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Emoji Donuts

Emoji Donuts bring your donut emoji to life! Actual donuts that you can eat that look just like your phone’s donut emoji.

Emoji Donuts

Just a heads up on this doughnut post guys – I’m about to get a little bit deep. Like much deeper than you’d probably expect in a post about Emoji Donuts a.k.a. donuts that look like the donut emoji.

I’m a lover of language, and wish that I were more versed in the spoken word outside of just plain English. It’s important to remember though, that there are things that cross all kinds of language barriers.

There are ways to communicate who we are and where we come from without ever uttering a word. Food is the first one of those that comes to mind for me, but also things like art, fashion, architecture, music… there are so many ways to reach people and find common ground, even when you don’t share any actual spoken words.

Emoji Donuts Recipe

Emojis weirdly fall into this category. You can use the emoji keyboard on your phone to convey so many thoughts and feelings, and they are such an important tool when you are trying to communicate tone without body language.

And since emojis and food seem to cross communication boundaries together, they are a fantastic way to share and learn – across cultures, across borders, across language barriers, across all the divides.

Because of this, I thought that emoji donuts kind of offered the most awesome opportunity to talk about our current climate, one that feels broken and divided. It’s our nation’s birthday – a country founded on the principles of revolution and freedom, a country meant to be inclusive of all races, colors, creeds, and religions.

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The US of A is not a place that should be championing things like travel bans or expensive ass walls meant to keep people out. The reason any of us is fortunate enough to be here today is because the premise has always been COME ON IN.

Bring us your culture, your color, your music, your food. Share with us your experience, your knowledge, your view of the world. THESE are the things we should be embracing.

Do any of us want to live in an America without doughnuts?! [courtesy of Dutch immigrants]
Can we even pretend we want to get by without a proper pizza [Italy] or enchiladas [Mexico]?

Do you want snack time without smooth and creamy hummus [Middle East] and pita bread [Greece]?

Emoji Donuts Recipe

Emojis were invented by a Japanese man living in India. How lame would cell phones be without shared information and technology? ????????????????

Emoji Donuts seem super American, but they are a weird hybrid fusion of the people and cultures that ACTUALLY make America great.

So on this July the 4th, while we grill [a cooking technique as old as modern humans] and barbecue [has roots in the Caribbean] and guzzle beer [dates back to the earliest civilization in what is now Iraq]; while we fix ourselves plates piled high with potato salad [Germany] and cut wedges of watermelon [Africa] and finish off the night with a huge display of fireworks [China], remember that INCLUSION and ACCEPTANCE is actually what makes us great.

No ban. No wall. Happy 4th y’all.

A broken cake doughnut with pink frosting and sprinkles. It's positioned so you can see the perfectly fluffy and tender cake insides and the golden brown cake color on the outside of the donut.

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Emoji Donuts Recipe
Yield: Makes 16-20 Doughnuts

Emoji Donuts Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 34 minutes

This Emoji Donuts Recipe is really just a Classic Cake Donut Recipe, but the finished donut LOOKS like the donut emoji on your phone! This recipe is simple, and turns out fluffy cake donuts with a tender crumb. It's the perfect beginner fried doughnut recipe!


  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • Vegetable Oil, for frying
  • Rainbow Sprinkles, for decorating, Jimmies

For the Pink Glaze

  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Red Food Coloring

For the Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, dark
  • pinch of Salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons Milk
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract


    1. In the bowl of your stand mixer (or a large bowl) fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the sugar, baking powder, and salt.
    2. Make a well in the center and add the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter while mixing until the ingredients in the bowl are combined.
    3. Add 3 cups of the flour and mix until it’s completely combined. Then add the remaining cup of flour a little at a time, mixing between each addition until the dough is soft and sticky, but still firm enough to handle. (You can add up to 1/2 cup more flour, as needed)
    4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
    5. On a well-floured surface, roll out half of the dough to about 1/2” thick. ***Remember that these WILL puff up when cooking and if they are too thick the center won’t cook through*** Using a large biscuit cutter, cut out your donuts. Use the small biscuit cutter to cut out the hole in the center.
    6. Heat 1-2 inches of vegetable oil in a large stock pot to about 360°F. Have your frying strainer or slotted spoon ready. Line a plate with paper towels.
    7. Carefully drop your donuts 1-2 at a time into the hot oil. You may need to reduce the heat on your stove so they don’t burn or cook too quickly on the outside. Cook for about 1 minute and turn them. They will need to cook for about 3 minutes total while you continue to turn them so they are colored and cooked evenly.
    8. Remove the donuts to drain on the paper towels and repeat with the remaining dough.
    9. Once the donuts are completely cooled, you can glaze them and add sprinkles.
    10. To Make the Pink Glaze: Mix together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Add just a couple of drops of red food coloring to reach your desired pink. Add additional milk a little at a time to reach the desired consistency. 3 Tablespoons is about perfect.
    11. To Make the Chocolate Glaze: Mix together the powdered sugar, dark cocoa powder, and salt. Add the milk and vanilla and mix until combined. Add additional milk a little at a time to reach the desired consistency. 3 Tablespoons is about perfect.


You can cook the donut holes! They only need to fry for about a minute.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 338mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 5g


Emily Smith

Thursday 6th of July 2017

What! These donuts are the cutest, my kiddos would flip over them.

Heather Tullos

Thursday 6th of July 2017

Thanks Emily! I don't fry many things but these doughnuts were WORTH IT!


Tuesday 4th of July 2017

You are the best. I agree 100%.

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 4th of July 2017



Tuesday 4th of July 2017

I enjoyed reading this, Heather. Thanks for sharing!

Heather Tullos

Tuesday 4th of July 2017

Thanks, LeAndra!! ❤️

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