Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

Margarita Donuts #NationalMargaritaDay

For me, margaritas bring forth thoughts of warm summer weather and good times with friends. And those are all things that I could use more of lately!

So when I was asked to join a group of bloggers in celebrating National Margarita Day, I headed over to the liquor cabinet to get geared up.

Margarita Donuts

There are all sorts of fun flavors of margaritas out there, but I thought it would be fun to do something really different.

Something that would give you an excuse to consume tequila before 9am work as breakfast or dessert. Or both. We’re in a judgement free zone here.

These donuts have lime zest running through them, and they’re glazed with a tequila and orange liqueur-laced icing.

They’re also baked instead of fried, and are made with half whole wheat flour, so they’re essentially health food. Breakfast of champions, without a doubt.

Margarita Donuts

I like my margaritas on the rocks with a salted rim, so I decided to give each of these donuts a “salted rim” by sprinkling a pinch of sea salt on top of the glaze before it set. My husband loved that addition. What can I say, the tequila inspired me.

Be sure not to over-mix your donut batter or they’ll be tough and you’ll end up needing a shot of tequila to wash them down. Now that would be a shame, wouldn’t it? ;)

Check out what everyone else contributed to this holiday celebration in the roundup after my recipe below. Cheers!

Margarita Baked Donuts
Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen – Ashley Covelli

Makes 6

For the donuts:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Zest of 1 lime
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup buttermilk

For the glaze:
1 teaspoons tequila
2 teaspoons orange liqueur, such as triple sec
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
Zest of 1 lime
2/3 cup powdered sugar (you may need a little more or less)

Sea salt, for garnish

For the donuts:
Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Melt butter in a small bowl and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and lime zest in a large bowl. Set aside.

Whisk sugar, honey, egg, and vanilla into the cooled butter until well combined. Whisk in buttermilk. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk until just combined, being careful not to over-mix.

Pour batter into a piping bag (or zip-top plastic bag with a corner snipped off) and pipe evenly into the pan.

Bake donuts for 7 minutes. Allow to cool 1 minute before turning pan over to remove donuts onto a cooling rack. Let them cool completely – about 15-20 minutes.

For the glaze:
Once the donuts are cool, in a flat-bottomed bowl, whisk together tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and zest until evenly combined. Slowly whisk in powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until smooth. If glaze is too thick, add another splash of tequila. If it is too thin, add in a little more powdered sugar.

Dip the donuts into the glaze, rocking back and forth to evenly coat them on one side, and place back on the cooling rack, iced side up. Repeat if desired, for a thicker coating. Sprinkle the top of each donut with a pinch of sea salt while the glaze is still wet.

Allow glaze to set, about 20 minutes. Serve straight up, down the hatch.

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

Need more margarita action? Check out the roundup below to see what the other National Margarita Day participants came up with. I’d like to think of it as a to-do list of sorts. Bottoms up!!


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  • Camilla Mann

    Now where did I put that donut pan?! I still have some tequila left from my truffles!

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      Those truffles looked fabulous, too!!

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    This is the PERFECT excuse to break out the bottle of tequila for breakfast!

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      Glad to be an enabler ;)

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  • Tara

    What a great idea for the flavors of a margarita!! So clever!! I will join you at 8:00 am!!

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      Such a great collection of margarita recipes!

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  • http://www.girlichef.com Heather @girlichef.com

    Healthy breakfast margaritas – YES! :) Seriously, this was a brilliant idea, and I want a couple right this minute.

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      They disappear QUICKLY! Thanks again for getting this group together – it was delicious!

  • Danielle Imstuffed

    What a great twist!!! I might want to wash them down with a lot of tequila…just because its National Margarita Day of course! :) Cheers!!

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      I applaud your holiday spirit ;)

  • littleredkitchen

    Love the addition of the salt! Great looking donuts, I certainly wouldn’t mind one or three. :-)

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      Thank you! Sweet and salty is always a good idea :)

  • Samantha Ferraro

    I like my margaritas on the rocks with salt as well!! :)

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      It’s the best way! Who wants a watered down margarita?

  • Pam Armstrong Greer

    Oh my gosh you just combined two of my most favorite things in the whole world!

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      Cheers! :)

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    Starting your day with liquor and in a totally acceptable way! I love it.

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      And cake. It’s basically booze-soaked cake for breakfast, and I love it!

  • Nancy

    Ermagawd these donuts look ridiculously good! I love seeing the bright flecks of lime zest in the glaze. These donuts plus a few margaritas would make the perfect breakfast!

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      Thank you so much! I figured they’d be a little plain without the green flecks, plus it added lots of flavor. Cheers!

  • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

    Thank you! Love the name of your blog, too :)

  • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

    Started AND ended a few days with these beauties ;)

  • http://www.savvyeat.com/ Julie

    Well, I’m adding this to the very long list of reasons I need to get a doughnut pan!

    • http://www.bigflavorstinykitchen.com/ BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      Donut pans are the best! And they don’t take up much room in your cabinets, either :)