December 12, 2010

A Hole in One -- Easy Mini Baked Donut Recipe & Sweet Gift Idea

Last week Rook No. 17 featured a tutorial for making play donuts out of children's socks.  Today brings a recipe for mini donuts that you can really sink your teeth in to!

My youngest daughter loves to bake and try new recipes, so when I saw the mini donut pan at Cost Plus last week, I knew it would be a perfect gift for her.  I must confess, it was kind of a gift for me (and the rest of the family as well).  After all, who doesn't love a donut?  I remember being in third grade and getting an "All About Me" book from the school book order, and filling in almost every blank with the word "donut".   So, my obsession with donuts goes way back.  

We used a nice little mix (also purchased from Cost Plus) the first time we tried the pan, and the little baked donuts that it yielded were absolutely delicious.  It didn't make many, however, and we were eager to make more to share with friends and family.  I searched the internet for a simple recipe, but could only find recipes that called for ingredients like powdered buttermilk, canned evaporated milk, or spices like nutmeg and allspice.  What I wanted was a recipe that could be made from simple ingredients commonly found in any home, and that yielded a nice, light, tasty cake (with no spice).  So, I set about experimenting.  Happily, it took only two batches to get the measurements right  -- just in time for my daughter and her friend to have a little lemonade and donut stand (The "Hole in One") this past Saturday!

This recipe is so easy -- so simple -- and so delicious!  The best part is that the donuts are baked, not fried, without compromising taste.  And, they bake up in only 5 minutes.  I adapted a chocolate glaze recipe from Alton Brown's "Chocolate Doughnut Glaze", and let the kids go wild with sprinkles.

Just think about what a fun holiday gift bundle you could put together with one of these mini donut pans (sold in many stores these days for $8-$15), some fun sprinkles, and a copy of the recipe.  You can also package all the dry ingredients together and include the directions to make your own packaged mini-donut MIX!  

If you decide to make your own mix, here's a free label you can download:

Here are some printable instructions to put on the back of the bag:

Mini Baked Donut Recipe
(makes 3 dozen mini donuts)

4 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups whole milk
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Nonstick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425

Step 1:  In a microwave or in a small pan on the stovetop, melt butter and set aside.

Step 2:  In a medium bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch.  Whisk to combine.

Step 3:  In the bowl of a standing mixer (or in a medium bowl, with a handheld mixer), mix milk and eggs until thoroughly combined.

Step 4:  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir on medium speed to combine.

Step 5:  Add melted butter and vanilla and stir on medium speed to combine.

Step 6:  Spray mini donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Fill each well 1/2 way with batter. To dispense the batter, I love to use a Wilton Easy Pour Funnel (you can pick these up in the cake decorating aisle of most craft stores for around $6).  It makes dispensing the batter so easy and precise!

Step 7:  Bake for 5 minutes.

Step 8:  Remove pan from oven.  Invert pan to release donuts.  Cool donuts on a wire rack.

Step 9:  Glaze and decorate.

Easy Chocolate Donut Glaze
(adapted from Alton Brown)
(glazes approx. 36 mini donuts)

1/4 cup butter
2 Tablespoons whole milk
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 oz. chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

Step 1:  In a small bowl, add butter, milk, vanilla and honey.  Microwave for 1 minute.
Step 2:  Add chocolate chips.  Whisk till chocolate is completely melted.
Step 3:  Stir in the sifted powdered sugar.
Step 4:  Microwave for an additional 20 seconds.
Step 5:  Dip the lighter colored side of each donut into the glaze, sprinkle with donuts, and set on a wire rack to set.


  1. what is the only thing that homer simpson and i have in common? mmm donuts! these are perfect...but i love, Love, LOVE the girls selling them along with cute!

  2. What a great idea! We make donuts in the deep fryer every now and then, but these would be so much fun to try!

  3. Can't wait to try them! I bought Doughnut Pans and the recipe I have wasn't very good.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog...yours looks amazing, can't wait to check it out more!

  4. What a great idea! Baking donuts =) Loved the Hole in One stand 2!

  5. These look delicious. I've never made donuts from scratch. What a fun gift idea!

  6. great looking donuts, I like the idea of baking them instead of frying.

  7. These are my kiddos' FAVE types of donuts. I'm bookmarking this so we can make these together over Christmas break. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  8. Ooooh Yum! They look delicious.
    Stopping by from SITS. Your comment was above mine. I might have to use this fun gift idea. Thanks!
    Spotted Smiles

  9. ::drooling::

    I have a weakness for doughnuts! They look amazing! : )

  10. My mouth is watering! These look so good. What a fun gift idea! Would love for you to visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday! The party will be open until Friday if you want to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a great day!

  11. What a great gift idea! Your blog is beautiful! Stopping by from 504 Main. I'm your newest follower. :)

  12. Awesome. I forgot I even wanted one of these pans for Christmas. Oh well, Merry Merry to me then!
    Thanks for the recipe and printables!
    Love your friend dear Holly. I'm over from 504.

  13. This is such a cute gift idea!

    Now I just need that baking pan.

    ~ celina

    My Last post was about why my husband & I have different last names

  14. Hey was a pleasure to get you comment...I have been a real slacker lately in the way of blogging...I LOVE this...what a fresh idea for a hostess gift...infact I am off to a part Sat. night, and this would be awesome!! Thanks for sharing and testing the receipe out for all of us non-adventerous bakers!! The kids are simply adorable! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  15. I'm swinging over from Holly's 504 Main.
    This recipe sounds great.
    Where can I buy a doughnut pan?

  16. Thank you Michelle! I found my pan at Cost Plus in the gourmet food section, but I've seen them online and in lots of other stores lately.

  17. Wow, thank you for stopping by my blog. I tried to email my thank you but it didn't work. I've also looked around yours a bit more and really enjoy your posts. I will be adding it to my reader. Thanks again...stop by any time!!

  18. thanks for stopping by my blog - congrats on your nomination! those donuts look yummy and the kids look like they are having a blast! Merry Christmas!

  19. Yum! I love little donuts, you should link these up to our Sister Sister Sunday party if you have a chance. Merry Christmas!


  20. This look perfect! LOVE sprinkles! I have one of these doughnut pans and it is awesome, so much easier/healthier than traditional fried doughnuts. Just found your blog and love your recipe posts... may have to try some soon!

  21. I just got a new donut pan and was excited to try this recipe out tonight. Boy was I disappointed! I think the problem is too many eggs... it took over 15 minutes in the oven and then way too eggy, didn't cook up right at all. I made one panful, tried one right out of the oven and it was NOT tasty. My boyfriend, who will eat anything, took one bite and said "yuck!" and threw the rest away. I threw everything away and will never make this recipe again. Sorry but this was a huge miss.

    1. Wow, that IS terribly disappointing news. I'm so sorry. I wonder what could have gone wrong with the recipe. Your description definitely doesn't match up to the ones that we made for the stand. They were a big hit with adults and kids alike. They were light and definitely not too eggy. Hmmm...hard to diagnose. Were the eggs large, or did you perhaps use something larger like an XL or jumbo? That's the only thing I can think of that would lead to an eggier doughnut that would take 20 minutes to bake. I can't rule out the possibility that I made a mistake in transcribing my recipe. It's important to me that my recipes live up to their promises. I'm glad that you came to me, but I'm sad to hear that it was such a mess nonetheless. I'm going to whip up a batch of these this week and double-check that I didn't make a mistake with the recipe. Stay tuned...



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