As my most favorite flavor, mint chocolate doughnuts seemed appropriate for St. Patrick's Day. I've never been a huge celebrator of March 17th aside from making corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread a few times, but if it's all about the green, I'll go with mint.
Before I even started making these doughnuts, I had a hunch that they'd be reminiscent of Thin Mints, the chocolate mint Girl Scout cookie. Those dark chocolate cookies are my all time favorite of the bunch, especially frozen, but I'm sad to report that I only had two this year. We had a box at work one day and the next day, they were gone. It's been a mixed blessing. I've saved my teeth from being coated in chocolate but now, there are these doughnuts instead.
These doughnuts come with a warning, however. If you aren't a fan of things mint chocolate flavored or won't eat mint chocolate ice cream if it's green color (Hi, Mom), then these are not the doughnuts for you. Psst...try the peach ones instead. They're really, really good.
The smell of the peppermint extract is enough to be either refreshing or revolting depending on how you feel about this flavor combination. As soon as that bottle opens, the aroma permeates the air and then everything smells minty fresh.
But, if you're of the mint chocolate fan club and are wondering why I'm still babbling on, these doughnuts are even better than a $4 box of Thin Mints. The key to the mintiness is in both the batter and the icing—just enough to get the right kick.
These doughnuts come together pretty quickly. It's a simplified cake batter—mix the wet and dry ingredients separately and then combine them together. Fill your doughnut pan two-thirds full to be sure that they don't overflow.
The icing decoration is two-fold. The first is thinner and lighter in color. The second is thicker and darker in color.
Of course, you can just stick with the first icing if you're feeling lazy or aren't confident in your decorating skills but it's quite fun to go 'round and 'round the doughnuts with the circular pattern.
They don't have to be perfect either. In the end, it's the Thin Mint flavor that shines through.
Compared to fried doughnuts, these are on a island of their own. They're like a fudgy, mint chocolate cakes with holes in the middle.
Doubly good with a glass of milk and a side of Great British Bake-Off.
Happy St. Patty's!