a happy Valentine's, everyone! 

Baked Vanilla Donuts

P.S. You will need a donut pan for this recipe. I have two of these Wilton 6-Cavity Donut Pans and highly recommend them.

For the donuts:

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, melted

For the glaze: 

1 cup confectioner's sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food coloring and sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and spray your donut pans with non-stick cooking spray.

Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add in the butter milk, eggs, vanilla, and butter, and mix with a spoon until just combined. 

Transfer the batter to a large ziploc bag, cut off the corner, and pipe into the prepared donut pans. Each donut cup should be about halfway full.

Bake in the preheated oven for 5-8 minutes, or until tops spring back when touched. Cool donuts for 4 minutes in the pan on a wire rack before turning them out to cool completely.

To make the glaze, stir together the sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, and vanilla extract until combined. If the glaze is too thick, gradually add the additional tablespoon of milk until desired consistency is reached. Add food coloring if ya want.

Dip donuts, add sprinkles, stuff in face. These are best the day you bake them, but I stored leftovers in a large plastic container with the lid cracked (I've found that airtight containers make leftover donuts kind of soggy).

Makes 12 donuts, give or take depending on the size and brand of your pan.

Recipe adapted from Pass the Sushi, originally by Sprinkle Bakes

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  1. I'm sure the food blog gods are very happy with this post ;)

    These look AMAZING! I've never made donuts before, but I like that these are baked.

  2. Love the way these donuts look and that they are baked. Score! These are going on my Must-try-recipe list :-)

  3. My donut pan is my BFF. It's saved me from eating many, many fried donuts. These look delicious.

  4. Those look delicious.
    And you're not cantankerous...those movies are frigging annoying.

  5. Those are some impressive looking baked donuts. I've yet to go to the healthy side, when I have donuts they're always fried. These are certainly tempting me to eat a little healthier.

    Also, how come everyone bar me has managed to track down ridiculously cute sprinkles?! I'm eternally stuck in 'hundreds and thousands' land.

  6. Haha, I definitely think I would stuff in face after the dipping and adding sprinkles. These look awesome!

  7. Those look fantastic! You always bake the best things! Love the pics.

  8. I feel like every facebook friend I have as post their facebook movie. I'm a little burned out on them as well.

  9. Happy Valentine's Day friend! These are so amazing. I also agree with you about the FB videos. I hate everything about them.

  10. DEFINITELY a health food! I'm such a donut freak, and these just look so happy! Your sprinkles collection is also impressive.

  11. HA! I've totally been wanting to put up a "Oh PLEASE share more boring facebook movies on your wall" post, but I'm afraid it would offend basically all of my friends. It's not my fault they all drank the kool-aid and somehow think the rest of us want to see pictures of them from 7 years ago. BOOORING.

    Anyhow, thanks for letting me vent, and hey, these doughnuts look terrific! Way happier and cheerier than my FB movie rant. :)


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