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American Flag Donuts
This post was originally published June 2014, we added updated photos June 2017.
The 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
Making 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 American Flag Donuts 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!
These American Flag Donuts are easy to make and I can guarantee you’ll have some fun!
Start by baking our classic vanilla donut recipe. If you want to jazz up the vanilla donuts with a different extract (like lemon, almond, etc.) add that to the batter to create a different flavor!
What You Need
You’ll need red, white and blue candy melts for this American Flag Donuts recipe. Michael’s carries lots of Wilton products, so you should be able to find the candy melts there, otherwise I’ve also found them at Party City and Walmart. You’ll probably also want some small squeeze bottles for the dots and stripes.
A few notes on melting the candy melts:
-they can be microwaved or you can melt them on the stove top, whatever your preference
-if microwaving, place each color (about 1/3 of the bag) in a microwave safe bowl and melt one color at a time. I like to start with 1 minute at 60% power, then stir and another minute at 60% power and stir again.
-Allow the candy melts to cool for about 5 minutes before adding them to the donuts
-After you dip the donuts into the white base, allow that layer to harden for about 10-20 minutes, or until firm. Allow the blue layer to harden before adding the white polka dots.
For a step-by-step of how to make this american flag donuts recipe, watch this short video:
- 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
- Red, white, and blue candy melts (I used Wilton brand)
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray, use a paper towel to lightly spread/remove excess spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, and oil. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix just until combined.
- 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.
- 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.
- Melt 1/3 bag of the while candy melts. They can be microwaved or you can melt them on the stove top, whatever your preference. If microwaving, place each color (about 1/3 of the bag) in a microwave safe bowl and melt one color at a time. I like to start with 1 minute at 60% power, then stir and another minute at 60% power and stir again. Allow the candy melts to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Transfer the melted white candy into shallow bowl that will easily allow you to dip the donuts into. Dip each donut, allowing the excess to fall off. Place the donuts on a cooling rack and allow them to harden.
- Melt the blue candy melts (about 1/3 to 1/4 of the bag) and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer into a small squeeze bottle and draw the blue corners onto the donuts. Use a toothpick to help spread out the candy. Allow the blue corner to harden.
- Melt the red candy melts (about 1/3 to 1/4 of the bag) and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer into a small squeeze bottle and draw the red stripes onto the donuts.
- Once the blue corner is dry, transfer a small amount of white candy melts into another squeeze bottle and add the white polka dots to the blue corner. Allow each layer to harden before storing in an airtight container.