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Jun 04, 2021



I don't need an excuse to eat donuts, but if I did, this would be a GREAT one. It's National DONUT DAY! Sure, we could pick up donuts but this is a fun one to do at home. To celebrate, I brought my kids into the kitchen to help make these simple and yummy donuts - in their LITTLE SIDEKICK LEARNING TOWERS of course!

boy staning in learning tower eats a donut and smiles

What do you need? Not much:

- Deep fryer with Canola or Vegetable oil heated to 350°F

- One can of refrigerated biscuits, we used country biscuits by Pillsbury.

- A circle cutter to cut those delicious donut holes. A 2L pop lid would work great too!

Your choice of topping ingredients:

Vanilla Glaze Topping - 1 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and ~ 2 tbsp of milk

Cinnamon/Sugar - 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of cinnamon mixed together. Best applied when the donuts are still warm. Shake them in a paper bag!

Chocolate Glaze - 1 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and 2-3 tbsp of milk mixed until smooth.

Powder Sugar - 1 cup of powdered sugar in a paper bag and toss when donuts are cooler (so the sugar doesn't melt).

What do you do? Not much (that's why I love this recipe!):

1. Set up your Little Sidekicks and get your lovely helper(s) to wash up their hands.

Boy smiles next to ingredients for donuts

2. Gather all your ingredients and heat the deep fryer.

TIP: Make sure to set the deep fryer out of your child's reach. They do like to watch!

3. POP open that can of biscuits. Isn't that fun? Separate the biscuits. We had a can of ten.

Girl in learning tower gestures her hand to show boy cutting donut holes

4. Make your donut holes! We used a small star cutter, so they were pretty when we cut them out. 

donuts with star shapes cut out

girl in learning tower looks through a donut hole shaped like a star

5. Prepare your desired topping before frying so it is ready. I like to split the ingredients in half to give each of my kids a chance to scoop and pour measure.

boy in learning tower pours a tsp of vanilla into a bowl

6. Fry your donuts (and don't forget the holes!) for about 1 minute per side or until golden brown. DO NUT (I had too!) crowd the fryer.

donuts with star shaped holes in abeep fryer

7. Apply your topping.

Girl standing in little sidekick spoons vanilla glaze on donuts

8. Eat your delicious donuts!

girl and boy take a bite out of fresh made donuts

girl and boy in learning towers kiss their fingers at the camera

9. Get asked over and over to make them again because they are so good and you had so much fun!


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