Mini Donuts!

These were a result of a trip to Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  Dang you, BB&B!  I went in to replace the hubby's coffee maker and walked out with a Ceramic Yoshi Knife (with free peeler!) and a mini donut pan.  Clearly, both of those purchases were absolute necessities.  To assuage my guilt, I made up a batch of mini donuts for my husband to bring to work today.  How can he get mad at me when I clearly was buying this pan for him and his eating pleasure?!?!

Here's the step-by-step:

Seriously, could you resist buying this cute little pan?  Think of all the possibilities....  Anyway, spray the pan with cooking spray.

Sift together 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/ teaspoon baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon, and 3/4 teaspoon salt.  To the dry ingredients, add 1/2 cup milk, 1 beaten egg, and 1 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter.  Stir until it is just combined.  It will be pretty thick.  Fill the donut pan half full with the batter.  I used a cookie press with a large round opening to do this.  Putting the batter in a plastic bag and snipping the corner would work well too.  Put in a preheated oven at 425* and cook for 4-6 minutes.  Let cool for 4-6 minutes before removing the donuts from the pan.

Top with your favorite toppings....a recipe for the vanilla glaze and one for maple glaze is below.


Mini Donuts

 1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted

*  Preheat the oven to 425*.
*  Sift the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
*  Add the milk, egg, and butter and stir until just combined.
*  Pour the batter into the donut pan until it is half full.
*  Bake for 4-6 minutes or until the donuts spring back when touched.
*  Let cool for 4-6 minutes before removing from the pan.  Top with your favorite toppings.

Vanilla Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons of milk, depending on desired thickness of glaze
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

*  Mix together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.  Add more milk if it is too thick, or add more powdered sugar if it is not thick enough.  
*  If desired, add a little food coloring to tint the glaze.

Maple Glaze
3 T butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup brown sugar
Powdered sugar, enough to reach your desired consistency
*  Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil for two minutes.  Cool.
*  Stir in enough powdered sugar until smooth and it's at your desired consistency.  Top the little donuts to your heart's desire.

(Recipe for the donuts adapted from Wilton).


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