Bigger Isn’t Always Better:
I don’t think there are many people who could resist a hot donut or a cookie right out of the oven. Alas, eating too many goodies is one of the reasons why people gain weight —especially during the holidays. But cookies make kids to adults happy, and so do donuts. Fortunately, Wilton a truly trusted name in baking tools has the solution. They sent advicesisters.com some adorable holiday mini cutters and a pan to make mini donuts. If you can manage to stop at just one (or at least just a few) of either, you’ll still fit into your clothes. Additionally, if you don’t want to make too much of something, Wilton has an entire set of toaster oven pans to help you out.
Our advicesisters.com previous “Things To Be Happy About” story #17 was about a gratitude Jar (a good read!). This “Little” Things To Be Happy About #18 is about things in small sizes! I’ve included two great recipes to help you get started, too.
Goodies in Small Sizes – Mini Donut Pan:
the easiest mini donut cake recipe using the Wilton baked mini donut pan is this one. Decorate with icing, glaze and/or sprinkle ornaments of your choice! This recipe has a prep time of 10 minutes and a total time of about 35 minutes. The mini donut pan is $10.39
Note: the pan is dishwasher safe but Wilton recommends washing it in soapy water before and after each use. The steel pan with a nonstick surface has dimensions of” 10.25 x 7 in. (26 x 17,8 cm)and make a dozen mini donuts 1.75 in. dia.
Ingredients for Cake Style Mini Donuts:
- 1 cup cake flour, sifted
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Non-stick vegetable pan spray
Preheat oven to 425°F. Prepare Mini Donut Pan with vegetable pan spray.
In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Add buttermilk, egg, and butter; stir until just combined. Fill each doughnut cup approximately 1/2 full with 1 tablespoon of batter.
Spread batter around the center post to the edges of the cup.
Bake 6-7 minutes or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Cool in pan for 3 minutes.
Goodies In Small Sizes – Mini Cookie Cutters:
What would the holidays be without some festive cookies? The Wilton Holiday Mini Cutter set of 12 satisfies your sweet tooth for holiday cookies without going overboard (unless you eat a bunch)! The 1 1/2″ mini cookie cutters feature a star, angel, gingerbread girl, stocking, candy cane, teddy bear, bell, holly leaf, tree, gingerbread boy, ornament, and a sleigh. Add icing or sprinkles, whatever you wish! We received a large jar of blue and white sprinkles (great for Chanukah cookies –use the star). You can also use this to make canape shapes and so much more. However, making cut-out sugar cookies is a holiday tradition that endures! Beginners can enjoy this recipe from Wilton. You’ll need a cookie sheet and a rolling pin along with the cookie cutters.
Ingredients for Roll Out Sugar Cookies:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- a cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Royal icing or sprinkles (optional)
(makes about 3 dozen 2″ mini cookies)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric stand mixer or hand mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, and vanilla and almond extracts.
Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Once the dough mixes into a ball, you’re done mixing. Test that the dough is sticky and holds a shape but doesn’t stick to your fingers. Do not chill dough.
Divide the dough into 2 balls, then form them into 2 inch thick rectangles discs. This will keep the dough from falling apart while rolling, and the rectangular shape will help you cut more cookies out of each rolling.
On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 inches in diameter and 1/8 inch thick.
Dip the cookie cutter in flour before each use and cut out shapes.
Bake the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet with or without parchment paper. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned. Move the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Goodies in Small Sizes – A Toaster Oven Pan Set:
Make a small pie or cake, grill for one or two? There’s no need to deal with your oven if you have a standard-size toaster oven. All you need is the Wilton Non_Stick Diamond Infused Toaster Oven Set (Under $21). The dimensions are as follows: Square pan: 8 x 8 x 2 inches; Crisper pan: 7.91 x 9.91 inches; Oblong pan 8 x 10 x 2 inches; Round pan: 9 inches.
The pans are dishwasher safe and you can use (some) metal tools with them. I love the fact that I can use these for just about any type of food from baking to heating up leftovers to cooking some hamburgers or cheese sandwiches so much more! This would be a thoughtful gift for someone just starting out, but we’re using ours all the time and leaving the oven for the big jobs. During the holidays, this set actually counts as a small oven to do your cooking while the other oven is occupied. It’s a must-have!
For more information and to see all the wonderful things that Wilton has to tempt you as a cook and a baker, or just a cake decorator, visit the Wilton Website.