WE HAVE A SWEET RECIPE TO SHARE WITH YOU: Mini s’mores doughnuts that you can make in a Babycakes doughnut maker! We also share a bonus dessert that you can make with your extra doughnuts. How does a s’mores dessert in a jar sound?! The full recipe and tips on how to make the s’mores dessert in a jar are listed below.

WE HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE…we had fun last Friday making our first attempt of mini doughnuts in our new doughnut maker but we have to admit they were not edible! This was completely our fault, not the maker. Let’s just say when your baking powder expires it can really affect how baked goods rise and taste. We made them look pretty, but they were very dense and just not up to our standards. I took a trip to the store to get a fresh can of baking powder and a few other fun ingredients. The idea of a “s’mores” doughnut recipe had been floating in my mind. This time they came out great so we now have a fun recipe to share with you! The house filled with the aroma of vanilla and a touch of cinnamon and I had the chance to use my mini dessert torch from the cupboard..fun, fun!

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THINGS WENT SMOOTHER THIS TIME AROUND: We adapted the sour cream doughnut recipe that comes in the instruction book of the Babycakes Doughnut Maker and turned it into a fun “smores” doughnut. It always amazes me how a couple fun ingredients can change or enhance a recipe. We added vanilla bean paste (my mother calls this liquid gold it is SO good, if you are an avid baker and have not used this we suggest getting some…it will change your life!), crushed up teddy grahams, mini chocolate chips and a touch of cinnamon.

With baking you learn from doing. Since the chocolate doughnuts we made the other day were a bit dense (not sure if that was because of the expired baking soda, the homemade buttermilk or over mixing the batter) I decided to mix the batter by hand this time. I added in the extra ingredients that turned the plain sour cream doughnut recipe into something special! The s’mores doughnut was born!

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THE SPECIAL INGREDIENTS: I put 1/2 cup of the teddy grahams into a quart size freezer bag and crushed them up using the bottom of a measuring cup. My thought was to add the crumbs to the batter to give it a little more flavor. NOTE: I would probably leave the crumbs a little more coarse the next time I make this recipe so when you take a bite you can see more of the crumbs inside the doughnut. I added the same amount of mini chocolate chips to the batter (1/2 cup). They worked great and as you can see from the one I took a bite of you can see the chips speckled throughout the doughnut. One tablespoon of vanilla bean paste and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon was also added and took these doughnuts to the next level!

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DESSERT TORCHES ARE GOOD FOR MORE THAN JUST CREME BRULEE: Once the doughnuts were cooled, we drizzled the tops with the same Wilton Chocolate Glaze that we used the other day. I crumbled up more of the teddy grahams to sprinkle on top of the glaze and then added some cute extra mini marshmallows. Toasted marshmallows is one of the things that makes a s’more a s’more. I used my mini dessert torch and it worked perfectly for toasting the extra mini marshmallows that I found at a local Amish store. Be very careful when using the torch, it only took a second or 2 to get them toasted. You need to wave the flame a few inches away from the marshmallows in a back and forth motion. If you get too close they might catch on fire. You may need to practice a bit. See the full recipe below and for another way to use these doughnuts in a dessert.

A mini dessert torch can be used for more than just creme brulee!

A mini dessert torch can be used for more than just creme brulee!

BALL JARS ON THE COUNTER = THE BIRTH OF THE S’MORES IN A JAR: While looking at the pile of doughnuts I had just made I noticed an assortment of ball jars I had sitting on the counter and realized that the mini doughnuts might fit in the jars….and they did! How cute would s’mores doughnut desserts in a jar be! They would be great to use at a bridal shower, rustic wedding, movie night or camp dessert by the fire.

For a single small serving the 4 oz jar worked great. One doughnut fit on the bottom. You could layer on top of the doughnut some chocolate glaze or hot fudge sauce and then a layer of frosting or fluff and top with mini size marshmallows. We used the regular size mini marshmallows that you can easily find at the grocery store for this dessert. For the larger 8 oz jars I was able to fit 3 doughnuts and layered between them is whipped vanilla frosting that I sprinkled with mini chocolate chips. I toasted the marshmallows with the mini dessert torch and viola…you have a cute and yummy dessert in a jar! Tie some bakers twine around the top and add one of our cute wooden dessert spoons to create a pretty presentation!

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MINI S’MORES DOUGHNUT RECIPE

(adapted from the sour cream doughnut recipe in the Babycakes Doughnut Maker instruction book)

        • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
        • 1/3 cup sugar
        • 1 tablespoon baking powder
        • 1/2 teaspoon salt
        • 1/2 cup milk
        • 1/4 cup sour cream
        • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
        • 1 egg
        • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
        • 1/2 – 1  teaspoon cinnamon – optional but makes them oh so good!
        • 1/2 cup teddy graham crackers that you will crush up + more for the garnish
        • 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
        • Wilton chocolate brownie glaze or you can make a chocolate glaze
        • extra mini size marshmallows for the garnish

Directions:

Plug in the doughnut maker so it can preheat while you are preparing the batter.

1. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl including the crushed teddy grahams and mini chips.

2. In a separate bowl combine all of your wet ingredients and whisk together until all is blended.

3. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. I found mixing by hand until all was combined worked better than using a mixer especially since this version has mini chips in it.

4. Fill a plastic disposable frosting bag with the batter and snip off end so you can pipe into the preheated doughnut maker. Filling the bottom half of the cavity worked good for this recipe. Each reservoir holds about 2 tablespoons of batter.

5. Bake for about 4-5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the doughnut comes out clean.

6. Once the doughnuts are cooled you can add the chocolate glaze to the tops. You want to use a glaze that is thick and will set up well. We piped it on the doughnut by putting it in a plastic frosting bag with just the tip snipped off so we could make nice squiggles with the glaze.

7. Sprinkle the glaze with some of the crushed teddy grahams.

8. Add some of the extra mini marshmallows before the glaze set so they will stay in place.

9. If you have a mini dessert torch you can toast the tops of the marshmallows.

BONUS DESSERT – S’MORES DOUGHNUT DESSERT JARS

As mentioned earlier in the post if you are making a big batch of doughnuts and want to create an extra special treat you can use some of the doughnuts to create some yummy desserts in a jar. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the doughnuts fit in the small ball jars. They were the perfect size and would save you from cutting out rounds of cake to make a layered dessert in a jar. I can’t wait to try out some different cake recipes to make some new flavor combinations. The nice part of baking is trying different things out and seeing what works. Sometimes a mistake can turn into the best thing that could have happened!

We hope you enjoyed and give this fun recipe a try!
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Post written and photographed by Esther