I’ve come up with a brilliant idea: add Animal Circus Cookies to all the things! Milkshakes, ice cream, and now … DONUTS! I meant to post these last Friday, but the first time I made them, the donuts blew up to over twice their size and looked like a failed science experiment cross between a cupcake and a donut. So instead of remaking them, I turned off the oven, threw the monster donuts in the trash, sat on the couch and watched a movie. Speaking of which, anyone else binge watching HBO because they subscribed to HBO Now just for GOT? Any HBO movie recommendations? But I really wanted to make some cookie-themed donuts, so I tried a different recipe and the second time they came out perfectly! I even made little itty-bitty mini donuts and now I am OBSESSED with my mini-donut pan. What would your coworkers do if you made these homemade Animal Circus Cookie Donuts and brought them into work next Friday?
Kinda makes me wish I had an office job again. Wait, no it doesn’t. Alright, you know you want to make these donuts for yourself this weekend, so here’s the recipe:
- Baked Cake Donut:
- 2 cups flour, sifted
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ⅓ cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- pink food coloring
- Rainbow Non-pareils
- Animal Circus Cookies, chopped and whole
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and grease your donut well pan.
- Sift together your dry donut ingredients.
- Using a stand mixer, mix together your wet donut ingredients, then slowly add your dry ingredients to the batter mixture. Mix until just combined, do not overmix.
- Pour the batter into a resealable bag and snip off one of the ends or use a pastry bag.
- Fill the greased donut wells ⅔ full.
- Bake 8-10 minutes or until springy and golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let sit 2-3 minutes in the donut pan before removing to a cooling rack.
- While the donuts bake, mix your vanilla glaze. Combine all the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract and salt in a stand mixture and mix.
- Once incorporated, separate the glaze into two bowls. Add a small amount of pink food coloring to one of the bowls and mix. Add more pink food coloring until you get the color of Animal Circus Cookies.
- Once the donuts have cooled, dip some donuts in the white vanilla glaze and others in the pink vanilla mixture. After each donut has been dipped and allowed to stand for 2-3 minutes, dip each donut again in order to achieve a thicker glaze. Repeat once more.
- Once you're done dipping donuts in the glaze, immediately cover with rainbow nonpareil sprinkles and either whole and/or chopped Animal Circus Cookies.
And here’s my five favorite Internet finds from the week (and maybe last week, or even 2013, basically there is no method to my Friday link madness):
- This silly hat party. Ok, it was for the Kentucky Derby, but I say throw this party anytime! Which hat is your favorite? I might have to make the milkshake one!
- A DIY stationary organizer binder. I owe so many of my friends a snail mail letter. So many.
- I was on a photoshoot with my Rainbow Bag from DLK and someone said how cool it was and so I got to reply that it’s cool because it’s a COOLER! Yeah, I like really stupid puns that are almost non-puny.
- Next week, I’m going to print out this DIY Hard free printable and frame it for my office.
- And if you like these Animal Circus Cookie Donuts, then you’ll love the Animal Circus Cookie Milkshake version. Check it out!
Saturday 14th of May 2016
This looks absolutely delicious. I'm going to make these for my wedding rehearsal! Love your site, BTW!!