Saturday, March 28, 2009

The $12,000 Donut

Who could not use $12,000 dollars right about now? I know that I could. That would pay for my new kitchen counter tops and my broken KitchenAid! I have an ever so slight chance to win $12,000, and so can you!!

For all my foodie friends, this contest is right up your alley. Head over to They are running a contest until April 7, to create their next donut. The prize for the winning donut is $12,000. It is easy to do. There are some really unique flavor combinations to choose from. Let me know it you decide to try your hand at this contest. It is a lot of fun to see the donuts that people have created. You guys are so creative, I just know one of you can win this. The story that you attach to your donut is pretty important, so make sure you bring your best writing skills to the contest.

Who wouldn't want to eat a Dunkin Dounut everyday? I know I would. Their coffee alone is enough to get me there. Add a donut to that coffee and I am all in! I have to face the facts though, I can not eat a donut everyday. No matter how many miles I run, it would never be enough if I was eating a donut a day! For a special treat, I choose Dunkin Donuts. In honor of this contest, I have come up with a "healthy" version of a donut hole.

Gin's Baked Donut Holes

1 cup reduced fat baking mix
1/4 cup Splenda sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon butter extract
1/4 egg substitute
2/3 cup fat free half-n-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 can reduced sugar frosting

(1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (2) Spray a 12 hole mini muffin pan with cooking spray. (3) In a medium bowl, combine baking mix, 1/4 cup Splenda, cinnamon, egg, half-n-half, vanilla and almond extract. Mix well to combine. (4) Drop by spoonfuls into prepared muffin pan and bake for 14 to 16 minutes. (5) Place muffin pan on a wire rack and cool for 12 minutes. Remove holes from pan. (6) Melt 1/2 can frosting in microwave. Dip donut holes in frosting. Cool and enjoy!!

These donut holes are a simple concoction with a hint of sweetness. I add a couple of tablespoons of fiber to mine to add a bit more "health." You can also roll the holes in sprinkles or colored sugar after dipping in the frosting, if you so do choose.

Now, go to dunkindonut and create for a chance to win $12,000!


  1. Holy Crap Gin...these donuts look killer! They are just gorgeous (send me some!!) :)

    Cool contest,think I'll head over and check it out. We lost our last Dunkin Donuts around here a number of years back. It's been forever since I've had anything from them :(

    I seriously wish I could grab one of those donut holes from the picture and pop it in my mouth :P

  2. Oh Gin..these look fantastic!

  3. Gguilt free donut, Ill take 2 dozen, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  4. I like the sound of this donut! Looks fantastic.

    I headed over there and made a pumpkin with pecan creme filling.

  5. How about I pay you 12,000 to come up with a gluten-free chocolate one that would replace the ones they have that I have to resist on every freakin' corner here in Jersey... They closed DD down in Texas when I was in high school (1970's) and now I move here to DD hell, lol

  6. :( doesn't seem to take UK citizens, like me your doughnuts by the way...cheers!!

  7. This sounds like a recipe after my own heart. Thumbs up on this one! :)

  8. What does your reduced fat baking mix consist of? Thanks!