I don’t know about you, but I’m not good at setting New Years’ Resolutions. In December, my brain is stuffed to the brim with sugar plums, eggnog, and candy canes, and by the time January 1st rolls around, I am utterly shocked that an entire new year is happening to me.
January is then spent in a weird fog full of grumpy feelings because a) Christmas is over b) it’s still cold and grey outside and the sun sets before I have time to enjoy it and c) everyone around me is already working on resolutions.
Seriously, man, when did you have time to figure those out?!
I’ve learned that, in my case, resolutions for the New Year start February 1st. January is a wonderful month to take stock of the previous year without the distractions of the holiday season. Also, I don’t like my resolutions to be influenced by everyone and their mother.
“Oh I’m going to go the gym every day this year, you should do it too! We could be gym buddies!”
You can see how this totally throws off my groove, right? Though that is a laudable resolution, it’s not my resolution.
My resolutions include baking oodles (and I mean oodles) of adorable baked goods and showing my lovely readers how they can do the same!
Case and point: these Coconut Sno Ball Doughnuts! You can easily whip them up one afternoon on your own or with a few friends, and they are great for Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, Easter (if you’re an early planner) or just a day where you need a little cheering up.
Who can stay glum when gazing at these little guys?! Even if you could, you wouldn’t be able to say grumpy once you actually ate
all of them one.
Okay friends, let’s talk about tips for the best baked doughnuts. Now these are baked, so we already avoid the main frustrations of frying and dough-rising and all that jazz.
Though I use my stand mixer to whip up this batter (because it is very much a cake-like batter) you can absolutely manage with a whisk. The batter doesn’t need to be beaten to oblivion. Really, the key is to mix your wet ingredients, i.e. your buttermilk, your eggs, your melted butter, together really well before mixing them into your dry ingredients. That way, you can gently whisk the one into the other without worrying that a big blob of egg ends up in one of your doughnuts.
No one wants that.
But other than that, this is a batter that comes together, I kid you not, in minutes. I love baked doughnuts because they are so cute yet so effortless. They bake up in a matter of minutes, and then all you’re left with is decorating, which we all know is the best part.
Well, I guess eating them is the best part. But you get my point.
Dying your coconut requires nothing more than coconut, pink food coloring, and a big Ziploc bag. Simply add the coconut and food coloring to the bag, zip shut, and shake until the color is evenly spread across all the coconut.
Then, you have the perfect tool to coat your doughnuts. Simply dunk doughnuts in the glaze, add a few to the coconut bag, zip shut, and gently shake to coat.
The result? Bright, cheery doughnuts with plenty of real coconut flavor. What more could you ask for this Valentine’s Day? 😉