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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fourth of July Treats

As we say goodbye to June today and hello to July we're celebrating at our house with a few fourth of July treats! Since I'm off work this week I've had a little extra time to bake and that alone makes my heart swell but baking festive goodies, my heart is overflowing! Aren't donuts just the cutest little morsels? I love this vanilla bean donut recipe cause they are baked and delicious! I also made these last year and they were so good I did a repeat. Perfect way to start your day off in a festive way!
Baked Vanilla Bean Donuts
2 cups cake flour, sifted
3/4 granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean

Vanilla Glaze
1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
gel food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 and spray doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking power, and salt.
In a small bowl lightly beat eggs, then add buttermilk, butter, vanilla extract, and seeds from one vanilla bean. Combine with flour mixture. Fill each doughnut pan 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 7-9 minutes then allow doughnuts to cool 5 minutes before removing them. Once cooled, dip doughnuts into the vanilla glaze and add sprinkles if desired.

Baked Vanilla Bean Donut Recipe

I spotted these firecracker cookies from Cookin' Cowgirl and knew Kyle would love them and he does! They are made with cake mix and I always love making cake mix cookies cause they usually seem to always turn out perfect and these firecracker cookies were no exception!

Makes 25-30 cookies
1 box French vanilla cake mix, I used Ducan Hines
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetabile oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup festive sprinkles, I used a mix of red, white and blue.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder.
In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, oil and vanilla. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the sprinkles. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cook for five minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack. The cookies will be very soft at first. Cool and enjoy!

Have you made any fun festive fourth of July goodies yet? I'd love to hear what you've made, looking for fun recipes to make the rest of the week. Leave me a comment and share your recipes! Happy July Eve!
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  1. Those donuts look ahhhhhmazing! I'm now totally craving all the donuts!

  2. Totes adorbs! The donuts AND the cookies!

  3. Those donuts look delish! Oh, and I'm now craving those cookies! I'll have to try that recipe :)