Tobins' Tastes: Peppermint Bark Donuts

Monday, November 4, 2013

Peppermint Bark Donuts

 These light and fluffy chocolate donuts are made from boxed muffin mix topped with white chocolate candy coating and crushed candy canes for an easy and beautiful holiday breakfast treat. It's like having peppermint bark for breakfast!

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You know what drives me nuts? Frosting/glazing homemade donuts. They always look beautiful for about an hour and then the icing starts to melt or gets messed up and it ends up looking like a first grader made them (nothing against first graders...).

And don't get me started on try to store homemade donuts. You can't stack them because they icing will stick. If they are glazed and they aren't stored at exactly the right temperature the glaze turns to liquid over night and you wake up with mushy donuts in a puddle of sticky goo at the bottom of the Tupperware.

This really poses a problem for our two person household. Most homemade donut recipes make twelve so even if we both have two each that leaves us with eight donuts to save for later. Every time we make them I store them extra carefully only to wake up the next day and be disappointed.

So I decided to solve my donuts lasting more than twelve hours dilemma but skipping the icing and glaze on these Peppermint Bark Donuts and opting for a Candiquik topping that looks and tastes exactly like a white chocolate icing but dries hard and stores really well.

These baked donuts couldn't get any easier if they tried. I made them using boxed muffin mix, dipped them in melted Candiquik and then pressed the tops into crushed candy cane. Wait five minutes for the topping to dry and viola! adorably festive donuts. The crunchy top tastes just like my favorite homemade peppermint bark except on top of a light and fluffy chocolate donut instead of a bottom layer of hard chocolate.

Hopefully my mom isn't reading this far down in the post because she threatened to write me out of the will if I didn't share the leftovers with her. Apparently Justin didn't get that memo because he definitely hid one or two for himself and I am happy to report that two days later they were just as yummy and beautifully topped as they were the day I made them.

Peppermint Bark Donuts
  • 1 box of double chocolate muffin mix and the ingrediants needed to make it
  • 1 tray of Candiquik (or other white melting chocolate)
  • Crushed candy canes
1.) Following the instructions on the box, prepare the muffin mix batter.

2.) Using a pastry bag without a tip or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off and fill a donut pan with the muffin batter.

3.) Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

4.) Melt Candiquik according to the directions on package and dip the top of each donut into the melted topping.

5.) Crush candy canes and put them on a plate. Press freshly dipped donuts into the crushed candy canes and place on a cooling rack to dry.

6.) Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

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