There are a million things going through my head right now as I think about these donuts.

Like, are some of these guys for real on The Bachelorette? No, I mean, for real-for real. Just… stop. Except for when you call quinoa “keee-noooo-ahhh.” Because that’s definitely how it should be pronounced, world.

Also, will I ever stop wearing this oversized t-shirt with a poem about girlfriends on the front of it, that I received when I WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD and that is currently on my body? The answer is probably not. It’s just soooooo soft. Sadly, I probably should not broadcast the fact that I am still physically capable of wearing a top from when I was eight years old.

Why am I so obsessed with the idea of seeing this Snow White movie? It’s not a Nicholas Spark’s movie, Ryan Gosling doesn’t have a part, and um, neither does Alexander Skarsgard, it totally isn’t from any chick-lit book (was Snow White chick lit?) and I get sort of bored with action movies. Yeah, weird. I think I just want popcorn. With something chocolatey and melty mixed in.

And finally, I would like four thousand donuts for dinner tonight.

Sure, donuts are sort of a breakfast food, but we NEVER eat them for breakfast. Let me repeat: we never eat them for breakfast. Quite depressing.

My husband has some sort of mental block on going out to breakfast. I am, in fact, obsessed with the idea of going out to breakfast because I feel like in all my years, I’ve only done it a handful of times. Such a loser. Not that like, speeding through the drive-thru for a dozen of Dunkin Donuts’ donuts is actually considered “going out to breakfast,” but seriously, I’ll take anything I can get. Annnnnd it’s also difficult for me to even GET him to eat a donut. He “claims” he doesn’t like to waste his calories on donuts, but he “claims” this through bites of an entire pizza, a large Dairy Queen blizzard, and then an entire bag of pretzels dipped in hummus at midnight. It just all seems a little fishy if you ask me.

On the other hand, I should TOTALLY be able to convince him to take me to breakfast, because when the man stumbles (and I totally mean stumbles, like walks into walls and stuff) out of bed, he puts himself to work. I swear, at 5AM he is unloading the dishwasher with his eyes closed and then heads downstairs to vacuum his car, literally minutes after waking. I have no idea where this stuff comes from, because the minute I wake up my eyes are glued to my phone. It is just so, so odd and… uncomfortable. And you are hearing this from a serious morning person. !!!


Do you think that maybe he doesn’t take me to breakfast because I nag him or something? That can’t be it.

But you know, I wouldn’t even have the problem of attempting to force-feed him donuts if it wasn’t for that little Saturday over Easter when we bought a dozen mini’s for an arm and a leg… that tasted like serious heaven. I think I threw back two or three maple bacon donuts, and that’s only because my brother stole the rest before I could get my hands on them. Needless to say, I’ve been dying to make them… and to REALLY make them. Like fry the crud out of them. Yeasted, fried donuts. Serious donuts.

I don’t mind the baked donuts – actually, I make this recipe almost every month for dessert because it blows my mind – but this craving called for oil and bubbles and fluffy freaking dough.

OH MAH GOSH. I could not get enough. I couldn’t stop taking bite after bite. I also succeeded in making the other member of this household take them down, and let’s just say that by the end of they day… only crumbs remained. Serious donuts… serious win.

Mini Maple Bacon Donuts

[slightly adapted from Alton Brown]

makes about 15 mini donuts (depending on how you cut them)

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup bacon grease, in solid form

2 1/4 teaspoons dry active yeast (1 packet)

1/4 cup warm water

1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

12 ounces of all-purpose flour, plus a little extra if needed

vegetable oil for frying (I used 2 quarts)

8 slices of bacon, fried and crumbled

Add milk to a saucepan over medium-low heat and heat until just warm enough to melt the bacon fat. Place the bacon fat in a small bowl, the pour the warm milk over top and stir constantly until it’s melted. Set side to let cool to room temperature.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (fitted with a paddle attachment or beaters), add water and yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes until foamy, then add in milk + bacon fat combo (it must be cooled) and turn the mixer on low speed. Add in the eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg and half of the flour mixture, mixing on low speed until combined. Add the remaining flour, mixing on medium speed until combined. Remove the paddle attachment and replace it with the dough hook, then mix on medium speed for 3-4 minutes until dough pulls away from the bowl. Mine was a bit sticky, so I added in 3-4 tablespoons of extra flour until it became smooth. Remove from the mixer, add to bowl rubbed with vegetable oil, cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

Once risen, place dough on a floured workspace and roll until about 3/8 inches thick. I also kneaded in another tablespoons of flour or so here, just so the dough was smooth. Using a biscuit cutter (or something else round that works for you), cut out circles of dough, then using a small lid (I used a washed Tabasco lid, ha!) or knife, cut out the center. Place donuts on a baking sheet, cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 more minutes.

Heat oil a large pot, making sure it is 365 degrees. Add donuts 2-3 at a time, frying on each side for about 1 minute, and flipping with a spider or slotted spoon. Remove and let drain on wire rack placed above a paper towel. When finished, dip in maple glaze then roll in bacon. Serve immediately!


Maple Bacon Icing

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons maple sytup

1 tablespoon bacon fat, melted

1 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk well until a glaze forms.

So… donuts for dinner for everyone! It’s the right thing to do.

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121 Responses to “Mini Maple Bacon Donuts. (Like Real Ones!)”

  1. #
    Quiche-ing Queen — June 5, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    Bacon is my love!


  2. #
    Stephanie — June 5, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    These donuts look amazing!
    And OMG – didn’t that group date seem horribly uncomfortable – and then that whole “Oh isn’t this KEEEN – OOOO – AAAA” so funny!


  3. #
    Jordan — June 5, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    Your anecdotes about you & your husband always crack me up. The dynamic of your household sounds so funny.


  4. #
    Stephanie — June 5, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    Wow, both bacon and donuts are breakfast items. To put them together is genius!


  5. #
    Drew — June 5, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Do you deliver?


  6. #
    Jackie @ The Beeroness — June 5, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    You have to go to Top Pot when you’re in Seattle. They have a fabulous Maple Bacon doughnut. Awesome.


    • Jessica — June 5th, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

      Are you going?? :)


      • Jackie @ The Beeroness — June 5th, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

        YEP! Although, I have yet to get my grubby little hands on conference tickets. Sold out. Jerks ;). I may end up hanging out with Guilty Kitchen and Salty Seattle as general conference outcasts. But I will be hitting the party circuit pretty hard. Of course. Lets grab a drink! Or a bacon doughnut. And I will be donning some Barbie Barf Heels, of course.

  7. #
    Mia — June 5, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    these are beautiful!


  8. #
    Melissa — June 5, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    oh my gosh yum! i’ve always wanted to make homemade donuts with bacon topping (:


  9. #
    christina @ ovenadventures — June 5, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    I typically never eat donuts for breakfast but i would eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner. OMG. *drool*


  10. #
    Jackie — June 5, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

    Not sure if the whole frozon yogurt stores are popping up all over Pittsburgh like there are in the Philly area but Sweet Frogs has a frozen yogurt flavor called Maple Bacon Donut….. kinda scared to try it though!

    Oh and I just can’t get enought of Alexander Skarsgard :)


  11. #
    Moni Meals — June 5, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    Oh my gosh! This is outrageous! In a good way of course. A must try absolutely!


  12. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — June 5, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    I just like groaned (in a good way!) when I was looking through all these photographs. I’m in culinary school right now and we made REAL yeast fried donuts and they were amazing. And then I proceeded to try to make baked doughnuts and it was a sad day, because they really do not compare at ALL. I figure you probably agree with this statement, but I feel like most bloggers think they are one and the same!! :)


  13. #
    Jenna — June 5, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    These look so delicious!! I wish we were friends, cuz I love bacon and I could bake you cheesecake brownies, and you could bake me these!


  14. #
    Erin @ Sassin' Southern Style — June 5, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    Snow White is totally chick-lit. A woman with a less than desirable home life, with an unfortunate E.coli apple incident, meets a man in a city in the middle of nowhere? That’s the backbone (minus the poison) for nearly all chick lit novels.


  15. #
    stacy t — June 5, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    again – my a** thanks you. my hips are cursing you. my heart loves you.


  16. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — June 5, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    Love them! I need to get my butt to the donut place in the Strip!


  17. #
    Keara — June 5, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    I’ve never fried anything before and I was wondering what do you do with the oil after the whole affair is over? And these look soooo good, by the way :)


  18. #
    Monica — June 6, 2012 @ 12:19 am

    So… I really hope you’re writing a book right now because the way you write is so perfect. Humorous, yet captivating and I just want to read it all. Usually I’m one to skim through a blog post and just get too the goods (PICTURES! like these. bacon donuts. oh em gee), but I thoroughly enjoy reading every word you type out. Thanks for providing us readers with great recipes and greatness all together :)


  19. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — June 6, 2012 @ 12:44 am

    This totally made me want donuts….and a large oreo dairy queen blizzard (i’m obsesssseedddd!!)


  20. #
    Jamie @ green beans & grapefruit — June 6, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    Oh holy no. I mean yes.


  21. #
    Ileen Cuccaro — June 6, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Oh my goodness, I just re pinned this and am going to make them this weekend


  22. #
    Bridget — June 6, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    These look amazing. I was also really excited to see snow white, because I love all things fairy tale, but you should save your money. I have never been so disappointed by a film in my entire life. I actually left the theater angry. Kristen Stewart is the absolute worst actress in the history of the world. Okay, I’m done. Yay doughnuts!


  23. #
    Audra@The-Baker-Chick — June 6, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Oh Jessica how could you do this to me!? Now all I’m going to be thinking about all day are these donuts. They look absolutely amazing!


  24. #
    Rachel — June 6, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    JJJUUUUSSSTTTT for the record, Snow White was awesome. Yes, you do have to get past Kristen Stewart… she’s not great…. But seriously, the movie, especially the costuming and visual effects, was awesome. Charlize Theron is gorgeous, as is Chris Hemsworth (in a whole different way… YOWZA!), and even Bob Hoskins is in it!!! I loved it! (but you really do have to try to ignore Kristen Stewart… haha)


  25. #
    tiffiny — June 6, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    these look ridiculous. i want them right now!!!!
    while i was in new orleans a couple weeks ago i saw HBO filming true blood! and i saw alexander skarsgard!!!! he was even more gorgeous in person. oh my gosh i couldn’t even stand it!


    • Jessica — June 6th, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

      Cannot even contain my jealousy.


  26. #
    liz — June 6, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. These look amazing. Just had a baby, nursing him, and am sitting here drooling all over him and the keyboard because I need one of these in my mouth. Now.
    Also – super jealous. No dunkin donuts in Minnesota. Why? Why, cruel world?


  27. #
    Ivy — June 6, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    if your tomato plant is really little and already has flowers on it, that means it’s under distress and needs water or better soil or more light. plants will produce flowers when they are dying as a last ditch effort to reproduce before they die. so you might want to make sure it has all the important elements. i love your recipes! and your humor!


  28. #
    Stephanie — June 7, 2012 @ 2:04 am

    I swear to god once I’m done with this whole wedding diet thing (serious bunny food consumption right here, girl) I am filling my kitchen AND tummy with these things. Looks ah.mazing! :D


  29. #
    HannaW — June 9, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    Just made these and they turned out to be AHHHHmazing! In addition to the maple icing I also made a batch with a little somethin’ extra; 2 tbs of crunchy peanut butter! Gave a nice variation to the donuts. Thanks so much for your fabulous recipes.


  30. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — June 12, 2012 @ 7:03 pm

    I just emailed this link to the man, his replied “Dinner, please?”… win!


  31. #
    sophistimom — June 13, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    Um yes, these look quite perfect. I think I shall have to make some. Right. NOW!


  32. #
    Christine — August 20, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

    These are wonderful! My son and I just made them and they were fun to make and delicious to eat! We used an apple corer to cut the hole.


  33. #
    Robin Springer — January 2, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    My knees are melting looking at these! :)


  34. #
    NVZXBCVJDAS — May 23, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    u bitch ass nigga make me sum FUCKY donuts BITCHES. ahahahhahahaHhhahaaahaH


  35. #
    Rosemary — September 12, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    These look just amazing!! Is there anyway I could prep them overnight and fry in the morning??


  36. #
    bob — November 27, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

    these are fucking tasty badass doughnut


  37. #
    Kelly — May 10, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    HI Jessica
    I love your blog and these donuts look so, so good. I recently made baked vanilla bean donuts with a chocolate glaze and mentioned your donut recipe in my post. If you get a chance, check it out at:
    Take care!


  38. #
    Alannah — December 26, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

    We are going to how sweet eats.


  39. #
    marshay — February 13, 2015 @ 3:49 pm

    Ok first off I just want to thank you for this recipe. It was a fun first try at making donuts and was an interesting experience in learning to fry things…however the recipe for me was a no go. I had to add at least twice the amount of flour called for before it became even close to a dough that was manageable and even then it wasn’t enough to help the donuts hold their shape while rising. I ended up with very soft domed pancakes that fried up into some really good funnel cake patty things. Good. Not what I was going for, but good.
    Next time I’ll probably add more flour and experiment with the rising time.
    Thanks again :)


  40. #
    Windsor — September 21, 2015 @ 10:48 am

    These donuts are great! But you need to update the recipe. It says that 12 oz of flour is needed but i think you meant to put 2.5 cups. I checked some of your other donut recipes as a reference point and when i made this change they turned out perfectly.



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