Raspberry Thumbprint Donuts have only two main ingredients, plus some glaze, so they’re perfect for a quick breakfast treat. If you like thumbprint cookies, you’ll love them in donut form!
Raspberry Thumbprint Donuts
Apparently “thumbprint” is a hard word for me to type. I’ve typed it wrong about 37 times while writing this post up. The b & p get me.
As I’ve mentioned before, Julia loves helping me in the kitchen. My dad built her a helper stool so she can stand right up to the counter with me (see us in action) and she’s constantly asking to help.
Even if I’m just slicing an apple, she wants in on the action.
She was a whiz at making pesto for the cavatappi we made a couple weeks ago but I like to think of easy recipes she can help with (without causing me too much stress).
These Raspberry Thumbprint Donuts fit the bill. She was great at using her thumb and a tablespoon to make the well for the jam.
They’re only two main ingredients, plus the glaze, so they’re perfect for little hands that want to help.
Tools you’ll need
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.
- Dinner Roll Dough – I use Rhodes dinner rolls. You can find them in the freezer section of most markets. I’m sure any brand will do, but I like Rhodes. You’ll need to thaw them per the bag instructions before getting started.
- Raspberry Jam – Jam is made with mashed fruit so it’s more substantial than a jelly which is made with strained fruit juice. Preserves, which have even larger pieces of fruit, also works well.
- Powdered Sugar – Sometimes called confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar, powdered sugar is just white sugar that has been processed into a powder.
- Butter – Unsalted butter. No need to bring it to room temperature because you’ll melt it first.
- Vanilla Extract – For the best flavor, use a pure vanilla extract instead of imitation if you can.
- Milk – I use 2% because that’s what we keep on hand.
They’re also perfect if you’re in a time crunch but want to make something impressive, you just need to allow time for the dough to thaw and rise.
Use whichever type of jam is your favorite. You could make a combo plate and let people pick. That would be pretty.
Want a similar chocolate option? Try my chocolate chip cream cheese danishes!