Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sweet Snowflake Doughnuts will warm you up when it's cold outside.

It's sunny and over 50 degrees Fahrenheit here today. I'm not complaining. Believe me I love this weather. I'm going to go walk my dogs here in a bit, and will be happy to wear a light jacket instead of layers of winter garb. Earlier in the week, however, when I came up with the idea for these snowflake doughnuts, it was frigidly cold and actually snowing, just light flakes, but it did feel like winter. I had bundled up and braved the chilly temperatures to go swimming (indoors, of course.) I have to combat all the calories I consume while making all of these recipes, so I swim six days a week. The hour I spend in the pool each day is good for me in so many ways: I relieve stress, get my heart rate up, stretch out my aching back, and develop recipes. Swimming is quiet; it's just me with my thoughts as I swim back and forth, so I like to use that time to visualize new themed cuisine ideas. 

While I swam that day, I had an idea that I thought was so brilliant, that I couldn't wait to get home to try it out. I pictured, in my mind, folding an egg roll wrapper into a triangle, cutting out small shapes from the dough, and unfolding it so that it would look like a paper snowflake. I planned to fry them and sprinkle them with powdered sugar. I came home and, as I always do, I searched the web for similar ideas and, you guess it, found one, using a tortilla. Since that day, I've seen this idea replicated all over the web. 

Still hanging onto the idea of creating an edible snowflake unlike any other I've seen, I did some more research and finally decided upon a doughnut. I wasn't sure how well a snowflake cut out of a soft dough would hold it's shape in the fryer, so instead of taking the time to make the doughnuts from scratch, which I ultimately did plan to do, I grabbed a tube of Pillsbury Crescent Creations Dough for my test batch. I cut out several large snowflakes, threw them in the fryer and hoped for the best. Well, let me tell you, it was so easy to make these doughnuts; not only did they did hold their shape well, but the looked and tasted great. I decided not to mess with a good thing.

When the weather outside is frightful, grab the kids and have fun while you whip up a batch of these sweet snowflake doughnuts. They make the perfect snow day treat.

Sugar Sweet Snowflake Doughnuts (serves 4-6)


oil for frying
1 tube Pillsbury Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet*
powdered sugar

*You can also use your favorite doughnut or  Beignet recipe; or use Pillsbury Pizza Dough or Biscuits. 

Supplies Needed:

electric fryer or a heavy duty pot
cutting board
assorted snowflake cookie cutters
assorted mini cutters**
paper towels
sieve or a sifter

**You can purchase mini cutters at craft stores in the clay isle or on (here - Mini Metal Cutters.) If you don't have these cutters, you can hand-cut your snowflakes using a knife. There is also one set of snowflake cutters that I found on Amazon that includes two mini cutters and three snowflake cutters. If I didn't already own a set of snowflakes and a set of mini cutters, I might just have to purchase these.



Preheat oil in fryer or in a pot on the stove top to 350 degrees.

Unroll Pillsbury Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet onto a cutting board. Cut out as many different snowflake shapes as you can. This dough doesn't re-roll well, so just plan to just fry up the scraps and enjoy. Use the mini cutters or a knife to create unique designs in each snowflake.

Gently place a few snowflakes into the hot oil in your fryer or pot. Fry, turning over one, until both sides of the doughnut are golden brown.

Remove doughnuts from fryer and set on paper towels. Pat off excess oil.  Use a sieve or sifter to sprinkle powdered sugar over the doughnuts. You can cover one or both sides of the doughnut.

Serve immediately or within an hour for the best flavor.

This is a great project to do with the kids and would be something to entertain them when they are home from school on a snow day.

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  1. These are lovely! What a wonderful winter treat

  2. What a great idea! So cute and fun. I can't wait to give these a try.

  3. Such a great idea! Simple and absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday! :)

  4. Those looks so beautiful & delicious! And using crescent rolls for ease - genius!! Thanks for sharing at TGIF! I always look forward to seeing what fun & beautiful things you've created =-)

  5. Beautiful! Thanks for linking to Thematic Thursday!

  6. What a cute idea! I had to pin them to pinterest so I can make them later! I'm hosting a Winter Wonderland linky party on Monday and would love you to link this up!

  7. YUM! They look delicious...and festive!

  8. These look so amazing - I'm going to have to try to make them gluten free! Beautiful!
    (visiting from Thematic Thursday and now following)

    1. Thanks Ann - I'd love to see how you make them gluten free. My father has Celiac and I'm always looking for good recipes.

  9. These look great! I've never tried the Pillsbury dough sheets - will have to check them out! Found you at TT&J - thanks for sharing.

    1. The dough sheets may be hard to find in some areas, but I love them and use them all the time.

  10. How cool!!

    I featured it on my blog here:

  11. Thanks for the feature Angell. I added your button to my Featured On page.

  12. Beautiful and it looks really delicious!

    1. Thank, Oliver. These doughnuts are really good. I could use one right now.


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