Thursday, February 21, 2013

Donut (cookie) Party!!!

Whether you call them donuts or doughnuts or the extra inch on your waistline...donuts can't help but make you smile.  Or, make ME smile, and I think we're kindred spirits here.
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Let's talk donuts for a minute.  When I was a kid, I could never understand when my mom said she "didn't like donuts."  More precisely, she only ate cake donuts.  She also fell asleep during Star Wars.  Neither one of these things made any sense to me as a kid; now, I TOTALLY GET IT.

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I would never, ever grab a glazed donut out of a box.  Eww.  They get slimy and squishy....but a CAKE donut?  Oh baby.  Sign me up.  I don't care if it's plain, chocolate, blueberry, pumpkin, topped with coconut, sprinkled with nuts, frosted, or rolled in cinnamon sugar.  I love me some cake donuts.  My exception to this rule is the Shipley Do-Nuts Chocolate Frosting Filled.  Yes, it's glazed, but it's filled with FROSTING!!!  It's pretty much heaven on Earth.

Is this weird to be so particular about donuts?  Well, here's something I think we all can agree on:
DONUT COOKIES.

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My uber-creative, beautiful friend Kami from over at No Biggie  & I teamed up to bring you some cookies and some adorable little bag/box tags and flags to go with them for parties or for gift giving.  How cute are they?!?  (I love having creative & crafty friends!)
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Here's an example of the little flags...you could used them on cookie donut holes or real donut holes:
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Um, and how cute does that printable look on a pink bakery box?!? Can you imagine delivering this cuteness to your kid's school, or work, or to your neighbor?
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The free printables are over on Kami's blog, No Biggie.  
(While you're there, click around a bit...if you don't already know Kami, you're going to love her!  Check out these printables she made to go with some little pie cookies at Thanksgiving!  Squee!)

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For the donut cookies, I used royal icing for the pink, but really wanted to make a chocolate icing for the chocolate donuts.  If you've ever had chocolate royal icing, you'll know that it doesn't really taste, well, chocolatey.  So, I made a dark chocolate glaze that sets up shiny and fairly hard, so it's great for packaging.

To make the donut cookies, you'll need:
  • circle sugar cookies with the center cut out using a smaller cutter or the back of an icing tip
  • royal icing, tinted with AmeriColor Deep Pink (or chocolate glaze, recipe follows)
  • disposable icing bag
  • coupler and #2 tip
  • squeeze bottle
  • toothpicks
  • sprinkles
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Use a #2 tip to outline a donut icing shape.

Thin the pink icing with water, a bit at a time, stirring with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  (Reserve some of the white icing for piping details later.) You'll want to drop a "ribbon" of icing back into the bowl and have it disappear in a count of "one thousand one, one thousand two." Four is too thick, one is too thin.  Count of 2-3 is good.  Cover with a damp dishcloth and let sit for several minutes.

Stir gently with a silicone spatula to pop and large air bubbles that have formed.  Pour into a squeeze bottle.

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Fill in the outlines with the thinned icing, using a toothpick to guide to the edges and to pop large air bubbles.

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Scatter on the sprinkles.

Let the cookies dry, uncovered, 6-8 hours or overnight.

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{If using the chocolate glaze, you don't have to be so fussy with the thinning.  Make the glaze so that it is the consistency of glue.  Pipe the outline, then fill with the same consistency glaze.  It should all smooth out.  Some may run down the inside of the cookie.  That's ok.}

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Dark Chocolate Glaze

1/2 cup dutch-process cocoa (such as Hershey's Special Dark)
1 & 3/4 cups powdered sugar
2 TBSP light corn syrup
3 TBSP (or more) milk

Whisk together the cocoa and powdered sugar.  Add in the corn syrup and milk; whisk until smooth and the consistency of glue.  Add more milk a little at a time, if needed.  Use immediately.

The glaze will harden and be stackable in 12-24 hours.

Next up: Blueberry "Cake" Donut Hole Cookies.  {This is more of an homage to blueberry cake donuts...they don't taste like the donut, but instead, a blueberry cookie. Look for the very tiny dried blueberries.}
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Blueberry "Cake" Donut Hole Cookies

cookies:
2 sticks cold salted butter, cut into chunks
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 TBSP milk
3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dried small blueberries
zest of 1 lemon

glaze:
2 & 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2 TBSP light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
3 TBSP (or more) milk

Preheat oven to 350.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment.

Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy.  Beat in the vanilla and milk.

Add in the flour, 1 cup at a time, until incorporated.  Beat in the blueberries and zest.  The mixture will be crumbly, but will hold together if rolled in a ball.  Add more milk, bit by bit, it needed.

Use a teaspoon cookie scoop to scoop the dough and roll into balls.  Freeze for 5-10 minutes before baking.

Bake for 12 minutes or so...the cookies will look soft, but be lightly browned on the bottom.  Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

When the cookies are cool, make the glaze.  Whisk all of the ingredients together until you have a thick, pourable glaze.  Spoon over the cookies.

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Be sure to hop on over to No Biggie!  I know Kami has some great ideas for using the printables!

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Let's hear it...what's your favorite (and least favorite) donut?
{And...do you fall asleep while watching Star Wars?}



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50 comments:

  1. These are ADORABLE!!!!!! What a CUTE idea!!!!!!! I'm pinning this for later! Thanks so much for sharing!!!! Beautiful!

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  2. I did donuts last year to remind Canadian's that it is Roll Up The Rim time at Tim Hortons. Such a cute and easy cookie. I love the printable! Thanks for all your inspiration. Giving away your book this week! Very extiting.

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  3. I agree, yeast donut, no..cake donut, yes!

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  4. How fun!! Love this kind of party!

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  5. These are as cute as can be! Love these cookies, Bridget! So fun!

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  6. Oh my gosh - these are sooo cute! I am not good at cookie decorating or working with royal icing but I just might have to attempt this! My little guy would get such a crack out of it since he loves donuts. Thank you for the chocolate glaze recipe - I will be bookmarking that! And I have to admit my favorite donut flavor is chocolate frosted with sprinkles, like my son!

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  7. Oh my word. I can't even get over the cuteness of these cookies!


    And now I want a donut.

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  8. Oh, I SOOOOOOO love cake donuts...thank you for the affirmation! They used to be available everywhere when I was a kid....but now I live in the land of Krispy Kreme which doesn't do it for me...and there isn't a cake donut to be found. :-( I especially crave a good chocolate covered cake donut after eating something spicy. This is hard to think about with Spring Break only 5 weeks away. Sigh.

    p.s. Love the donut cookies!! Nice!

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  9. so cute Bridget!! and um, don't hate me if I tell you.......I don't care for cake donuts.......give me the squishy sticky glazed, cinnamon or long john!!! YUM!!

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  10. Que bonitos y dan el pego perfectamente...
    saludos y que Dios le bendiga

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  11. I know I say this every time, but these are SERIOUSLY my favorite cookies you've ever ever made.

    For realsies this time. I LOOOOVE donuts!! (especially pink frosted ones)

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  12. ok those chocolate doughnut cookies are now my favorite!

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  13. I dont think I have ever fallen in love with a cookie before. But, yeah. I cant say that anymore. LOVELOVELOVE these!!!

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  14. Yay! how cute are your frosted donut cookies?! (SO CUTE!) What is it about cookies that look like other sweet food?! I just think it's the cutest!

    and don't hate me either...I like the ooey gooey sticky squishy variety better too. Crullers are my favorite! I like both, really. Your donut hole cookies look amazing!!

    So fun partying with you Bridget! Next time a 'real' party! :)

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  15. Ok, these are seriously some of the cutest cookies I have seen. I love how you packaged them up!

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  16. I love french donuts. Oh and homemade donuts.
    I might need to make donuts this weekend.

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  17. The donut cookie idea is SO adorable! I will have to try and make some this weekend! Could I use the "soft" sugar cookie recipe instead of the regular one? Will the royal icing and the glaze just run off? Both my husband and daughter prefer the softer cookie versus the other ones I use for decorating cookies.

    I started preferring cake donuts/doughnuts about the time I had my first daughter. Original, chocolate glazed, blueberry, etc.- you name it, I like it! And it inspired me to buy a donut pan to make some at home. But I'll always have a spot for the chocolate eclairs. My husband will always prefer the original glazed and chocolate iced glazed at Shipley's. But I'll get him to come around someday. :-) My daughter is now 2 and a half and she loves donuts.

    Star Wars...hmmm...I haven't seen that movie in a while. I think the last time I saw it was before having a kid. When do you get to watch the movies you want to watch again? All I get to watch now are Cars, Tangled, and more Cars. :-)

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  18. Goodness me Bridget! These are crazy CUTE, donutcha know it? Sorry, I couldn't resist. XO

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  19. I love these! Really cute in the pink box, too. I never crave donuts. But donut COOKIES.............

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  20. I love how the donut cookies are simple yet totally adorable! All the clever printable take the presentation over the top. My next stop? No Biggie!

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  21. you are so adorable and i LOVE LOVE LOVE these!

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  22. These are super oober cute!!! Love the idea!
    Jaren
    http://diaryofarecipecollector.blogspot.com

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  23. So adorable! Honestly... I still don't get the whole cakey baked donuts but love the idea of cookie donuts ;)

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  24. Oh my gosh! These are way too cute! :3

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  25. Apple fritters! So good. And filled with calories... These cookies are super cute and I would probably eat way too many of them, like I do with a box of donuts :)

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  26. So enjoyed this post! The donut cookies are adorable and fun and the tags are really cute and corny.
    I make cake donuts for the first time while we are on vacation here in Florida and deep frying them was not the brightest thing to do, not the way I did it anyway. I really should have made donut cookies but until your post the idea never occurred to me. What a *dooh* nut I am. (bangs head on table)

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  27. So sweet! Absolutely adorable, what a cute idea and the printables are perfect. Can't wait to use these as a gift for a friend.

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  28. ADORE-able! I LOVE raised donuts (glazed, etc...), but I still like you:)

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  29. Adorable. Always exciting to see what you are going to make next! I'll take an apple fritter ANY time on ANY day of the week :-).

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  30. I just did a doughnut birthday party for my oldest in January. She only wanted doughnuts. Her cake was a big pile of assorted doughuts. We had every kind of doughnut. And of course krispy kreme doughnuts. I was going to do cookies like the ones you made but inside I made sugar cookies in the shape of donuts and let the kids frost and decorate and take home. I did make doughnuts out of felt that looked like the ones you made. Took me forever!

    Doughnut parties are the best!!

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  31. Adorable and yummy! I love the fun and cute printables!

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  32. Oh my gosh, these are just too cute for words!

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  33. How perfectly decorated are these?
    We need to open your own shop.
    Seriously

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  34. seriously..those are about the cutest things ever. I had to look twice to make sure they weren't doughnuts!

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  35. Yep, the chocolate filled from shipley's! And blueberry cake from anywhere.

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  36. Yes! Cake donuts all the way! I thought I was all alone in my love for the cake donut... I'm more particular than you though, it has to be a double chocolate cake donut! (Okay, so I'll take a regular cake donut in a pinch.) Thankfully everyone at my work prefers anything but cake donuts, so more for me!

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  37. Too cute for words, Bridget! I think I'll make all of my shortbread and sugar cookies into glazed doughnut cookies, LOL! Love all the colorful goodie wrap packaging and the food photogaphy is outstanding, my friend! xo

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  38. Hello Bridget,

    Sharing this in our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/chefsandbakers) Everybody loves a good donut party. :)

    Mac

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  39. Hello Bridget,

    Sharing this in our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/chefsandbakers). Such a neat idea. Everybody loves donut party. :)

    Thanks,
    Mac

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