Mini Doughnuts for Your Coffee Cup (a creative use for yeast dough scraps!)

by Julie Ruble on May 8, 2011 · 34 comments

I baked something so flippin’ fantastic this weekend that I cannot wait to tell you about it. Except that telling you about it involves a video tutorial. And a video tutorial involves hours of editing. So while that’s going on, I’ll share this other flippin’ fantastic idea.

Naturally, you’re planning to make doughnuts, right? Or perhaps you have some other yeast dough plans in the works? After rolling and cutting, you’re bound to have scraps of dough lying about unused.

Personally, I’ve always been a re-roller, piling the dough scraps together and rolling them out again to try to get a few more pastries. The resulting goods will be a little tougher, but it seems like a waste otherwise.

As I was browsing through doughnut recipes, however, I saw these sweet miniature doughnuts used as coffee (or hot chocolate!) cup decorations. They were the perfect use for dough scraps!

After cutting out all of my doughnuts, I used a couple of smaller cookie cutters to cut out these minis. I proofed them with my regular doughnuts, fried them quickly on both sides in 350 degree oil, drained them on a paper towel lined plate, and then rolled them in a mixture cinnamon and sugar. They were hot, fluffy, and as cute as a button on a kitten carrying a cupcake. Translation: adorable.

P.S. – While poking about, I found a fun tip for using yeast dough scraps for savory dishes. Now you have sweet and savory ideas in your tool belt!

P.S. 2 – I wish I could find the site where I originally saw these coffee cup doughnuts; I like to put up a link if something inspires me. If you stumble across it, let me know.

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Anita Menon May 8, 2011 at 2:54 am

Super idea using dough scraps to make mini doughnuts.. Looks so cute against those glasses.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 8, 2011 at 7:24 am

Thanks, Anita :)

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Vanessa May 8, 2011 at 5:17 am

Bacon donuts, now these little guys. I love it! These look so cute. I’ve also learned that anything in a mini size is incredibly lethal!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

Thanks, Vanessa! :)

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

They are adorable!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

Thanks, Lauren!

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen May 8, 2011 at 7:30 am

I am just in love with how cute these are! Mini donuts draped over those staws? Adorable! I’m sure they were tasty too! I stumbled it ;)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 8, 2011 at 7:32 am

Thanks so much, Katrina! :D

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Lesley May 8, 2011 at 9:36 am

Great job- they are adorable! I think you might have seen it here: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/recipe/mini-doughnuts – The ever creative Martha Stewart, of course.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

Yes, Lesley, those are the ones! Thanks so much!

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Jenna A May 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

Hi Julie!

Your doughnuts look adorable! I love all things miniature. Is this the link to which you are referring? http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/goodthings/mini-doughnuts

I stashed away this image in my favorites folder a while ago :). Keep on baking! I love seeing your creative ideas come to life.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 8, 2011 at 11:54 am

YES, thanks Jenna! Those are the ones I saw for sure, though I think I saw them posted on another website. So glad you had the link tucked away!

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Megan May 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

It’s a good thing I just made doughnuts this morning… because otherwise, I’d have to whip up a batch. These look adorable!!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 8, 2011 at 11:55 am

:D Thanks, Megan!

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Joanne May 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm

So since they are so damn CUTE and MINI I plan on eating many of them. Or making many cups of coffee just so I have a real excuse to eat many of them. Deal?

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Deal! ;)

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nachiketa chandra May 9, 2011 at 1:30 am

These are so sweet and adorable… great way of using up the scraps :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 9, 2011 at 1:46 am

Thank you!

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Platanos, Mangoes and Me! May 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

This is so cool and cute. Love the presentation.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thanks, Norma!

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Cookin' Canuck May 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm

These are absolutely adorable. I would love to have a couple to dunk into my afternoon tea.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Aw, thanks!

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foodwanderings May 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Julie, These are absolutely adorable what fantabulous doughnuts they are. I could probably eat a dozen! :)

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Thank you! I could definitely have eaten about a dozen more ;)

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sayre1311 May 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm

those mini doughnuts look so cute! im quite the fan of doughnuts. and from the looks of those pictures, im sure they taste out of this world.

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Thanks, Sayre!

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Maranda May 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Too cute!! And great idea!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Thanks, Maranda!

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Sandra May 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Great presentation!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Thanks, Sandra :)

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natalie (the sweets life) May 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm

These are positively darling!!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Thanks, Natalie!!

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Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie May 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

These are so cute! I’m a re-roller too, I just can’t bring myself to waste all those scraps!

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Julie @ Willow Bird Baking May 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Totally agree, Mackenzie! Thanks :)

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