St. Patrick’s Day: Mini Key Lime Pie Leprechaun Doughnut Recipe

Are you thinking green for St. Patrick’s Day yet? Well you really should try these mini Key Lime Pie Doughnuts from my lovely contributor Deanna of Mirabelle Creations!

Key Lime Pie Leprechaun Doughnuts for St. Patrick's Day | Mirabelle Creations for TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In Deanna’s words: My son is a little fascinated with leprechauns this March.  His fascination might be because they are quite mischievous, just like him!  Between a leprechaun’s mischievous nature, their pots of gold, and their mini stature, what’s not to love?

For St. Patrick’s Day, there are so many fun Leprechauns ideas for kids.  My little guy wanted to make a Leprechaun Trap this year.  Some other fun ideas include: green milk left by a leprechaun, the leprechaun leaving little gold coins around the house for the kids, and the leprechaun turning the toilet water green. 

Key Lime Pie Leprechaun Doughnuts for St. Patrick's Day | Mirabelle Creations for TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast this year, I plan to leave my son some of these Leprechaun Lime Doughnuts (which are Mini Key Lime Pie Doughnuts).  They are healthy treat alternative to a fried doughnut.  Also, they are Leprechaun size and incorporate green without having to use green dye!

Mini Key Lime Pie Doughnuts (adapted from A Zesty Bite)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons key lime or lime juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Zest of two small limes
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 graham cracker, crushed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray the cavity of a mini doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  2. Add key lime juice to milk.  Let sit for about 5 minutes, so milk sours.  In a small bowl, mix together egg, vanilla, and butter.  Add soured milk to ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and zest of one lime.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients until completely combined.  Add batter to a piping bag.  Fill the doughnut cavities approximately 2/3 full by piping batter into cavities.
  4. Bake approximately 8 minutes or until doughnuts are golden brown.   Cool for about 1 minute, then remove from pan.  Let doughnuts cool.
  5. For the glaze: Stir together 1 tablespoon milk and powdered sugar.  Add a little more milk until you achieve the desired consistency.  Dip top half of doughnuts into glaze.  Sprinkle remaining lime zest and graham crackers crumbs on top of glaze.

Makes approximately 24 mini doughnuts. 

Key Lime Pie Leprechaun Donuts for St. Patrick's Day | Mirabelle Creations for TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For a few more Mirabelle Creations’ St. Patrick’s Day ideas, visit Deanna’s recent St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas post. 

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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