Strawberry Frosted Donuts.

See these donuts here?

Strawberry Frosted Donuts - baked not fried. And better than a bakery!

Strawberry Frosted Donuts - baked not fried. And better than a bakery!

They are actually healthy!  Yes, healthy donuts DO exist and they have easily become one of my favorite weekend breakfast treats.  Even though they may seem complicated to some, baked donuts are surprisingly one of the simplest things that I make.  They take about 20 minutes start-to-finish AND call for very simple ingredients that I usually always have on hand.

I bake my donuts in a donut pan rather than frying.  I’d rather not (1) splatter my entire kitchen with burning hot oil and (2) have a dozen leftover fried donuts laying around my kitchen!  The donut pan was $8 from Target and probably the best $8 investment I’ve ever made.  My Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Dark Chocolate Glaze are a personal favorite.

Do you have a donut pan?  I suggest buying one and start having fun! If you don’t have one and don’t plan to buy one, you may certainly make these donuts into muffins.

Soooo today’s donuts. They’re fun. They’re girly. They’re pink! And they are certainly scrumptious.

These donuts are soft and cakey, but not dry in the slightest- the vanilla greek yogurt and milk keep them very moist. They are also bursting with vanilla flavor. I used Chobani Vanilla 0% greek yogurt, but you may use any vanilla or plain yogurt or even strawberry yogurt – the fat content is up to you. And don’t go skimping on the vanilla extract in these! You’ll want all the vanilla flavor you can get.

I dipped each donut into some homemade strawberry frosting and finished them off with a shower of red sprinkles. I think they kind of look like strawberry poptarts – my favorite kind!

I wanted the donuts to be completely smothered in strawberry frosting, so I dipped them each about 3 times. The thin frosting is so simple – puree 3 strawberries with 1 tablespoon strawberry jam.  Mix in your confectioners’ sugar, adding more and more until you reach the color and thickness you like.  It’s an easy frosting I can see myself making again and again –  I’d love to pair it with a pineapple cupcake of sorts or even drizzle over some banana bread.  Any other ideas? I need an excuse to make it again. :)

Strawberry Frosted Donuts - baked not fried. And better than a bakery!

This recipe yields a small batch (only about 6-7 donuts) which I loved. It can easily be doubled or even tripled, though. I think I’m going to triple the recipe next time and bring them into work for my coworkers.  I’m sure they’d love me for bringing in freshly baked homemade donuts on a mundane Monday morning one week. :)

Do you have any favorite donut recipes?  Link them up! :)

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Strawberry Frosted Donuts

Yield: 6-7 donuts

Ingredients:

Donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp Chobani 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or plain or strawberry)
  • 2 Tbsp milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Strawberry Frosting

  • 3-4 strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp strawberry jam
  • 1 - 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • red sprinkles, optional

Directions:

For donuts: Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray donut pan (or muffin pan) with non-stick spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry- just until fully combined. Do NOT overmix.

Use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off) to pipe the batter into a 6-donut pan. Fill the donut cavities about 2/3 full.  Bake 8 to 11 minutes until donuts are set and golden brown. They will spring back when touched. Mine took exactly 10 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes. Dip donuts into strawberry frosting 1-3 times, depending on how thick you'd like them frosted. Top with sprinkles.

For frosting: Slice strawberries and puree with 1 Tbsp strawberry jam. Slowly stir in 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar, adding more until you reached the desired consistency and coloring.  I wanted thick frosting, so I added 2 cups. Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature for up to 2 days.

FREEZING: You may freeze the donuts (glazed or unglazed) for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm up to your liking.

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I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July! What did you do and/or make for it?  Mine was full of good friends, LOTS of good food (guacamole and strawberry margaritas!), and lots of sparklers. We watched the fireworks over the Baltimore Inner Harbor on my friend Lori’s rooftop deck. 

   

76 Responses to “Strawberry Frosted Donuts.”

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    Christina @ This Woman Cooks!posted July 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I need to buy some strawberry jam so I can make these. That’s the only thing I’m missing!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 5th, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      I was going to try the frosting without the jam, but added it in for a deeper strawberry taste – I’m glad I did! Hope you make them Christina!

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    Cassieposted July 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    fun! i love making donuts at home!

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    Emily @Sweet Bella Roosposted July 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I love these! I have so wanted to try baking donuts & my daughter would LOVE the strawberry icing. Would love for you to link up to my ‘Pin It Thursday’ party– http://www.sweetbellaroos.com/2012/07/05/pin-it-thursday-1/

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    • Sallyreplied on July 5th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      You should try it! Baking donuts is SO very easy. Headed over to link up now. :)

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    Sabrinaposted July 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Sally, these look so yummy! You always have the most beautiful pictures, seriously! You may have to give me some tips sometime ;)

    You have motivated me to purchase a doughnut pan. I keep wanting to, but these strawberry beauties were what I needed to make sure I do it!

    I nominated you for an award. Hope you will check it out!
    http://sugarlyeverafter.blogspot.com/2012/07/awards.html

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    • Sallyreplied on July 5th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      I’m glad I convinced you Sabrina! And thank you for the sweet compliment on my photos, that really means a lot!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted July 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I love everything about this post! First, it’s your best picture-post to date. You must have made these after you had gotten comfy with the new 50 and it shows…stunning. I want to reach thru the screen and have one!

    And they’re pink! And the frosting sounds divine!

    You look fabulous in that last pic, too!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 5th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      Thanks Averie! That really means a lot to me! I certainly am learning the ins and outs of my new lens. I actually learn something new about my entire camera with each post. Maybe I should’ve read the manual fully through in the beginning. :) And yes, the frosting is aaaaaaaaaamazing. :)

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Lifeposted July 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    These fun, pink donuts have me drooling and wanting to bake donuts now!!! And make a fun glaze too!! I heart my donut pan so much too!!! Your reasons for baking donuts are some of the same reasons I have:-) Love your last picture…you look so pretty!!!

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    Kellyposted July 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Hi there, these look fantastic. Would this recipe work in a mini donut machine? Thankyou

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    • Sallyreplied on July 5th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      Absolutely! They would be adorable as mini donuts. Thanks Kelly! :)

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted July 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Yay, glad you had a great Fourth! You’re so cute with your sparkler :) And these donuts look TOTALLY FAB! Low-fat donuts with that gorgeous pink glaze? I’m in love! Seriously, I prefer baked donuts over fried ones any day because they’re moist, fresh, soft and puffy, and taste like cake! The more sprinkles, the better. These look beautiful, Sally!

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    Back For Secondsposted July 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Strawberry, pink, and sprinkly? Sounds good to me! They look delish, Sally! I only have a mini donut pan because I have a thing for tiny food, haha! I need to try these. I love that they are healthy!
    And yay for guac and margaritas yesterday, I should’ve hung out with you!!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 6th, 2012 at 5:55 am

      Hanging out with Stephanie for 4th of July would’ve made the day even better! I want a mini donut pan, they donuts are so tiny and cute!

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    Azura Chanposted July 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Wow.. the Homer Simpson’s doughnut. ;-p
    It’s so tempting.

    I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blog Award!
    http://azurachan.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/kreativ-blogger-award/

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    • Sallyreplied on July 6th, 2012 at 5:55 am

      Hi Azura! Thank you so much! I’ve never heard of the Kreativ blog award. So cool!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted July 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Super pretty! I love anything pink…especially when they are healthy enough I could eat all 6. :)

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted July 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Sally–we really are on the same wavelength this week, since I’ve got donuts scheduled to post on Monday…though yours look much better! =) I’m totally in love with making baked donuts at home. It’s like you’re able to eat a semi-guilty food guilt-free! These look amazing!! And I love the picture of you with the sparkler–so cute!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 6th, 2012 at 5:56 am

      Haha that is too funny! I can’t wait to see what donut you come up with for this Monday, Ashley! :)

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    Laura Dembowskiposted July 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I saw the title of this post in my inbox and instantly smiled. I don’t have a baked donut pan yet but it is on my list. I do want to try to make fried donuts one day, but love that these are a treat I could eat all the time :)

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    • Sallyreplied on July 6th, 2012 at 5:57 am

      Aww thanks Laura! Whether you bake them or fry them, I have no doubt you will make some killer donuts!

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    Chelsea Elizabethposted July 5, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I was planning on going to Target tomorrow so now i am definitely picking up one of those pans and making these asap!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

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    • Sallyreplied on July 6th, 2012 at 5:59 am

      Love it!! Hope you pick one up, can’t wait to see if/when you make some donuts Chelsea! :)

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    Reeniposted July 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I love that picture of you Sally! And these healthy donuts! I have a donut pan I only used once – my donuts came out rubbery and I lost inspiration. But. These might just make me dig it out again! They are delectable.

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)posted July 5, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Oh my gosh… will you send a few of these to me for breakfast? Ha! I love these — I have a donut pan too but I don’t use it nearly enough! And I’ve always loved strawberry frosted donuts, yum!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Graciousposted July 6, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Whoa, $8 for a pan is a steal! I’d love to have a donut pan because I just can’t always do the fried thing, Target’s on my errand list :)

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    • Sallyreplied on July 6th, 2012 at 6:01 am

      THe pan may have been on sale, I can’t remember.. but either way they are very inexpensive and a GREAT purchase! Thanks Gerry! :)

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    Emma @ Food, Fork and Goodposted July 6, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Thank you thank you thank you! Healthy doughnuts, now there’s no excuse!

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrauposted July 6, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I want these all right now – I absolutely adore strawberries in baked goods!

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    Katie @ Oh Shine Onposted July 6, 2012 at 10:23 am

    This. Is. Crazy! I JUST made lemon doughnuts earlier this week that were absolutely amazing. Oh and did I mention that the hidden ingredient in there was Greek yogurt? Totally ridiculous.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 6th, 2012 at 10:33 am

      We’re so alike Katie, it’s not even funny! We’d be real life friends for sure. :) Greek Yogurt in donuts is a must! Lemon donuts sound incredible.

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    Meghan @ After the Ivy Leagueposted July 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Healthy baked donuts! So much better than giving in at the Dunkin Donuts drive thru! I’ve been wanting a donut pan for months now, and actually looked at Target the other day and didn’t find one. I need to continue my search because I can’t last much longer without a freshly baked homemade donut in my life!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 6th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      SO much healthier than DD! I get my coffee from there almost 4 times a week and I am so tempted sometimes! But not anymore, I can make my own.. even better (!!) at home. Thanks Meghan! :)

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishesposted July 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Cute 4th of July pic!! These donuts look amazing…hard to believe they are healthy!

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    Jennposted July 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Oh how I wish I had a donut pan right about now! I guess I will be heading over to Target in the morning. These sound incredible and I love using yogurt in desserts.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 7th, 2012 at 6:54 am

      Thanks Jenn! The yogurt makes these donuts incredibly moist!

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    Heather@French Pressposted July 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    another amazing breakfast idea!

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    Sugar Locoposted July 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I MUST MAKE THESE NOW!

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    Nicoleposted July 12, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Every time I see a donut pic at a link party I have to check it out. Your donuts look amazingly delicious! Soooo Good :)

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    whirl + whiskposted July 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Strawberry donuts are my favorite! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    Michelleposted July 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Sally,
    These look yummy! I need to get one of those donut pans. My daughter bought the mini one but I think it only has 6 in it. I keep seeing these type of baked donuts everywhere. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday. Have a great weekend.

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    • Sallyreplied on July 16th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      My donut pan only has 6 in it as well Michelle! Thanks for hosting last Thursday. It’s so much fun to click around and link up! :)

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    Jenniposted July 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I’m usually a fried donut girl myself, but I think you’ve made me change my mind for this particular donut. Love them:)

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    • Sallyreplied on July 30th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      Jenni, there is nothing like a fried bakery donut! But these strawberry frosted donuts practically one of my new favorites AND they are healthier baked in the oven! You can also make them as muffins, too :)

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      • Jennireplied on July 30th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

        I was imagining they’d make great muffins–maybe little guys w/strawberry jam squirted inside… :)

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    Kateposted July 30, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Beautiful donuts! I’ll have to pick up one of those donut pans; totally great idea!

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    Pamelaposted August 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Can you make these into donut holes?

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    Katieposted August 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Ok! Thanks so much!! :) I will make these either tonight or tomorrow!!! :D

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    Christina @Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted September 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    How fun are these doughnuts? I love the bright pink strawberry frosting! I really need to buy a doughnut pan. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      Yes you do, Christina! I would be DELIGHTED to see any amazing donut recipe you come up with. :)

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    Katieposted September 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I make doughnuts at home for my children. Your recipe has given me some really good ideas that make cooking easy, healthy and it’s easy on the pocket as well. As much as I love making doughnuts, I love eating them too :) so baking them instead of frying is a great option. Also, dipping the donuts thrice so that they soak the flavors well is a great tip. Thanks. Strawberries are good for health and taste amazing. I have tried the strawberry doughnut frosting earlier for a different recipe, so I know how divine it tastes.

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    • Sallyreplied on September 20th, 2012 at 4:59 am

      So glad to hear that Katie! I love donuts too, so I’m glad to have some healthier recipes for them. And i love this strawberry frosting too! :)

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    Eileenposted January 8, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I’m hoping that this batter will work well in my daughter’s new electric cake ball maker :)

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    Sabrinaposted January 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Hello! Ok, going to try to make these gluten free tonight or tomorrow and had a quick question on oven temp…most all donuts i bake are at 350 degrees…but your recipe says 325 and for less time than i normally bake for…I’m wondering if your temp was for a convection oven or regular? Thanks! LOVE the look of that frosting!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 11th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      my temp/time is not for a convection oven, Sabrina. What are your other donut recipes like? The batter’s ingredients lack of a lot of butter and only 1 egg means these do not have to be baked for quite so long.

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    Wombat Centralposted January 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I can’t eat fried things, and I do miss having the occasional donut. One of my faves is strawberry frosted, so I’m so excited to make these! :) Can’t wait to check out your other yummy treats…

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    • Sallyreplied on January 26th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      You’ll love these then. Strawberry frosted is one of my favorites too. :) Thank you!

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    Hannah@Mindrunningwildposted January 31, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I just made these with a few modifications (used strawberry regular yogurt, added lemon and raspberry extracts) and in the words of my little brother, ‘these taste just like Dunkin Donuts!’
    I’d say that is a win-win!
    Thanks for the great recipe!

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    heidiposted February 1, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    looks like I am going to try these but in muffin pans aince I dont have the donut ones.It will be a treat for the kids instead of pan cakes every Saturday we can make your donuts .

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    Chrystiposted February 24, 2013 at 9:34 am

    This recipe is outrageously good!! The only change I made was I finely chopped the strawberries instead of pureeing them and omitted the sprinkles, so the glaze had bits of strawberries. Huge hit!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 24th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Ohhh I must try that next time Chrysti! The strawberry chunks sound wonderful!

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    Erikaposted April 18, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Just ordered at heart-shaped wilton donut pan from Walmart.com and I think these pink donuts will make very pretty hearts! Can’t wait until it comes in the mail so I can try this recipe! :)

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    Noraposted June 14, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Do you have any ideas for alternatives to this frosting? Since I’m not a big fan of strawberry icing, could I use the chocolate frosting in the other mentioned recipe? Maybe a cinnamon glaze…
    Thanks so much!

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    Lisaposted September 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    If you hate the seeds, could you try straining out the seeds by mashing the mixture with a spoon in a strainer? I’m loving your recipes Sally!
    Here’s a crazy idea, what about this frosting over lemon ricotta cookies???

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    • Sallyreplied on September 9th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      That sounds amazing, Lisa!

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    Mira@Cupcake Makerposted September 20, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Hi Sally,

    Just wanted to say that I love these!!

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    Nancyposted April 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Sally-these are so pretty and yummy looking! Of course most of everything you post does. Love your blog and its pretty layout.

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    • Sallyreplied on April 28th, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you Nancy!

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    Farrahposted May 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I always thought making donuts was super complicated, but this looks very doable! :D Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! They look glorious and I need to get my hands on some jam so that I can make em’!

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    Isabelposted June 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Wonderful recipe! I just made these donuts and only had one problem–getting the frosting as thick as yours. I must have added at least 3 cups of powdered sugar and it’s still more of a glaze. I’ve coated the donuts more than five times and it’s still transparent. Still very tasty though! I am sure there’s something I can do differently next time to get it thicker. Even if the recipe is perfect, some of us just aren’t as skilled and need to try it a couple times.
    I love your blog! You always have spot-on, delicious recipes. Yesterday I made your inside out chocolate chip cookies and they are perfect. I am going to try to make a recipe from your blog every day, Julie and Julia style.

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    • Sallyreplied on June 28th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Hey Isabel! So happy you enjoy my recipes. I’m glad you love my blog too, it means a lot! The “Frosting” is suppose to be a little thin, like a glaze. I call these “frosted” because that’s how donut shops refer to them. Try leaving out the milk/cream – sounds like your strawberries are extra juicy!

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    Maricelaposted September 24, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Love your recipes. How do I store these once baked? Thanks

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    • Sallyreplied on September 25th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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