National Donut Day was a couple of weeks ago! If you went to Krispy Kreme, you could have gotten a tasty one for free. (I most definitely went). I've tried making donuts once before it and was a complete disaster, but I was crusing Ralph's and I found this adorable Betty Crocker Donut Cookie mix. Seriously...adorable. You can ask my roommate how many times I looked at these cookies and commented on how cute they were. I don't think they actually tasted like donuts, but I rolled them out and used my donut cutter (be sure to add a little extra flour to the mix). The instructions on the back of the bag said you could also roll the dough into a rope and form a donut shape. I tried that and it didn't turn out that well. If you don't have a donut cutter you could use two different sized round cutters or even get resourceful with a cup and bottle cap! If you don't want to use the pre-packaged mix, you can use the sugar cookie and buttercream frosting recipes I included below.
Time for frosting and sprinkles...
Delicious with a little coffee in my Krispy Kreme mug.
Perfect Sugar Cookies
- 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium; add eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture gradually, beating until incorporated. Shape dough into 2 disks. Wrap each in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Let 1 disk of dough stand at room temperature until just soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes. Instead of rolling dough on a floured surface, I like to use plastic wrap to keep the dough from drying out. Cut out desired shapes. Transfer to baking sheets. Roll out scraps once, and repeat. Repeat with remaining disk of dough. Freeze until cookies are firm, 15 minutes.
- Bake in batches, switching and rotating sheets halfway through, until edges of cookies turn golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on wire racks.
- Spoon royal icing into a pastry bag fitted with a small plain round tip, and decorate cookies. Let stand overnight or until icing dries completely.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (Ideal texture should be like ice cream)
- 3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar, sifted
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- up to 4 tablespoons milk of heavy cream
- Red food coloring
- Beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed.
- Add 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed (so the sugar doesn't blow everywhere) until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter.
- Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract and salt and beat for 3 minutes. Add one drop of food coloring at a time until desired color is achieved.
- If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add remaining sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining cream 1 tablespoon at a time.