Can you all believe the first day of Spring was this week??
I kind of feel like someone is lying to us. Like they know we’re all getting super antsy with this crazy snowy weather. So to keep us calm they decided to announce it was the first day of spring.
Didn’t fool me weatherman!
I know snow when I see snow. As long as I have to zip up my winter boots and apply chap stick like an addict it is still winter.
Luckily Easter is right around the corner! And nothing melts the mean snow better than sunny spring flowers, jelly beans, and Easter Bunny Powdered Sugar Doughnut Holes! How cute is that little face??
Me and my spastically disorganized baking supply drawer have become better BFFs the longer I’m stuck inside. Candy eyes? Check! Marshmallow bunny ears? Yes please!
I just want to warn you all that making these little cuties is not for the fainthearted. He is actually a huge pain in the butt to make. Nothing really sticks to powdered sugar so you have to be careful to dust off the places you want to pipe frosting before you decorate.
BUT, what is equally adorable – and a million times less work – is to just make a couple bunnies and then leave the rest undecorated (just powdered sugar) and call them “Bunny Tails“! Totally adorable. Great for kids gift bags too – make individual bags of them to pass around at parties.
Plus these are baked doughnut hole ‘muffins’ – so way lower cal than traditional doughnut holes! Super easy to make too. Just pour the batter into mini muffin tins and then roll the baked doughnut holes in powdered sugar once they’re done. Easy peasy. They also taste great rolled in cinnamon-sugar! Just the powdered sugar is a bit more festive :)
Enjoy guys! And have a great weekend!!
Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnut Holes
Once the doughnut muffin holes are covered in powdered sugar they are best eaten the same day (or else the powdered sugar absorbs into the muffin). If you want to make ahead – just make sure to powder sugar them the day you would like to serve them.
Yields about 36 mini doughnuts
For the Doughnut Muffin ‘Holes”
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, warmed to room temperature
- 4 tablespoons low-fat plain yogurt
- 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 3/4 plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons cup buttermilk
- canola oil cooking spray
- 1 cup powdered sugar (or enough to cover all of the doughnuts)
For Decorating (for 36)
- 72 candy eyes
- 36 marshmallows
- pink sprinkles
- store bought black icing
- store bought white frosting
- 18 pink jelly beans, cut in half
- Make the Doughnut Muffin ‘Holes’ – Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until just mixed in.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. In another small bowl, combine the milk and buttermilk.
- With a wooden spoon, mix a quarter of the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Then mix in a third of the milk mixture. Continue mixing in the remaining dry and wet ingredients alternately, ending with the dry. Mix until well combined and smooth, but don’t overmix.
- Grease a mini muffin tin. Scoop enough batter into each tin so that the top of the batter is even with the rim of the cup. Bake the muffins until firm to the touch, about 18-20 minutes.
- When the muffins are cool enough to handle, working in batches, spray a few of the muffin holes with cooking spray and roll in powdered sugar. Continue with remaining muffin holes.
- Assemble the Bunny - To make the ears, slice the two ends off the marshmallows, making about 1/3 inch pieces. Sprinkle the pink sprinkles over the cut side of the marshmallows. Carefully pinch together marshmallows to form an oval shape. Stick toothpick up bottom of marshmallow and secure into the top of the doughnut hole. Repeat with the second ear.
- To Assemble the face - using the white frosting as clue, fasten the the eyes and half jelly bean noses to the face. Use the black icing to draw whiskers.