Happy Valentine’s Day! I don’t know about you, but Valentine’s Day always seems to pop up so quickly after the holidays. Me and my honey typically don’t exchange big presents, though I always like to make some sweet treats to make the day a little special.
Last year, I whipped up some sugar cookies and decorated them with Royal Icing to look like those old-school conversation hearts. Fun and delicious! This year, I wanted to try something new, so after racking my brain for days, I landed on doughnuts! Sweet and whimsical, these heart-shaped lovelies can’t help but put a smile on your face.
Cinnamon Spice Baked Donuts with a Classic Sugar Glaze
- Baking spray with flour, such as Baker’s Joy
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1.5 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 doughnut pans well. I used the Wilton Nonstick 6-cavity Heart-shaped Doughnut Pan, which made approximately 24 petite doughnuts, not full-sized.
- Into a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.
- Spoon the batter into the baking pans, filling each one approximately 2/3 full. For the Wilton heart-shaped pan, fill until just below the level of the doughnut hole.
- Bake for 12-13 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then tap the doughnuts out onto a sheet pan.
- Allow doughnuts to cool completely.
- In a small bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar and milk until you reach the desired consistency. I found that a thicker consistency worked best for getting the glaze to adhere to the doughnuts. Too loose and it just slid off.
- Alternately, if you want to make different colored glazes like I did, you can split your confectioner’s sugar up into separate bowls. Add food coloring(s) as desired. Mix until well-blended.
- Dip doughnuts in glaze, transfer to a cooling rack over a sheet pan. Allow glaze to set-up.
- For a deeper color, dip doughnuts a second time.
- Now for decorations! The fun part! If you want to use sprinkles or sanding sugar, apply them immediately after dipping into the glaze, so that they’ll stick. In order to pipe the doughnuts, add the remaining glaze to a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off. Decorate as desired.
- Allow decorated doughnuts to fully harden in the refrigerator for a few hours, or overnight. Enjoy!
* Adapted from the Barefoot Contessa’s Cinnamon Baked Donuts recipe