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There’s one time of year where I spend two days straight mixing, chopping, cooking and baking. That would be Thanksgiving. The day before Thanksgiving is dedicated to creating three to four desserts as well as appetizers. On the actual holiday itself I’ll whip up side dishes, casseroles and veggies. Just call me Julia Child.
You might think that this sounds like a ton of work, but actually…I love it. I love cooking and baking for my family. It’s the way I show my love for them and Thanksgiving is the only time of the year where I have everyone together in one place.
Our family normally schedules our Thanksgiving dinner around 2 p.m. Smack dab in the middle of the day. We do this because that’s the way its always been done. It’s tradition. We aren’t normally breakfast folks around here (except for my daily cup of joe) but on Thanksgiving day we need something to tide us over until that late lunch feast rolls around. It has to be something easy. Remember, I’ve been cooking for an entire day with another full day ahead of me.
These pumpkin spice donuts just scream Thanksgiving morning. Paired with a warm cup of coffee and you have holiday breakfast perfection. Utilize your local grocery store’s bakery to pick up plain cake donuts and then “Pumpkin Spice” them up at home. You can have these ready in the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee. Easy peasy.
12 plain cake donuts
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tbs pumpkin spice coffee creamer
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs salted caramel ice cream topping
The glaze is really simple to make. You are going to sift one cup of powdered sugar in a small mixing bowl. Once your sugar has been sifted add your cinnamon and stir. To that you are going to add the pumpkin spice coffee creamer and mix until you have the consistency of a thick glaze. You want the glaze to be thick enough to adhere to your cake donuts without running off. A little drippy is a good thing. Just make sure it’s not to runny.
Set up a baking sheet with a cooling rack on top of it. This is where you will place your donuts once they have been glazed and will really make clean up a breeze.
Dip each donut in the pumpkin spice glaze and then pull up gently allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl. Invert and place it on your rack to set. Repeat with the remaining donuts until each one is coated.
The last step is to decorate with a drizzle of salted caramel. I put my caramel into a ziploc bag with the corner cut off and used it to top the donuts.
These beauties will be a perfect start to a hectic day of cooking and will give my husband, daughter and I a chance to sit and enjoy a quiet family moment before the rest of our extended family starts to arrive.
I’ve paired the donuts with a dark and smoky Starbucks French Roast coffee to offset the sweetness of the donuts. It’s a perfect match. I was able to get all the ingredients from my neighborhood Publix supermarket.
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