Cranberry Upside Down Doughnuts

November 23, 2011

Why have I not thought of this before?

I am a huge sucker for cranberries. Something about that sweet but tart, chewy little fruit that looks like a seed on steroids really captures my heart.

I’m also a huge sucker for donuts doughnuts. I think I would eat a doughnut a day if I knew that it was considered a “healthy” breakfast or snack.

…a girl can always hope right?!

While I continue to hope, excuse me while I melt some butter.

When I made these doughnuts last night I had no idea if they were going to work or not. I concocted this idea in my brain a few weeks ago. I was almost 90% sure that it was going to work, but there was that 10% of me that was freaking out that my doughnuts we’re going to overflow and we’d have this problem again. Or that the cranberries would cook all the way, and I’d have have raw cranberries…we all know that’s not good.

And maybe my biggest fear was that the doughnuts would get stuck in my pans and I’d have a serious mess to clean and no freaking doughnuts.

Luckily the finger crossing gods were on my side! Because my doughnuts came out like stunning little jeweled doughnut ornaments. Yes ornaments! Don’t you realize that Friday means we can officially start decorating for Christmas?

Yes. I said it.

And while we’re on that, can you believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving?!!

My day starts with a 10K, I gotta get my hobbler gobbler on! Then it’s shower, brunch, cocktail, football, snacks, football, cocktails, turkey dinner, laughs, football, pie, football, Black Friday ad browsing, pie, cocktails, pie, turkey, pie, pie, doughnut. Yeah, that sounds about right.

I think that today though, the only thing I’ll be eating is these doughnuts. And drinking some Candy Cane Green Tea. I figure that I get my fruit fix, I’ll have some carbs for energy, since the tea is green that counts as a veggie, and there is some eggs in the doughnuts batter so I’m covered on protein.

Did I just figure out a way to logically have doughnuts for every meal?

Holy geez…I AM A GENIUS!!

Now I’m going to have a serious problem on my hands.

Oh no, not the problem of me only eating doughnuts for every meal, but the fact that if I do only eat doughnuts for every meal I’ve got to come up with TONS of new flavors so that I don’t get bored of only eating doughnuts.

I guess this new epiphany is what I’m thankful for this year. Wink wink. It’s ok, you can borrow my thankful thing too.

Cranberry Upside Down Doughnuts
adapted from Eat, Live, Run

Makes 6 doughnuts

1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup cranberries
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 350. Spray doughnut pan with cooking spray.

In a small bowl combine sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar mixture in to each donut mold, tilting pan to make sure that sugar is evenly distributed. Add enough cranberries to each mold to just cover the bottom of the pan. You don’t want to add too many cranberries or you don’t have room for the batter. Set pan aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Add in almond milk, vanilla, egg and melted butter, whisking to combine until all flour has dissolved.

Spoon or pipe batter into molds. Since you already have the cranberries taking up space you’ll want to fill each mold to the top so that you’ll actually have enough batter. Bake for 15 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the doughnuts comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes (no longer or your cranberry topping will start to solidify and get stuck in the pan) turn doughnuts out on to cooling rack, you may have to loosen them with a knife.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 23, 2011 at 9:03 am

These look fantastic! I love cranberries, too!


2 Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi) November 23, 2011 at 9:21 am

Oh man, I would gobble gobble these right up (sorry, I couldn’t resist).


3 Baking Serendipity November 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

Genius! I am a huge cranberry lover this season too and will never turn down a doughnut 🙂 I love these! Wishing you and your family a great Thanksgiving 🙂


4 Becky November 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

These doughnuts are gorgeous and sound so yummy, especially with the cranberries! I’ll just drool over your doughnuts, because if I had that doughnut pan, my waistline would be in trouble:)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!


5 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I am new to cranberries, and haven’t officially made my mind up on them yet. These donuts look insanely good though – so maybe I will error on the side of liking cranberries! Have a good Thanksgiving.


6 Terra November 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

What a fun idea! I adore cranberries too, anything with cranberries makes me happy! I like the idea of a doughnut everyday, why not? We only live once right? LOL!! These are definitely beautiful! Hugs, Terra


7 Lyn @ FueledBySalad November 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

These look awesome! I’ve got half a bag of frozen cranberries in my freezer right now, actually. 😉


8 Anna November 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I slept almost the whole day yesterday so I can wake up early today. I did not realize I’d be up this early though…excited much for my Thanksgiving preparations I may say. I am all set (insert crossed fingers icon here…) but I can squeeze in a little donut or two for breakfast in a few hours…Gonna go and search for my cranberries somewhere in my kitchen. Your recipe looks so festive. Happy Thanksgiving!


9 Carolyn November 24, 2011 at 6:51 am

They look fantastic, Steph! Saw them on foodgawker.


10 Liz November 25, 2011 at 6:55 am

Mmmmmm…..these look fabulous, Steph! Congrats on the Top 9 today!


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