I recently hosted a giveaway with Petite Four Miniatures jewelry, which inspired me to make these mini donut cookies. Two of my very favorite things are tiny foods and donuts, so this was inevitable.
Rather than baking my usual cookie recipe and decorating it with royal icing, I decided to try something different. I wanted these mini donut cookies to look as realistic as possible, so I needed a cookie dough that was soft enough to be piped out of a decorating tip to give it dimension and also hold its shape in the oven. I threw some ingredients together and the end result looked a lot like a pâte à choux (the dough that’s used to make eclairs and cream puffs). But, unlike eclairs and cream puffs, these little cookies are crunchy. Scroll down for the full recipe.
The icing is made with a simple mixture of powdered sugar and water. I added some cocoa powder for the chocolate glaze and a dab of Wilton pink gel paste food coloring to make the pink glaze.
Here’s the full list of supplies that you’ll need for this project.
“Cookie donut” dough (recipe below)
Donut glaze (recipe below)
12″ decorating bags
Round decorating tips 2 and 10
Star decorating tip 21
Pink gel paste food coloring
Confectioners sugar for dusting
Cocoa powder for dusting
Soft round brush
“Cookie Donut” Dough
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Place the sugar and egg into a bowl and mix well. Add the melted butter and vanilla extract. Once the wet ingredients are combined, add the flour and baking powder and continue to mix until the dough is smooth.
Pipe the dough out onto parchment lined baking sheets with a round tip 10 for donuts, eclairs, cinnamon buns and Boston cream and use a star tip 21 to pipe crullers. The donuts should be about 1 to 1-1/2″. I noticed that the dough took on an oily appearance after a while, so try to move as quickly as possible once the dough is in the piping bag. I’m sure there is a way to resolve the problem of oily dough, but the cookies came out of the oven just as I wanted, so I didn’t go back and experiment with the recipe.
Bake the cookies at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown around the bottom edges. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
Combine 1/2 cup confectioners sugar with 2-3 teaspoons of water. Add pink gel paste food coloring to some of the white glaze to make pink glaze. To make chocolate glaze, combine 1/2 cup confections sugar with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder plus 3-4 teaspoons of water.
Get the full recipe for these mini donut cookies on my blog!
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