Kid Time: Mini Doughnuts

Photo from Kali Meadows
My kids love doughnuts.  A lot.  I enjoy myself a good doughnut as well.  Whenever I offer to take them out for a special treat they want to go for doughnuts.  Our doughnut shop of choice is Top Pot, I believe these are exclusive to Western Washington.  We've lucked out and have lived in some fabulous doughnut towns (Seattle & Portland).  We typically go for the classics, except at Voodoo where the kids get all the crazy Tang and Bubble Gum flavors.

Anyway, this post isn't about doughnut shops, which I'm happy to cover some other time.  Instead, this post is about one of the many kid time activities I organize with my brood.  That is making mini doughnuts.

We use a DN-6 Babycakes Doughnut maker and various doughnut recipes.  However on this day we used a basic chocolate doughnut recipe, Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers as the icing and various toppings such as sprinkles, walnuts, chopped up mounds and chopped up snickers.

The kids helped with mixing up the batter but left it to me to pipe the batter into the doughnut maker.  If you use one of these contraptions trust when I say you want to pipe it in!  If you don't have a pastry bag you can use a ziplock filled with batter and just snipping a corner off in order to squeeze the batter out.  One batch includes 6 doughnuts and only takes a couple of minutes.  As each batch finished up, I allowed it to cool for a few minutes then dipped it into the melted chocolate quickly followed by a sprinkling of topping.  After another few minutes of cooling so the topping and chocolate could wet the mini doughnut was ready to eat.  

And eat it up they did!  

Here's our finished product:

Yep, that's our finished product and they were delicious!!!!  

My son was so proud of his baking skillz that he had some friends over to indulge in the sweet with him.  His friends were so stoked that the doughnuts were home made it was kind of touching and of course I let out a little giggle when one of the little boys said, "you guys made these?  My mom NEVER makes us doughnuts."

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