It’s just a few short days away with what is called “The Great Minnesota Get Together” aka the State Fair. The first thing that comes to mind (that isn’t on a stick!) are these Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts. These are a staple at any fair and carnival but what makes these a bit healthier, but just as tasty, are that these are baked and not fried. Yes I know fair food is all about the deep frying and eating all those foods you might wait yearly for and I do get that – really! It’s some people’s favorite time of the year. While we haven’t been to the fair in a looooong time, I still like some of the food and that is where these mini donuts that I can make at home comes in. Lower calorie so I can eat more, right?
So let’s say you are going to the fair – what is your favorite food – cheese curds, corn dogs, cotton candy, etc? This year when I was looking at the fair website I found some NEW foods that looked fantastic. How does Candied Bacon Donut Sliders sound? Or Cheesy French Onion Monkey bread? While those sound ah-mazing, I would definitely be skipping the SPAM curds. Not a fan but I know that the DIY Guy would be willing to give them a try.
With the fair starting, that always means summer is coming to an end – Oh please say it ain’t so! This summer, like the ones before this, always go way-to-fast! While fall is one of most favorite times of the year, I’m not ready for summer to be over. I’m still hoping to get that 2nd bike ride in (can’t believe I’ve only gotten out once this year) Oh well, I need to get in ‘gear’ and just make it happen!
Back to the donuts – you might remember last month that I made Mini Olympic Donuts. This is the same recipe but instead of icing and sprinkles, I brushed the tops with a bit of melted butter and then dipped in a cinnamon and sugar mixture.
Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil (Or vegetable)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Seeds one from vanilla bean (or add another teaspoon extract)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 and spray with PAM a mini donut pan
- In a large bowl beat the butter, oil and sugar until smooth then add in the eggs one at a time and beat well
- Next mix in the extract and vanilla seeds
- Add in the baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg and mix well
- Add in the sour cream and milk and again mix well
- Stir in by hand the flour until it is mixed but not overly so (the mixture will be somewhat thick)
- Place mixture in a baggie and snip the end off
- Go around each donut mold until it is filled up only half way
- Bake for 8 minutes
- Remove from pan and cool on wire rack (I only have one pan and had to reuse it 4 more times to use up the batter)
- Melt the 2 tablespoons butter
- When donuts are cooled, brush the tops with a bit of melted butter and dip tops into the cinnamon sugar mixture
Enjoy the rest of our summer!! Get out there and make the most of it!!