Saturday, February 4, 2012

Frosted Baked Donuts (with sprinkles!)

My pre-schooler loves donuts (what kid doesn't), but I'm not about to feed him fried ones all the time. These are made with a muffin-batter "cake" and are baked. Frosting (leftover canned frosting from another project) and a few sprinkles dress them up nicely. OK, so they're not exactly health food. But they are tasty and easy enough for a 4-year old to help with (he was in charge of stirring and frosting).

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting (about 2-3 teaspoons per donut)

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Grease a donut pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
  4. In another large bowl, whisk the egg, milk, butter, and vanilla.
  5. Add the milk-egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula just until the batter is mixed.
  6. Spoon the batter into the muffin pan. This makes exactly 12 donuts in my pan, but fill yours about 1/2 full, and use any excess batter to make mini-muffin-pan "donut holes".
  7. Bake about 15-18 minutes until they are lightly golden brown on top.
  8. Let them cool in the pan at most about 5 minutes.
  9. Frost and shake with sprinkles.

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