Glazed Donut Cookies are soft, delicate, donut-shaped cookies with a lovely chocolate or vanilla glaze and topped with sprinkles! These buttermilk cookies are a delicious twist on a traditional sugar cookie recipe, the results are a heavenly sweet treat.
Dough: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, white and brown sugars, for 1 minute. Then, add in the egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract, mix again until smooth. Next, in a separate small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir to combine. After that, add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir to combine. Proceed to mix in the other half and stir until combined.
The dough will be softer and stickier than normal cookie dough, this is what you want. Then, cover the bowl and let chill in fridge for at least 1 hour.
Bake: Get the oven preheating to 375degrees F. Then, line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats. Next, spray the cookie scoop and your hands lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop out about 1.5-2tablespoons of cookie dough into your hand. Proceed to roll the dough into a ball and gently flatten the ball until it’s about 1/2″ thick. You can shape the cookie dough into donuts in one of two ways.
You can shape the cookie dough into donuts in one of two ways. Method 1) Use a small round biscuit cutter to punch a hole in the center of the flattened dough. Place the donut hole back into the mixing bowl to be used for more cookies. This method is easier when you spray the biscuit cutter with non-stick spray first. Method 2) Press the top and bottom center of the flattened dough with your thumb and forefinger until you create a hole. Use your hands to pull the hole open wider, until it’s about 2-2.5″ wide.
Put each shaped donut cookie on the parchment lined cookie sheets, repeating process until you have 6-8 cookies on your sheets. Place the cookies in the preheated oven and bake for 9-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool for an additional 2minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely while you prepare the glazes.
Vanilla Glaze: In a small bowl, combine 2tablespoons of milk and the butter, heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Then, add in the powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Add additional milk as needed for the glaze to be smooth and dippable. If the glaze cools, microwave for an additional 15 seconds.
Chocolate glaze: In a small bowl, combine 2tablespoons of milk, butter and chocolate chips, heat for 40 seconds in the microwave. Then, add in the powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Add additional milk as needed for the glaze to be smooth and dippable. If the glaze cools, microwave for an additional 15 seconds.
Assemble Donuts: Proceed to dip the top round face of each cooled donut cookie in the warm glaze. Top with sprinkles immediately, if desired. Cool to set for about 10 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Glazed Donut Cookies are a fun and delicious treat that your family will absolutely love! These buttermilk cookies come together easily, with some effort, but it is all totally worth it for the end results.