These baked doughnuts made in a doughnut maker are so simple to make. Just dip them in milk chocolate and decorate with Christmas sprinkles for a festive twist. My kids love these Christmas doughnuts!
Sometimes you think you have all the kitchen gadgets you need. And then you try something new and realise that actually you were wrong. That's exactly how I felt until I tried out my smart new Doughnut Maker and made these cute mini baked doughnuts coated in chocolate and decorated with Christmas sprinkles.
Yes, I needed a doughnut maker. My family needed me to have a doughnut maker and my friends needed me to get one too! We just didn't realise until we ate these up last week. I made 30 doughnuts and they were gone in less than 24 hours. Admittedly I shared them with 6 other people but that's still over 4 doughnuts each!
What ingredients do you need for these baked doughnuts?
To make these doughnuts you'll need:
- Plain flour - You can replace the plain flour and the baking powder with self-raising flour.
- Baking Powder
- Caster sugar
- Butter -Salted or unsalted are both fine
- Milk - I use semi-skimmed but whole milk or even skimmed milk will work too. You could even replace the milk with a plant-based milk to make these dairy free.
To decorate the doughnuts you'll need:
- Chocolate - My family prefer milk chocolate but you could use dark or even white chocolate
- Sprinkles - I love red, white and green sprinkles to give these a Christmas flavour. However, you can use any kind of sprinkles depending on the time of year and the event you are making them for.
Are baked doughnuts easy to make?
I always thought of doughnuts as being complicated to make at home. But, with these baked doughnuts you just put all the ingredients in one bowl and whisk them together. It really doesn't take much time at all.
They then take about 3 minutes to cook in the doughnut maker. You just need to wipe it clean afterwards so there's not a lot of cleaning up to do either.
How to make Doughnuts without a doughnut maker?
Ok, if you don't have a doughnut maker then don't worry. You can also get doughnut pans that go directly in the oven.
You just need to lightly grease the pan, pour in the batter and bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.
Are baked doughnuts healthy?
I have to admit that until recently the deep frying put me off making doughnuts. However, as these doughnuts are baked, they really are the healthier option. Healthier not healthy!
Even so, we all need a sweet treat every so often and especially a sweet chocolate doughnut treat! Not many people would say no to doughnuts dipped in chocolate and sprinkles!
Ok, I can't claim they are healthy but I can claim that they are absolutely delicious and I know that I'll be making baked doughnuts again when we have guests staying over Christmas.
Kids love decorating the doughnuts
You can get the whole family involved in helping to decorate these Christmas doughnuts. Little Miss Spice and Master Spice love helping me. If you've got kids or grandchildren it's such a fun activity to do together. Although it can be rather messy!
Just organise the work surface so you have the bowls in the right order. You need a bowl of melted chocolate then a bowl of sprinkles and then a wire rack to put the doughnuts on. If not you will get chocolate everywhere!
Can you adapt the flavours in doughnuts?
If you want to make chocolate doughnuts then just swap a little of the flour for cocoa. I would just swap a tablespoon.
You can use citrus zest or extracts to get different flavours too. Just add some lemon zest or orange zest for a citrus flavour or use almond extract instead of vanilla for a more almond flavour.
How long do these doughnuts keep for?
Doughnuts are best eaten on the day they are made or the day after. They will keep for up to three days but it's definitely best to eat them sooner rather than later.
Can you freeze homemade baked doughnuts?
You can freeze these doughnuts although I prefer to eat them when they're freshly baked. If you want to freeze them then it is best to freeze them as soon as they have baked and then cooled completely. Put them in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Defrost at room temperature and then decorate them after they have defrosted.
Can you eat these doughnuts plain?
Yes, my daughter loves to decorate these doughnuts but then she actually prefers to eat them without the chocolate and sprinkles! They have sugar in the batter so they still taste sweet. I sometimes make them as an easy after school snack and do absolutely nothing to decorate them!
Ingredients for the Doughnuts
- 200 g plain flour
- 100 g caster sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 125 g room-temperature butter
- 1 egg
- 175 ml milk
For the Coating
- 200 g milk chocolate broken up
- 200 g sprinkles
- Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir together.
- Lightly grease the doughnut maker and switch it on.
- Add the butter, egg and milk. Beat with a whisk for a couple of minutes until the mixture is thoroughly combined.
- Put a spoonful of mixture into each doughnut mould and close the lid. Cook for 3 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove the doughnuts and put on a wire rack to cool.
- Add more doughnut batter to the doughnut maker and repeat until all the batter has been used up. I made 30 doughnuts.
- When the doughnuts are cool, heat the chocolate in a microwave to melt it or over a saucepan of water.
- Dip the doughnuts in the chocolate and then dip them in the sprinkles and then put them back on the wire racks until the chocolate has set.
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