We make donuts

Santa brought me one of my wishes. By way of my little sister.

The Babycakes donut maker. Almost as cute as my baby niece.

I had a little help mixing the ingredients.

The 6yo did most of the stirring, while the 2yo niece added the ingredients.

They were a big hit. But how could anything coated in butter and sugar be bad?

Admittedly, this one ate only the topping. She licked it off, took one bite, and claimed she was done.

Cinnamon Sugar Donuts, adapted from the booklet that came with the Babycakes donut maker

  • 1/3 C oil (I used a light EVOO)
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 C buttermilk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 C flour
  • 4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt


  • 4 T melted butter
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon

Beat sugar and oil, add eggs, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir dry ingredients into wet until just mixed. Pour into donut maker, and bake for 4 minutes.Mix cinnamon and sugar and place in a saucer or shallow bowl. Melt butter into a separate, similar dish. Dip donuts into melted butter, then into cinnamon sugar.

Note that you could probably make mini muffins out of these, if Santa didn’t bring you a donut maker. I’d bake at 375 for 10 minutes.


5 things I want for Christmas

I know it’s too early for a Christmas list, but look at all these shiny things!

1. Cocanu Moonwalk Chocolate

It’s dark chocolate with poprocks in it. Wow.

2. Fancy lollipops from the Groovy Baker

These are cherry cordials, but other fantastic flavors include Prom night punch, Aquarius, Pineapple Caramel Upside Down, Creme Brulee, Lime in the coconut, and Alchemy.

3. Fancy olives and kabanaki peppers from the Olive Orchard

I tried these at a tasting last week and fell in love. Especially with those peppers (you can see how the jar in the above photo is actually empty of peppers, due to my having unrestrainedly eaten them all, unable to save even one for hubs or the green caret, both of whom would have been wildly appreciative of such fare). They are spicy, and creamy (stuffed with feta), and rich from being packed in lovely Greek oil. I fantasize about eating them while sipping an old fashioned cocktail.

4. Babycakes donut maker

There seems to be a huge baked donut fad going on in the blogosphere right now, and I feel I need to get on board. And bake more donuts.

5. Homesick Texan Cookbook

You’re surprised, right?