i can remember when all the dominick's grocery stores were going our of business in the suburbs of chicago, to replaced with a mariano's. eager to scope out the replacement, my parents headed to the nearest mariano's and came back with these crazy, never-before-told stories of the best donuts ever. donuts with cereal on top. i can remember thinking "what? who dares to tread on the holy grail of breakfast foods by mixing two of the best together?" but with the convincing rave reviews from my family members, i slowly warmed up to the idea. then last fall, while in LA, i tried my first cereal topped donut. i. was. hooked. so... for national donut day this year i thought i'd try my hand at making my own delicious breakfast rule breakers.

recipe found  here  , slightly altered.

recipe found here , slightly altered.

INSTRUCTIONS for the donuts

  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. set aside
  3. combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl
  4. mix the dry ingredients into the separate bowl. be careful not to over mix
  5. fold in the cereal
  6. place the dough in a piping bag and pipe into a greased donut pan
  7. bake donuts for approx. 10 minutes or until golden

INGREDIENTS for the donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup+1½ tablespoon milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups of cereal (your choice!)

SUPPLIES for the donuts

  • one donut pan
  • two mixing bowls
  • stand/hand mixer

INSTRUCTIONS for the frosting

  • mix together ingredients in a bowl
  • dip cooled donuts into glaze (i dipped mine in twice, letting the first dip harden)
  • sprinkle a handful of cereal on top while the frosting is still wet

INGREDIENTS for the frosting

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small pinch salt
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons milk

at first, i was mad dominick's was being replaced. but after all was said and done, i'm so happy mariano's and their cereal topped donuts made their way into my world. anyway, what's your opinion on cereal topped donuts? these guys turned out so good, and it'll be fun to experiment with different cereals later on. for now, i'll be chillin' with my new delicious friends and pretending calories don't count. happy national donut day!