Valentine’s Day Donuts

Valentine’s Day Donuts – treat your Valentine to a batch of these cute homemade donuts!

Valentine’s Day Donuts - treat your Valentine to a batch of these cute homemade donuts! If you know us, you know that we like donuts. And if you like donuts too, you’ve come to the right place.

Out of all of the donuts I’ve made, I think these valentine’s ones are my favorites. But these snicker’s donuts are a close second.

Valentine’s Day Donuts - treat your Valentine to a batch of these cute homemade donuts! If my valentine (wink wink!) made a dozen of each for Valentine’s Day, I’d beam from ear to ear. Actually, I think I’d really like to see how Ryan would ‘decorate’ the valentine’s ones.. he might come up with some clever things like drawing cupid or kissy lips. I have not mastered the techniques of royal icing enough to be able to draw cupid with frosting.. hearts were challenging enough :)

Valentine’s Day Donuts - treat your Valentine to a batch of these cute homemade donuts! Valentine’s Day Donuts - treat your Valentine to a batch of these cute homemade donuts! I’m sure everyone has a few memorable valentine’s day moments. My guy is a sweetie pie and always makes me feel extra special on valentine’s day.

When we were seniors in high school (cue the ‘awwwwww’s ..yes we’re high school sweethearts!) Ryan was on the tennis team and he roped the younger players in to help him surprise me on Valentine’s Day. Each guy brought in a balloon for me, one at a time, and there were about 8 of them! I was dying of embarrassment. Then Ryan came into my class and gave me a rose. It was so sweet!

Valentine’s Day Donuts - treat your Valentine to a batch of these cute homemade donuts! The following year we were freshmen in college, meaning we had no money and relied on public transportation to get everywhere.

We had a low key lunch at Noodles and planned on going to a fancier restaurant for dinner. The restaurant we had reservations at was in another city, so we had to take 2 buses and then walk half a mile. Somehow we got on the second bus going in the wrong direction, realized our mistake a few miles later, and got off the bus in the middle of a deserted street. It was cold and creepy, and we had to wait 20 minutes for the next bus to come.

By this time, we were really late for our reservation that was in another city and super hungry. Like, let’s go eat at the first restaurant we see kind of hungry. And what restaurant did we happen to see? Noodles. Actually it was the only restaurant we saw. And that Valentine’s Day we had noodles for lunch and dinner. I think we avoided Noodles for a few months after that.

Valentine’s Day came early for my sweetie – we devoured these donuts. I guess I’ll have to pick one of these parfait recipes or one of these cheesecakes to make him!

Valentine's Day Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
  • 1/3 cup Wilton Candy Melts Light Pink + 1/2 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup Wilton Candy Melts Bright Pink + 1/2 tbsp vegetable shortening

Royal Icing

  • 1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 1 tbsp & 1 tsp water
  • Plus: gel based food coloring (I used pink and purple)

Directions:

  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.
  3. In another bowl combine the milk, egg, vanilla, and oil until well blended. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix just until combined.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool.
  6. Remove the donuts from the donut pan and place them on a wire rack to cool.

Base icing for the donuts

  1. Melt 1/3 cup of each color candy melts with the vegetable shortening in separate bowls. I like to microwave the candy melts on 50% power for 2 minutes, stirring every 20-30 seconds, until they are melted.
  2. For dipping the donuts, it’s easiest to transfer the melted chocolate to a small shallow dish, but large enough to fit a donut in. While hanging onto the edges of the donut, dip each donut into the chocolate and pause for a few seconds while the donut is upside down to allow to excess to fall off. Allow the donuts to cool on a cooling rack completely before adding hand drawn details.

Royal Icing

  1. Combine the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water in a small mixing bowl and mix on low speed with an electric mixer until the icing has a matte appearance, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Divide the royal icing into a few small bowls, depending on how many colors you want. Be sure to leave some of the royal icing white, if you’d like.
  3. Begin to decorate the donuts as you desire. I found it easiest to transfer the icing to a small squeeze bottle to add the details. I chose to do one donut of each design: xoxo, dots, love with hearts, all hearts, multi-colored lines, and single colored cross hatched lines.
  4. Surprise your Valentine with the donuts and put the leftover in an air tight container.
Valentine’s Day Donuts - treat your Valentine to a batch of these cute homemade donuts!
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46 Responses to “Valentine’s Day Donuts”

  1. Melissa — February 10, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Wow! These are too beautiful to eat. Great job. They look delicious.

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 8:02 am

      They were too beautiful to eat! They actually sat around for a few days so we could admire them!

  2. Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl — February 10, 2015 at 6:57 am

    These are adorable! They’re so perfectly decorated!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Thank you Sarah! A lot of love went into them!

  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — February 10, 2015 at 7:18 am

    This looks fantastic. You seriously are the donut queen :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 8:03 am

      And as donut queen I hereby give free donuts to all!

  4. Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T — February 10, 2015 at 7:27 am

    You are crazy talented!! What a great V-Day treat.

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 8:04 am

      Julie, thank you!!!! That made me smile!

  5. These donuts are adorable! I just want to squeeze them. I’m definitely checking out these snicker donuts you mentioned though. I remember Wesley (my now husband) got up in the middle of the night in a snow storm with the roads closed to get me roses for when I woke up the next morning. He’s still a sweetie, but the college years were his sweetest.

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Awww Miranda he sounds like a sweetie! I hope he does something special this year! :)

  6. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — February 10, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I can always count on you for the count timely treats! You deliver every time. Love how cute these are Beth, my son would love them .. because he’s obsessed with donuts! :) hehe

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 8:09 am

      I have a problem Krista, I like making holiday themed treats!

  7. OMG! Beth these are the most adorable and beautiful donuts I have ever seen!!! Pinning and sharing on Facebook!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Chandra, you are the BEST! Thank you!!!

  8. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — February 10, 2015 at 9:03 am

    These are stunning! I’d love to get these scrumptious donuts for Valentine’s Day!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 10:26 am

      I know! I would love to eat a batch I didn’t make!

  9. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer — February 10, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Ahh! These are so cute! I was just telling myself last night I need to get a donut pan. This has really motivated me!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

      #1 priority today is to buy a donut pan :)

  10. heather @french press — February 10, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I LOVE doughnuts but these may just be to pretty to eat! once again you have proven that you are the holiday food queen

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      These were too pretty to eat! They sat out for a few days, haha.

  11. Kelly @ Trial and Eater — February 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

    These are SO adorable! It’s almost a shame they’ll likely be eaten in a matter of minutes!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Yeah… :( But then there is always the next holiday!

  12. Annie @Maebells — February 10, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    These are darling!!! I love how you decorated them! And I just ordered some backgrounds from Ericksons so looking at your pictures makes me so excited!! :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      I wish I lived near another food blogger so we could swap props and backgrounds! You’ll love your boards!

  13. Not sure which I love more…these donuts or your story?! Awwwwwww…..ha. You are high school sweethearts! If I make you these donuts will you be my sweetheart?

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      OH MY GOSH YES!! :)

  14. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — February 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Sometimes, the low key Valentine’s are the best! We’ll be making ours low key and having some of these donuts. They are simply stunning!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Awww, show me a picture if you make some!

  15. Kentuckylady717 — February 10, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    These are the most beautiful donuts I have seen this year……especially the ones covered in hearts, but you did a lovely job in decorating them all….. (maybe you need to take orders….I’ll be your first customer :)
    Cute story of Ryan and the balloons , clever idea…..wonder how he will surprise you this year ?
    Let us know :)
    We may need to call you the DONUT QUEEN now…..

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Haha, thank you Mona! You can be my first customer!

  16. Deb @ Cooking on the Front Burner — February 10, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Super cute Beth!! Perfect for Valentine’s Day!! What’s up for St Patty’s day? :-)

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Hmmmm, lots of GREEN I think!

  17. Lila — February 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Loving this idea for a little breakfast on the go.

    http://bellagetsreal.blogspot.com/

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 10, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      If only I could eat cute donuts for breakfast everyday!

  18. amanda @ fake ginger — February 10, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    These are gorgeous! I love the polka dot one!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 11, 2015 at 7:15 am

      I really like that one too! Maybe there will be more polka dot donuts to come!

  19. These are the CUTEST donuts ever!!! Love!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 11, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you Jaren!

  20. Patty Fosler — February 11, 2015 at 9:09 am

    That’s another WOW Beth! Yes, I wish we could order some.

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 11, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      I wish you could too!! :)

  21. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — February 11, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Love, love….LOVE!!! So stinkin’ cute!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 11, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      :) :)

  22. Julie | This Gal Cooks — February 11, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    These donuts are so pretty, Beth!

    • Beth @ The First Year — February 15, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Thank you Julie!

  23. Jolena @ TheRubyKitchen — February 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

    These are so adorable! They look so yummy too. Thanks for sharing!

  24. janee amjad — February 24, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Amazing wonderful! So lovely & cute, really 😄😉&😍 it.thanks for sharing .

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