When it comes to holidays in our family there is one element that is always the same. Making breakfast for the kids, whether it be Santa shaped pancakes, or American flag shaped waffles, a celebratory breakfast is always in order. While watching one of our favorite cooking challenge shows, Cami and I got the idea to try our hand at making donuts. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be really fun to make heart shaped donuts that the kids could decorate and enjoy on Feb 14.
If you are looking for a SUPER easy recipe, that, IMO (and the opinion of the Bertuzzi kids) is pretty dang tasty, heart donuts are for you!
I found heart cookie cutters at Target or you can find them here. It was important to find multi-sized cutters so that I could use the smaller cutter to make the heart shaped donut hole in the middle.
Using biscuit dough cut out the heart shapes with the cookie cutters. For ours, Cami and I made some with holes and some without. Both ways are equally delicious.
Pour about 2 to 3 inches of cooking oil into a pot and heat the oil to 350 degrees. I used a food thermometer to check when the oil was hot enough.
I used a spatula to lower the dough into the oil and allowed the oil to cook the dough on each side. Note, this does not take long at all! After lowering the dough in I let the first side cook for about 10 seconds and then flipped it on the other side and let it cook for about 10 seconds. It fries quick ya’ll! The best method for me was to do one donut at a time.
Once cooked on both sides, I placed on a plate with a paper towel. I noticed that the donuts started frying faster and faster and getting crispier as I went. To prevent this, once your oil has reached 350 degrees, you might need to turn the heat down on your stove so that your oil doesn’t get too hot.
For the donut icing I used white frosting and colored it with food coloring. Cami and I chose white, pink, and purple for the heart donuts. We also kicked it up a notch by adding sprinkles in Valentine’s Day colors. Tip: ice and decorate your donuts while they are still warm. There’s nothing like eating warm donuts and drinking cold milk!
With 3 ingredients (biscuit dough, cooking oil, and frosting) and 15 minutes total for prep and cook time, this recipe is an easy way to show your Valentines some love this year!