Copy Cat Gourdough’s ODB Donut Holes

You might remember a few weeks ago I headed to Austin, Texas for a food bloggers conference.  I mentioned how in just three short days I ate my weight in delicious food.  From taco trucks to hearty Texas barbecue to healthy & wholesome donuts.  Scratch that, the donuts were everything but healthy & wholesome.  BUT SO DANG GOOD.  Everyone at the conference tweeted, instagrammed and facebooked (are the latter two words?) the heck out of the amazing donuts from Gourdough’s Donuts— a specialty donut shop, specializing in BIG. FAT. DONUTS (of course).  In all kinds of crazy flavors.    I got a sampling of the donuts at a Pic Monkey Pj Party Ashton threw.  

(Side note, if you’re looking for a great post about what exactly food bloggers do, and why the heck we go to conferences like the one in Austin, read this post she shared!)

So today, a bunch of us bloggers that were there and experienced the taste of Gourdoughs, decided to re-make some our favorites and share them with you! I made their ODB’s.  Cream filled donut holes, rolled in a vanilla bean glaze, and coated with shredded, sweetened coconut. Ohh yes!

Gourdoughs ODB Donuts(main)These little babies are dangerous.  And deceiving.  Before you know it, you’ll have eaten over a dozen and hardly feel the damage.  So you’ll pop a few more.  Right?  I’m not alone?  I would have been better off eating just one regular donut.  But that just ain’t happening here. Not with these. 

Gourdoughs ODB Donuts(7) These little ODB’s are hazardous.  Deep fried to perfection, stuffed with amazing, thick cream filling, rolled in a vanilla bean glaze, and covered in sweetened coconut.  Seriously you guys.  You have to try them.  If you don’t make them, get your booty to Texas and order some ODB’s at Gourdoughs.  

donutcollageThey do take a little bit of work, but are actually pretty fun to make (and eat while you do it!).  Brett rolled the dough into little balls and fried them, while I made them look pretty–rolled them in the glaze and the coconut.  Then stuffed them with the filling.  {And sampled just about every other donut hole I glazed.  YIKES!!}

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But really, who could resist? 

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Copycat Gourdough's ODB Donut Holes
cream filled donut hole rolled in a vanilla bean glaze and shredded sweetened coconut!
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For dough
  1. 1 1/3 cup flour
  2. 1/3 cup sugar
  3. 2 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1 egg
For the Pastry Cream
  1. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup cake flour (regular flour will work too)
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 4 egg yolks
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  7. 6 tbs heavy cream
For the glaze
  1. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  2. 3 tbs butter, melted
  3. 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  4. 2-4 tbs warm water
  5. **Oil for frying
  6. **2 cups shredded coconut for rolling
Make the Pastry Cream
  1. In a small bowl whisk flour, sugar, and salt together.
  2. In another bowl, gently whisk egg yolks together. Slowly whisk flour mixture into egg yolks.
  3. In a medium saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat until bubbles start to form around the edges.
  4. Remove from heat and slowly pour egg/flour mixture into the milk, whisking continuously. Let the mixture come to a boil (still whisking). Let boil for 5-10 seconds then remove from heat.
  5. Should be thick and creamy. Pour the cream through a mesh sieve into a small bowl (gets rid of any filmy stuff) and whisk in vanilla bean paste.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing onto the cream. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours.
  7. Make the dough: In a large bowl beat flour, sugar, baking powder, egg and vanilla together until dough forms. The dough will be slightly sticky.
Make the donuts
  1. Pour 1" of oil into a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan and heat to just under medium heat.
  2. Lightly coat hands with flour, then pinch off 1/2 inch round pieces of dough, roll until smooth and then drop into oil.
  3. Let fry until bottom side is golden, then flip and fry until the other side is golden as well. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a plate covered with paper towels. Once all the dough is fried, make the glaze.
Make the glaze
  1. Whisk butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Slowly whisk in 1 tbs of warm water at a time, until you reach a runny, glaze-like consistency.
Roll Donut Holes in glaze & coconut
  1. Place shredded coconut on a large plate or shallow bowl.
  2. Using two spoons roll each donut hole in the glaze, letting any excess run off, then roll each hole in the shredded coconut. Place on a sheet of wax paper to dry.
Prep the Cream Filling
  1. Beat 6 tablespoons of heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into the chilled pastry cream. Pour into a pastry bag with a thin round tip.
Fill Donut Holes
  1. Use a toothpick to poke a hole in each of the donut holes and gently move around to create a cavity for the cream filling.
  2. Fill each cavity with cream filling.
  1. **Cream Filling source: Brown Eyed Baker
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 Want to check out some other Gourdough’s Donuts? Go see some of my friends today!

Gourdoughs Doughnuts Copcat Recipes

PB & J by Capturing Joy
Granny’s Pie by Crazy for Crust
Heavenly Hash by Something Swanky
The Carney (Apple Pie Doughnuts) by Shugary Sweets
The Flying Pig by The Novice Chef
Dirty Berry by Inside BruCrew Life
Bring the Heath by Mom on Timeout
Son of a Peach by Chef-in-Training
Mama’s Cake by The Domestic Rebel
The Mother Clucker by Oh Sweet Basil
Cherry Bombs by My Life as a Mrs.
The Funky Monkey by The Little Kitchen
The Baby Rattler by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Black Out Cupcakes {inspired by Gourdoughs} by Cookies & Cups
ODB by Sweet Treats and More
The Puddin’ by Lauren’s Latest
Naughty & Nice by Life’s Ambrosia
Miss Shortcake by Kevin & Amanda

Easy Baked Biscuit Donuts


We seriously live right across the street from a grocery store.  Right across the street.  Do you know how many times I go to this store in a week?  I really shouldn’t say, and Brett really doesn’t need to know.

But do you know what it’s like living across the street from a grocery store when you live with a two year old who knows that’s where the donuts are?  Torture.  For me and the two year old.


You’re probably wondering why on earth  I would ever make donuts when I can walk right across the street to buy them? Because said two year old’s eyes lit right up when I asked him if he wanted to help mommy make donuts one Saturday morning.  He’s never been so excited to help me make breakfast. 

Kids will love helping with these! 

All you need is a tube of refrigerated biscuit dough to get started.  Separate the biscuits and roll each one out just a little bit.

Then, cut out a hole out of the center of each biscuit.  I used the lid to our milk. 


Brush the tops and sides of your donuts and donut holes with a little bit of melted butter or vegetable oil.  Then pop in the oven for about 12 minutes at 375 degrees.  Remove and frost with a glaze. You can have fun with this part and use any flavor or color of glaze, add sprinkles, etc.  Or just dust with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.

But you know my boy’s a chocolate lover just like his momma.  So we stuck with a simple chocolate glaze.  They may not be the prettiest looking donut you’ve ever seen but believe me, your kids won’t care!

Easy Baked Biscuit Donuts
1 tube Pillsbury Refrigerator Buttermilk Biscuits
3-4 tbs melted butter or vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 425.  Separate biscuits and roll each one out to about 1/4 inch in thickness.  
Cut a small hole out of the center of each biscuit using a small round cookie cutter, lid to a gallon of milk or other bottle.  
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Lightly brush melted butter over the tops of each donut and each donut hole. Bake for 12-14 minutes OR until just barely golden.
Dip tops of donuts into glaze.

source No. 2 Pencil

Chocolate Glaze
1/2 cup butter, 
1/4 cup whole milk
1 tbsp light corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
In a medium saucepan combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla and stir over medium heat until butter is melted.   Turn heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted. 
Turn the heat off, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth with no lumps. Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip the doughnuts immediately.  Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.**or be a rule breaker and enjoy warm:)

source: Foodnetwork