Cranberry Cornmeal Donuts

Just last week, Mr. Dessert For Two put his foot down.  His size 14 boot slammed on the ground.  Hey northern California, those weren’t earthquakes, that was Mr. Dessert For Two.

He was demanding to be allowed to cook dinner a few nights a week.

Um, hello perfect man I’ve been waiting for my entire life, have at it!  You can dirty every dish, and I will love you even more for it.  Bring it on!

He said “I know I’m slow in the kitchen, but please resist the urge to come in and do everything for me.  You can show me how to chop an onion more efficiently, but please do not do it for me.”

Oh please.  I can do that, right?


Apparently, I’m a bit of a bully in the kitchen.  Ok, bully is putting is nicely.  I’m a know-it-all.  I’m the took-a-few-culinary-classes-on-the-weekend-therefore-I-know-everything type.  Wow, I must be annoying.

Considering this man willingly eats every color of lentil I put in front of him and doesn’t complain when I ruin a perfectly good biscuit or hoe cake recipe by subbing in whole wheat flour, I think he deserves some freedom in the kitchen.  If only I knew how to bide my time while he cooks.  Surely I could come up with something to do for the 3 hours while he ponders the meal, preps the ingredients, cooks, and serves.  Yes, 3 hours.  I think I’m being annoying again.

Maybe I can create more donut flavor combinations for y’all while he cooks?  Sound fair?

This is my latest seasonal donut, and it fulfills my craving for nubby crunchy cornmeal and tart cranberries all in one.

In case you were wondering, we have confirmed the last wonder of our world: six donuts do in fact serve two people.

Happy cooking, man!

4.7 from 7 reviews
Cranberry Cornmeal Donuts
makes 6 donuts
For the donuts:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons stone-ground corn meal
  • ¼ cup + 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
For the glaze:
  • ¼ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice (or water)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Grease a donut pan with butter or shortening.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, vanilla, melted butter and egg white. Add this to the dry ingredients and fold in with a spatula until no streaks of flour remain. Batter will seem very thick.
  4. Using a spoon, fill in each donut space almost to the top.
  5. Bake for 9-10 minutes, until the top springs back when you touch them. My donut pan instructions say to let the donuts rest after baking for 15 minutes in the pan.
  6. While the donuts cool, in a small saucepan, heat the cranberries and orange juice until the berries burst, about 5 minutes over medium low heat. Remove from heat and mash berries with a fork. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla stir well until combined. Dip each donut top into the glaze and serve.
My donut pan is non-stick and is made by Wilton. Here’s an Amazon link:



  1. says

    I LOVE this blog post! It makes me very happy to see that you two are so happy! You’re both adorable! And, you are a lucky girl! My husband doesn’t step foot into the kitchen, unless it’s in the morning to “make” cereal.

  2. says

    this is such a cute post!! i admit that i can be a bit of a kitchen bully when my hubby wants to cook. but when i hold my tongue & watch him work, i just giggle at how cute it is. mine has never demanded to cook so you are one lucky lady! :)

    by the way, these donuts sound awesome! i absolutely loooove the color of the glaze :)

  3. says

    You made that glaze with JUST cranberries and no food coloring?! It’s gorgeous!!! They look fabulous. I just have gotten around to breaking in my donut pan and it’s so fun. I love your recipe. And a size 14 foot? I wouldn’t mess around with that! lol

  4. says

    I’m a bit of a kitchen hog too…I love cooking too much! I have to remember that my boyfriend can make some great recipes too – might even get him to make me these donuts :-)

  5. says

    I’m not sure I could give up any control of my kitchen, I think I’m too much of a control freak so I’m impressed that you have!

    Love these donuts though and that pink glaze is just awesome!

  6. says

    Christina, I loved how you described these donuts (crunchy, tart) plus the touch of orange you put in the glaze. This is like having cornbread stuffing, only better. Leave it to a Southern girl. :) GREAT post!

  7. says

    LOL I love it. I think having him cook just so you can come up with more delicious donut creations is actually a great idea.

    LOVED meeting you this weekend and so sad we only had a few hours together. Come visit NYC please:-)

  8. says

    How funny… Snaps that he WANTS to be in the kitchen! (Size 14 boots?! Wow… he’s a tall one :))

    I pulled up your post and Ivy (who was sitting on my lap) gasped and said, “WHOA. Doe’s wook yummy. And dey have dwapes in dem! (Grapes)” You sure got her attention. Mine, too :)

  9. Roxana GreenGirl says

    Such a cute post! I wish hubby would give me a break from time to time but ‘m afraid I turn into a mean cook and pick at his every wrong move.
    These donuts look great! Love cooking with cranberries.

  10. says

    This is too funny. Paul and I have the same discussions and he is such.a.slow.cook! Ugh, I get frustrated and become a bully in the kitchen too, oops!! The doughnuts sound wonderful. I have to get a donut pan!

  11. says

    Hehehehe. Classic. My husband won’t come near the kitchen because of my (unintentional) food snobbery. I guess it’s ultimately our loss, right? These look BOMB. Need a donut pan.

  12. says

    Also, I was wondering: your pictures always come out so beautiful. You seem to take a good lot of them outdoors… do you have a certain time of day you do it with? And your indoors… do you use a flash? Desperately need help on my photos.

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  14. says

    Your post has me laughing :) Come to think of it you just described me with my husband. Lol! Keep those delicious donut flavor recipes coming. This one is a winner all the way!

  15. emily W. says

    Those look positively scrumptious. Totally craving this flavor combo right now. In fact, for breakfast my 2yo and 11mo and I shared some oatmeal with almond extract, orange peel, sliced almonds, cinnamon and raisins (I reeeeeally wanted craisins but they chose not to materialize themselves).
    P.S. I’m a kitchen bully, too. And I didn’t even take the classes…:/

  16. says

    I am a total bully in the kitchen too! HA! I just can’t seem to give up the reigns. I even hover when he is doing the dishes…probably not so smart! Of course, if I had some of these donuts to distract that may be a different story.

  17. says

    My relationship with the Mr. is quite similar (I’m quite the bully in the kitchen I guess)! Regardless, zomg, look at the beautiful color!! You can’t just have 1 donut… ;)

  18. says

    I’m pretty sure that I’d be super happy if my husband wanted to cook dinner! And hey – donuts are the best way to keep yourself occupied, especially when they look this good!!

  19. says

    Donuts will always have a place in our kitchen…Most specially if they are as adorable as what I see in your post! My daughter will want to pose as she takes a bite into those pink treats. Lovely!
    I love reading your blog. I adore Mr. and Mrs….More power! keep posting!

  20. says

    Sooo…is this asking to be allowed to make dinner person a real man or some kind of robot cyborg…??? I never knew this could happen in real life.

    In other news,these donuts look amazing…they’re my favorite color!! Love it.

  21. says

    This is my all time fav post!! How cute is your hubby, mine never,never would he be allowed into the kitchen..the man would have us eating migas every night, lol. The glaze is stunning, love the addition of orange juice! I need to invest in a donut pan, thanks for the link!

  22. says

    Hi there! I just came across your site via Sprouted Kitchen. I’m a southern girl living in Colorado and a bossy pants in the kitchen too. :) Love your bright pink cranberry glaze on those doughnuts!

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