Growing up, my Dad used to get us doughnuts from the bakery on Sundays. Boston cream and jelly. They’re still my favorite doughnuts.
I had no idea doughnuts were traditional for Hanukkah until we started celebrating with a friend – when asked what we could bring, that’s what she suggested. For the first few years, I was too afraid to actually attempt them myself – we just made a trip to the bakery.
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I am all about a festive breakfast for holiday celebrations – and these delicious doughnuts are a perfect treat for Christmas morning!
These pack a big punch of flavor thanks to LorAnn Oils Chocolate Hazelnut Flavor. Just a little gives these a great, complex flavor – and it’s balanced nicely by the vanilla icing. Sweets & Treats sprinkles make them extra festive and perfect for the holiday!
Looking for the perfect treat for breakfast on Thanksgiving or Christmas? Look no further than these Cranberry Pecan Doughnuts!
You know what I love more than holiday dinners? Holiday breakfasts. Dinners always seem to demand a certain amount of structure and tradition – but anything goes for breakfast.
These Cranberry Pecan Doughnuts are on point with the seasonal flavors, but they’re not fussy and can be made the day before, so they’re perfect for a holiday.
The pecans and cranberries are chopped pretty small using the food processor, which makes an even flavor and texture throughout the doughnuts. There’s also orange juice and zest in these. The orange flavor doesn’t come through strong, but it does add a nice balance!
I’m excited to be sharing this recipe as part of Cranberry Week – now in it’s third year! See all the tasty cranberry recipes being shared today below and follow #cranberryweek on social media for more ideas all week long.
3/4 cup cranberries
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. orange zest
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cups milk
For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. orange zest
3 Tbsp. heavy cream
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and spray your doughnut pans with non-stick spray.
Add the cranberries, pecans, and brown sugar to a food processor. Process until chopped into small, even pieces.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a larger bowl, whisk together the coconut oil and sugar until creamed. Stir in the vanilla, eggs, and orange zest. Stir in some of the flour mixture, then some of the milk – alternating until all combined, ending with milk. Stir in the cranberry mixture.
Spoon the batter evenly into the doughnut pans, filling halfway. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until lightly golden. Cool completely.
When the doughnuts are cool, add all of the glaze ingredients to a small bowl and stir until well combined. Drizzle or pipe over the doughnuts.
I mentioned on Friday that I was the host of the latest round of What’s Baking. The theme was baked doughnuts and I was drooling as everyone emailed me their submissions. A new, delicious doughnut in your inbox every day can be a dangerous thing.
I love the What’s Baking rounds because I love seeing what everyone did with the theme – there’s always so much variation. This round brought together any kind of doughnut you could want. Something perfect for Spring? Try Lemon Blueberry Dounuts. Want something indulgent? Double Chocolate is the way to go. You can check out everyone’s creations below!
Another round of What’s Baking is wrapping up, and I was lucky enough to host this time! I picked doughnuts as the theme because, well, doughnuts are awesome.
Usually, it takes me a bit to get things from the kitchen to the blog, but these lovely things came out of my oven this morning. They were delicious. I felt like I’d walked into a doughnut shop – the smell, the warm goodies. Every Friday should start out like this!
Be sure to stop back Monday and see the roundup of all the lovely doughnuts my fellow bloggers made!
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 large egg
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a doughnut pan with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the next four ingredients. Whisk the 2 Tbsp. melted butter and vanilla extract into the wet ingredients. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry, until thoroughly combined.
Transfer the batter to a large zipper-top bag and snip the corner to make a piping bag. Pipe into the doughnut pan to make them 3/4 of the way full. You can spoon it in, too – but piping is neater!
Bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges are lightly brown. Remove to a cooling rack.
Melt the 1/2 cup butter in a small bowl. In another small bowl, whisk together the 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon. When the doughnuts are cool enough to handle, dip in melted butter and then cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Serve immediately. Store leftovers in an airtight container.