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Baked Cherry Donuts with Cherry Glaze and Fruity Pebbles Topping

These simple baked cherry donuts have a cherry glaze and crunchy Fruity Pebbles as topping!
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1 dozen
Author Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl

Ingredients

Cherry Donuts:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 c. buttermilk or sour milk
  • 3 tbsp. maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tsp. cherry extract
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 - 10 oz. jar maraschino cherries drained well (reserve juice), chopped

Cherry Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. cherry extract
  • 3 tbsp. maraschino cherry juice

Topping:

  • 2 c. Fruity Pebbles

Instructions

For donuts:

  1. Coat 2 regular-sized donut pans with cooking spray. (Regular-sized donut pans typically have 6 cavities.)
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together egg, buttermilk, cherry juice, cherry extract, and melted butter.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Fold in the chopped cherries.
  6. Pour batter into a gallon-sized ziploc bag, and snip off the corner of the bag.
  7. Pipe the batter into the baking pans, filling each donut cup about 3/4 full.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then flip the pans over and tap the donuts out onto a wire rack. Cool completely.

For glaze and topping:

  1. Spread out the Fruity Pebbles on a small plate.
  2. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, cherry extract, and cherry juice. Whisk until smooth. This consistency was just right so that the glaze wouldn't run off the donut, but you can thicken or thin the glaze accordingly, if needed.
  3. To glaze the donut, dunk the donut into the bowl of glaze, covering about 2/3 of the donut. Allow the excess glaze to run off, then immediately dunk the donut into the plate of Fruity Pebbles.
  4. Place the donuts back on the wire rack to set for about 10-15 minutes before eating. Enjoy!