Did you know that the first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day?
Making homemade doughnuts is high on my baking “to do” list. (I’ve even earmarked just a few recipes on Pinterest!) But for National Doughnut Day I decided to bake some doughnut-inspired sugar cookies instead.
I always keep a batch or two of homemade sugar cookie dough in my freezer, which can quickly be defrosted for last-minute baking projects. I’ve tried several different recipes (they’re all fairly similar) but for this batch I followed this recipe from Baked Ideas.
After defrosting, I got to work rolling and cutting my dough. (I find that, in general, 1/4″ thickness is just about perfect for sugar cookies.) The round cookie cutter I used was about 3″ in diameter, although any size would work.
I didn’t have a tiny round cookie cutter handy. So, to make the holes in each “doughnut” I simply washed and dried the cap from a bottle of flavor extract; it turned out to be the perfect size!
After cutting, the sugar cookies were off to the oven to bake for about ten minutes, then transferred to a wire rack to cool.
Once the sugar cookies were completely cool, I prepared my royal icing using this recipe from Domino Sugar. I divided my royal icing into two bowls, tinting half pink and half purple:
I kept the royal icing consistency on the thinner side, since I wanted it to “drip” like real icing on a doughnut. I piped a strip of icing around each cookie. Then, I tilted each one to get the desired look. I finished each cookie with a generous helping of sprinkles, of course!
These adorable doughnut-shaped sugar cookies would be ideal for a bake sale or birthday party!
Doughnut Cookie Variations
- Start with a chocolate sugar cookie base (like this recipe from Baking a Moment) and make a batch of “chocolate” doughnuts
- Skip the center hole and make round cookies that resemble “filled” doughnut varieties, such as Boston Creme (top with chocolate frosting) or jelly-filled (top with powdered sugar)
- Instead of sprinkles, make a zebra stripe doughnut or top with other typical toppings like nuts or dried coconut instead
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