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S’mores Donuts: evoke camping nostalgia with every bite

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s'mores donuts doughnuts

S’mores donuts will send you on a mouthwatering adventure as you imagine the familiar bonfire aroma of toasty marshmallows, the indulgent embrace of rich chocolate, and the pillowy satisfaction of a perfectly crafted donut. In this delectable fusion, we bring together the nostalgia of outdoor camping and the irresistible allure of donut indulgence. Get ready to embark on a journey where the gooey, chocolatey, and marshmallowy goodness takes center stage. Brace your taste buds as we explore the captivating harmony of flavors and textures that make s’mores donuts a delightful treat.

A Melting Pot of Flavors

S’mores donuts effortlessly blend the signature trio of flavors found in the classic campfire treat: chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker. Picture biting into a luscious donut, perfectly glazed with a rich, velvety chocolate coating. As your teeth sink into the fluffy dough, you encounter a delightful surprise—a center filled with ooey-gooey marshmallow cream. The final touch, reminiscent of the beloved graham cracker, is a sprinkling of crumbled graham crumbs on top. Every bite is a harmonious symphony of sweet, chocolaty, and slightly nutty notes that will leave you craving more.

Indulgence Reinvented

S’mores donuts offer a unique twist to the traditional campfire experience. No longer limited to the great outdoors, these decadent treats bring the joy of s’mores to the cozy comfort of a bakery or cafe. Whether you’re savoring them as a breakfast indulgence or as an after-dinner delight, these donuts serve as a delightful reminder of childhood camping adventures. They capture the essence of gathering around a crackling fire, toasting marshmallows on sticks, and trading stories under the starlit sky.

Alternative Toppings

Want to mix things up or don’t have some of the basic ingredients to make s’mores donuts? Here are some alternative toppings you can use:

  • Peanut Butter Drizzle: Add a drizzle of creamy or crunchy peanut butter over the donut for a delightful twist on the traditional s’mores flavors.
  • Caramel Sauce: Drizzle rich and gooey caramel sauce on top of the donut to add a sweet and indulgent element.
  • Chopped Nuts: Sprinkle chopped nuts, such as toasted almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts, on the donut to provide a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor.
  • Berry Compote: Top the s’mores donut with a berry compote made from fresh or frozen berries. The tartness of the berries complements the sweetness of the s’mores components.
  • Banana Slices: Add sliced fresh or dried bananas to the donut for a creamy and fruity addition that pairs well with the other flavors.
  • Espresso Syrup: For coffee lovers, a drizzle of espresso syrup or coffee glaze can add a delightful mocha twist to the s’mores donut.
  • Coconut Shavings: Sprinkle toasted coconut shavings over the donut for a tropical and slightly nutty flavor.
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Spread: Spread a layer of chocolate hazelnut spread (like Nutella) over the donut to intensify the chocolate flavor.
  • Sea Salt: Sprinkle a pinch of flaky sea salt on top of the donut to balance the sweetness and add a touch of sophistication.
  • Mint Leaves: Garnish the s’mores donut with fresh mint leaves for a refreshing contrast to the rich and sweet flavors.

Pairing and Presentation

Pairing s’mores donuts with the right beverage can elevate your enjoyment to new heights. Consider accompanying your treat with a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee or a rich, velvety hot chocolate. The combination of the donut’s sweet flavors with the bitter notes of coffee or the creamy warmth of hot chocolate creates a harmonious balance that will make your taste buds sing.

In terms of presentation, s’mores donuts are often adorned with creative touches. Some variations feature chocolate drizzles, while others boast a crown of toasted mini marshmallows. Donut enthusiasts with a flair for DIY may even attempt to recreate the campfire experience by using a kitchen torch to give the marshmallow topping that classic golden-brown hue. Remember, the visual appeal of these donuts is as delightful as their taste, making them irresistible to both the eyes and the palate.

How can I make it?

If you’re looking for a s’mores donut recipe, this one allows you the option to make the donuts from scratch or start with chocolate glazed donuts to make things extremely simple. 🙂

s'mores donuts doughnuts

s'mores donuts

doughnuts with the reminiscent campfire flavor of s'mores

Ingredients

Donut:

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: buy chocolate glazed donuts instead of the ingredients in this section

Filling:

  • 1 cup marshmallow cream

Glaze:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • (skip this section if buying chocolate glazed donuts)

Topping:

  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs or s'mores cereal

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray. (If you bought chocolate glazed donuts, skip to step #8.)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg. Add in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Gradually pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are okay.
  5. Spoon the batter into a piping bag or a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe the batter evenly into the greased donut pan, filling each mold about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake the donuts in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a donut comes out clean.
  7. Remove the donuts from the oven and let them cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Once the donuts have cooled, prepare the filling. Fill a piping bag fitted with a small round tip with marshmallow cream. Insert the tip into the side of each donut and gently squeeze in the desired amount of filling.
  9. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter together in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth and melted. (Skip this step if you bought chocolate glazed donuts.)
  10. Dip the top of each donut into the melted chocolate glaze, allowing the excess to drip off. Return the glazed donuts to the wire rack. (Skip this step if you bought chocolate glazed donuts. Instead, simply heat them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or until slightly melted.)
  11. Sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs or s'mores cereal over the chocolate glaze while it's still wet, ensuring they stick to the surface.
  12. Allow the glaze to set for about 15-20 minutes before serving. Enjoy your s'mores donuts!

Notes

These donuts are best served on the same day they are made. Also, feel free to customize these donuts and add your own alternative toppings. (Scroll up this post for ideas!)

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S’mores donuts transport us to a world where childhood memories mingle with gourmet indulgence. These delectable treats combine the nostalgia of camping with the refined craftsmanship of donut-making. With their irresistible blend of flavors and textures, s’mores donuts are a culinary adventure worth embarking on.

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