Sugar Swings! Serve Some: Oktoberfest Beer Donuts

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Oktoberfest Beer Donuts

So I'm putting a pause on all the Halloween stuff for a bit.  I made beer donuts to celebrate the Oktoberfest season! I don't really need a season to put booze into stuff.  I kinda like to experiment with sweets that way.  I've tried beer jello, beer cupcakes, beer blondies, and now beer donuts.  

Is it Donuts or Doughnuts??
There is beer in the donut batter and beer in the glaze.  You can probably use any beer you like for this (please don't use Bud Light!).  My hubby has quite the obsession with craft beers, so at any time we have a few 6 packs in a variety of beer styles squirreled away.  I used Ballast Point's Sculpin which is an India Pale Ale.  Side note: Did you know a sculpin is a fish with teeth and venomous spines? It also is the only fish that produces adrenaline? I learned that from beer, go figure.

I found the recipe over at Foodista which sounded relatively foolproof.  Once you get all the ingredients mixed up, add the beer to the doughnut batter, which makes it nice and foamy!

Oh and these are baked not fried, so let's pretend they are way healthier for you.  

Baked up and right out of the oven, they are super tasty.  There is a subtle beer flavor too, but since many beers these days are flavored with orange, lemon or other spices - it totally works in baked goods.  This recipe also has fresh nutmeg (my fav!) and cinnamon so it really is a nice Oktoberfesty treat.

The original recipe just rolled the doughnuts in powdered sugar BUT if that's not enough beer flav for you, go ahead and some to a glaze.  

Beer Glaze:
6 Tablespoons of your beer of choice
About 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

Mix well.  Add more sugar or beer to get the dipping consistency you like.

And who doesn't like a donut with some glaze and sprinkles?  So of course I added some to these (totally optional if you don't but that's just kinda weird :)

Eat one and watch the latest Simpson's Treehouse of Horrors! That would be a total win-win.  
Enjoy and have a great rest of your week!


  1. Saw your link over at Homework and you had me at "beer" haha!! These look amazing, and yes I am a fan of the fact that they're baked. Means I'll feel better about eating them :)

    1. That's what I tell myself too! thanks for stopping by!!

  2. Oh the hubs will love these. I completely agree - using a thicker kraft brew is much better for baking. I tried beer bread with cheep beer once- no flavor. Make it with a kraft brew & people go nuts over it.

    1. I know right, craft beer and cupcake craze still going strong! thanks!!

  3. These donuts look so pretty and knowing they've got beer in them just makes them better! I'd be thrilled if you'd come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays:

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic project on The Inspiration Board at homework. I featured you today! Have a great weekend.

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