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mmmm…. doughnut cookies

In case the title is confusing, there are no doughnut-like ingredients in these cookies. They are simply cookies that look like doughnuts. Now, I’ve nothing against doughnuts. Really. If given a choice between a cookie and a Dunkin Donuts chocolate creme… I’d likely go for the doughnut, I admit that freely. But I have a very long history of putting stuff on cookies that looks like other stuff (like the entire cast of The Simpsons, for example).

how to make doughnut cookies:

you will need:*

dough (either sugar or chocolate)
circle cookie cutter (about 2 1/2 to 3 inches)
mini circle fondant cutter (about 1/2 inch)
pink frosting color

1 disposable frosting bag
1 coupler
1 size “4″ decorating tip
1 rubber band
small spoon or squeeze bottle

rainbow sprinkles

*You can choose any frosting color(s) you like, of course. I used Americolor soft gel paste (Electric Pink). Click on the Americolor link and click “Links” for tips where to buy. Find the rest of the items in the baking aisle of the craft store. Click HERE for tips where to buy supplies. Click HERE for cookie cutter tips.

step one: bake your cookies
Roll out your chilled sugar or chocolate dough. Cut out circles with larger cutter. Cut out a mini circle in the center. I found the 1/2-inch cutter was a little bit too small, so I sort of wiggled it around a bit to make the hole larger. Bake cookies according to recipe and let cool completely.
step two: make your frosting
Prepare frosting and tint about 1 to 1 1/2 cups (depending on how many cookies you need) light pink. Only use one drop to start and add more as desired. Prepare a frosting bag with a coupler and size “4″ tip and fill about half way (about 1/2 cup). Tie closed tightly with a rubber band. Cover remaining pink frosting.
step three: flood your doughnut
Pipe a pink outline as shown. Let set about 15 minutes. Thin reserved pink frosting with water, a drop or two at a time, stirring well, until the consistency of thick glue. It shouldn’t be too runny, it should still be viscous. With a squeeze bottle or little spoon, pour some of the thinned frosting inside the doughnut outline and let run to the edges, encouraging as needed with the back of the spoon.

step four: add your sprinkles
Let the flood set about ten minutes (you don’t want to sprinkle right away or the sprinkles will sink into the frosting, but you don’t want it too fully harden or the sprinkles won’t stick, you want the frosting to just set a bit). Sprinkle with your sprinkles. Let cookies dry overnight if packaging or wrapping.

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  1. Sue Sparks
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    These are really cute! Another great idea!

  2. Rate.Bake.Create
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    OMG! That's a great idea! So cute.

  3. Kim @
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I always love seeing what you come up with next! Love it! This means we can eat them for breakfast, right? ;o)

    Kim @

  4. cookies and cups
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    so cute…which do you think would have more calories…the doughnut or the cookie? :)

  5. Chic Cookies
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Thank you! Actually…I'd guess doughnuts have more. But it's probably a slim margin ("slim margin", would that be called a reverse pun?)

  6. maria elena
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    que cookies tan originales!!!

  7. maria elena
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    que cookies tan originales!!!

  8. maria elena
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    que cookies tan originales!!!

  9. maria elena
    Posted April 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    que cookies tan originales!!!

  10. Brisbane Baker
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Such a fantastic idea! I love the whole 'Food what looks like other food' thing.

    Great work!

  11. Valen
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    Those are so adorable!

  12. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    I think you are so darn creative! I want to follow you around and see how you come up with ideas!

    As soon as I read the post title, I thought "Homer Simpson" and then scrolled down…and there he was!

  13. whisk-kid
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    I think these are the cutest cookies I have ever seen. What an awesome idea!

  14. Chic Cookies
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    You are all making my head about to burst! Follow ME around, Bridget? That'd be too tough. I'd keep turning around to try and follow YOU!

    Posted April 6, 2010 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    These are so fabulous! Thanks tons for the cute idea, I'll be linking.

  16. Lorraine
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I love these. Definitely going to try them. I wanted to ask a question about the chocolate sugar cookie recipe. Do you think the chocolate ones would spread less if the baking soda was left out? I know you mentioned that omission keeps the sugar cookie recipe from spreading.

  17. Chic Cookies
    Posted April 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Maybe Lorraine, could be worth trying! I may play around with the recipe. It's never spread on me, but it also spread on another one of my readers, so maybe I'll try and come up with one similar to the sugar cookie recipe. The sugar cookie recipe is more of a shortbread, really, which I think is why it's so great at not spreading… I find recipes with only 1 egg work better like that, so might be a possibility for the chocolate. (hmmm, maybe a new post soon!)

  18. Amy O'Kane
    Posted April 7, 2010 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    this is one cute cookie! thanks for sharing this tutorial.

  19. kathy
    Posted April 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    That cookie is really cute. Thanks for this post. :-)

  20. CuteStuffInside
    Posted April 11, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Mmmmmmm, donuts.


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  22. Posted August 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    CUTE so cute

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