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Emoji Donuts Recipe

      14 Servings


  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • Vegetable Oil, for frying
  • Rainbow Sprinkles, for decorating, Jimmies
For the Pink Glaze::
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Red Food Coloring
For the Chocolate Glaze::
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, dark
  • pinch of Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer (or a large bowl) fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Make a well in the center and add the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  3. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter while mixing until the ingredients in the bowl are combined.
  4. Add 3 cups of the flour and mix until it’s combined.
  5. Add the remaining cup of flour a little at a time, mixing between each addition until the dough is soft and sticky, but still firm enough to handle. (You can add up to 1/2 cup more flour.)
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it chill for 1 hour.
  7. Heat 1-2 inches of vegetable oil in a large stock pot to about 360°F. Have your frying strainer or slotted spoon ready. Line a plate with paper towels.
  8. On a well-floured surface, roll out half of the dough to about 1/2” thick. ***Remember that these WILL puff up when cooking and if they are too thick the center won’t cook through***
  9. Using a large biscuit cutter, cut out your donuts. Use the small biscuit cutter to cut out the hole in the center.
  10. Carefully drop your donuts 1-2 at a time into the hot oil. You may need to reduce the heat on your stove so they don’t burn or cook too quickly on the outside.
  11. Cook for about 1 minute and turn them. They will need to cook for about 3 minutes total while you continue to turn them so they are colored and cooked evenly.
  12. Remove them to drain on the paper towels and repeat with the remaining dough.
  13. Once the donuts are completely cooled, you can glaze them and add sprinkles.

To Make the Pink Glaze:

  1. Mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Add just a couple of drops of red food coloring to reach your desired pink.

To Make the Chocolate Glaze:

  1. Mix together the powdered sugar, dark cocoa powder, and salt. Add the milk and vanilla and mix until combined. 


  • You can cook the donut holes! They only need to fry for about a minute.
Tools to have handy:
  • paper towels
  • A frying strainer/drainer or metal slotted spoon
  • Biscuit cutters (one large and one small to cut out the center)

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