Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Acorn Donuts

Fun, autumn-y, and delicious, this is a variation on a recipe from  Disney Family Fun. Disney uses store-bought donut holes, chocolate frosting, pretzels, and crumbled toffee. Me being me, I made this into a semi-homemade recipe.

Donut Holes

1 tube of biscuits
vegetable oil
honey roasted peanuts, finely chopped
Frosting, recipe below
Pretzels, broken into stems

Separate your biscuits and lay them out on your work space. Rinse out an empty soda pop bottle. The size of the bottle doesn't matter. Remove the cap and press the opening of bottle into the biscuit. To get the dough out of the bottle opening, just squeeze the sides of the bottle. Repeat. Each biscuit yields 6-8 holes.

Fill a saucepan half way with vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, submerge the donut holes in the oil. Cook until they are a golden brown, about 20-30 seconds. Place the donuts on a paper towel-lined plate and allow to cool.

Once cooled, frost the top third of the donut hole, roll in finely chopped peanuts, and insert a small piece of pretzel in the top of the donut hole to make an acorn.

Butter Cream Frosting

1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3-1 tablespoon whole milk, optional

Beat sugar and butter together on low speed until fluffy. Add vanilla and beat on medium until whipped. I like my frosting thick, but to get your desired consistency, add 1/3 tablespoon of milk until the frosting has the thickness you'd like. If you want to make chocolate butter cream frosting, add about 1 or 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. You can also use peanut butter instead of frosting.  

Since Eric loves donuts so much, I also made these goodies:
Cinnamon-sugar donut holes


Check Out Other Autumn Recipes:
Pumpkin Penne Casserole 
Cheese Tortellini in a Pumpkin Sauce 
Cinnamon-Sugar Pastry with Pumpkin Dip 
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies 
Pumpkin Bread 
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds 

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