Luc loves donuts! It’s his favorite food and he would eat them all the time if I let him. A few places in the Los Angeles area make these adorable alphabet donuts (I’m sure you have seen them as they are all the rage at the moment) and I thought that would be the perfect way to celebrate Luc’s half birthday. After calculating donut and delivery cost though, I decided I would attempt to make these myself. Of course, now that I have made these, I think the price is totally justified so if you aren’t the DIY type and want to buy some, check out DK’s Donuts and California Donuts. These were really fun to make and not very difficult, but they were time-consuming, so if you have a lot of time on your hands or you are cheap like me, read on to learn how to make your own alphabet donuts. 😉
Fun and easy, but time-consuming, doughnuts that are perfect for celebrations or teaching your kids about the alphabet
- For Donuts
- 1 1/8 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup cugar
- 1 package instant yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1 1/4 sticks butter, melted and cooled
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- canola oil (I used two 24 ounce bottles) For Glaze
- 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1-2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
- food coloring
- Heat milk to about 105-110 degrees F. Pour the sugar into the milk and stir to dissolve. Place yeast in a small bowl and pour milk over it. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, beat your eggs, then add your butter while mixing continuously. Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Turn to medium speed and pour in the yeast mixture. Mix for a couple of minutes until well combined.
- While still mixing, gradually add the flour about 1/2 a cup at a time. Once it’s all combined, mix for another 5 minutes. Scrape if needed, then mix for another 30 seconds. Let rest for 10 minutes.
- Spray a large mixing bowl with oil. Transfer your dough to the bowl, then cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Prep a few cookie sheets with silicon mats or parchment paper dusted with flour.
- Lightly flour a clean surface and roll out your dough to around 1/4 inch thick. Use your alphabet cookie cutters to make letters and place them on your prepped cookie sheets. Roll together leftover scraps, let the dough rest a few minutes, then repeat until done. Cover with tea towels and let ride in a warm, dry place for at least an hour until they look fluffy.
- Before the dough is quite risen, fill a heavy-bottomed pot almost halfway with oil on your stovetop and bring temperature to 375F (or if you are like me and don’t own a thermometer that reads that high, follow this test to know when the oil is hot enough) Prep some pans with paper towels for your fried donuts.
- Once the oil is hot enough, place a few donuts into the hot oil and fry for one minute. Turn them over and fry for one more minute. Remove from oil and let rest on paper towels. Let the oil heat back up if needed, then repeat until done. For the Glaze:
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients until smooth. Divide into smaller bowls and add food coloring as desired. Dip the tops of the doughnuts into the glaze and immediately add sprinkles. Set aside to dry. Best eaten within the day. (*I have doubled the glaze ingredients in my recipe because I ended up needing to double it and my glaze consistency and color differed between batches so I recommend making it all at once. Also, in my opinion, a bit thicker glaze works better)
And just for fun, here are some of the past ways we have celebrated Luc’s half birthdays.
For his first half birthday, I made my first layered half cake (using the wacky cake recipe and an allergy free frosting recipe because I was on an elimination diet while nursing Luc). I used my cricut and gold scrapbook paper to make the numbers, then taped them to cake pop sticks.
For Luc’s 1 1/2 birthday, I made him pancakes. Both boys love pancakes, so they are always a hit.
For all of the fun ways we have celebrated Hudson’s half birthdays, check out this post.