Cornbread Donuts

by Rebecca Nov 10th, 2010 // Recipes, Sides

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


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43 Comments on “Cornbread Donuts”

  1. 1 dclownfish03 said at 5:06 pm on November 10th, 2010:

    that is a wonderful idea!

  2. 2 Samantha said at 5:07 pm on November 10th, 2010:

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

  3. 3 Peter said at 5:24 pm on November 10th, 2010:

    These are Amazing !

  4. 4 Rebecca said at 5:37 pm on 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 said at 5:38 pm on November 10th, 2010:

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

  6. 6 jacquelinelegan said at 5:45 pm on 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 said at 6:07 pm on 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 said at 6:16 pm on 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 said at 6:27 pm on November 10th, 2010:

    Great idea especially for kids! Very clever.

  10. 10 Macki said at 7:45 pm on November 10th, 2010:

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

  11. 11 Mariko said at 7:48 pm on 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 said at 8:26 pm on November 10th, 2010:

    Mmmm. Donuts

  13. 13 CrashTestMonkey said at 10:19 pm on November 10th, 2010:

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

  14. 14 Nicole said at 10:53 pm on November 10th, 2010:

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

  15. 15 janelle said at 11:07 pm on November 10th, 2010:

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

  16. 16 abby said at 12:11 am on 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 said at 12:31 am on 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 said at 1:28 am on November 11th, 2010:

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

  19. 19 buddysaves said at 6:11 am on November 11th, 2010:

    Those are so cute! Love this.

  20. 20 Mariela said at 6:50 am on November 11th, 2010:

    Individual fun portions,great way to go !!

  21. 21 Bridget said at 8:26 am on November 11th, 2010:

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

  22. 22 Chuck said at 9:12 am on 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 said at 9:59 am on 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 said at 10:12 am on November 11th, 2010:

    cornbread made with yogurt? YES!

  25. 25 adamzurn said at 10:49 am on November 11th, 2010:

    Everything is better when it comes donut shaped.

  26. 26 Anna B. said at 10:55 am on 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 said at 11:21 am on 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 said at 11:36 am on November 11th, 2010:

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

  29. 29 souzalito said at 12:52 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    I've got to get a donut pan now!

  30. 30 Michelle said at 2:55 pm on 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 said at 3:59 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Cute idea! I love cornbread with butter and honey.

  32. 32 Lucy said at 4:39 pm on November 11th, 2010:

    Looks good!

  33. 33 Whitney M said at 6:42 pm on November 11th, 2010:

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

  34. 34 Katrina said at 1:14 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    I love the picture, so cute!

  35. 35 @infinitesloth said at 6:57 pm on 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 said at 7:02 pm on November 12th, 2010:

    Doughnuts for dinner! Love it!

  37. 37 paulajakobs said at 7:11 pm on November 13th, 2010:

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

  38. 38 cubluejay said at 6:15 pm on November 14th, 2010:

    How fun! Love the finger photo!

  39. 39 Becky said at 4:02 am on 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

  40. 40 I like stuff: 11-16-10 « FNUR FNUR said at 6:56 pm on November 16th, 2010:


  41. 41 Rebecca said at 5:32 am on 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 said at 6:15 am on November 17th, 2010:

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

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