I need more donuts in my life.
Seriously, I don’t eat them that often. The thing is, they’re usually fried, and while that’s delicious, I feel kind of gross after I eat one. The donut pan is a much better option!
Plus, when I bake my own, I can customize flavors at will. Like this chocolate peanut butter version. It has the loveliest, thickest PB chocolate icing. And sprinkles! Can we all just stop for a moment and enjoy the sprinkles?
When you think about it, sprinkles are a donut’s best accessory. Accessories matter, and I often forget about them. As much as I want to remember to coordinate my jewelry with an outfit along with maybe a scarf or a great hat, it’s just so much work. If I had the dedication to accessorize fully, I’d sure look a lot better. But it’s not high on the priority list.
Neither is makeup. As I get older and paler, I should probably be doing something to make my face look a little less drawn. The effort involved, though, is kind of daunting. I’m totally uneducated about makeup, so there’s a steep learning curve. Plus I’m a face toucher. I seriously run my hands across my face way too many times a day, which would totally ruin a beautiful facial palette. So why bother?
And in a perfect world, I’d have gorgeous nails. Not only am I a baker, but I also play the guitar. Anything painted on my nails chips right off, and I can’t keep them long if I want to be able to play. But I’m very jealous of women with beautifully decorated hands. Mine are teeny tiny, plain, and don’t look imposing at all.
The only way I make up for lack of accessorizing is by pushing the funky fashion envelope. Clothes are fun, and I don’t mind putting time into picking them out. But still, I wonder how much cooler my outfits would look if I could just get the little details taken care of.
Like if I’d left the sprinkles off these donuts, they wouldn’t have been nearly as exciting. Thankfully, I remembered the bling this time!
These are chocolate peanut butter all the way up, down and through. The batter has both. The icing has both. These flavors are unbeatable!
And of course, the kids run straight to them. My youngest insisted on having what she called “a whole bagel,” which means she saw the sprinkles and decided that would be lunch. I had a hard time convincing her otherwise without eliciting a major tantrum.
Any donut that gets baked rather than fried is naturally more guilt-free. Are these a health food? In the normal world, no. But in the world of donuts, you just won!
Whether or not you can accessorize yourself, definitely try to add some flair to your baking. It’s not hard, and everyone loves a little pop of razzle dazzle!
- Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 6-yield donut pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter and peanut butter for 30 seconds until melted. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Add the peanut butter mixture and stir again until fully incorporated.
- Add the dry ingredients and stir until everything is combined, but not further.
- Using a spoon (the batter will be thick), fill each donut cavity about three quarters of the way. Take care not to fill them all the way.
- Bake the donuts for 10 minutes until firm. Remove from the oven to cool.
- While the donuts are cooling, make the icing. Combine the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until smooth and glossy.
- Carefully remove the donuts from the pan. One at a time, dip each donut upside-down into the icing bowl, flicking your wrist to remove excess icing. Place each donut on a plate to let the icing set. Add sprinkles if desired.
- Once the icing is hardened, serve and enjoy!