Mini Donut Cookies!

I recently hosted a giveaway with Petite Four Miniatures jewelry, which inspired me to make these mini donut cookies. Two of my very favorite things are tiny foods and donuts, so this was inevitable.  Donut-Cookies7
Rather than baking my usual cookie recipe and decorating it with royal icing, I decided to try something different. I wanted these mini donut cookies to look as realistic as possible, so I needed a cookie dough that was soft enough to be piped out of a decorating tip to give it dimension and also hold its shape in the oven. I threw some ingredients together and the end result looked a lot like a pâte à choux (the dough that’s used to make eclairs and cream puffs). But, unlike eclairs and cream puffs, these little cookies are crunchy. Scroll down for the full recipe.
The icing is made with a simple mixture of powdered sugar and water. I added some cocoa powder for the chocolate glaze and a dab of Wilton pink gel paste food coloring to make the pink glaze. 
Here’s the full list of supplies that you’ll need for this project. 
“Cookie Donut” Dough
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Place the sugar and egg into a bowl and mix well. Add the melted butter and vanilla extract. Once the wet ingredients are combined, add the flour and baking powder and continue to mix until the dough is smooth. 
Pipe the dough out onto parchment lined baking sheets with a round tip 10 for donuts, eclairs, cinnamon buns and Boston cream and use a star tip 21 to pipe crullers. The donuts should be about 1 to 1-1/2″. I noticed that the dough took on an oily appearance after a while, so try to move as quickly as possible once the dough is in the piping bag. I’m sure there is a way to resolve the problem of oily dough, but the cookies came out of the oven just as I wanted, so I didn’t go back and experiment with the recipe. 
Bake the cookies at 350F for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown around the bottom edges. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
Donut Glaze
Combine 1/2 cup confectioners sugar with 2-3 teaspoons of water. Add pink gel paste food coloring to some of the white glaze to make pink glaze. To make chocolate glaze, combine 1/2 cup confections sugar with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder plus 3-4 teaspoons of water. 
Decorate the donut cookies with a tip 2 according to the instructions in the video.
Happy baking!
Class Update
All of my cookie decorating workshops through the spring are sold out, but there’s still space left in this class on how to start a baking business from home with guest instructor Mimi Fix. I took this class when I first started my business and it was so informative and helpful. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot!
For now, Mimi is only teaching this class in person and it’s not available online. If you can’t make it, you can find Mimi’s books on the subject on her website

43 thoughts on “Mini Donut Cookies!

  1. These tasted great and they looked so pretty! Well most of them did. I found that some of mine came out beautifully and puffed up and others became like chips and turned almost burnt. But overall, I loved this recipe! Thanks Amber!

  2. And for a fifth time! I picked all the freezed dough of 3 or 4 doughs up to now. Aaaand, I added a cup of flour and used the rolling pin. Then used a shape “o”. Lovely mini donuts!!! But when I tasted them, a diacovered they were going to crack somebody’s teeath! They were hard as stones! Help out please since as you see, i want to do them, but failed about 5 times…

  3. And so, I went to my dough again, took it out from the frezzer and baked a tray (the superior one, as it was not sticked to the oven paper. Again they expanded but sticked with the ones at its sides so worst. And they were freezed, how did they expand. Frustrated once again!

  4. Hello! Lovely, but I made them, although they were a beauty before the oven. After cooking I had round thin cookies, no donuts, no shapes.I tried once again, but put them in the refrigerator after cooking, so as to avoid them for expanding. they are all sticked in the oven paper, as I piled them with oven paper in between. So saaaaaad, so annoyed, that I left them there abandoned…

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