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Making donut holes is a fun and  very tasty activity to do with your children or grandchildren.donut holes, kids cooking, flavored donut holes, sprinkles

One day last week I decided to make some various flavored donut holes when one of my granddaughters was visiting.  It turned out to be a messy but fun activity.

donut holes, kids cookingMy granddaughter, Jacqui, bought me this mini cake pop maker for Christmas a few years ago.  I decided it was the perfect thing to use for the donut holes.

donut holes, kids cookingdonut holes, kids cookingI used a recipe from the book that came with it.  After I made the batter, I divided it into small bowls and created different flavors. I made a pumpkin flavor, lemon, orange, blueberry and cinnamon-sugar.

donut holes, kids cookingThis little machine is so easy to use. Spray inside lightly with no stick cooking spray and pre-heat as directed.

donut holes, grandkids cookingSpoon batter into each hole.  Bake about 4 minutes.

donut holes, kids cookingRemove to a cooling rack and add toppings.

donut holes, flavored donuts, kids cookingI made small amounts of different flavored toppings to dip the donut holes in.  I made a confectioner sugar glaze then divided it into small containers with different flavorings. I had the basic glaze, orange, lemon, and pumpkin.

I made a fresh strawberry and a blueberry sauce for dipping.

donut holes, kids cookingdonut holes, kids cookingI had a dish of confectioner sugar and one with cinnamon-sugar. When using these, I placed the donut holes in the bowls while they were still hot so that the toppings would stick better.

donut holes, kids cookingMy 4 year old granddaughter was having fun helping me and then decided that she could do the toppings herself.

She decided that hers would have white or orange glaze with some sprinkles mixed in it.

donut holes, kids cookingTasting the icing is a messy job but somebody has to do it.

donut holes, donut glaze, sprinkles, kids cookingdonut holes, kids cookingLet’s add some sprinkles.  Maybe a few more.

donut holes, kids cooking, donut glaze, sprinklesWhen you think you have enough sprinkles, dump in more. You can never have too many.

donut holes, kids cookingAnother taste test.

donut holes, kids cookingReady to get the work done now.

kids cooking, donut holesThe look of satisfaction.

She did take all of these donut holes home with her when they dried so  mommy and daddy got to share her treasures.  I hope they like sprinkles!

My favorite ones were the lemon and orange.   The pumpkin were good but a little dry.  The basic vanilla ones were delicious dipped in the strawberry or blueberry sauce.

I may try these again as they were very easy and the flavor combinations are endless.  I am thinking of filling them with a cream the next time.

Here is the recipe I used that came with the machine.  I also added the variations of batter.

Pumpkin Batter:  1/2 cup of batter, stir in 1 Tablespoon canned pumpkin, 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice

Cinnamon-Sugar Batter: 1/2 cup batter, stir in 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Blueberry Batter: 1/2 cup batter, stir in  fresh blueberries

Lemon Batter: 1/2 cup batter, stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Orange Batter: 1/2 cup batter, stir in 1 teaspoon orange juice and 1 teaspoon orange zest



Cinnamon-Sugar: 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

Confectioner Sugar: 1/2 cup sifted confectioner sugar

White Glaze:  1 1/4 cups sifted confectioner sugar, 2-3 Tablespoons milk. Add milk a small amount at a time, whisk until combined

Pumpkin Glaze: white glaze recipe with 1 teaspoon canned pumpkin stirred in. add less milk

Lemon or Orange Glaze: white glaze recipe with 1 Tablespoon of the lemon or orange juice replacing 1 Tablespoon milk 

Strawberry, Raspberry, or Blueberry Sauce:  In a small saucepan whisk together 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, and 1 cup water.  Stir in 1 cup fresh or frozen berries. Bring to a boil. Lower heat to low, and cook, stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat.

There are many different recipes for the donut holes and glazes on the internet.

I think setting up a donut hole bar with a variety of toppings would be a lot of fun for children or grandchildren.



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  1. “Sprinkle Overload!” How cute! She is adorable! I actually have a mini donut maker very similar to this. It works great, too. The best part is piling on those toppings! I think that’s universally accepted by kids as the most fun!

  2. You do have a very cute helper! Jenna has a cake pop machine but it never would have dawned on me to do donut holes! Brilliant and like you said — so much fun. As for sprinkles, they are kind of like glitter — you can never have to much!

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