Happy Monday my friends! Did you enjoy your weekend? I worked most of the weekend, but enjoyed it. I created some fun treats to share with you this week. Watch for the “Bee my Valentine”…they are adorable! For today though…Cherry Doughnuts for Valentine’s Day!
These heart shaped doughnuts are perfect for breakfast with your sweetie, for your kiddos or even to take as a special treat to teachers.
A couple weeks ago, while looking for wood for the desk Doug is building, we stopped into Target to check out the Valentine’s Day goodies. And I came across an adorable little heart shaped doughnut pan. After baking the Chocolate Doughnuts, I just had to give these a try.
But they couldn’t be just any doughnut, they needed to be special for Valentine’s Day…Cherry! Oh yes! So, I scoured the internet…really, it took awhile, I was surprised that hardly anyone has baked Cherry Doughnuts. But, alas…I found a recipe I liked at Shugary Sweets and it even called for maraschino cherries, even better, another excuse to make chocolate covered cherries!
I’ve only made doughnuts a handful of times, and each time I bake them, I wonder why I don’t make them more often. They really are quite simple. I just had to bake up some minis too, using my Wilton Doughnut Pan.
A sweet treat. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com. Adapted from Shugary Sweets
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 15 maraschino cherries, chopped
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cherry flavoring
- 2-4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- Rose Pink Coloring
- Valentine Sprinkles, optional
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients; flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Whisk together until combined.
- Add eggs, melted butter, vanilla and milk. Mix well.
- Fold in chopped cherries.
- Place a large resealable bag in a tall glass and fill bag with batter, close tightly.
- Snip off corner, pipe batter into doughnut pan.
- Fill only 1/2 full, making sure not to cover the inside hole with batter.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, cool completely.
- Add powdered sugar and flavoring to small bowl, gradually add milk a little at a time until desired consistency.
- Add coloring and mix well.
- Frost doughnuts or hold upside down and dip, immediately add sprinkles
Everyone loved these, the only change I will make next time is to add maybe 5 or 6 more cherries and a little cherry flavoring to the batter. Other than that, they were a hit in our house!
Grab a doughnut and a cup of coffee…meet us in the Coffee Talk Community to chat!