Cherry Coconut Donuts

Happy Birthday my little Doodlebug.

I can’t believe you’re five years old today.

My whole world changed that first moment I held you in my arms.  In an instant, I became something greater than I was before.

Your mama.

I never dreamed that one person could love another so much. It overwhelms me, at times, this love that I have for you. The sheer pride I feel watching you learn and grow and become your own very independent person. And my heart aches for the day that you no longer want to sit on my lap or hold my hand or let me cover you with kissies at bedtime.

Or call you Doodle in front of your friends.

 But for now, you still like pink donuts.

So let’s eat ’em.

Cherry Coconut Donuts
For the donuts:
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 7-ounce jar marischino cherries, drained and chopped (reserve the juice)
For the icing:
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • ¾ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 tablespoon reserved cherry juice
  • toasted coconut
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine your dry ingredients. In another large bowl, combine remaining ingredients, through the vegetable oil. Stir dry ingredients into your wet ingredients. Carefully stir in chopped cherries.
  3. Fill donut pan with batter, about ⅔ full.
  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
To make the icing:
  1. Whisk together all icing ingredients; dip the tops of the donuts into the icing and sprinkle with toasted coconut.

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  1. Aw, so sweet. Love this post Ashley. Happy Birthday to him. Wow, five. So old! 🙂 Love the donuts too!
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  2. Awh, Happy Birthday Doodle! What a cutie. He’s such a good little boy and you’re such a great mama for so many reasons, but one of them is making these donuts for him! They look awesome. Cherry + coconut… sounds delicious. And I’m sure Doodle loved the pink! 🙂
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  3. doodlebug…I love it 🙂 THESE look to-die-for! And they’re baked, so they’re semi-healthy, right!?
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  4. Happy Birthday to your little man – hope he has a great birthday! these donuts look absolutely wonderful, too. =)
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  5. Happy Birthday to your sweet little Doodle!!! His day is starting off right with donuts this delicious!!! Coconut and cherry is an awesome combo!! Yum!!!!
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  6. You know I love my pink donuts too, girl! Love your take on them though. I think I’m going to try these the next time I make donuts actually! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOODLE!

    PS: FABULOUS pics sweetie! You’re killin’ it!
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  7. I really need one of these fancy donut pans that you, Dorothy and Hayley have! Coconut AND cherry in one donut?! I’m in love. Happy bday to your doodlebug!!

    I’m passing on the Versatile Blogger award to you, my blogger friend! For being so darn amazing and creative, every single recipe! Here’s the post that explains it to everyone,
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  8. So sweet! Happy birthday Doodle! My babies are not allowed to turn 5, we have an agreement that they will stay babies forever!
    These donuts look amazing. So bright and fresh with the cherries and coconut!
    Enjoy your sweet boy today!!
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  9. Oh my goodness! These donuts are too cute. I love cherry and coconut together!

  10. what a sweet post! these donuts are right up my alley.. super yummy

  11. They look so pretty and the flavours sound amazing! Happy birthday to your little boy.
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  12. This post is absolutely adorable. And I love the pink doughnuts…and their flavor!
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  13. Those are definitely birthday-worthy-looking doughnuts! Hope it was a happy one and the celebration continues!
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  14. These look fantastic!! I’ll have to try my hand at making them soon. Gorgeous photos. Happy Belated birthday to your Doodlebug!
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  15. I just came across these on Foodbuzz and they look great. I think I’ll try them with coconut oil in place of vegetable.

  16. These are so pretty! And the coconut and cherry flavor combination sounds amazing!

  17. I too am savoring every moment of calling my girls ‘chicken noodle’.

    Love the doughnuts!


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