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Whiskey Cinnamon Donut Twists

Whiskey Cinnamon Donut Twists
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The following recipe and photography was provided by recipe developer and food photographer, Ashley Durand of Plate & Pen.

Growing up, my favorite donut was a cinnamon twist! I have fond memories of picking out donuts with my dad after church on Sunday and these twisted beauties were always my go-to, aside from traditional glazed.

Now that I’m an adult, I decided to make this treat at home, and I kicked things up a notch by adding Jameson whiskey.

I never thought I would actually make donuts as an adult, but here we are. The dough recipe is actually quite similar to beignets, which I LOVE. See below for the simple steps.

Whiskey Cinnamon Donut Twists

Whiskey Cinnamon Donut Twists


For the Dough

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Heinen's granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Heinen's ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Heinen's milk, warmed
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 large Heinen's cage free egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Heinen's butter, melted

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup Heinen's butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. Jameson Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Heinen's milk, warmed
  • 1 cup Heinen's powdered sugar


To Make the Dough

  1. To a large bowl add flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Mix well.
  2. To a second bowl add warm milk, active dry yeast, beaten egg and melted butter. Mix well.
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry. Mix with your  hands until combined.
  4. Wash your hands and oil your work surface for kneading.
  5. Knead dough for 3-5 minutes.
  6. Transfer dough to a greased bowl. Seal with plastic wrap and allow to proof for an hour.

To Form the Donuts

  1. Once the dough has proofed, roll it out into a long strip, about 2 feet.
  2. Cut into 14 equal sections. (See image 1 above.)
  3. Roll each section into a ball. (See image 2 above.)
  4. Stretch each ball into a sphere so that you can roll it into a thin rope. (See images 3 and 4 above.)
  5. Delicately use your finger to pin the dough rope in half. (See image 5 above.)
  6. Keeping your finger in the center, cross one end of the dough rope over the other, to form a ribbon shape. (See image 6 above.)
  7. Continue the twisting in a tight formation and press the ends together with your other thumb. (See image 7 above.)
  8. Smooth out each end so you cannot see where they were pushed together. You want it to look seamless. (See image 8 above.)
  9. Place the twists on a baking tray and spray with vegetable oil. Cover wit plastic wrap and allow to proof for 30 minutes. (See image 9 above.)
  10. Fill a large shallow pan/pot with 2 inches of vegetable oil. Once your oil reaches 350°F, delicately add the twists, about 4 at a time. Cook for about 2 minutes, flipping throughout. Once they develop a golden brown color, they’re done! (See images 10 & 11 above.)
  11. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined tray to soak up excess oil. (See image 12 above.)

To Glaze the Donuts

  1. For the glaze, combine melted butter, Jameson, vanilla extract, warm milk and powdered sugar. Whisk until until smooth.
  2. Dip and roll each twist in the glaze. Once glazed, set them on a tray-lined rack to allow excess glaze to drip into the tray.
  3. Enjoy right away!

Whiskey Glazed Cinnamon Twists

Ashley Durand

By Ashley Durand

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    1. Hi Daniel – These Whiskey Cinnamon Donut Twists are not carried in our stores. They are a recipe that can be made from ingredients we carry. Thank you for your question.

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