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From the kitchen: Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Donuts {the easy way}

July 1, 2013

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I’ve been über curious about this cronut craze that’s currently happening. I want so badly to try an authentic Dominique Ansel croissant donut, but since I live in LA and not NYC, chances of that happening are practically non-existent. So I did the next best thing…well almost the next best thing. I’m a huge proponent of made-from-scratch baking, but I was so excited about making a pastry donut, that I jumped at the chance when I realized I had store-bought puff pastry in my freezer. While these were totally delicious and an awesome quick alternative to homemade pastry donuts, they didn’t puff up like true cronuts do and since I’ve never tasted one, I’m not quite sure how they compare. I’m planning on making this donut from scratch later this week and I’ll be back with an in-depth recipe post. In the meantime, try these easy donuts, they were really tasty! -xo

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Cinnamon Sugar Pastry Donuts
Makes about 13 donuts and holes
INGREDIENTS
2 sheets store-bought pastry dough, thawed
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
Flour for dusting
Canola oil for frying (enough to fill about a pot about 4-5 inches)
Vanilla glaze (optional)
1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
3-5 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a medium shallow bowl. Set aside.
  2. Lay pastry sheets on top of each other to create a double thick layer. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thick.
  3. Use a donut cutter to punch out pastry rings.
  4. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pot, such as a dutch oven, to 350°-375°. Use a candy thermometer to stay on temperature.
  5. Fry donuts in batches of 3-4, cooking about 1-2 minutes on each side. You want a nice golden brown.
  6. Transfer to a wire rack sitting over paper towel to absorb excess oil. Allow to cool about 1 minute.
  7. While still warm, toss well in cinnamon sugar to coat.
  8. For glaze, combine all ingredients until smooth, adding milk as needed.
Enjoy IMMEDIATELY! These guys are best served fresh and don’t keep well, so eat up!
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20 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2013 2:07 am

    omg this looks so delicious … Thanks a lot for sharing recipe
    http://beautyndbest.com/

  2. July 1, 2013 2:26 am

    Great recipe!!!

  3. July 1, 2013 2:42 am

    Looks really good.

  4. July 1, 2013 4:17 am

    My family makes these, but we found an even easier way! We use biscuit dough, straight from the can. Then we use a ‘Baby Cakes Donut Maker’ (which I bought for my sister, as a gift. Its only $9.99) but they’re great. Try those. They’re done in minutes and fun for kids.

  5. July 1, 2013 5:30 am

    These look absolutely amazing!!! Will have to try them soon :) beautiful post!

  6. July 1, 2013 5:42 am

    Deep fried, sugar dusted, puff pastry donuts? You are an actual genius.

  7. July 1, 2013 6:16 am

    Yum that looks awfully good!

  8. July 1, 2013 10:40 am

    These look delicious!

  9. July 1, 2013 10:56 am

    Yummmmm!

  10. July 1, 2013 4:14 pm

    Looks like I just found my next Sunday breakfast idea! Yummy! (:

  11. July 1, 2013 10:12 pm

    Delish!

  12. Dr. Fuzz permalink
    July 2, 2013 8:00 am

    Ooh, I might have to go buy some pastry dough right this minute!

  13. July 4, 2013 8:07 am

    wow, i think its delicious donnuts, yuummm!

  14. melinda permalink
    July 7, 2013 11:06 pm

    looks yummy! I knew someone that made dough nuts out of the Pillsbury dough and it was yummy too. Reminds me of this =)

  15. July 9, 2013 5:48 am

    Now am at work and I am craving donuts :(… I can smell the cinnamon and the sugary fluffy donuts calling my name ,,,, I am making this tonight :D

  16. July 27, 2013 7:04 pm

    Your photos are beautiful! You have provided me with lots of inspiration. Thanks :-)

  17. Danielle permalink
    August 9, 2013 12:14 pm

    KC Donuts in Santa Monica are SOO very good. You should try their Onuts. Some people are saying that they are BETTER than the original.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      August 18, 2013 9:02 pm

      Thanks for the reco!! I can’t wait to try KC’s!

  18. November 12, 2013 1:55 pm

    Mmm I’d like to try make these

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