My 5 years old son always asks for an after school/taekwondo surprise and sometimes I prepare him these donuts as they are ready in less than an hour and using ingredients that you can find in your pantry.
No need to proof yeast, no need the hassle much, and definitely kids approved.
If you are looking for airy donuts that you can get from Tim Horton's or Dunkin Donuts, these are not for you. These donuts are crispy on the outer and somewhat resemble a cake texture in the center.
Step 1: Ingredients and Method
Mix in a bowl:
2 c AP flour
2 tsp BP
a pinch each of cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and salt
In a separate bowl, melt:
2 tbsp shortening
Into melted shortening, add in 1/2 C milk
In another bowl, beat together:
1/2 c sugar and 1 whole egg
Pour in shortening mixture into beaten egg, stir well, then add in flour mixture, knead.
Let rest in the fridge, uncovered, for 30 minutes
Roll flat dough and cut with donut cutter or round cutter. Let rest on room temperature for 10 minutes. While resting, heat enough cooking oil.
Fry donuts until brown, a couple at a time. With a slotted spoon, take out donuts and place on paper towel lined plate.
Step 2: Enjoy~
I filled some of the donuts with blackberry jam, some are glazed with maple glaze, some are coated in icing sugar, some with mixture of icing sugar and cinnamon powder, some with melted Baker's semi sweet chocolate and sprinkles, and left some more plain for my 16 months old :)
This recipe makes 6 mini donuts, 6 drop donuts, and 10 medium size donuts.