Recipe: Easy Valentines Donuts


Mira Clayborn, Layout Editor


1 8-count can refrigerated biscuit dough (Pillsbury Grand Homestyle Buttermilk biscuits work)

2 cups canola oil, for frying

  1. Pour 2 cups of canola oil into a medium sized saucepan or cast iron skillet and begin heating on medium-low heat 
  2. Open the biscuit dough and separate. Use a heart cookie cutter roughly the same size as each biscuit to punch a heart shape from it. Repeat on each biscuit. Combine the scraps and flatten them into an oval shape 1/2″ thick. Punch additional heart shapes until the remainder of the dough is used.
  3. Check the temperature of the oil using a thermometer– it needs to read 350 degrees F. Increase heat gradually if necessary.
  4. Once oil is ready, drop bars into the oil. Let cook for about 2 minutes, then turn and cook an additional 2 minutes on the other side. Have a paper towel covered plate ready to set the donut hearts on when cooked. Donuts should be a nice golden brown.
  5. Let hearts cool completely. 
  6. Optional – pierce the side of the heat and pipe with pink whipped cream 
  7. Stir each of the glazes until smooth, then dip each donut, then immediately turn glaze side up on a cooling rack. Sprinkle with Valentine’s sprinkles. Let cool until set & enjoy!


Pink Cream Filling

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp almond extract

3-4 drops red coloring

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix on high for 4-5 minutes, until soft peaks form.
  2. Transfer to a frosting bag to pipe into cooled donuts.


Easy Chocolate Glaze 

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup heavy cream

½ Tbsp butter

  1. Heat the cream and butter in the microwave for 2 minutes.
  2. Add chocolate chips and microwave for 30 additional seconds. Let mixture sit, then whisk gently until smooth.
  3. Let chocolate glaze cool for about 5 minutes before dipping any donuts.


Vanilla Glaze Topping

2 Tbsp melted butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp milk

  1. Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Dip donuts and cover with Valentine’s sprinkles.