There must have been something in the water last year… Two weeks ago, the stork dropped off a bundle of joy to two different ladies at work! My boss and his wife received the little girl, and I was so tempted to decorate their doors with bright pink balloons and crêpe paper…
But that didn’t quite seem appropriate for our drab hallways and professional environment. (Probably a safety and productivity hazard too, with all of the attention it would attract!) So I settled on making them celebratory treats instead.
Boss and his wife usually bring in bagels or donuts on Saturdays for the weekend workaholics, so it only seemed fitting to bake them their own batch of donuts. And of course, with their little baby girl, the donuts had to be pink!
(They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day too!)
Pretty Pink Donuts
based on this recipe
makes 10 mini or 6 regular donuts
These are perfect for breakfast, a mid-afternoon snack, or even dessert! If for some strange reason you have leftovers, they’ll keep in an airtight container for a few days.
1 c. flour
¼ c. + 2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
1 egg (or 1½ tsp Ener-G + 2 tbsp water)
¼ c. + 2 tbsp milk
½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp vegetable oil
¼ tsp red food coloring
¼ c. powdered sugar
1 tsp water
⅛ tsp almond extract
2-3 tbsp round pink sprinkles
- To prepare the donuts, either heat up an electric donut maker OR preheat the oven to 325° and lightly coat a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and next 5 ingredients (through nutmeg). In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vanilla, oil, and food coloring. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, and stir just until incorporated.
- If using the electric donut maker, lightly mist the surfaces with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into each donut cup, close the lid, and cook for 5-6 min or until light golden brown. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- If using the oven, evenly distribute the batter between the prepared donut cups, and bake at 325° for 8-10 min or until light golden brown. Cool in the pan for 2-3 min before turning out onto the wire rack to continue cooling.
- To prepare the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, water, and almond extract. Dip the top of each donut into the glaze, and decorate with the sprinkles.