I've said once before that doughnuts aren't my favorite, and it's true. I do think that they're adorable, though, and it seems that they're really experiencing a surge in popularity. Plus, it's not like I'd really ever turn one down. If you're organizing a dessert table for a party this 4th of July, I'd definitely suggest including some doughnuts in the spread. You can make your own doughnuts from scratch, get a head start with store bought biscuit dough, or even just pick up a few dozen plain ones from your favorite local shop.
Whichever route you choose, I highly recommend whipping up your own glazes or frostings. It's a lot of fun and really easy. If you have kids they can even help and decorate their own. Let them go crazy with Nutella and caramel drizzles, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, fresh berries, sprinkles - you name it. I kept these simple with classic powdered sugar glazes in red, white, and blue, but the possibilities are pretty endless.
Keep reading for the recipe!
Classic Doughnut Glaze:
1/4 cup cream or whole milk
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract*
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar until the powdered sugar is completely dissolved and the glaze is smooth. If the glaze is too thick you can easily splash in a little more milk, and if it's a little too thin just add some more powdered sugar.
At this point you can divide the glaze into separate ramekins to add your food coloring. Then dip your doughnuts in the glaze and enjoy!
*I decide to play around with the icings just a little bit here. The white icing was done with the standard vanilla extract, but I used Maker's Mark in the blue icing, and a combination of Chambord and Grand Marnier in the red. The Chambord/Grand Marnier flavor combo was our favorite, and is definitely worth repeating.