Oreo Donuts

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Have you ever met anyone who didn’t like Oreos? Well, I sure haven’t. How about donuts..? That’s just nuts. So here’s the both of them thrown together into one overloaded, cavity-forming, sticky, delicious mess.
Here’s the story behind these (you might think it’s really stupid and boring or that I’m not normal, but that’s okay, I’m going to tell it anyways): This morning, my eyes popped open before my alarm. I turned to check the clock, with one eye straining to open. I was hoping it was maybe 5 minutes before my alarm was going to ring. I could just lie in bed for a little longer and have a nice peaceful morning. 5:01 am. DANG IT! I was so mad.. and then I realized I was so mad that I was already even more awake. I calculated that I had a little less than 2 hours before I had to leave for school. Suddenly, I had the genius idea of baking something. And then I remembered I had half a package of leftover Oreos in my cupboard that needed to be used up. You know another reason why donuts are so great? Because, everything else you should have in your pantry. So you can have an impulsive moment like me and whip up a dozen donuts at 5 o’clock in the morning. The only other person who was making these at that hour was Mr. Donut Man down the block.
The recipe is simple! You could use this same base recipe for any kind of donut you want. I’ve made Nutella before and I’m thinking about a Green Tea Pistachio one int he future..guys, the possibilities are endless. The bottom line is, these things are baked, not fried. So less guilt. Obvs. The toppings don’t count in terms of calories. There ya go.

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Oreo Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts ( I made a dozen, so just double the recipe!)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Jello (powder) (also optional, makes them more dense)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp Greek Yogurt (optional, will make them more moist)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted but cooled
  • 2 tbsp vegetable/canola oil
  • 9 Oreos, finely chopped that will go into the batter
  • Oreo crumbs to top the donuts, 5-6 oreos
  • FOR THE ICING:

    2 cups (8.8 ounces or 250 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
    4 tablespoons milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    8 Oreo cookies, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray, use a paper towel to lightly spread/remove excess spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, butter and oil. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix just until combined.
  3. Finely chop the oreos or use a blender to chop them, making sure the pieces will be small enough to fit through the piping bag. Add the oreo pieces to the batter and mix to combine.
  4. Transfer the batter to a large piping bag or use a ziploc bag with one corner cut off. Pipe the batter into the donut pan, filling each donut hole about 2/3 full.
  5. Bake the donuts for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let the donuts sit in the pan for 10 minutes before moving them to a wire rack.
  6. While the donuts are baking, pulse the other oreos in the blender into crumbs, these will be used for the topping. Put the crumbs on a shallow plate, set aside.
  7. MAKE THE ICING:
    Whisk together the sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth and combined. The mixture will be very thick. Dip the tops of the doughnuts in the icing or use a spoon to spread a thick layer. Sprinkle with crushed Oreo cookies before letting set for about 20 minutes, or until the icing is slightly hardened. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. You may microwave the doughnuts for 15 seconds before serving to refresh.
  8. Enjoy.

Adapted from The First Year Blog and Handle the Heat


God blesses so abundantly those who are not chosen, what is the magnitude of His blessings for those who are chosen? If nonspiritual people experience such outpourings of merely common grace, how great must the special grace of the regenerate be!” (Boice)

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I think the happiness we most often strive to find is usually based upon our circumstances.  The problem with this type of happiness is it will always change depending on what we are facing or how we feel.  It can be affected in a negative way by the traffic jam on the way to work, or positively by our getting off of work on Friday night.
However, as Christian men and women, our happiness or joy is not based on our conditions or circumstances—it is based on an inner truth of God living within us.  As we walk and live in the power of God’s strength we will be filled with His joy—it is a byproduct of the Holy Spirit and a manifestation of our hope of living in Heaven (Ps. 51:12; Gal. 5:22).
This is not to say we will not face difficult times.  But as believers we should purpose to never let the difficult times make us bitter—we should allow them to make us better.  Knowing God is in control and has a perfect plan allows us to find peace and even joy in the midst of our trials We find our Joy in the promises and wisdom found in God’s Word, as He guides us through every obstacle and challenge.  We find joy knowing we are saved and will spend eternity with our Savior.  We find joy as we come into His presence in prayer and fellowship with Him.  Just spending time with our Lord will fill us with an abundant joy.  We can see this spoken of by King David in the Psalms.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalms 16:11 (NKJV)
I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to be joyful today.  Let’s choose to allow God to make us better because of what we are facing.  Let’s choose to reflect the joy of the Lord to those around us.
from My Daily Dose
verse of the week:
 Do all things without grumbling or disputing,  that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. ~Philippians 2:14-16
by His grace,

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