The Pioneer Woman’s Homemade Glazed Doughnuts at the Cabin & a Giveaway (Winners Announced)

We have the winners for the 3 signed by Ree The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier cookbooks!

Winners have been picked at random by my family.

They are…(drumroll please)…

# 1 Cassie
“my favorite kind of doughnut is a cake doughnut with maple glaze!”

# 444 Hannah S.
“Maple bar! The coconut-crumb cake donuts are a close second”

# 1,263 Jessica Baer
“Apple Fritters!!”

I will be emailing each of you for address information.

Thank you SO MUCH to all who joined in the FUN!

It’s spring break in suburbia. So I did what any other mother of a darling teen and pre-teen daughter lamenting to spend a week on a beach but had to stay home would do. I improvised. I packed the car with some clothes and Ree Drummond’s delicious new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier and headed to the cabin with the girls and my parents for some cooking, eating and bonding time.

I mean it is the second best thing, right?

Ree’s newest cookbook is a collection of mouthwatering recipes explained through beautiful pictures and heartwarming stories of life on the ranch with her darling family. Just flipping through her lovely book makes you feel as if you’ve been whisked away to her ranch to enjoy all the adventure, food and fun that it has to offer.

So I figure, why not have some of that at the cabin? We’ll turn our charming little cabin into a sprawling ranch only without the horses and cowboys and instead a little improvisation.

We decided that we just had to make Ree’s homemade glazed doughnuts. Doughnuts hold a cherished place in all of our hearts. We love doughnuts. Not to mention, I always think of Ree whenever I see a doughnut after reading one of her posts that has now become one of my very favorite.  And what a better way to kick off our weekend than to do so with delicious homemade doughnuts? It was a perfect plan.

I cracked opened the cookbook and the fun began.

I soon realized that I had no doughnut cutter. No mixer with a hook. No silpat mats or parchment paper. No cooling racks.


Can you see that improvisation was a theme here?

But no worries. I mixed the dough with my hands. Used an antique vase and a wine glass for doughnut cutters. Aluminum foil in place of my beloved silpat mat. And scrubbed the dickens out of the oven rack to use as a cooling rack. To see the recipe done the right way with a step by step photo tutorial check out Ree’s post for Homemade Glazed Doughnuts.

Now back to the ranch, um I mean cabin. After letting the dough chill in the fridge and then rise the next morning Sassafras and I got busy.

It was such fun cutting out the doughnut holes with an antique vase.

I may never go back to a doughnut cutter personally.

After the little gems sat in a warm spot and turned into little pillows of fluffiness, it was time to fry them.

Pretend like I have a photo of the little darlings in their glory of puffiness. Thank you for your cooperation. 

I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised about how easy and fun it was to fry the little suckers.

Ahhhhhhh, haaaaaaaaa…

Insert angels singing.

Are those glorious or what?

Just so you know. An oven rack works perfectly as cooling rack.

Or in this instance a doughnut-glaze-dripping-rack.

And a cookie sheet works fabulously as a doughnut-hole-glaze-pouring surface.

And my mouth works perfectly as a doughnut-taste-tester.

Just thought I’d share. Le YUM! We’ll never buy doughnuts again!

You really must get your hot little hands on one of these delightful cookbooks. The recipes are divine (even when a little improv is necessary) and you too can have a slice of Ree’s frontier right in your own home. But guess what? Today is your LUCKY day! Sweet Ree is actually going to give three lucky winners a personalized cookbook!

Enter to win one of three Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier cookbooks signed by Ree and addressed to you!

 Just leave me a comment below telling me your favorite kind of doughnut.

Entries will be accepted today March 20, 2012 through Friday March 23, 2012 midnight EST.

Winners will be announced sometime on Saturday March 24, 2012 and contacted via email. Make sure to leave a valid email address with your comment!

The giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.

Have fun & good luck!



  1. Sherrie Foshie says

    My all time fav is Krispy Kreme. Powered lemon filled or just plain glazed when the hot sign is on

  2. Martha Vaughan says

    You would know that plain glazed doughnuts are my fave. Can’t beat ‘em. I would love to learn to make some via Ree’s recipe.

  3. Rachel says

    This is going to sound horrible, but from favorite donut is Boston Kreme from Dunkin Donuts. I’ve been eating them since I was a kid and never thought about what that K at the beginning of Kreme meant until a couple of months ago. :( unnatural but soooooooo good.

  4. Charlene says

    the classic glazed twist is my all-time favorite!! once I get a hold of Ree’s cookbook, these are gonna be the first thing i’ll make! :)

  5. Kayla says

    My favorite donut is a classic glazed donut. Though I had a pumpkin spice donut that was ah-mazing once too ;P

  6. Rachel says

    Let’s see … maple bars, old fashioned, jelly filled, chocolate glazed … I could go on and on!

  7. Terry says

    Pumpkin donuts, my 14 year old autistic Son and I are always trying new donut recipes. Cooking is something that helps him with his autism as well as a great bonding time to spend together. I would love to receive the Pioneer Woman’s new cookbook so he and I could try the glazed donuts.

  8. Luke says

    Old fashioned are my favorite! Actually – any donut that is eaten with my grandpa is my favorite!

  9. Laffy Taffy says

    I don’t know what the name is of my favorite doughnut but it has a maple glaze on it covered with tiny pieces of peanuts. Mmmmmm!! Love this doughnut!

  10. Heather McLaughlin says

    Oh, that’s a tough question! But, I’ll have to go with the classic– glazed donuts! Perfect with an ice cold glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee. Now I want one :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Julie b says

    love warm glazed doughnuts – will have to try this recipe – thanks for the cookbook giveaway!

  12. stacey dalrymple says

    My favorite donut has to be a donut I just recently discovered at a local bakery run by little old polish woman! It is a regular old yeast donut, dipped in cinnamon & sugar, and drizzled with a delicous icing! It reminds me so much of a good old fashioned elephant ear from the county fair! This donut is delightfully sinful and I lose all self control when someone brings them into work!

  13. Diana C says

    I love glazed dougnuts, but the have to be warm (zap fo 15 seconds if not warm). I also love apple fritters,

  14. Cindy says

    The homemade doughnuts that the German lady who lived down the street made for Halloween every year when I was growing up.

  15. Ann says

    Krispy Kreme doughnuts are my favorite! Also, pretty much any doughnut that has chocolate in it…mmmmm!!!! Delicious!

  16. Beckie Stanevich says

    Is there any other kind???… Chocolate! The more chocolate the better: Chocolate glazed, chocolate cake, chocolate glazed-chocolate cake!!!! Thanks to Ree for sending me to your site. I’m going to use your Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting for some cupcakes for my Great American Bakesale!

  17. Kathy Bertolon says

    I’m still a fan of donuts that have a whipped cream center!! YUM!!! Thank you for the giveaway, hope I’m a lucky one!!

  18. Donna Watts says

    Although I did not make it in time to be considered for the giveaway, donuts are like one of THE best things you could ever put in your mouth. When I lived in Texas, there was a Dunkin Donuts down the way and they are the bomb! But can anyone really say that they have ever met a bad donut? Cake donuts are my favorite, especially when you dunk them in a steamy cup of cappiccino. What more can be said? I could almost reach into you photos and take one of yous. They look devine and Ree’s recipes are all soooo good. Loved her first book and I’m sure I’ll love the second one too.

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