Mixing up your favorite pancake mix and using the Donut Maker saves you the griddle time. And my daughters adore them. I even packed the leftovers in their lunchboxes the next day.
This idea for pancake mix donuts (doughnuts?) came from my now-9 year old back when she was a mere 8. (She wanted the credit, even though I swear I’m the one who suggested pulling out the BabyCakes Donut Maker. And I also used pancake mix to make these trail mix donuts years ago, but she always has creative ideas, so there’s a good chance she’s right.) For another easy doughnut recipe for the Donut Maker, click HERE.
The concept is simple. Mix up some pancake mix, with just a couple adjustments, and make them in the Donut Maker instead of a skillet or griddle. That’s it. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top if you like, or dip them in maple syrup, or make maple glaze. My daughter’s favoritest-ever recipe for maple glaze is below.
For the pancake mix, I used Aunt Jemima’s Whole Wheat Blend pancake and waffle mix, because they fortify it pretty well with vitamins and such things, so these feel healthy(-er). But you can use any pancake mix.
Next time, I’m going to try adding some blueberries or bits of cooked bacon.
To make pancake mix donuts, prepare panacake mix according to the package directions, but reduce milk or liquid by 1/4 cup. (If you feel the batter is too thick, slowly add a bit more milk. If you feel like it’s too thin, stir in some more pancake mix.) Stir in one tablespoon of sugar (or more for sweeter donuts). Spoon the batter into the preheated Donut Maker, between one and two tablespoons per cavity, close the lid and bake for the recommended time. I find that 4 minutes works well. Remove and enjoy. I got 15 donuts from my pancake mix.
For an easy maple glaze, whisk together 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1 tablespoon milk. Add more powdered sugar for thicker glaze.