Skip to main content

Doughnuts For My Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! Whether you have a special somebody in your life, today is the day to celebrate all lovers out there. We don’t do outrageous things on that day Mr.Tartelette and I, but we do get caught up in all the cutsie cards out there and exchange a couple over the course of the day.

We live down the street from a Krispy Kreme and a Dunkin Donut (I love America!) and when we were driving home from taking mom to the airport yesterday, he turned to me and said "You know that Krispy Kreme came out with a heart donut for Thursday?" Me "Well, that’s nice…" We went back to our thoughts until a couple of minutes later he added "Could you make a copycat if I get you an original to compare?" Me to answer in my best smartie pants tone "If you get an original form the shop, eat it, don’t ask me to make a copycat!" Well, I did anyway, because he is a cool guy! I took out the deep fryer for that and they turned out awesome. He thought they were better than the originals as they did not have that overpowering sugar-oily coating on them.

Well, given the events of last night, I had plenty of time to make one more batch of donuts for our "Time To Make The Doughnuts" round up tomorrow. See, my mother’s flights to Newark then France got cancelled due to bad weather. She got re-routed on another airline through Atlanta. She would have made her connection if the flight out of here had left on time, but they sat on the plane and she got an hour late to Atlanta and no more flight to France. So poor mom found herself stranded overnight in a hotel room by herself. I know she is fine, but she my mom, she’s the bestest and the sweetest in the world….. No change of clothes or toileteries, and a diabetic on a pump. I was screaming in my head!! Her English is allright, she understands faster than she speaks and she has traveled many times but always with my dad or a group. Thankfully she has the kind of personality that makes people be nice and helpful towards her. She has a good aura…

Please, think good thoughts and send good vibes that she gets on that plane this afternoon with all her stuff. When I called my dad last night to tell him, he said "Well, that sucks but the flowers will be ok in water one more day and the bracelet I got her will be here when she get here". Isn’t that sweet?!! When I spoke to her this morning, the only things she was concerned about is that we had gotten some sleep and found the Valentine card she had left for us. Mom, you are the best! I love you and I hope that you and dad get to spend some quality time together, albeit a day later.

See, Valentine’s day is not only about lovers, it’s about fuzzy feelings, families and just good all around feelings. No, we don’t need a special day to hug somebody but it sure is great to be reminded never to take anybody ir anything for granted. We all need a little bang on the head sometimes. There are some special people I am going to think about today, especially the ones who can’t give or receive that special hug and I will keep them in my thoughts and wish that they find peace of heart and mind.

Copycat Krispy Kreme Donuts:

2 pkgs. yeast
1/4 cup water (105-115 degrees)
1-1/2 cups lukewarm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter
5 cups all-purpose flour vegetable oil

Glaze: 1/3 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
4–6 tbl. hot water
colored sprinkles if desired. I asked the cashier to sell me a half coffee cup full of the ones they use on their heart donuts.

Dissolve yeast in warm water in bowl of your stand mixer. Add milk, salt, eggs, butter and 2 cups flour. Beat on low for 30 seconds with the paddle attachment, scraping the bowl if needed. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in remaining flour and mi untilsmooth until smooth. Cover and let rise until double, about an hour. Turn dough onto floured surface and roll dough 1/2-inch thick. Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Cover and let rise until double, 30-40 minutes. Heat vegetable oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees and fry until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. Remove from the oil and drain them on paper towels for a minute. Dip the doughnuts into the glaze and set them on cooling racks over paper lined baking sheets (easier to clean up).

Heat butter until melted over medium low heat and remove from the stove. Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.

Related Posts

Similar Articles


Cookie baker Lynn February 14, 2008 um 3:50 pm

Darling doughnuts! I hope your mom gets home with no more travel snags. She sounds like a sweetheart.

Cheryl February 14, 2008 um 3:55 pm

Just the sweetest donuts ever. Your husband is one lucky guy.

Anonymous February 14, 2008 um 3:56 pm

I love your writing! And those doughnuts are just perfect!
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for your mom. Happy Valentine’s day!

Anonymous February 14, 2008 um 3:57 pm

Heart donuts, so cute! Your mom’s in my prayers.

Thip February 14, 2008 um 4:46 pm

I like Krispy Kreme’s doughnuts too, but like you said they’re too sweet. By the way, yours are so cute.

Rosa's Yummy Yums February 14, 2008 um 4:49 pm

Sweet looking doughnuts! Very dainty as well!

Happy Valentine’s Day!



Anonymous February 14, 2008 um 4:52 pm

Perfectly festive donuts! Just adorable. Hope your Mom gets home without another snag. Enjoy the sugar, heart shaped goodness of today!

Deborah February 14, 2008 um 5:34 pm

Your doughnuts look just like the ones from Krispy Kreme!! Perfect!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s day! And I wish a safe travel home for your mom.

Veron February 14, 2008 um 5:55 pm

Your parents are so sweet to each other. Homemade donuts are better than any store-bought ones and yours are so cute. Happy Valentines!

Anonymous February 14, 2008 um 6:28 pm

So so sweet!!!

Sweet and Savory Eats February 14, 2008 um 6:39 pm

What a heartwarming story (about your parents and the doughnuts). I hope your mom gets home soon — safe and sound.

I would have thought shaped doughnuts would lose their definition when you fry them, but those are perfect!

Finla February 14, 2008 um 6:40 pm

Hope your mom get to your dad safe and fast. Isn’t it great that she bought for her flowers.
Love the heart doughnuts.
I have to admit here we don’t have any doughnuts place like you have in US. So i guess i will have to make them myself. But am on a diet as hubby is on a diet.

Jade February 14, 2008 um 6:52 pm

These are adorable! Love them.

Brilynn February 14, 2008 um 7:38 pm

The hearts turned out so well, who would have thought? (Somehow in my mind, the deep fryer would have made them explode or something…)

Evelin February 14, 2008 um 8:32 pm

You’ve definitely inherited that good aura of your mother’s:)

A big and warm hug from me too! And these doughnuts look wonderful!

Anonymous February 14, 2008 um 8:53 pm

Poor mum! Hope the flight was ok in the end.
Cute doughnuts!

Anonymous February 14, 2008 um 9:27 pm

Such beautiful photos!

Anonymous February 14, 2008 um 9:28 pm

I enjoy your web-site so much!

Laura February 14, 2008 um 9:37 pm

My valentine as always is my little one and these are definitely the way to her heart!

LyB February 14, 2008 um 9:42 pm

You’re making me miss my Mom! I hope yours gets home alright and soon! Beautiful post!

Anonymous February 14, 2008 um 9:54 pm

I love doughnuts but I would have never ever imagine a heart-shaped one. For me this is a piece of art and a great inspiration for next Valentine’s day. If I won’t be too lazy to do them. They must be delicious. And I like this funky red-pink-white topping. Marvellous. Great.

Bron February 14, 2008 um 10:00 pm

Super sweetheart doughnuts!
Hope your Mum arrives home to your Dad safely – Happy Valentine’s!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) February 14, 2008 um 10:08 pm

What a lovely post, and even lovelier doughnuts — I’m going to show the pictures to my husband, and hope that will be almost as good as if I baked the real thing! happy Valentine’s Day to your entire Tartelette family.

Laura Rebecca February 14, 2008 um 10:10 pm

I am sending good vibes to your mom right now.

And you know how I love Krispy Kremes, and your doughnuts are just magnificent!!! I can’t wait to give your recipe a go. πŸ™‚

Anonymous February 14, 2008 um 10:46 pm

Ooh crispy kreme!!! My favorite!

Randi February 14, 2008 um 11:15 pm

These are totally beautiful! I’ll trade frosting for filling though πŸ™‚ I’m so impressed with the heart shapes!

Unknown February 14, 2008 um 11:38 pm

Wonderful looking donuts! Happy valentine’s day, Helen!

Anonymous February 15, 2008 um 12:06 am

Helen, I’m just blown away by these donuts. They look exactly like Krispy Kreme’s! The only thing is, I bet they taste a whole lot better. πŸ˜‰

JEP February 15, 2008 um 12:14 am

Those are the best lookin' Valentine’s Day doughnuts I’ve ever seen!

Susan @ SGCC February 15, 2008 um 12:21 am

Beautiful doughnuts! I’m a Krispy Kreme fanatic and yours look as good as anything I’ve seen there. I’ll bet they taste even better!

Very sweet post. I hope your mom gets home without any more trouble.

Peabody February 15, 2008 um 12:32 am

Your poor mom.
How fabulous do those look! They just make me happy looking at them.

Gabi February 15, 2008 um 1:24 am

Lovely donuts! I agree about the warm fuzzy feelings and it being okay to celebrate love. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and I hope your mum get’s home in time to enjoy her flowers.

Vineela February 15, 2008 um 3:19 am

looks delicious.
Happy Valentines day

Chris February 15, 2008 um 3:24 am

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love the hearts…yummy!

Sabra February 15, 2008 um 3:25 am

ugh – posted under the wrong post! Must try these doughnuts! They seem a bit complicated but so so cute!

Jaime February 15, 2008 um 5:11 am

those are so cute! happy valentine’s day. i hope your mom made it home safely…

Manggy February 15, 2008 um 5:19 am

Those are uncanny and pretty! I think I would be too scared to ask for a cupful of sprinkles, haha πŸ™‚

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy February 15, 2008 um 7:04 am

Not sure what the originals look like (we are (un)fortunately far away from Krispy Kreme) but I can’t imagine them looking better than yours! Adorable.

I wanted to participate in the Doughnuts event but with World Nutella day and going to Rome last weekend…I couldn’t. πŸ™ Fail.

I hope to see some baked doughnuts in the round-up!

Sneige February 15, 2008 um 10:11 am

yum yum yum! they look fantastic these hearts!

michelle February 15, 2008 um 10:35 am

Those are THE cutest doughnuts!

Glad that your mom made it home safe.

MyKitchenInHalfCups February 15, 2008 um 11:19 am

Lover is a very big word, covers more than some understand. Tell me all is well with your mom. Isn’t it incredible how we can worry about a mom who managed very well to raise us πŸ˜‰ But they have our hearts and we a need to return the care.
Copycat, um I would imagine these are very original and much better than the KK!! Beautiful.

Patricia Scarpin February 15, 2008 um 1:27 pm

Adorable, Helen!
There’s no way Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme can beat your doughnuts, my friend. πŸ™‚

Nemmie February 15, 2008 um 2:16 pm

Gorgeous – must make these! Glad to hear your mother had a safe trip home, too.

Lis February 15, 2008 um 2:50 pm

Awww I’m glad she’s home safe and sound now! You’re dad is a sweetie too. πŸ™‚

I saw this recipe on Recipezaar when I was searching for mine and I was going to make it! I would have so gotten yelled at! hehee

Happy belated V-day!

Laura February 15, 2008 um 4:44 pm

I love anything that’s heart shaped and who couldn’t love these? So adorable and a great Valentine’s treat!!

Julie February 15, 2008 um 4:46 pm

I just love the way you decorated (and shaped) these! I looove sprinkles…used to get donuts just to eat the sprinkles:)

creampuff February 15, 2008 um 6:24 pm

What a pretty heart! I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day! Even though you weren’t spending it with me …

The Other Woman

steph- whisk/spoon February 15, 2008 um 10:44 pm

wow–those copycats are perfect!! hope your mum and her things made it back safe and sound!

La Tartine Gourmande February 16, 2008 um 1:20 am

I hope you had a nice celebration!

La Tartine Gourmande February 16, 2008 um 1:22 am

And of course, that your mum got home safely. What an adventurous return.

Ginny February 16, 2008 um 4:15 am

These doughnuts look amazing! I’m addicted to sprinkles! I was so happy to see you stumbled across my blog. Your blog is the first one I started religiously reading and has given me a lot of inspiration, both in the kitchen and as a new blogger. Thank you for your comments. Happy "slightly belated" Valentine’s Day!

Cakelaw February 16, 2008 um 12:22 pm

These are the cutest donuts I have ever seen – and I bet that they taste so much better than mass-produced Krispy Kremes.

Hope your mom got home safely – air travel is often full of nasty surprises.

Sarah March 25, 2008 um 8:38 pm i just made these (not heart-shaped but still…) Yum!

I’ve eaten four already, you know, to test them…quality control!

Anonymous October 7, 2008 um 3:03 pm

Dear Helen M

Please may I use the valentine donut picture for commercial use.

Please email me back via website link.

Many Thanks Matt

Helene October 7, 2008 um 6:14 pm

Hi Matt,
Thank you for your interest in my picture (which one btw?). What kid of commercial use?
Please contact me via my email and not through the comment page, thank you.
marinette1 at comcast dot net

Madeline April 19, 2009 um 9:26 pm

What a lovely post. I’m going to pretend that Valentine’s Day is in April and make these for my Hubby. They are just too darling to have to wait until next year to make πŸ™‚

Write a Comment