I don’t know about you guys, but I really love birthdays. Specifically other people’s birthdays.
Somehow the festivities are much more fun when I get to be the one baking and staying young.
Anyway, two of my favorite friends/co-workers/froworkers(?) had the joy of sharing the same birthday this month, so we threw them a birthday breakfast complete with these little jewel-toned beauties. Because every birthday should begin with copious amounts of sprinkles. Or champagne. Preferably both.
I made these the night before our birthday breakfast, and was pleasantly surprised at how well they held up. I was pretty convinced that I was going to fall on the morning commute and turn my face into a giant frosted donut. But that didn’t happen, so now it’s just another idea to add into the pool of 2014 Halloween costumes.
Even though they are fairly durable, I would recommend making these as fresh as possible. If you skip the glaze, they taste INCREDIBLE fresh out of the fryer and rolled in some cinnamon sugar, OR drizzled with a simple powdered sugar/milk/vanilla glaze.
If you’re going for the glaze, have some fun with your food coloring. There are all kinds of charts on Pinterest that will help you achieve whatever color palette you’re aiming for. These could easily be transformed from birthday donuts to baby shower donuts, bachelorette party donuts, holiday donuts, regular donuts, or any other kind of donuts your heart desires.
Remember that sprinkles are also very important. They add artificial colors, minimal flavor, and a whole lot of fun.
Enjoy your donuts, kids! Fry, sprinkle, and consume responsibly.
- Peanut Oil (enough to fill the pot you're using ~2-3 inches)
- 2 cans large buttermilk biscuits
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 small pinch salt
- 2 - 3 Tbsp milk
- Food coloring and sprinkles (optional)
- In a large pot, heat peanut oil to 350 (measure temp using a candy thermometer).
- Using a knife or very clean finger, punch a hole in the center of each biscuit and stretch until it forms the shape of a donut. CAREFULLY drop donuts into oil 2-3 at a time. Let fry until golden on one side, then flip using tongs. One fully cooked, remove from oil and set on a paper towel to cool.
- In a flat bottomed bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla and salt then stir in 2 Tbsp of milk, adding additional milk 1 tsp at a time to reach desired consistency and whisk until smooth. Tint with food coloring if desired. Warm in microwave in 6 - 10 second intervals on HIGH power to warm as it begins to set while dipping doughnuts, as needed, whisking after heating.
- Once cooled, dip donuts into the glaze and top with sprinkles if desired.