Introducing a heart shaped donuts recipe, perfect for Valentine’s Day or honestly, any day! They’re cute bite-sized treats with a fun glaze.
We can’t imagine a good day that doesn’t include donuts.
This might be a chubby thing to say, but honestly, can you think of a day that wouldn’t be a good day for donuts?
We couldn’t either.
As a result, we took it upon myself to update the everyday deliciousness that is donuts.
And we turned them into cute bite-sized treats perfect for this upcoming Valentine’s day (or any other day).
And then, we created a really simple colored glaze for dipping.
Plus, this heart shaped donuts recipe pairs deliciously with our Strawberry and Rose Sorbet Champagne Cocktail!
How to Make Heart Shaped Donuts
1 — To make the heart shapes, chill the donut dough in the fridge for about an hour.
2 — Once it’s chilled firm, roll and cut heart shapes from the dough using a cookie cutter on a lightly floured cutting board.
We had the best success with the hearts keeping their shape during the frying process by exaggerating the heart shape dough a bit with our hands.
And then popping the cut-outs in the fridge for a few more minutes before cooking them.
Ingredients for the Donut Glaze
Pink food coloring
This is basic donut glaze that works for all donuts.
If you’re feeling adventurous, we have more fancy glaze ideas and recipes for a chocolate ganache or cinnamon glaze.
How to Make Donut Glaze
1 — Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm.
2 — Sift confectioners’ sugar into milk mixture.
3 — Whisk slowly, until well combined.
4 — Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water.
5 — Dip doughnuts into the glaze, one at a time, and then place them on wax paper to set.
What Would Go Well With Homemade Donuts?
Before you can begin making donuts, you first need to decide what to serve with them.
Any number of things will go great with your fresh-baked donuts!
Also, because they make for an excellent breakfast or brunch, you can simply serve them with butter and jam on the side.
More Topping Ideas
The possibilities are endless!
You could sprinkle your donuts with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, granulated sugar, chocolate fudge glaze…
The list goes on!
You could also opt for less sweet toppings, such as dark chocolate, caramel sauce and nuts.
Heart Shaped Donuts and Glaze Recipe
- Deep heavy pot
- Deep fryer thermometer
- Heart-shaped cookie cutter
- Cutting board
- Medium saucepan
- Medium bowl
- Parchment or wax paper
For the donut:
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 3 egg
- 8 oz ricotta cheese 1/2 lb whole or skim
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp grated lemon zest
- canola oil for frying (or another oil with a high smoke point)
For the donut glaze:
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- Pink food coloring
To make the donuts:
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Add sugar, eggs, ricotta, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Mix until just combined.
To shape the donuts into hearts:
- Chill the donut dough in the fridge for about 1 hour.
- Once it’s chilled firm, roll and cut heart shapes from the dough using a cookie cutter on a lightly floured cutting board.Exaggerate the heart shape dough with your hands. It will become smaller after frying.
- Pop the heart cut-out dough in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until firm before cooking them.
To cook the donuts:
- Pour the oil into a deep, heavy pot. Leave at least 2 inches of space at the top for safety. Using a deep-fry thermometer, heat the oil over medium until it reaches 325-375 degrees F.
- Fry a test doughnut: Using a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, drop a scoop of batter in and turn it occasionally. It should take 3-4 minutes to turn golden brown. Carefully remove and cut in half to check if it’s cooked all the way through. Test another if needed.
- Fry the remaining doughnuts. Don’t overcrowd the pot; fry in batches. Place doughnuts on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil.
To make the glaze:
- Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm.
- Sift confectioners’ sugar into milk mixture.
- Whisk slowly, until well combined.
- Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water.
- Dip doughnuts into the glaze, one at a time, and then place them on wax paper to set.