I am so so excited to share these delicious doughnuts with you today.
Growing up, powdered doughnuts were my absolute favorite sweet treat. I remember being at the grocery store with my mom and spotting a bag of Pop Ems’ (I think that’s how you spell it) Mini Powdered Doughnuts and begging my mom to buy them. It really wasn’t a hard sell though; everyone in my house loved those adorable little powdered messes.
I say “mess” in the most endearing way possible; we all know that you cannot eat these doughnuts without getting covered in powdered sugar.
Or is that just my problem?
Don’t answer that. Let me believe you inhale doughnuts like I do. 😉
That’s part of the fun! I had a blast making these, and of course eating them, because it reminded me of being a kid again. Even though I tend to be an extremely clean person, it’s refreshing to start a little mess in the kitchen when it results in soft, chewy, moist and sweet doughnuts.
Cleaning said mess is nowhere near as enjoyable, but just remember that it’s all worth it!
Doughnuts are always worth the mess.
Even though I love the classic powdered doughnut, I thought I’d give these a little fresh and summery spin and add in some fresh lemon zest.
Was it a great idea?
Does it take these simple, yet delectable doughnuts to a whole new level of classy?
You bet your sweet buns it does!
Heehee. Sweet buns.
Maybe I’ll work on a cinnamon bun recipe after this….
Focus…. focus on the doughnuts…
So just the slight addition of fresh lemon zest takes these doughnuts from great to THE GREATEST with little to no added work.
Just zest a few lemons right into the doughnut batter and poof!
Classy powdered doughnuts with a hint of citrusy freshness – the perfect spring/summer treat.
Oh and of course, like all my doughnuts, these are baked.
Baking means health(ier) doughnuts, which means you can EAT ALL THE DOUGHNUTS.
Okay maybe not all of them. Maybe just a few. But you know I won’t judge with whatever you choose!
They are quite irresistible.
Also, if the kids are home for the summer (am I too early for this? are kids still in school?) this would be a super fun way to spend an afternoon.
Just set the kiddos up with a plastic or brown paper bag filled with some powdered sugar, and let them shake to their hearts’ content to cover the doughnuts.
Trust me, they need more than one covering of powdered sugar; the first coat tends to melt slightly because of the melted butter coating.
But by the second of third time, the powder is reminiscent of your favorite bakery-style powdered doughnut.
If you are not a fan of lemon, then no worries! The recipe will work just fine if you leave the lemon out entirely.
Or if you absolutely adore citrus, feel free to switch out the lemon for lime or orange zest, or even try a combination of all three!
P.S – If you haven’t bought a doughnut maker yet – NOW is the time! It’s getting hotter my friends, and plugging in a little doughnut maker will keep the kitchen cool even when you’re craving fresh-baked goods. 😀