From Dunkin’-inspired graduation caps to Halloween costumes to custom treats, we love seeing the creative ways our fans express their Dunkin’ love with DIY projects. Take these Dunkin’ coffee and donut cookies, for example, made by Angie Kang from Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Now you may be wondering, “how did Angie make these Dunkin’ cookies?” Well, you can check out the decorating process from start to finish on IGTV here. According to Angie, the cookies – which were a surprise for a friend’s 30th birthday – took about two days to create. She started by prepping the dough, cutting and baking the shapes, then covering them with white royal icing. After waiting for the base coat of icing to dry overnight, she started Dunkin’-izing them with details and lettering.
Angie’s kids were almost as excited to see the cookies as the friend herself. Her sons – ages seven, five, and two and a half – do a Dunkin’ run with their grandpa every Friday for donuts. Angie’s cookies brought home a special and familiar part of their week.
Are you interested in making your own Dunkin’ donut inspired cookies at home? Check out Angie’s recipes below!
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Recipe:
Ingredients: Yields about 15 – 20 cookies, depending on the size of your cutters
- 2 sticks of salted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 3 cups of all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Be sure not to overmix.
- Next add the vanilla and egg to your mixture and mix until evenly combined.
- In a separate bowl, sift the 3 cups of flour. Then slowly add the flour to your butter mixture and mix on low-medium speed until the dough starts to form into a ball.
- Once the dough starts scraping the sides of the bowl and sticking to the paddle, turn it off.
- Roll your dough ¼ inch thick and cut with your choice of cookie cutters.
- Place cutters onto your baking sheet and put in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. This helps with spreading when baking.
- Bake for 10 minutes if cut outs were not chilled. If chilled, then bake for 14 minutes. There should be no browning on the bottom.
Royal Icing Recipe:
Ingredients: Yields enough icing for about 1 dozen cookies
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp of meringue powder
- 6 tbsp of warm (not hot) water
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp of light corn syrup
- In the bowl of your stand mixer or in a mixing bowl, put in the meringue powder and warm water. Whisk together until mixture is frothy.
- Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and the corn syrup into the bowl.
- With the paddle attachment of your stand mixer or using a hand mixer, mix on low speed. When all the sugar is saturated, stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Then mix on high speed for about 4 minutes, until stiff peaks form. Immediately place in an air-tight container and store at room temperature.
Decorating a Donut Cookie:
1. After rolling out your cookie dough and using a donut cookie cutter (if you don’t have one you can use a large circle cookie cutter and use a smaller circle to cut the middle hole), cut out your donut shapes.
2. Bake your cookies and make your icing. Then color your icing using gel food coloring. For these donuts, you can make light brown and white icing. Put your icing into tip-less piping bags or piping bags with a #2 tip.
3. Outline the base of your donut with the light brown icing and flood or fill in the entire base. Allow the icing to dry for about 10-15 minutes. If you need to, you can use a toothpick to help you smooth out the icing or pop any air bubbles.
4. Then outline the “frosting” of the donut using your white icing by making wavy lines around the donut and around the inner circle.
5. Sprinkle your donut with sprinkles of your choice. Leave the cookie out to allow the icing to dry completely for 8-12 hours or you can eat it right away if you can’t wait!
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