Heart Shaped Baked Vanilla Bean Donuts



Look at the flecks of vanilla bean deliciousness



Who doesn’t love a heart shaped donut? Add in the vanilla bean and these donuts go from cute and special to deliciously scrumptious. My family is a huge fan of this baked donut recipe. It has become a staple in our home for every occasion from holidays to birthdays. I decorate the donuts based on the occasion. Vanilla bean donuts are now expected to be sitting on the kitchen island in my covered cake stand the morning of any holiday or birthday. All three of my kids thank me over and over and tell me I am the best mom ever when I make these! I was fortunate enough to score a great deal on a heart shaped donut pan at the Wilton tent sale last June. Which means, this year, my kiddos will get to enjoy these heart shaped donuts for breakfast on Valentine’s Day. If you don’t have a heart shaped donut pan, I have seen them for sale on Amazon. However, a standard donut pan will work just as well!



I found this recipe on the Cooking Classy blog a few years ago. I love anything with vanilla bean, so I knew I had to try it immediately! If I know I will be short on time right before a holiday, I bake the donuts, let them cool, then freeze them. The night before the occasion, I defrost the donuts, then decorate them with fun holiday sprinkles.

Click on the photo below for the recipe. (Be sure to read the notes below the photo for instructions to bake in the heart shaped pan)



To bake in the heart shaped pan:
  1. Fill the heart shaped wells halfway with batter (2 TBS)
  2. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 4-5 minutes or until the donut springs back when touched.
  3. Cool in the pan for 2 minutes, then remove from pan onto a cooling rack. Let cool completely
  4. Decorate with glaze as directed in the recipe.
  5. One batch yields 24 heart shaped donuts



Baking Tips:

*See my tips and techniques page on how to measure flour

*I like to use whole milk in my baked goods

*Use high quality vanilla extract such Nielsen Massey. I have found that the vanilla beans are cheapest at Walmart. Or you can order them from Beanilla.  This is the cheapest option for me. I typically order a package of 25. However, they offer them individually or in packages of 3 for $7.95. Also feel free to substitute vanilla bean paste for the vanilla bean in this recipe. 1 TBS of vanilla bean paste is equal to one vanilla bean

*Take your used vanilla bean and place it in a small container. Add sugar and place the top on the container. Let it sit for about 2 weeks. You now have delicious vanilla sugar! You can use it in your coffee, sprinkle it atop your vanilla bean scones before baking, or use it to in your baked goods for a more intense vanilla bean flavor.

Bake and Share Ideas:
  1. Bake a batch of donuts. Keep enough for your family to enjoy and box up the rest to give to friends and neighbors for a sweet Valentines treat.
  2. Share your donuts with your kids teachers and coaches
  3. Bake up a batch to treat your co-workers
  4. Attach a cute Valentine tag to your box or tray of donuts when sharing. I found a few cute ones on-line that you can print yourself.

From I Heart Naptime: Click on the photo to print the tag


From Short Stop Designs: Click on the photo to print the tags. There are multiple sayings to choose from.


STAY TUNED TO FIND OUT HOW I INTEND TO BLESS OTHERS WITH HEART SHAPED DONUTS!!!! I will be posting about it on Facebook next week and will be asking you to join me in my efforts to spread kindness in our communities through freshly baked goodies!!!!BE SURE TO LIKE MY FACEBOOK PAGE if you have not done so already. You can click the “like” button on the right hand sidebar of this post. 

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