“Cakes are special. Every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake, and people remember. It’s all about the memories.”

— Buddy Valastro

Or sometimes, instead of a cake…it’s birthday doughnuts. Cookie dough doughnuts to be specific. Made from scratch and vegan to boot.

When I asked Todd what he wanted for dessert on his birthday, he told me “cookie dough”. Hmmm, okay. I can do that I guess. I know the man also loves doughnuts. He used to consume them on a very regular and not-so-secretive basis, before we went vegan. However, living in Alaska, I can’t think of a single place to purchase a vegan doughnut. Even the crappy drugstore kind (he loves those too) aren’t vegan. Thus, Todd hasn’t had a single doughnut in a very long time. 

Aware of this doughnut famine, a while back I bought an actual doughnut pan. When he told me he wanted only cookie dough for his birthday dessert, I knew instantly what needed to be done. Cookie dough doughnuts. This was the first time I had ever used the pan and it worked perfectly. I was a little afraid that the doughnuts would taste, well, not really like doughnuts specifically. Just because they’re in the shape of a doughnut does not mean a doughnut they will be. You feel me? But, doughnuts these most definitely were!

Todd was pretty surprised and extraordinarily happy to have his first doughnut in over a year and a half. Plus, whenever there’s cookie dough involved, the happiness aura in life is instantaneously elevated.

Todd might have put himself into a birthday, cookie dough doughnut coma that day. He told me it was absolutely worth it. 

print recipeCookie Dough Doughnutsby August-18-2014A fluffy, perfectly textured vanilla doughnut layered high with creamy and delicious cookie dough. Super decadent and sure to be a huge hit! Plain doughnut recipe slightly adapted from Churros ‘n’ Chai.Ingredients

  • Doughnuts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup vegan sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Frosting
  • ½ cup vegan butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup vegan sugar
  • 1 ¼-½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ cup v egan milk
  • 1 heaping cup vegan chocolate chips

InstructionsIn a large bowl, whisk together the flour through and including the salt for the doughnuts. Make a well in the center with a large spoon.In a small bowl, whisk together the water through and including the vanilla for the doughnuts. Pour into the dry well, while stirring. Stir until just combined.Preheat oven to 375 F and coat a donut pan with a nonstick cooking spray. Spoon batter into each doughnut mold, only filling about ¾ the way.Bake at 375 F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest for a minute before removing the doughnuts and placing them on a wire cooling rack. Repeat with remaining batter. Meanwhile, beat the butter, vanilla, and sugar in an electric mixer on medium until light and fluffy. Slowly add the flour, salt, and milk. Beat until well combined, and then fold in the chocolate chips.Once the doughnuts have cooled slightly, spread a thick layer of the cookie dough on top. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. Freeze any leftover cookie dough to eat later! Mow down. DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12

We’re puppy sitting this week for a friend. Meet Nala! She is Bailey’s mini-me. But…a girl…obviously. They are BFFs…obviously. 

Isn’t she the sweetest?

German Word of The Day

Doughnut –> Krapfen (crahp-fen)

Good Deed of The Day

Cow’s milk is so super disturbing. There are so many plant-based alternatives, why on Earth do many Americans still drink it? It’s not like the elimination of all dairy products has been found to cure constipation in up to 100% of kids tested, leading to a resolution of rectal inflammation and complications such as anal fissures. Oh wait, yep, it has. The same has been proven in adults as well. Do you or a loved one have anal fissures and/or rectal inflammation? Or just think cow dairy is really scary (a rhyme!)? Switch to non-dairy milk! You heard it here first people, anal fissures. No fun. This guy knows what I’m talking about.

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