Donut Cookie DIY // How to Bake and Decorate Donut Cookies!

Donut cookie diy

Donut cookie DIY, anyone?! I’m thrilled to announce that Sam Ushiro of Aww, Sam will be contributing with some super cute DIYs for you (and me!) to try. I’ve been following Sam’s instagram and blog since she started, and after finally meeting her at our Brooklyn Brigade flower crown workshop, we decided to bring her on board as a contributor at both the studio and my blog. For her first post, she is teaching you how to make these darling donut cookies — I’m in love! Wouldn’t they make the cutest holiday gifts? Follow the step by step instructions for this donut cookie DIY, and if you’re in NYC this weekend, make sure you sign up for her holiday cookie decorating workshop at Brooklyn Brigade, for a more in-depth, hands on class with refreshments and gift bags for all attendees!

Donut cookie diy

what you need

  • Piping bags
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Two different sizes of circle cookie cutters
  • Rolling pin
  • Parchment paper
  For the cookies:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the royal icing:
  • Half a box of powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Gel food coloring
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For the cookies:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and salt. In a separate bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add sugar and combine. Beat in vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix until the flour is just incorporated and the dough sticks together.
  2. Split the dough in half and form into two disks. Wrap both in parchment paper and place into the refrigerator until firm.
  3. Once the dough is firm, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Flour a clean surface and a rolling pin. With the rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/4″ thickness. Use the circle cookie cutters to cut out the donut shapes and a smaller circle to cut out the inside. Keep re-rolling and cutting until there is no more dough.
  4. Place the cut dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate again for 30 minutes. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until golden. Place on a wire rack to cool.
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For the royal icing:
  1. Combine sugar and meringue powder then add the 1/4 cup of water until combined. Split the icing into 3 equal parts. With gel food coloring, color one pink, one brown, and leave one white.
  2. Transfer the icing into piping bags and cut a tip on the bag about 1/8″ wide.
To decorate:
  1. Once the cookies have cooled, take your royal icing and outline the outside of the donut and the inner circle. Allow this to dry.
  2. When it is dry, fill in the inside, shaking the cookie slightly to make sure the icing is even and to get rid of any bubbles. Quickly put on sprinkles and let the icing completely dry. Enjoy! xo, Sam
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  1. eden says:

    I’ve never made donut cookies before, but these look pretty amazing! Now if only they will turn out as pretty as yours… 🙂

  2. Hamza says:

    Lovely also helpful article…

  3. Sarah says:

    mmm… now I want donuts!

  4. Rabecca says:

    OMG! It literally took me forever to see that they were cookies lol the whole time I’m like what is she talking about?!?! but yeah haha, these are so much easier to make than donuts, definitely trying ti out!

  5. Snapshot Fashion says:

    How have I never thought of doing this?!?! Such a cute idea! Love it!!!

  6. Bonnie Fiddler says:

    Amazing idea, thanks for sharing the recipe! I’ll be making these for an event next weekend. Will post/ share my final product!