Maple Cinnamon & Chocolate Cream Cheese Donuts

This past Sunday was Father’s Day, so today is all about my daddy. In my last post I told y’all about how my dad taught me to love food–so much so that we have almost the exact same taste in food. Well, there’s one thing that dad and I cannot get enough of: sweets. I have a humongous sweet tooth, and I get it from my daddy.

One sweet in particular we both love: donuts! We don’t eat donuts nearly as much as we would like to (nor should we). So, I definitely wanted to make donuts for dad. In his honor, I made two (TWO!) kinds of donuts: Cinnamon Donuts with a Maple-Pecan Glaze and Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate-Drizzled Cream Cheese Icing.

Donuts for Dad // Serve With Rice

My sister gave me a donut baking pan from World Market for my birthday this year. I love kitchen items, and I especially love getting new kitchen toys. I requested this particular one for the sole purpose of expanding my baking repertoire to donut recipes. If you love donuts and have any baking skill, invest in this pan. It’s so slick and easy to clean and makes 6 per batch. Anyways, back to these donuts.

I knew that I wanted to make two kinds of donuts, especially since there’s only 6 per batch. First, there had to be something chocolate, because my daddy loves chocolate (like me)! Then, I had to think of a second kind. Dad also loves my snickerdoodle cookies. So, I took from those flavors and created a cinnamon donut. Finally, there’s the glaze. There’s nothing like a donut glaze (Kirspy Kreme, anyone?!). But what flavors shall we use?

For the snickerdoodle-inspired donut, I made a maple glaze. Maple goes well as a complement for cinnamon. However, after making it it came out a little too sweet, so I topped with pecans to add some salty balance. Finally, I had to go with an all-time family favorite–cream cheese glaze–with a chocolate drizzle for some yummy decoration. This glaze is similar to the frosting from Mom’s cupcakes, but just a little more thinned out. Word of warning: actually glazing the donuts does take some time and effort. Thus, some tips for ease.

Donuts for Dad // Serve With Rice

First tip: make sure your donuts are cooled enough to pick up. If they’re still warm, they will break apart. I have two crushed donuts to prove it.

Next tip: use your cooling rack for glazing. Place a baking sheet under your cooling rack. The easiest way to glaze a donut is to dip it face down in the bowl where you mixed the glaze. However, because it’s so thin it drips! So, after glazing the donut, put it back on the cooling rack so the drippings fall through and onto the baking sheet. Hello, easy clean up! In addition, it makes things easier for when you drop the pecans or drizzle the chocolate since the baking sheet will catch whatever doesn’t actually make it onto the donut.

Last tip: You want to cover the entire front half of your donut with the glaze. Don’t be shy! If the hole in the middle gets covered, never fear! Just stick your finger through it and all is well again.

Now, let’s talk about dad. When I think of what a man should be, I think of my father. He is strong, sometimes headstrong, and caring. My dad does everything possible to take care of us and always thinks of himself last. I never say this quite enough, so let me say it now: Dad, you are amazing. Thank you for everything and so much more. I made these donuts out of my deepest love for you, because you do so much for me! Indulge, enjoy, and try it with coffee!

Donuts for Dad // Serve With Rice

Happy father’s day to all the dads out there! How did you celebrate?

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Cinnamon Donuts with Maple-Pecan Glaze

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 6 donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup pecans coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease the donut pan. Set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Set aside. 

  3. In a stand mixer, cream together the oil and sugar until combined. Add the egg and mix until fully incorporated. 

  4. Add the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with half the buttermilk in between. Mix thoroughly until fully incorporated every time. 

  5. Scoop the batter into a piping bag or freezer bag with the corner cut off. Pipe the batter into the donut pan until just filled. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. 

  6. When finished, let it cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes. Flip onto a cooling rack and let it cool fully. 

  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter and maple syrup. Mix in the powdered sugar until smooth. Add the milk to thin out. Flip the donuts upside down in the bowl with the glaze until fully covered. Top with pecans. Serve with coffee! 

 

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Chocolate Donuts with Chocolate-Drizzled Cream Cheese Glaze

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 6 donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk (+1 tbsp for glaze)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Lightly grease the donut pan. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Set aside. 

  3. In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix until fully incorporated. Then mix in the vanilla extract. 

  4. Add the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix thoroughly until fully incorporated with each addition. 

  5. Put the batter in a piping bag or freezer bag with the corner cut off. Pipe the batter into the donut pan until filled. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before flipping it onto the cooling rack to fully cool off.

  6. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese and butter together. Mix in the powdered sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and 1 tbsp of milk and mix again. Flip each donut face down into the bowl until fully covered on one side. 

  7. Place the chocolate chips in a bowl. Heat the remaining milk until hot. Pour over the chocolate chips and mix until fully melted. Dip a spoon into the chocolate and drizzle it over the donuts. Serve with coffee! 

Donuts for Dad // Serve With Rice

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