Cornbread Donuts


by Nov 10th, 2010 // Dinner

Cornbread Donuts

Cornbread Donuts

How A-MAZING would it be to dunk these little cornbread donuts into your gravy on Thanksgiving? I’ll answer that for you. It would be dreamy. I’d bet they would be a bit of a show stopper too. They’ll all be talking about how you had donuts on the table on Turkey Day!

Cornbread Donuts

The idea to do this came from my friend, Macki. She doesn’t like to see her pans to get lonely so she encouraged me to think about using some of my pans for things other than what they are intended. (She already knows I’m the queen of the muffin pan.)

Cornbread Donuts

After giving it some serious thought, we came up with the idea of making cornbread donuts using our mini donut pan! Who doesn’t like a good corn bread recipe?

Cornbread Donuts

A little someone liked the cornbread donuts very much! Now for the recipe…

Cornbread Donut Recipe

Thanksgiving Planning: Make 1 to 2 days ahead. Best stored in a tin.

Prep Time: 10 mins  Cooking Time: 5 mins

2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/3 cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 6 oz container of non fat yogurt
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons butter (melted)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. In another bowl stir together oil, lemon juice, egg and yogurt. Make a hole in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the hole. Gently fold everything together until combined. Use a teaspoon to dribble a small pool of butter in each cavity of the donut pan. Place half the batter in a small zip baggie and seal it. Cut a small hole in the corner of the baggie and pipe batter into the donut cavities on top of the butter. Only fill each cavity 1/2 way and before baking be sure to clean off any stray dough around the circle so there’s a hole in the middle of the donut. If making mini donuts, bake for 4 or 5 minutes. If baking regular sized donuts cook fro 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for a moment and then flip over onto a cooling rack while still warm.

Cornbread Donuts

Here’s a link to a donut pan like the one I used: Nonstick Mini Donut Pan

And here’s the standard size pan: Norpro 6-Count Nonstick Donut Pan


46 Comments on “Cornbread Donuts”

  1. 1.) dclownfish03
    November 10th, 2010

    that is a wonderful idea!

  2. 2.) Samantha
    November 10th, 2010

    Great pic of Gus! He looks like a super hero shooting cornbread donuts from his fingers!

  3. 3.) Peter
    November 10th, 2010

    These are Amazing !

  4. 4.) Rebecca
    November 10th, 2010

    I have a 1.5 year old that loves to play with her food. These little cornbread donut rings will be great for her to play with and eat! Thanks for the great idea and recipe.

  5. 5.) Mrs. Mordecai
    November 10th, 2010

    That's awesome. I should use my donut pan more often. My son loves anything made in it.

  6. 6.) jacquelinelegan
    November 10th, 2010

    Now I will be walking around my apartment with cornbread donut rings. My roommate is going to think I'm nuts.

  7. 7.) CookingWithMyKid
    November 10th, 2010

    what a super idea and chef gus really knows the
    way to make you want to reach for one!

  8. 8.) Mee
    November 10th, 2010

    Wow, are those adorable. They look like giant, golden-delicious cheerios that need to be strung into a necklace and earrings.

  9. 9.) szkent
    November 10th, 2010

    Great idea especially for kids! Very clever.

  10. 10.) Macki
    November 10th, 2010

    Yum! What a great way to use my mini donut pan!

  11. 11.) Mariko
    November 10th, 2010

    I might actually buy a doughnut pan after this. I've been avoiding it thus far. Something about not believing in baked doughnuts.
    But cornbread doughnuts! Way better.

  12. 12.) Miranda
    November 10th, 2010

    Mmmm. Donuts

  13. 13.) CrashTestMonkey
    November 10th, 2010

    That's awesome… and who doesn't like cornbread(?)!

  14. 14.) Nicole
    November 10th, 2010

    ummm… YES PLEASE!! i think i know where i'm going for thanksgiving.

  15. 15.) janelle
    November 10th, 2010

    oh yummy!!! i wanty!!!!!

  16. 16.) abby
    November 11th, 2010

    this is a great idea! Since I moved into a studio and don't have a lot of storage space, I've been trying to figure out how to use things other than for their intended purpose.

  17. 17.) Susie
    November 11th, 2010

    If you have cornbread donuts on your fingers, where will the olives go??? lol

    I think this is a brilliant idea.

  18. 18.) misti
    November 11th, 2010

    i love this idea!! savory donuts. can't wait to try it out.

  19. 19.) buddysaves
    November 11th, 2010

    Those are so cute! Love this.

  20. 20.) Mariela
    November 11th, 2010

    Individual fun portions,great way to go !!

  21. 21.) Bridget
    November 11th, 2010

    I have only used my mini donut pan once since buying it. This is a perfect idea !

  22. 22.) Chuck
    November 11th, 2010

    Hmmm. Might be a legit way to do this after the turkey fries using the vat of boiling oil…..

  23. 23.) ej yim
    November 11th, 2010

    I love the idea of savory mini donuts and what a great way to get little kids excited. Thanks for the really fun idea.

  24. 24.) deebo
    November 11th, 2010

    cornbread made with yogurt? YES!

  25. 25.) adamzurn
    November 11th, 2010

    Everything is better when it comes donut shaped.

  26. 26.) Anna B.
    November 11th, 2010

    My son's eyes just totally lit up when I showed him the doughnut pan. Apparently we will be ordering one.

  27. 27.) Jeannette
    November 11th, 2010

    Great idea! I make cornbread muffins all the time. This would certainly give them a new and more exciting life!

  28. 28.) Ashley
    November 11th, 2010

    I didn't even know they made doughnut pans. You made cornbread look like a yummy dessert.

  29. 29.) souzalito
    November 11th, 2010

    I've got to get a donut pan now!

  30. 30.) Michelle
    November 11th, 2010

    What a wonderfully creative idea. We don't have a donut pan, but I could see this still working with mini muffins.

  31. 31.) katyhaltertop
    November 11th, 2010

    Cute idea! I love cornbread with butter and honey.

  32. 32.) Lucy
    November 11th, 2010

    Looks good!

  33. 33.) Whitney M
    November 11th, 2010

    what a clever idea. I am going to make these next time I make chili!

  34. 34.) Katrina
    November 12th, 2010

    I love the picture, so cute!

  35. 35.) @infinitesloth
    November 12th, 2010

    This makes me wish (…more than usual, even) that I had a donut pan! I love the recipe, though (yum, yogurt), and I think I'll make up some mini corn muffins soon. They'll go perfectly with the vat of leftover black bean soup in my fridge.

  36. 36.) Megan
    November 12th, 2010

    Doughnuts for dinner! Love it!

  37. 37.) paulajakobs
    November 13th, 2010

    Mmmm, I might need to get a donut pan for this recipe alone.

  38. 38.) cubluejay
    November 14th, 2010

    How fun! Love the finger photo!

  39. 39.) Becky
    November 15th, 2010

    I need a donut pan now…I think my 1yr old would eat everything if it was shaped like a donut (not to mention my husband would probably

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  41. 41.) Rebecca
    November 17th, 2010

    I recently asked my husband what kind of veggie would he eat for Thanksgiving dinner, as he is notorious for hating them all and having a pretty bad sweet tooth, and he said, "Corn. You know, like corn bread or something." Hahaha. This recipe combines his love of both. How perfect! :)

  42. 42.) Susan
    November 17th, 2010

    I don't even like cornbread, but these look delish!

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  44. 44.) Jmartinelli13
    May 20th, 2011

    Made these with my son yesterday to have with chili, they are awesome! I mixed some softened butter and some honey together and used it as a “glaze” :) Great blog, looking foward to reading and trying more recipe!

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