Nothing screams patriotic and Fourth of July like some good, homemade donuts. Making donuts at home is actually quite easy to do, even if you are unskilled in the baking department like I am. If you can read directions, you can bake. I like to call these, adorable and easy to make Fourth of July donuts, Grand Old Flag donuts. They’re so easy to decorate and yet they look so festive on a patriotic table spread. Want to see how you can make your own Grand Old Flag Donuts? Read on for the details.
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Grand Old Flag Donuts | A Fourth of July Treat!
Before we can get started on our doughnut making adventure let’s make sure you have the proper supplies:
- Donut baking pan. I find that the form is a little more realistic and holds better and it’s a major time saver. If you want to work more try a doughnut cutter like this.
- Wire Cooling Rack – I like this one because of the grid that it creates. Less chance for things to get misshaped.
- Cake Decorating Kit to decorate the doughnuts. I like this one from Kootek.
How to make easy homemade baked donuts
First things first you’re going to measure out and set aside all of your ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, sugar, whole milk, melted (that’s important) unsalted sweet cream butter, sour cream, eggs, canola oil and the cookie icing.
Pay attention to this part, if you skip these instructions and dump everything together at once your doughnut will not turn out. Add all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl and whisk together until blended. You can do this by hand or use a stand mixer. Then, whisk together the whole milk, sour cream, and eggs into a separate bowl. When they’re blended together add in the melted butter, vegetable oil, and vanilla to the bowl that has the milk, sour cream and eggs. Slowly, and I mean slowly, add the wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and whisk together. This is when having a stand mixer is perfect.
Once everything is mixed together, put the dough into the donut pan.Bake in the preheated oven at 400 degrees for approximately 9 minutes. Once the donuts are finished baking allow them to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then put them on the wire rack to cool completely.
While the donuts are baking you should make your vanilla glaze. It’s really easy to do so don’t be too intimidated. First, add all of the glaze ingredients together and mix until smooth. Once the donuts are completely cooled on the drying rack, pour the glaze over them. Let the glaze dry on the doughnuts for one hour before decorating.
Now that everything is cooled and the glaze is dry it’s time to make your cute American flag donuts!
Use the blue icing and pipe a line on the top left corner of the doughnut.
After you make those pipe lines, fill it in with blue icing.
Then, pipe five to seven lines of the red on the rest of the glazed donut.
Then, using the white icing make dots for the stars on the blue part of the donut.
That’s it! You’re ready to rock these adorable and yummy patriotic doughnuts to your next gathering or maybe make them for the 4th of July weekend at the lake. Whatever you do with them, get the kids together and let them decorate some of the donuts. Although, if you’re like me that may prove to be more difficult than it should, you know, letting go of that need to control!
Recipe for Grand Old Flag Patriotic Donuts
2 2/3 C Flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 C sugar
1/2 C whole milk
1/4 C melted unsalted sweet cream butter
1/2 C sour cream
2 large egg
1/4 C canola oil
light blue, white, and red cookie icing
Vanilla Glaze ingredients:
1/2 C milk
2 C powder sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Use a baking spray to prep your doughnut pan.
- Set the pan to the side.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
- Whisk together the whole milk, sour cream , and eggs into a separate bowl.
- Whisk in the melted butter, vegetable oil, and vanilla
- Gradually whisk in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined
- Spoon the batter into the doughnut pan.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 9 minutes.
- Allow doughnuts to cool a few minutes in the pan.
- Transfer the donuts to a wire rack to completely cool.
- Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix until smooth
- Pour glaze over doughnuts and let dry for an hour before decorating
- Once dry, using the blue cookie icing, pipe a line on the top left corner of the doughnut and fill it in
- Pipe 5-7 lines using the red icing onto the doughnuts
- Using the white icing, pipe on 10-12 dots on the blue part for the stars in the flag
- Let dry for another hour to two hours before enjoying.
Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.