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Glazed Almond Poppy Seed Cookie Doughnuts {guest post}

If you don’t all already know her, I’m so excited to introduce you to Laurie of Simply Scratch. Laurie is so sweet, she’s a fellow Michigander, and her site is amazing. I love that she features step-by-step photos. And they are gorgeous photos! I wish I could do step-by-step photos, but I have no natural light in my kitchen, and would have to bring every step into the living room, something we all know I do not have the patience for.

It is so hard to pick a few of Laurie’s recipes to highlight, but I’ve been eyeing her Stuffed Pork Roast with Raspberry Balsamic Glaze, Fall Harvest Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette, and her Honey Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

Thanks for being here and helping me out, Laurie! 


Hi guys! I’m Laurie from Simply Scratch. Rachel was so kind to invite me over to her lovely blog today while she’s off on maternity leave, snuggling up with her new little bundle of joy {kind of jealous about that Rachel… not gonna lie}. Baby toes… baby breath *sigh*.

For those of you who I haven’t met yet, I have this little ol’ blog where I cook up my most favorite “from scratch” recipes and deliver them to you with step-by-step photos to help you along the way. So, if you want a classic lasagna recipe or looking for something a little crazy like double dark chocolate Merlot cookies, well I’ve got you covered.

Today I brought with me Glazed Almond Poppy Seed Cookie Doughnuts. Yup, cookies that look like doughnuts but are really cookies! Are ya still with me? Good. So as I thought about the mini doughnut pan I had in my cupboard, collecting dust, being ignored… I decided to go out on a limb to create a pimped-out cookie/doughnut recipe.

These cookies are delicious and incredibly easy to whip up. So easy you could do it in your sleep, just don’t because that would be sort of dangerous {and messy}.

To make these fun cookies you need all of the above, 9 ingredients and butter isn’t one of them! Who would’ve thought… dare I say these are healthy?

Start by whisking the flour, baking soda & powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set that off to the side for just a moment.

In a large bowl beat the egg with the grapeseed oil, then add in the sugar and beat it up some more. I like the turbinado sugar in this recipe because I think it gives the cookies some crunch… but regular sugar can be used too.

Next add in 3/4 teaspoon of almond extract and a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla.

Beat that together as well.


Add in all of the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet and mixed just until everything is incorporated.

Lastly, add in the tablespoon of poppy seeds and mix on low.

Stuff the cookie batter into a plastic bag or pastry bag if you’ve got one, snip the end off with a pair of scissors and slowly pipe the cookie batter into a greased mini doughnut pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes total. Watch carefully so they don’t over bake.

Let them cool for a minute.

Turn them out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. If they stick a little, just use a rubber spatula to help them out.

Glaze anyone? If I could, I’d glaze just about anything and everything. This glaze in particular would be number one on my list.

Start by combining 1/4 cup of orange juice with 3/4 cup of sugar. Add in the 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter along with a 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract, a 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and a pinch of kosher salt.

Mix well to combine. If you feel the glaze is too thick, then you can always thin it out with more OJ.

Dunk each cookie into the glaze and let any excess drip back into the bowl. Toothpicks work well here… but then again so do fingers {yum!}.

Place the glazed cookies back on the rack so the glaze can harden.

There you have it friends! A delicious almond poppy seed cookie-doughnut smothered in a citrusy-sugar glaze.

Thanks for having me over today Rachel! I hope you’re getting naps in and enjoying these special times with your new baby boy!!


Glazed Almond Poppy Seed Cookie Doughnuts

Yield: 2 dozen doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes


1-1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 whole egg
1/4 cup plus one tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
1/2 cup Turbinado Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Almond Extract
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds

3/4 cup of Sugar
1/4 cup Orange Juice
1/2 tablespoon Butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
A pinch of Kosher Salt


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray a mini doughnut pan with baking spray.
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl beat together the egg and oil, then add in the sugar, almond and vanilla extra. Mix until combined.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet along with the tablespoon of poppy seeds, until combined. Do not over mix.
Place the cookie dough into a re-sealable plastic baggie or pastry bag and slowly pipe the dough into the prepared mini doughnut pan.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 minutes. Watch carefully so they don't over bake. Let the cookies cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack. If they stick a little, use a rubber spatula to help them out.

In a medium bowl combine the sugar, orange juice, melted butter, extracts and salt and stir. Dunk the cooled doughnut-cookies into the glaze letting any excess drip back into the bowl. Place back on the wire rack so the glaze can harden.
Store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Recipe from Simply Scratch


Thanks again, Laurie! Once things settle down with the baby, we must get together for coffee. That should happen in 3 or 4 years. 😉 

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32 Responses to “Glazed Almond Poppy Seed Cookie Doughnuts {guest post}”

  1. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I don’t own a doughnut pan…. but I really want to make these!! Lemon poppy is one of my favorite combos this time of year.

  2. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — January 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

    These looks so good! So clever and I just love all these flavors!

  3. steph@stephsbitebybite — January 11, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Good thing these are baked, because I don’t think I could keep myself from eating all of them!

  4. Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf — January 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

    YUM!! First off, I love Rachel Cooks blog (hi from Michigan as well!), and secondly, these sound so good! They look so delectable! 🙂

    • Rachel — January 11th, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

      Thanks Aparna! Where in MI?

    • Rachel — January 11th, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

      Nevermind, went to your site and found the answer myself 🙂

  5. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 11, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Seriously good looking, I’m always tempted to buy a donut tray!

  6. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

    These look so yummy! Love all of those poppy seeds!

  7. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — January 11, 2013 at 11:30 am

    What a fun idea for cookies! Love Laurie and her photos, great guest post!

  8. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — January 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Oooh, these look so fun! I seriously need to get that doughnut pan. 🙂

  9. sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    hi laurie! and rachel! i’ve been searching for my next recipe to put my donut pant o good use. it’s been collecting some dust for the past few months! cookies/donuts/glaze/poppyseeds. i am in love!

  10. Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — January 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Um, so yeah, these cookienuts (my official word for cookie donuts, lol) look amazing. Laurie did a great job with these, now I’m hungry for cookies…or donuts?

    • Rachel — January 11th, 2013 @ 1:48 pm

      Cookienuts! I LOVE IT.

  11. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks so much for letting me guest post on your blog today Rachel! XO

  12. Brenda — January 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I love simplyscratch.com and now I have another site to visit! These look great!

  13. Cassie Laemmli — January 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Laurie is one of my favorites. I love these doughnuts!

  14. Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I just came over from Laurie’s site and I love it over here at your blog. I just put you into my reader. Congratulations on the baby too!

    • Rachel — January 11th, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

      Aww, thank you so much!!

  15. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Great cookies, so smart to use the doughnut pan.

  16. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — January 12, 2013 at 12:09 am

    These look so good. Definitely time to invest in a donut pan!

  17. Donna — January 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I am so gonna make these quasi-immediately…..but I DO NOT YET OWN a mini-doughnut pan…Do you think these wonders could possibly be fabricated on a regular baking sheet covered with parchment paper…and simply “sticking a finger” in a blob of dough to make a hole?!…or in a mini-muffin pan doing the same “finger operation”?…..Love your blog….it is always one of my favorites……Have a lovely weekend and thank you for this!

    • Rachel — January 13th, 2013 @ 11:12 am

      I bet–but let me check with Laurie, since it is a guest post and it is her recipe. I haven’t had the pleasure of making these gems yet!

    • Rachel — January 14th, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

      Okay, chatted with Laurie. Verdict is that they might spread too much on a baking sheet, but it is worth a try! Please report back with your results if you give it a go 🙂

      • Donna — January 14th, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

        Miracles DO happen…I just happened to find a mini-savarin silicone sheet yesterday…and I think it will be the perfect vehicle for trying this amazing recipe out!..I’ll let you know…So appreciate you getting back to me Rachel!…I can see why you two chefs are “in concert” here…Merci bien!!!

  18. Herbivore Triathlete — January 13, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Congrats on your new baby boy! Love your blog.

    These cookie/donuts look fantastic, love the lemon and poppy seed combo.

    • Rachel — January 13th, 2013 @ 11:11 am

      Thank you so much!

  19. Kathryn — January 13, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I’m such a big fan of Laurie’s blog and this recipe just shows why – great photos and amazingly delicious food!

  20. Sues — January 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I love Laurie and these doughnuts look awesome!! I especially love your ingredients shot 🙂

  21. carrian — January 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Yay! It’s like my favorite almond poppyseed bread. I so need a mini donut pan now

  22. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — January 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    These are so pretty! Laurie is amazing.

  23. Melissa from hungryfoodlove.com — January 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Cookie doughnuts! that sounds so fun!

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