Toddler Tuesday: If you give a Dog Donut...

Toddler Tuesday: D is for Donut

A few years ago, pre-baby of my own, I started a Mommy & Me class at Young Chefs. We would read a book and make a snack that goes with the book. So now I every time I find a new kids book I always try to think of a snack that we can make with it. I have a lot of fun ideas that I need to post but just haven't sat down and done it yet. This year I am going to do it!

This month I am on an #eatmoreveggies kick but I am a believer in things in moderation and life calls for sweets (especially Wednesdays). So today we are making Donuts but there is a slight upside, they are made with Sweet Potatoes- so we are adding a few extra nutrients to this perfectly sweet grease ball.

This recipe is a great lesson in Circles, alphabet, big & small, and counting. You can make the dough with your child or make the dough ahead of time and focus on rolling out the dough and cutting out the circles.

I love all of Laura Numeroff's books and they are all great for making a treat that goes with them. Today my daughter and I read If You Give a Dog a Donut and focused on the letter D and listed all words that she can come up with that start with "D."

For this recipe start by making the dough. If you have a toddler it is a good idea to make the batter in advance so they can focus on rolling out the dough & cutting it into shapes. Older kids can practice measuring the ingredients and you can incorporate fractions and math in to the activity. We used a glass with an opening of approximately 2.5 inch to cut out the donut, then used an apple corer to cut out the middle. We also practiced hand control by rolling spheres to make a few donut holes- they are not perfect but they taste perfect.


Once you have the donuts made get your oil ready. So I had a pregnancy moment that I'm embarrassed to admit. I started to heat the oil while we were working on the donuts and almost caused a gas fire on my stove. My fire alarm definitely alerted the neighbors that we were busy in the kitchen. I'm chalking that mistake up to pregnancy brain. So when your donuts are ready, pour your oil into a pot/dutch oven, about an inch deep and remember it does not take long for oil to heat. Have a plate lined with paper towels and 2 spatulas neat by. When I started frying, my Little One, was "washing dishes"- aka playing in the water. 

Once the donuts were cooked and drained, my Little One made the frosting and spread it on. The frosting is very simple- Powdered Sugar and milk. Slowly add 1 teaspoon at a time until a good consistency is formed. Since we only made 3 donuts I reduced the recipe and left out the Maple syrup. We are going to make fresh donuts this weekend again for Dad and will create another small batch of icing then.

Donut Recipe:

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato (about 1 medium potato)
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sour cream, and sweet potato. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring to combine.

  3. Turn dough out onto a heavily floured surface. Knead in flour with hands as needed (dough will be sticky).

  4. Roll or pat out dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out dough with a 2 1/4-inch round cutter. Cut out center of doughnuts with a 3/4-inch round cutter. Re-roll dough as needed.

  5. In a Dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over medium heat to 360°F. Cook doughnuts, in batches, in hot oil, 2 minutes per side, or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels.

Maple Glaze Recipe:

  • 2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans (or sprinkles!)

Enjoying her hard work! Yum!

Enjoying her hard work! Yum!