Name something better than a doughnut on a Saturday morning… You can’t! Okay, unless it’s paired with a coffee. Because almost everything’s better with a coffee. Ya feel me?!
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a love affair with doughnuts. When I was a child (before we knew how bad sugar and all of these things are for us) my parents would treat us to Dunkin Donuts almost every Saturday morning (oopsies). Then when I was in high school, the Dunkin Donuts was conveniently on the way to school, and if you were one of the cool kids, you had Dunkin Donuts in your first class. I hated coffee back then (who am I) so I would get a Coolatta or a hot chocolate that probably had 60 grams of sugar (but who’s counting), paired with a doughnut and would tell myself I was cool… Despite drinking COOLattas, I wasn’t cool… LOL couldn’t resist.
Many of my ideas for blog posts come to me completely on a whim, either when I’m in the shower or falling asleep at night. I recently came up with the idea to make these doughnuts for a holiday party. They would also be great for a birthday, or literally any type of party you can think of, because everyone likes doughnuts. It’s a nice way to switch it up from candy, cookies, and cake, while still getting that sweet tooth fix. Plus, when you bring these to party, people will either 1. Say, “Oh my gosh, where did you get these?!” or 2. Say, “I can’t believe you made these!!!” Two reactions that automatically makes it seem like you slaved away for hours over these (they aren’t hard to make). Just make sure you make the dough a day ahead so that it chills in the refrigerator overnight.
If you aren’t familiar with the Instagram account, Vicky’s Donuts, you need to be! This is partly where I got the inspiration to try making these at home. Vicky’s Donuts is a doughnut shop located in East London, that makes custom made donuts, often times spelling out words or messages. But unfortunately, since I won’t be heading to London any time soon, I wondered how difficult it might be to make these at home.
Let me just start by saying that these look a lot more difficult than they really are to make. It might seem intimidating, but I promise it’s easy! I slightly modified a recipe that Pink Wings suggested, and is adapted from The Pioneer Woman’s recipe. The number one thing you need to know before going through the recipe is that the dough has to chill in the refrigerator overnight before cooking. So if you come across this recipe on a whim and need them the same day, I’m sorry, but for best results they really do need to chill in the fridge overnight. Also, these cookie cutters from Target are what I used, and are a pretty good deal for an entire set of every single letter.
- 1-1/8 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 pkg instant yeast (2-1/4 tsp)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1-1/4 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- canola oil (I used an entire bottle)
- 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 2-3 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- food coloring (optional)
- sprinkles (optional)