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Homemade Heart Doughnuts

Ha! I couldn't help it. I know I'm being cheesy. But it's true. I do love doughnuts. And these are baked, so they're healthy, right?

Actually I think I'm experiencing sugar-induced punchiness. Okay. Let's start over. We made doughnuts this morning using this recipe at 101 Cookbooks, found via the ever-inspiring SouleMama. Luckily Justin and Nathan were here to help make (and eat) them. I figured doughnuts ought to be made when we had reinforcements so I wouldn't be inclined to eat them all.

Homemade Heart Doughnuts

I gave each kid a ball of dough to roll out and some circle and heart-shaped cookie cutters and let them go at it. The heart shapes were because I only had one pair of circle cookie cutters (and they were loaners). I figured hearts might be a little easier to make than, say, dogs or Christmas trees.

After the kids put their shapes on the cookie sheet, I took the mini heart and circle cookie cutters and cut the center holes out of each.

We also discovered another way of making doughnuts besides the cookie cutter method. The kids rolled the dough into snakes, then squished the ends together to make a circle. It worked well, especially for the leftover dough pieces that weren't big enough for a cookie cutter shape.

Homemade Heart Doughnuts

They all loved making these, but 2-year-old Nathan really got into it. He stayed at the table far longer than either of the others although his method was a bit different. He refused to put any of his shapes on the cookie sheet and, in fact, snuck doughnuts off the cookie sheet to smush and add to his expanding pile of dough. One more reminder that for little kids it's the process, not the product!

The doughnuts were baked rather than fried, making them both easier, in my opinion, and possibly healthier. Although the next step was to dip each doughnut in melted butter and then a cinnamon sugar mixture, so the health benefits of baking were possibly negated. (I'm choosing to ignore that part for the moment.)

Homemade Heart Doughnuts

They were ready by the time Rachel came for the boys and we all sat down for some milk and warm doughnuts. So yummy!

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  1. Maria says

    Hi I’ve been reading your blog for well over a year now. I really like it and it’s very inspiring though until now, I’ve just said. Ooh that’s a lovely idea. My daughter is the same age as yours born jan2006.
    One question. How is your daughter on cleaning up after? I insist that my daughter puts her toys away at the end of the day, well at least she puts away one thing even if I do the rest. But she just wouldn’t put any of the art stuff away. Not even a little scrap of paper into the bin. How do you find this?
    She is a scissor lover too like Maia. She would have stayed there for hours with a magazine and the scissors.

  2. Amanda says

    YUMMY!! I headed over to 101 Cookbooks yesterday after seeing the buttermilk cake and saw the dougnuts recipe. We are definitely going to have to try these!!

  3. says

    Oh my goodness. Those look so GOOD! I tried making cinnamon breadsticks today and was unsuccessful, so maybe I will have to try these tomorrow. I need to have at least one successful cooking endeavor on a weekend.

  4. says

    Nathan’s method looks like breakfast, lunch and dinner rolled into one! Brilliant!
    And those look yummy! I’ll definitely have to find the time to try it out ONLY, as you suggested, if I have reinforcement to help out with the eating!

  5. says

    Those look really delicious!! Looks like lots of fun too!! I will definitely try this out!! I will also be linking this idea to my blog! I know my readers would love this project!!

  6. says

    My mouth is watering just looking at that photo of the plate full of doughnuts. I’m going to have to check that recipe out. I’m thinking this would be a fun activity to pair with a reading of Arnie, The Doughnut (by Laurie Keller).