Baked Coffee, Coconut, and Cream Cheese Donuts

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Guys, Happy National Donut/Doughnut Day! I’m sneaking in an extra post this week to celebrate because, donuts…obvs.

I made us Coffee, Coconut, & Cream Cheese Donuts! I realize that’s a mouthful–figuratively and literally, but they’re really so good. Last weekend when I picked up a mega-spread of donuts for Megan and I to try, I chose a coffee, coconut cheesecake number at the last minute and I am so glad I did! I can’t believe I almost just glazed on over it and let it sit there in the case waiting for someone else to eat it. It inspired me to make them at home…so I could have another. I mean, there are a lot of things happening in this donut, but they somehow don’t compete at all. The springy donut cake is flavored with just enough espresso to make it taste like coffee without any bitterness, there’s just a little more espresso in the frosting which compliments the smooth tang of the cream cheese so well, and the toasty coconut gives it a buttery, nutty aspect that brings everything together. It’s like coffee AND donuts in one bite…plus, cream cheese frosting.

These aren’t true-blue, fried-and-delicious donuts. I have a hard time making them at home because of two things: patience and vats of hot oil. Baked donuts, while not exactly the same thing as their fried brethren, are easy and still knock out that sweet tooth. Plus, they’re quick. If you have your shit together, you could have these in less than 30 minutes. #donutemoji

 

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Coffee, Coconut, & Cream Cheese Donuts

About 1 dozen baked donuts, or 6 baked donuts and 18 (ish) minis.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

a few gratings of fresh nutmeg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

1 egg

2/3 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup brown sugar

for the icing:

4 ounces softened cream cheese

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

1-2 teaspoons milk

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

toasted coconut for topping

Preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a donut pan with cooking spray.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. In another bowl whisk together the buttermilk, espresso powder, egg, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and fold to combine. Either spoon or pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling nearly to the top of each well, and bake the donuts in the center of the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the tops of the donuts have risen, are dry, and spring back to the touch. Remove from the oven and cool about 5 minutes before turning out onto a rack. Repeat with the remaining batter.

While the donuts bake and cool, make the icing by stirring together all of the ingredients until well combined. If the icing seems too loose, add more confectioner’s sugar a few tablespoons at a time. If it is too stiff, add a bit more milk. Ice the donuts once they are cooled and top with coconut.

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Pumpkin Bread with Bourbon Icing

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It’s just a few days before Eat-Fest-USA, aka Thanksgiving, aka only one of the best holidays ever.

It’s just Sean and I this year, as we are staying put, and I’ve had the menu planned for a few weeks now. I’ve ordered our turkey and picked it up, planned the sides, shopped the pantry goods, written my produce list, and picked out the wines. I was going to bake up another batch of this pumpkin bread for Thursday morning, but I’m thinking we’ll go the fruit and cheese route for breakfast and snacking.

Not that this pumpkin bread wouldn’t make a lovely, easy breakfast to share with your fam and friends this thankful holiday. It would be perfect sliced and set-up next to plenty of coffee and/or tea to begin Thanksgiving day and kick-off the feast prep. This bread is super moist–and, I know we don’t all love that word–but it is what it is. And, I channel my inner Jesse Pinkman as I type this…

This bread be moist, yo.

The moisture comes from pumpkin puree, olive oil, and greek yogurt, there’s a bit of whole wheat flour for wholesome goodness, just a little spice, and a buttery layer of bourbon icing just for kicks. I also added some candied ginger to the top, for good measure. Maybe the icing and ginger are a little much but, they fancy-up this super easy quick-bread, making it holiday breakfast AND dessert appropriate.

Pumpkin Bread with Bourbon Icing

Makes 1, 9×5 inch loaf

Adapted from Simply Recipes

Since this is a quick bread, it comes together very quickly with few dishes. The bread also tastes great, maybe even better, the next day. This recipe makes 1 standard loaf of pumpkin bread–however, I baked this batch up in a 6inch round pan and a mini-loaf pan. Either way, this bread is delicious. Feel free to make this bread sans icing for an every-day breakfast bread sitch. I use half all-purpose and half whole wheat flour in this recipe, you could us less whole wheat or go with just all-purpose with great results. I would be wary of making the entire recipe out of whole wheat as it may result in a very dense and even gummy bread. 

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup pure pumpkin puree

1/2 cup olive oil

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons melted butter

2-4 teaspoons bourbon

milk to thin

Preheat oven to 350*F and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan, or other baking dish, well. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flours, salt, sugar, baking powder, and spices.

In another bowl, mix together the pumpkin, olive, oil, beaten eggs, yogurt, and vanilla. Mix well to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and fold to incorporate until just combined and there are no longer any dry flour streaks. Be careful to fold the batter and not overmix it. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake in the center of the oven for 50-60 minutes (about 45 for the round pan) or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

For the icing, whisk together the melted butter, bourbon, and powdered sugar. Add milk to thin to desired consistency. Spread icing over cooled bread. Sprinkle with chopped, candied ginger if desired.

Will keep for 2-3 days wrapped well at room temperature.

 

Iced Eggnog Cookies

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So, I don’t know if you noticed, but, there are some big changes around here!

By here, I mean this here blog. I have a new design (duh!), a little space for some ads (so I can fund some more giveaways and fun things!), I’ve updated my links page with some of my favorite reads and inspirations, I’m also working on a recipe index and a new about page! Yay! All this change has been a long time coming, I’m an indecisive gal, so there have been many tweaks and changes along the way and more than a few complete do-overs. Luckily, I have a really understanding and patient web/tech guy–my husband, Sean. By day he’s an engineer, by night he dabbles in web design (not only did he do this page, he also did this one). What a guy.

Instead of paying him in dolla-bills, I pay him in undying affection and an endless supply of sweet treats. Sometimes it’s a spin on a favorite, sometimes I force him to try something he claims to dislike…only to win him over in the end (usually).

Lately, these treats have been holiday-centric, like this coffee cake, and these Iced Eggnog Cookies. Though, neither Sean nor I enjoy really drinking eggnog,–it’s a consistency thing–we both really love it in baked goods. It easily replaces the milk in many a recipe and brings it’s nutmeg-y richness to the party. These cookies are soft, cakey, and get a double hit of nog in both the cookie batter and the glaze. I also added some fresh nutmeg for additional spice and holiday cheer.

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Iced Eggnog Cookies

adapted from Orangette 

I made these cookies for the first time years ago for my first-ever blog post. Lots of things have changed around here since then, I’m much less woe-is-me and I’ve worked on honing those baking and camera skills, but these cookies–in any form–remain a favorite. 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (or ground)

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons softened, unsalted butter

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup dairy eggnog, well shaken

for the glaze

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

pinch of salt

1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg (or ground)

2 tablespoons eggnog

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment, set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or with electric beaters, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, beat to combine and scrape bowl well. Add vanilla, beat to combine. Mix in flour and eggnog alternately, beginning and ending with flour, until just combined. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed.

Drop tablespoons of dough on cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart-cookies will flatten slightly while baking, but still be domed. Bake sheets 1 at a time until cookies are puffed and slightly golden around the edges (9-12 minutes). Cool the cookies on sheets for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling rack.

To make the glaze: Whisk together all of the ingredients until combined. Add more confectioner’s sugar or eggnog to acheive the consistency you like. Spoon glaze over slightly warm cookies. Allow to set on wire rack until cool and glaze hardens slightly.

Cookies are best the day they are made when they are tender and cakey. They do keep well in an airtight container for a few days, but will be slightly chewier and less tender.