Vampire Donuts

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Make a batch of vanilla Vampire Donuts with edible eyes, almond fangs, and fake blood for a fun and tasty Halloween treat.

A platter with three vanilla donuts that look like vampire faces with fangs and edible eyes.

Halloween is right around the corner and I’ve been making all the creepy things.  This year I’ve made a spooky Ghost Cake, easy Frankenstein cupcakes, and a Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail.   Of course there’s always room for more Halloween!

I’ve been in a donut making mood lately so I went looking for fun and scary Halloween donuts.  The ones that really spoke to me were the Vampire donuts. 

I asked my son if he wanted to make donuts and he was totally in.  I had some trouble figuring out how to add the vampire teeth as all the recipes I saw were simply for decorating large store bought donuts that could fit fake plastic vampire teeth in them.   After experimenting with a few things I figured out what to use.

Ingredients:

  • flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter
  • sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • sour cream
  • milk
  • edible eyes
  • slivered almonds
  • corn syrup
  • red food coloring
  1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl cream together the butter and granulated sugar.  Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well to combine.
  4. Stir in the milk and sour cream until well mixed.
  5. Add the butter and milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix well.
  6. Put the batter into a zip top baggie and cut off the end. Pipe the batter into the donut pan being careful of how it comes out as the donuts will hold their shape but will just rise a bit.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

A platter with three vanilla donuts that look like vampires, text, a cutting board with a cup of flour, 2 eggs, a cup of milk, and butter.

The base of my donuts are a classic baked vanilla donuts. I used vanilla because I knew the fake blood would show up fairly well on these.   You can certainly use your favorite donut recipe in place of my vanilla one.

I baked up a batch of these donuts and let them cool on a wire rack.   While they were cooling I whipped up a small batch of royal icing to help the eyes stick to the donuts but you can use prepared frosting if you have some.

After sticking the eyes on it was time for the almonds.   I broke the almonds so that I could have some in the top of the donut hole and some on the bottom.  I simply pressed them into the donut.  I had difficulty with a few of them sticking and put a dot of royal icing on the end of them to hold them into place.

I’ve never made donuts.   Can I buy store bought ones and just decorate them?

Of course you can!   If you do that I’d go for a regular glazed donut.  You don’t want any filled donuts because it will be too messy plus you want the hole in the middle.  You don’t really want any colored glaze either because it will interfere with the decorations.

I can’t have nuts, is there a substitute for the teeth?

You can use pumpkin seeds, white modeling chocolate, or even mini marshmallows cut into fangs.  Get creative!

I noticed there isn’t a frosting or glaze on these donuts.   Can I put one on the donuts?

Yes!   I would go with a basic powdered sugar and milk glaze.   Just mix powdered sugar with milk and vanilla and mix until smooth.  Dunk the tops of the donuts into the glaze and put them on a wire rack to let the excess drip off.

I can’t find edible eyes, is there something else I can use?

You can use buttercream frosting and just pipe on white eyes with a dot of black in the middle.  This is a super easy way to make the eyes. You could also make royal icing and pipe the white of the eye with a dot of black and let them dry over night to make your own edible eyes that you can store for later!

A plate of 6 vanilla donuts.

Finally I made the fake blood.  It’s simply corn syrup and red food coloring.  It makes a nice consistency and drips like blood.  I used a toothpick to place it on the end of some of the teeth and then to drip it from the vampire mouth. 

You can also put a splatter of the blood on the donuts using a clean paintbrush dipped in the fake blood and splashing it.  Have fun with it!

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A platter with three vanilla donuts that look like vampire faces with fangs and edible eyes.

Vampire Donuts

Yield: 12 donuts
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Vanilla Vampire Donuts with edible eyes, almond fangs, and fake blood for a fun and tasty Halloween treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ c. flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ c. (1 stick) butter
  • ⅔ c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ c. sour cream
  • ½ c. milk
  • 24 edible eyes
  • 1/4 c. slivered almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • red food coloring.

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
    2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Mix well and set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl cream together the butter and sugar.  Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
    4. Stir in the milk and sour cream until well mixed.
    5. Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and mix well.
    6. Pour the batter into a zip top baggie. Snip off the end and pipe the batter into the donut pan.
    7. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for 2 minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
    8. Combine the corn syrup with a few drop of red food coloring and mix well.
    9. Place two dots of the cron syrup mixture on top of the donut and place the eyes on top of them. (You can also use a little bit of powdered sugar with water for this step).
    10. Place several almond slivers on each side of the hole of the donut to create the fangs. You may need to cut them so that they fit. Simply press them into the donut.
    11. Use a toothpick and put a drizzle of red corn syrup "blood" coming down from the fangs. You can also put a few random spatters on the donut.
    12. Allow the donuts to set for 15 minutes before enjoying.

Notes

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5 Comments

  1. I love that this recipe allows you to bake the donuts instead of frying them, what a great healthy alternative! Plus they’re super cute and delicious!

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