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X's and Doughs: Yummy Valentine's Day XO Cake Doughnuts

Instead of ordinary conversation hearts, try making these adorable X's and O's for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day! They'll steal the show! 

These doughnuts are the epitome of Valentines Day! They scream Valentine's Day with their pink and red sprinkles and the cute letter shapes. These doughnuts are made into X and O’s using a homemade dough and cookie cutters. The homemade dough is made with cake flour. Topped with a sugary glaze and pink and red sprinkles, these doughnuts sure bring that Valentine's Day flair!

  • For the Donuts
  • 4 ¼ cups Cake Flour
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 ½ cups Milk
  • 6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • **X and O Cookie Cutters – Use a small round cookie cutter to cut the inner circle of the O to make a donut shape (Alternatively, you can use a donut cutter if you have one)
  • For the Glaze
  • 2 cups Confections Sugar
  • ¼ cup Milk
  • Splash of Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Sprinkles, for Topping (Optional)


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or a silicone mat; set aside until needed.

To make the dough for the doughnuts, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the milk and melted butter and mix until the dough starts to form. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and begin kneading the dough with your hands until a smooth, elastic dough ball forms. If the dough starts to get too sticky, add more flour a little bit at a time.

Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is about ½-inch thick. Using your X and O cookie cutters, cut out the doughnuts until you have no dough left. If desired, you can gather up the scraps into a ball and roll it out and cut out more doughnuts. I try to not gather and roll out the dough the too much, because the dough gets tougher the more you do it.

Place the doughnuts on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake the doughnuts until are they fully cooked and spring back when you touch them, about 10 minutes. Be sure not to overcook the doughnuts, as they will become very tough and dry.

Remove the doughnuts from the oven and transfer them to a cooling rack. Allow them to cool completely.

While the doughnuts are cooling, make the glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners sugar, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until completely smooth. Set out 2 draining/cooling racks over a baking sheet.

To glaze the doughnuts, dip them halfway into the glaze and place on the draining/cooling rack. Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired. Let sit for at least 10 minutes until the glaze hardens.

These last up to 2 days in a sealed container at room temperature. However, they are best enjoyed the same day.

Makes: About 32 Donuts, plus some donut holes

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