Making Baked Doughnuts with Kids that are Baked not Fried
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Making Baked Doughnuts with Kids

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.

Making Baked Doughnuts with Kids

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.

Making Baked Doughnuts with Kids

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!

Baking Homemade Doughnuts

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.)

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

Making Baked Doughnuts with Kids that are Baked not Fried


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    March 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Those look so good. I love 101 Cookbooks!

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    March 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I really didn’t need to know that recipes like this existed…did I really need another excuse to eat doughnuts?

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    March 13, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Mmmmm, those look so good! I love seeing flour on kids in the kitchen.

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    March 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I am so hungry looking at those!! and your pretzels from the other day!! oh I love me some bread/dough carbs!!

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    The Artful Parent
    March 13, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Yeah, you can tell we’re on a serious health food kick around here, right?

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    March 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    These look so good! We love donuts too and sunnyboy really liked your photos :)

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    March 14, 2009 at 1:36 am

    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.

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    March 14, 2009 at 10:43 am

    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!!

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    March 14, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    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.

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    March 15, 2009 at 2:18 am

    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!

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    [email protected]
    March 17, 2009 at 8:24 am

    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!!

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    Amy @ Literacy Launchpad
    March 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    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).

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    March 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    OMGoodness! I am so craving these right now! Thanks so much for this post and sharing the link to the recipe

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