The other day we went to the local Sports Expo in town, and of course they had a few food vendors. One of which was selling buckets of donuts.
Yes. You read that right. Buckets.
I should probably also say that they were mini donuts, and the buckets were pretty small…but they still looked to hold around 30 mini donuts, which is a pretty good amount of mini donuts for wandering around a small sports expo in my opinion.
The mini donuts were sprinkled in a cinnamon & sugar mix, and were oh so light and fluffy. And I’ve been dreaming of them since that day. Those glorious, fluffy, beautiful cinnamon scented donuts. Mmmm, donuts!
I personally don’t have the patience (or talent) to make actual donuts, but I figured I’d try something fairly similar. These definitely aren’t light & fluffy, but they are amazingly tasty, and I’m sure you could achieve the light & fluffiness if you experiment with different types of dough.
Easy Cinnamon & Sugar Bites
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 package Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust, at room temperature
- 5 cups water
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat your oven to 450F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl combine the white sugar & ground cinnamon and set it aside for later.
- On a floured surface cut the dough into 4 equal strips. Roll each strip into a rope about 14 inches. Cut each into roughly 1 inch pieces (if you cut them larger you’ll need to add a few minutes to your baking time).
- Heat the water & baking soda in a medium saucepan & bring to a boil. Working in small batches, drop dough pieces in the water until they are puffy (about 30 seconds). Remove with a slotted spoon & drain well.
- Place dough pieces 1/2 an inch apart on your baking sheet and brush with egg.
- Bake until golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.
- Work in small batches and coat the pizza bites with the melted butter, and then coat them with your cinnamon & sugar mixture.
- For best results, serve while still warm!
And that’s it! They definitely taste a lot better when they’re still warm as opposed to being cool, but I still enjoyed them either way, and I hope you do too if you make them!