Milky Way Doughnuts

Milky Way Doughnuts


Happy New Year! I can’t bear the idea of starting the year off with a healthy recipe. Plus, I already posted a salad the other day. Snooooze. So, let’s do some doughnuts, shall we? I feel like there’s not much of a more appropriate way to kick off 2014 (!!) and hopefully these doughnuts can act as a sign for all the good things to come this year. Because there are A LOT of good things. It’s the year I’ll become an aunt to twins (!!), it’s the year Chris and I will start and hopefully end our house hunt (!!) and it’s the year who knows what the heck else could happen. We have 12 wonderful open months that could welcome all kinds of fun stuff.

Like I say every single year, I think New Year resolutions are fabulous. It’s never a bad idea to make goals and plan on self-improvement and January 1 is as good a time as any to get started. This year, I’m writing them down and really trying to make myself more accountable. The big one that I’m going to force myself to comply with (it always seems to be a resolution I keep for about one second) is to get more sleep and turn the light out before Midnight EVERY night during the week. EVERY night. We’ll see how that goes.

But talking about sleep is boring so let’s talk about doughnuts instead. I bought some little Milky Way Bites at Target the other day and instead of simply pouring the entire bag into my mouth, I decided to put them to work. On doughnuts. Come to think about it, it probably would have been healthier to just eat the bag of them, but this is way more fun. I went with a baked chocolate doughnut topped with a delicious caramel sauce and Milky Way. Yum.

Milky Way Doughnuts (makes about 16):
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  • 2 C all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 C cocoa powder
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 C milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 4 T butter, melted
  • 1 C caramel sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 C Milky Way Bites, chopped (you could also chop whole Milky Way bars)

(pre-heat oven to 325 degrees)

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Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl.

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In a separate small bowl, whisk eggs with milk, vanilla, and melted butter.

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Now, gently stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients taking care not to over-mix (over mixing will result in too tough chewy doughnuts!).

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Spray your doughnut pan with some cooking spray and fill about 3/4 of the way with batter.

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Bake at 325 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. You’ll know their done when they’re light and springy to the touch.

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Let cool in pan for a couple minutes and then remove to baking rack to cool entirely.

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Repeat with remaining batter. And while you’re waiting for them to bake, whip up that caramel sauce for the doughnut topping!

Caramel Sauce (makes about 1 cup)
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  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 4 T butter
  • 1/2 C heavy cream
  • 1/2 t salt

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Put brown sugar and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Let mixture come to a boil, stirring all the while.

Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream. Keep stirring.

Put pan back on heat, bring back to a boil and let boil for about two minutes.

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Remove to heat-safe container. Stir in salt and let cool to room temperature.

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Once doughnuts and caramel are both cooled, spoon caramel over each of the doughnuts. And top with chopped Milky Way bars.

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Let caramel harden.

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Then again, you don’t haveeee to let it harden before you dig in. I won’t tell anyone.

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If you’re a Milky Way fan, I’m pretty sure you’ll be a fan of these, too. In fact, I have to admit these were the BEST baked doughnuts I’ve made. I think it has something to do with the fact that they’re chocolate. Of course, they’re still not fried (duh), but they were totally satisfying as a doughnut and one I’d be more than happy to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.

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Have I mentioned that I hope doughnuts remain a trend for all of 2014? Even if they don’t, I’ll still be making them (forever and ever and ever), but I’d also love for new fun doughnut shops to continue popping up. Especially here in the Boston-area (where we tend to pick up on food trends about a million years late).

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Coincidentally, I actually ended last year in doughnuts (and they involved chocolate and caramel, too. Whoa), so I guess they’re just kind of a New Year tradition now. Much like cinnamon rolls (which I have a new recipe for coming soon!). I also wrote about resolving to sleep more last year. Mehh. This year I’m actually going to do it, though. I swear!

Oh, and p.s.: I’m also resolving to be better about responding to emails, so if you’re waiting on me, expect an answer soon (see? I wrote it. Now I have to do it).

With what food are you kicking 2014 off?


Nespresso Pixie Winner!

I’m super excited to announce the winner of my Nespresso Pixie Machine giveaway. Drumroll, please…. the winner is Kathy who said: Soy latte. Best way to start the day. Nespresso is so unbelievably easy and makes the best espresso. I will email you ASAP for your contact info, so we can get your prize out!

29 Responses to "Milky Way Doughnuts"

  1. Those little Milky Way bites are dangerous! Those, and the mini Kitkats and mini Rolos 🙂 I think the best way to start 2014 is with something sweet like this. Have a wonderful new year!

  2. Shannon says:

    talk about starting off on the right foot 🙂 we kicked off 2014 with eggs and avocadoes this morning. although that’s just normal!

  3. These look wonderful! I am always asleep before midnight – lights out around 10pm for me 🙂

  4. Kathy says:

    Yeah Nespresso ! I love presents after Christmas. I’m so excited and can’t wait to join the Nespresso club delivery. Thank you so much !

  5. Odetta says:

    I love that you start the year off with this. In the middle of all the healthy recipes out there I want these!

  6. We also had doughnuts! But they didn’t look anywhere as good as these beauties!

  7. Yum! Milky Way is such an underrated candy bar I think. Glad you started your year off with donuts. I’ve unknowingly always made scones for the past few years. Need a little decadence to start the year off right!

  8. Simply Life says:

    These look like a fabulous way to start off 2014!

  9. Wow – these sound and look mouthwatering!

  10. Holy moly, this looks SO good! I haven’t made doughnuts in FOREVER. Also, I LOVE you whisk, it’s so funky 😉

  11. Rachel says:

    It’s refreshing to see some dessert recipes on January 2, rather than being told how I need to eat healthy things only 😉 These look awesome! Must get doughnut pan…

  12. These look delicious! If I only had cocoa powder, I’d be baking these today…

  13. Oh goodness, these look amazing! Craving donuts like crazy!

  14. I’m a big fan of incorporating candy into other sweets. Now I need a donut pan!

  15. Wow — these look so decadent and delicious. I love the caramel sauce. I definitely need to get myself a doughnut pan!

  16. Jenn says:

    Oh my gosh.. did you know that I got doughnut pans for Christmas? I mean this is just evil… and when I say evil I mean oh sooooo incredibly good!!! I cannot wait to make these.. yum!!

  17. Velva says:

    Doughnuts are a fabulous way to start the year! I needed a few salads at the start but, I am ready for something like this now.

    Happy New Year to you! May be everything you hope for-


  18. Megan says:

    Genius. I’d so much rather kick off the new year with doughnuts than salad!

  19. Monica says:

    Happy New Year! Funny enough, I’m debating whether to make some donuts with my little one tomorrow. Blizzard underway here and school’s closed tomorrow. We bought the donut pan months ago and have been meaning to give it a try – I think this was a sign. : )

  20. Lexi says:

    OMG. Please come to DC and bake these with me!

  21. These doughnuts looks delicious! I love that you added milky way, my daughter is going to love these!

  22. Alyssa says:

    Happy 2014! We started off 1/1 with a cinnamon roll recipe that was an unlikely success (whew!), and ended it with grilled goose in a delicious red wine/soy marinade courtesy of my boyfriend.

    Look at those donuts! I think my donut pan is in for some action this weekend…

  23. I saw these on Pinterest and ran right over! I love Milky Way bars and can’t even begin to grasp the deliciousness of these donuts 🙂

  24. Joanne says:

    I am TERRIBLE at responding to emails also! It’s really bad. And I also need more sleep. We’re like resolution twins. MMMMM doughnuts!!

  25. Woah, yes please! These sound amazing!

  26. Ugh, these look so good! I wish I could reach through the screen and grab one (or two).

  27. Oh my! Drool* Im a LOVER of donuts and this looks insanely delicious!

  28. These doughnuts looks amazing! I love your whisk too! Totally agree that anything is possible this year. Oh, and sleep is so important. If I don’t get my 8 hours . . . you don’t want to be near me 😉

  29. Gia Grossman says:

    Ohhhh yum. Can I get one of these for breakfast this morn??

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