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  • Writer's pictureMai Le

RECIPE: Heart Donuts

Sharing the most delicious cinnamon sugar heart donuts ever. I tested it a few days ago and it was so good I've since then made 2 more batches. But P.S. do not use instant rising yeast. That was a very bad idea and did not work for this recipe. Only traditional dry yeast works.


Yeast mixture

2½ tsp active dry yeast

2 Tbsp warm water

1/2 tsp granulated sugar


3¼ cups all-purpose flour

1cupwhole milk warm

2 oz unsalted butter (room temperature)

3 large egg yolks

(room temperature)

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1/4tsp kosher salt

1 cup of granulated sugar

2 tbsp of cinnamon


Proof yeast:

In a small mixing bowl. Pour in warm water. Pour sugar and dry active yeast. Stir and let the mixture sit for roughly 10 minutes or until bubbles form on top of the surface. if it does not form bubbles or double in size discard it and start a new batch of yeast.


  • Combine flour, warm milk, butter, 3 egg yolks, sugar, salt, and the proofed yeast mixture in a mixer on low speed or in a bowl and mix with a spatula. Combine until the dough comes together. Pour out dough onto the counter and knead for 14 minutes. Shape into a round ball, and place dough into a buttered bowl to proof for 1-2 hrs. Place a damp towel on top to prevent the dough from forming a hard crust.

  • Cut a large piece of parchment paper and set it aside on a big surface nearby.

  • Punch down the dough and place it onto a floured surface. Roll out the dough to ½ inches thickness. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter start punching down the cookie cutter and make as many hearts. Place each heart on the parchment paper as you continue to cut out more hearts.

  • Cover heart doughnuts with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

  • Heat oil in a heavy pot (cast iron) to 350F. Start dropping donuts one at a time. Flip once the dough becomes golden (about 1 minute per side)

  • Transfer to a paper towel. Let cool.

  • Transfer to paper towels or wire rack to drain.

  • Mix together sugar and cinnamon. Start placing cooked donuts into the sugar mixture. And enjoy.

We hope you give this yummy recipe a try. It'll be a hit with everyone. P.S. We also have the free PDF printout recipe card check out the link here for the recipe.


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