Mini Margarita Donuts

I decided to take a thing and make it another thing.  That's a thing, right?  Can we make it a thing if it's not?  Oof, this is getting awkward.

But, oh hey girl (or guy), today is National Donut Day!  And I put booze in your donuts because it's the freaking weekend.  So you can have you some fun.  I honestly have not partied with tequila in a while.  I don't really miss it since we broke up a few years ago.  But I do happen to have a decent sized bottle in my liquor cabinet (aka a random corner of my pantry) and that massive bottle ain't gonna drink itself.  So now we bake with it.  Then add some lime and salt, because DUH!

Mini Margarita Donuts
adapted from Amber B
makes ~2 dozen mini donuts

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For the donuts:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon tequila

For the glaze:

  • 4 teaspoons grated lime zest, plus extra for garnish if desired
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 teaspoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons tequila
  • margarita salt, optional


Make the donuts:

1) Spray the donut pans with non-stick cooking spray.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

2) In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: sugar, lime zest, cake flour, baking powder, and salt.

3) Pour in the buttermilk, egg, butter, and tequila.  Mix only until combined.

4) Transfer the batter to a piping bag (or a gallon-sized plastic food bag with a corner cut off).  Fill the donut pans 1/2 full with the batter.

5) Bake for ~8 minutes, or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched.

6) Allow the donuts to cool for a few minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Make the glaze:

7) In a medium bowl, combine all the glaze ingredients until incorporated.

8) Once the donuts have cooled completely, dip one side of the donuts into the glaze. 

9) Sprinkle on the margarita salt and lime zest (optional).