Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts

There is a way early morning smells that I can’t put into words. It’s clean and damp, fresh and alive. It’s a smell that you only get when its too early for heavy eyelids to be outside and moving about. I smelled it for the first time in a long time the other morning and was brought back to my childhood and fishing trips.

Before the sun rises, the boat was hooked to the back of the truck and I was tucked into my seat getting ready for a day on the water with my father (who must have been the most patient man in the world because I have never been good at fishing – or very into it for that matter). One requirement to every trip was chocolate covered doughnuts. Not just any chocolate covered doughnut either, but the mini Tastykake ones in the yellow box. Yeah, those were what made those early mornings possible.

These vanilla bean baked doughnuts may not be chocolate covered Tastykakes from the local quick stop, but they are just as addictive and would certainly help to lure anyone out of bed early in the morning.






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  1. says

    These would certainly make my morning better! I love the teal color and the sprinkles are just perfect on top. I am thinking I need to dig out those doughnut pans and get to work. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. says

    Good Morning! I’d like a Baker’s Dozen of these vanilla bean beauties! I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a bunch of mini donuts in my life as much as I do now!


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