Vanilla Bean Doughnuts…*
… light, airy, perfectly baked and dipped

 Do you ever walk past the bakery section in a grocery store and just want to dive into the doughnut display and eat all of them? No? Okay, maybe that’s just me but I can’t hold back anymore. Sometimes you just need to give into your cravings and indulge a little. I feel like I use that excuse more often than not, but that’s beside the point. The day has come. I have finally ‘given in.’ The first baked doughnut recipe is here and I can promise you one thing: there will be plenty more to come because I literally can’t. stop. eating. them. These mouth-watering doughnuts are soft, tender, and full of sugary goodness. The vanilla glaze bumps up the flavor while the chocolate sprinkles add a little crunch, bringing me back to my childhood memories filled with chocolate milk and pink frosted cake doughnuts. Yummmmmy.  Although, the best part is that all you need is a mini doughnut pan and you can make these babies in 15 minutes flat. You can’t even drive to the nearest Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts and back in that short amount of time. And even if you could, you’re going to spend far more money on 2 {greasy, fried and overly frosted} doughnuts, than you will on the {light, airy, perfectly baked and dipped} 36 that this recipe yields. Are you following me? Good. Now go ahead, buy yourself a little doughnut pan and your life will be forever changed. And that’s a promise :)
The Ingredients…*
(Recipe by Sprinkle Bakes)

For the doughnut batter:
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. butter, melted
Seeds from one vanilla bean
For the vanilla glaze:
1 cup confectioner’ s sugar
1 tbsp. milk
½ tsp. vanilla extract
4 drops of liquid blue food coloring
White nonpareils (I used brown sprinkles)
The Instructions…*
(Yields ≈ 3 dozen mini doughnuts)
For the doughnut batter:
(1) Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray
(2) In large mixing bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
(3) Add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds and butter and beat until just combined
(4) Spray doughnut cavities with cooking spray or brush with butter; Fill each donut cup approximately 1/2 full
(5) Bake 5-8 minutes or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched
(6) Let cool in pan for 4–5 minutes before removing
(7) Finish doughnuts with vanilla glaze *(Doughnuts are best served fresh)
For the vanilla glaze:
(1) In small bowl, stir together sugar, milk and vanilla extract until sugar is completely dissolved
(2) Add food coloring and stir until color is uniform
(3) Use immediately to glaze doughnuts, and then sprinkle on nonpareils


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