I once read somewhere that the average American eats 64 donuts in a year. What?!?! SIXTY FOUR?!?! That is totally insane to me. I like donuts and all, but I can honestly say that there have been years of my life that have passed without me eating a single donut. Who is eating more than one donut a week?! This statistic is shocking to me.
In similar news, I also have never made a donut until now, and believe me, this will be the last time. I love you #12bloggers, but this was not my most favorite challenge we’ve done.
There are 2 types of donuts. Baked and fried. Seeing as I rarely eat donuts, and I live in a tiny house, I didn’t think it was such a good idea to buy a donut pan for this one instance. That only left me with one option: deep frying.
“It won’t be so bad” I thought. Well, I was wrong.
This project reminded me of why I never deep fry anything.
Splattery mess, and the fact that my house smelled like McDonald’s for 3 whole days aside, trying to maintain oil temperature on a stove is like trying to put jeans on a puppy. Not to mention that every recipe I read to prepare for this, called for 350 degree oil which I found produced charcoal instead of donuts.
After an entire afternoon of frustration, and many, MANY trial and error test donuts, I finally got a small batch of chocolatey, thoroughly cooked, unburned donut holes.
There’s an upside. I got to try something new which is something I’m always up for. I got to use up the rest of the jar of cookie butter, and I learned that wine goes great with chocolate donuts, which is how I rewarded myself after this crazy afternoon.
Fortunately, my #12blogger friends actually own donut pans, and have contributed surely less dramatic recipes than mine for this month’s round up. Be sure to visit them to see how making donuts can be fun!
Chocolate Dipped Cream Filled Doughnuts From Big Bears Wife
Dark Chocolate Cookie Butter Donuts from Betsy Life
Mini Pineapple Upside Down Cake Doughnuts from Home CookingM emories
Pina Colada Donut from Cooking on the Front Burner
Vanilla Cake Donuts with Strawberry Glaze from Love Bakes Good Cakes
Easy Funfetti Donuts from A Million Moments
Bacon Donuts with Maple Cinnamon Cream from Bread Booze Bacon
Baked Cake Donuts from A Night Owl Blog
Mini Chocolate Cake Donuts with Zebra Glaze from Pink Cake Plate
Princess Cake Donuts from I Love My Disorganized Life
Paleo Coconut Donuts with Chocolate Glaze from See Vanessa Craft
Chocolate Donuts with Cherry Glaze from Around My Family Table
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup Cookie Butter
- vegetable oil for frying
- powdered sugar for garnish
- Begin heating vegetable oil in a pot over medium high heat. Watch it carefully until it reaches 300 degrees.
- Meanwhile sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, sugar, melted butter and vanilla extract. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture, stirring with a large spoon until a dough forms.
- Using a small cookie scoop (donut holes will puff as they cook) scoop out 2-3 donut holes at a time, frying for 2-3 minutes. Flipping at least once to ensure even cooking
- **NOTE: Consistent oil temperature is key. It might take a couple of test tries to get your cooking time exactly right. Pay close attention to the oil temp and the cooking time to ensure even cooking.
- One finished, remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper towel. Cool completely.
- Fill a pastry bag with Cookie Butter
- Poke a hole in each donut hole with the tip of the pastry bag, and fill with cookie butter. Dust with powdered sugar to garnish.