How to Make Heart Shaped Donuts Recipe

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.

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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).

We made them using the best homemade donuts you’ll ever have recipe from A Cup of Jo.

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!

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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.

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Ingredients for the Donut Glaze

Whole milk

Vanilla extract

Confectioners’ sugar

Pink food coloring

Sprinkles

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.

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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!

You could serve them with coffee or tea, hot chocolate, milk or orange juice.

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.

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delicious heart shaped donut recipe

Heart Shaped Donuts and Glaze Recipe

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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.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine Donuts

Equipment

  • Deep heavy pot
  • Fryer
  • Deep fryer thermometer
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Cutting board
  • Medium saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Medium bowl
  • Parchment or wax paper

Ingredients

For the donut:

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg
  • 8 oz ricotta 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
  • Sprinkles

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 76IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Servings: 24
Calories: 108kcal

Notes

Serving size dependent on cookie cutter size.

Instructions

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.
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18 thoughts on “How to Make Heart Shaped Donuts Recipe”

  1. Oh, spoke too soon about making the heart-shaped brownies for my class attendees. Just looked at the donut recipe from Cup of Jo and have put ricotta on my shopping list. Going to give the recipe a try and cut them into heart shapes per your suggestion. Thank you again!

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  5. OMgosh these are absolutely precious!! They look so sweet and yummy and your presentation is so beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to try it!! :)

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  6. Sugar also contributes to the moistness of desserts and their tenderness. The flour or starch component in most desserts serves as a protein and gives the dessert structure. Different flours such as All-Purpose Flour or Pastry Flour provide a less rigid gluten network and therefore a different texture. Along with flour desserts may contain a dairy product.,`

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  7. These look so sweet for Valentine’s! I’ve never tried making doughnuts – the whole frying thing kinda scares me, but these are adorable!

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  8. So happy to know that I’m not the only one that says chubby things! These doughnuts are irrestibly cute as is your presentation.

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