American Flag Donuts

American Flag Donuts | thefirstyearblog.comThe last time I sported this much American pride I was decked out in red, white, and blue for the 4th of July when I was middle school. I would like to point out that I wore 3 pairs of socks to achieve the red, white, and blue pattern. It was hot, but cool at the time, ha.

American Flag Donuts | thefirstyearblog.comMaking American Flag Donuts seems like a much better way to celebrate our country than dressing up like Uncle Sam.

You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood if you bring these babies to your 4th of July cookout. Can you even get american flag donuts from your local bakery? Uhh, I don’t think so and that’s exactly why you should make them!

American Flag Donuts | thefirstyearblog.comThe whole time I was making these donuts I wanted to share a sneak peek on Instagram because they are so darn cute. But I didn’t think a sneak peek would do these donuts justice.

I mean they were a labor of love. Very similar to those delicious Lemon Pull Apart Sweet Rolls I shared a few weeks ago, somewhat of a process, but SOOO worth it!

The creation of these american flag donuts was a 2 day project, and the whole time I was up to my elbows in Candiquik. After every star and stripe were in the right place, the kitchen towels were full of red, white, and blue smears.

Oh you know, I thought I’d just do a little bit of 4th of July tie dying while I was at it. Kidding.

American Flag Donuts | thefirstyearblog.comTo re-create our American Flag Donuts you will need a standard size donut pan, lots of Vanilla Candiquik (okay, 1 package will do), red and blue oil based food coloring, piping bags or 3 squeeze bottles to drizzle the Candiquik, Crisco, patience, and hungry Americans waiting to devour them!

American Flag Donuts |

American Flag Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts


  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
  • 1 package Vanilla Candiquik
  • Red and Blue oil based food coloring



  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray, use a paper towel to lightly spread/remove excess spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, butter and oil. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix just until combined.
  3. Transfer the batter to a large piping bag or use a ziploc bag with one corner cut off. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each donut hole about 2/3 full. Tap the donut pan against the counter to release any air bubbles.
  4. Bake the donuts for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the donuts sit in the pan for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack. Allow the donuts to cool completely before moving on, I suggest 3-4 hours or overnight.

American Flag Design

  1. Melt half of the vanilla Candiquik, following the instructions on the package. You don’t want the Candiquik to be too runny, so if yours seems too runny, let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  2. Transfer the melted Candiquik into shallow bowl that will easily allow you to dip the donuts into. Dip each donut into the Candiquik, allowing the excess to fall off. Place the donuts on a cooling rack, allowing the access to continue to fall off. Once you’ve dipped all the donuts, place them in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Save the remaining white Candiquik.
  3. After 30 minutes, begin to prepare the blue Candiquik. Melt 2 sections of the Candiquik, again following the instructions. Once it is melted, add several drops of blue food coloring until you get your desired color of blue. If the Candiquik seems to thicken at this point, add a small spoonful of Crisco and stir. If needed add more Crisco until you get your desired consistency, which it should be easy enough to drizzle. Transfer the blue Candiquik into a squeeze bottle or piping bag (I prefer a squeeze bottle as I have more control over the flow of Candiquik). Fill the upper left hand corner of each donut with blue Candiquik, as displayed in the pictures. Return the donuts to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. After 30 minutes, begin to prepare the red Candiquik. Melt 2 sections of the Candiquik, again following the instructions. Once it is melted, add several drops of red food coloring until you get your desired color of red. If the Candiquik seems to thicken at this point, add a small spoonful of Crisco and stir. If needed add more Crisco until you get your desired consistency, which it should be easy enough to drizzle. Transfer the red Candiquik into a squeeze bottle or piping bag. Draw the red stripes as displayed in the pictures.
  5. Return to the refrigerator as you re-heat the white Candiquik. Once re-heated use a toothpick to add white dots to the blue section of your flag.
  6. Store in an airtight container - I prefer them to be in the fridge so the Candiquik doesn’t smudge.
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American Flag Donuts | thefirstyearblog.comNext year I am going to put Uncle Sam’s face on a donut. I better start practicing now.


  1. I think you should change your name to “Donut Queen” Seriously, you make awesome ones…but these take the cake! er…donut?
    My hubby is going to LOVE THESE. Pinned!

    • Haha, I do like the name “Donut Queen” .. if only it wouldn’t screw up my SEO and make me start all over!

  2. These are so cute and festive! And they actually look manageable to make!

    • Hi Mallory! They are pretty manageable to make, as long as you let them sit in between each step!

  3. So much fun I stumbled and pinned twice!

  4. I love 4th of July (US History major here!) and I love donuts!! I will definitely be trying out this recipe this year for the 4th! Thanks for sharing!

    • Let me know how it goes, wish I could be there to celebrate with you (and snag a donut!)

  5. These are such a fun 4th of July treat, Beth!

  6. I don’t think I’d have been brave enough to try something like this! These are super cute, and your instructions are very easy to follow…I might just have to make these for our next family gathering. While I’m perfecting my flags, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of delicious trial runs!!

    • They really aren’t too terribly hard to make and I bet your family would enjoy them so much!

  7. Just bought a donut pan……I’m set to go! Amazing donuts, look so professional! Thanks for sharing.

  8. These have to be the most adorable donuts I have ever seen! Pinned!

  9. Wow these donuts are works of art – literally! I wish we had Vanilla Candiquik in Australia!

  10. WOW! These are spectacular 4th of July doughnuts! They are the most creative red,white, and blue dessert I have seen anywhere! I am pinning this one all over the place and I can’t wait to try it myself! :)

  11. OMG! These are sooo cute! I’m afraid if I attempted these it would look like a red,white and blue mess! Great job!! Pinning!

  12. What a great recipe. Yum! They look too pretty to eat! :) Have a great weekend! Maria

  13. So cute that they are individually decorated! I might be so tired after all that work that I’d just make people look at them, not eat them :)

    • Haha, I know exactly what you mean! I felt better about letting people eat them since I know I have tons of pictures of them!

  14. These are adorable! I would not have the patience to make these!!

    • Jennifer, it wasn’t that bad looking back on it! But they are sure a crowd pleaser!

  15. So cute and festive! I wish I could create such pretty pastries! Great job!

  16. These are so cute; love them!

  17. So cute I don’t know if I could bear to eat them.
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

  18. So cute! I love the flag design!! Very fun and unique treat for a 4th of July barbeque, or even just to serve for breakfast on the 4th!

    • I would eat these for any occasion on the 4th of July – breakfast, lunch or dinner!

  19. These are the cutest donuts I’ve seen in a long time! Great job!

  20. I love these donuts. How clever!

  21. Great recipe! So pretty! I love the 4 rth of July idea! I would love if you come link up at the Monday party tomorrow!

  22. These are adorable!!! Definitely sharing :)

  23. These look amazing! Great job! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday Party!

  24. Those are awesome, LOVE them! Thanks for linking them to Make Bake Create!

  25. fantastic!!!! Creative, festive & delicious all in one! Thanks for sharing at WONDERFULLY CREATIVE WEDNESDAYS!!!

  26. Beth, These are so fun and festive. Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. I’m featuring this post at our party this weekend. Have a great weekend!!

  27. Beth, these donuts are awesome! For my husband’s family, 4th of July is as big (or bigger) than Christmas and I’m always looking for unique treats to bring and share! These are definitely going on my list!

  28. Wow! These look absolutely delicious! And so patriotic too! You did a great job! We would love it if you linked up with our party this week!

  29. Hi Beth!

    I just wanted to let you know that I’m featuring these amazing donuts for this week’s Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party! Woo!
    I hope you’ll stop by and check it out when the party goes live at 6pm PST!


  30. How impressive and cute are these?! I can just see the disastrous mess I would make if I attempted – you did awesome though – flawless!

  31. Love this idea! I am choosing it for my host favorite on Foodie Friend Friday this week, so it will be featured on Daily Dish Magazine Monday!

  32. So fun and creative! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  33. These are so pretty and festive, Beth! Thanks so much for sharing at last week’s Project Inspire{d} ~ I’ll be featuring you at tonight’s party. I hope you’ll join us again. Have a happy, happy 4th of July!

  34. Those are just gorgeous!

  35. So beautiful! We all need these donuts for right now (USA vs Belgium world cup game)! Go USA! Pinning!

    • I didn’t even think of that – it can be used for any USA sport! Great idea!

  36. I just can’t get over how fun the American flag design is on that donut! LOVE it!

  37. WOW! These look awesome and so delicious. I’ve never tried making donuts, but I think I may need to start :-)

  38. These Doughnuts look awesome! Would love to do it, but definitely have no patience for a 2 day baking project. By that I mean I would eat these as soon as they were baked!

  39. Stop it. These are adorable!! I found you through A Dose of Paige – happy to connect and can’t wait to try these! ~ Sierra ~

  40. these donuts are just so fun Beth!!

  41. This looks SO delicious! Thank you for sharing it on the Pinworthy Projects link party last week! I am going to be featuring it tomorrow so be sure to stop by, grab a button, and link up something else! Hope to see you and happy 4th!

  42. I LOVE these! Such great shots. You have a new fan :)

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