They really are a symbol of childhood happiness in my life's story.
Out of all the insignificant little things we collect in the archives of childhood memories, sprinkles remain so permanently fixed on the most vivid of my childhood reflections.
As a tomboy, I actually quite detested it, but there was something about that bright pink frosting that just tasted like sugar magic. And the sprinkles? They made everything more wonderful.
They reminded me of over-sized gumball machines, my favorite type of birthday cake (Funfetti) and a river of soft serve frozen yogurt at the end of a dinner buffet. Yes, most of all, sprinkles reminded me of my father- the 'ice cream man.'
As a young girl it seemed we couldn't go out to eat without running into one of his clients. And, not only would the fast food chains send him home with an entire collection of the current 'happy meal' toys, we were constantly being offered free 'samples' of frozen dessert product. And, of course, there were always plenty of extra sprinkles.
What Daughter Says: The best part of being 'grown up' is trying as many (things) as I want.
Pink Frosted Vanilla Bean Donuts (with Sprinkles)
***Click here for printable vanilla bean donuts recipe.
2 1/2 C All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Milk (Or Milk Substitute, I Use Coconut Almond Milk)
3/4 C + 2 TBSP Granulated Sugar
1/4 C Unsalted Butter, Melted
1/4 C Vegetable Oil
2 Large Eggs
2 TSP Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
3/4 TSP Salt
Seeds From 1 Fresh Scraped Vanilla Bean
1/4 TSP Baking Soda
1 1/2 C Confectioner's Sugar
3 TBSP Unsalted Butter, Melted
2-3 TBSP Milk (Or Milk Substitute)
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
1 Pinch of Salt
Pink Food Color + Rainbow Sprinkles
Yield: 10-12 Donuts
Preheat oven to 425F
1. Prepare 10-12 donut pan holes with a light greasing and dusting of flour. Set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, combine melted butter, vegetable oil, milk, sugar, and vanilla bean seeds until smooth (about 1 MIN). Blend in eggs 1 at a time, then mix in vanilla extract.
3. In 3 separate additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, add 1/3 of flour mixture, alternating with half of the milk mixture, and mix to just combined.
4. Spoon batter into prepared donut wells, filling them about 3/4. Bake in preheated oven at 425F for 7-8 MINS, or until a toothpick insertde comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool while you prepare the glaze.
5. For Glaze: In a flat bottomed bowl, whisk together confectioner's sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir in 2 TBSP of milk, adding additional TBSP as necessary to reach desired texture. Glaze should be smooth and slowly run off the back of a spoon when lifted. Add desired food color.
6. Dip cooled donuts into glaze and set on cooling rack. Sprinkle as desired. Glaze may be microwaved on HIGH for 5-10 Secs to allow for easier dipping, as needed.