Make Orange Buttermilk Donut Pops for a Sweet After-School Snack

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My son is a late bloomer in the world of language, but he’s finally coming into his speech. This means I use every opportunity to make him use his words. This summer we had a ton of time to play word games, and with the help of his speech therapist he has really flourished and transformed into a talking machine. Every time he uses full sentences or is super expressive with letting us know exactly what he’s thinking, I like to praise him and let him know how proud we are of his progress. I usually do it with a high-five, a load of kisses on the cheek, or I’ll tell him something like, “You’re doing so good Maxie.” He also has a serious appetite for a wide variety of snacks and sweets, so sometimes I use these favored snacks as a reward. It’s basically the best negotiating tool I have, especially now that he is back at school .

Yesterday morning as I walked him to his class, I asked him a handful of questions to see how much he would  be willing to divulge on our stroll. He went down the list of the new friends he had in class and the names of his teachers. I told him, “If you do well at school today, and use all your words throughout the day, I will make you your favorite donut pops when you get home.” His little eyes smiled, and he said, “Okay Mommy, I’ll use my words.”

At the end of the day when I picked my little guy up from school, his teacher gave me a full report of how talkative he was during the day. She said it was the most she had ever heard him speak. As a parent whose child has speech delay, this made my heart melt. I will bribe him with donuts every day if it means he is going to excel and keep progressing. For him, in his 3-year-old world, talking leads to donuts, and that leads to pure goodness!

  • Orange Buttermilk Donut Pops 1 of 13

    Everyone loves a fresh donut pop. I use them as a reward  to show my boy he's doing a great job at school! Here's how to whip them up.

  • Donut Ingredients 2 of 13

    Here are the few ingredients needed to make this simple recipe. 

  • Wet Ingredients And Sugar 3 of 13

    In a mixing bowl add sugar, egg, buttermilk, and vanilla. Then pour in 1/4 cup orange juice into ingredients, and mix for 5 minutes to completely combine / dissolve sugar with buttermilk/egg mixture. 

  • Flour 4 of 13

    Add flour, baking powder, and cinnamon to a small bowl, and then mix to combine. Pour flour mixture into orange buttermilk mixture and mix till barely combined. 

  • Donut Dough 5 of 13

    This is what your donut dough should look like. Place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes, and allow it to rest and chill.

  • Ice Cream Scooper 6 of 13
    ice cream scooper

    I use an ice creamer scooper to scoop perfect teaspoons of dough. The little swisher inside the scooper helps release the dough. 

  • Candy Thermometer 7 of 13

    Fill a little pot halfway with oil (about 4 cups of oil). Then attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Place the pot over a low medium flame, and allow the oil to heat to 375 degrees. Perfect for donut hole frying. 

  • Drop It in 8 of 13
    Drop it

    Once oil reaches 375 degrees, take your ice cream scooper full of dough and drop it into hot oil. Dough will sink to the bottom of pot and then pop right back up. Fry up to 4 donut holes at a time. 

  • Boil the Donuts 9 of 13
    Boiling donuts

    Boil donuts for 4 minutes or until golden crisp on the outside all around. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to move the donuts around to ensure even cooking. 

  • Now You’re Tonging 10 of 13

    With a pair of tongs remove donut holes from oil and set on a paper towel lined plate to drain off. Allow donut holes to rest, before they are drenched in the sugar cinnamon topping. 

  • Sugar Cinnamon 11 of 13
    sugar and cinnamon

    In a small bowl add sugar and cinnamon. Mix to combine. Then place donut hole in bowl and use as a topping. 

  • Sugar Shower 12 of 13
    Sugar shower

    Sugar shower. Shower your donut holes with sugar and cinnamon mixture until completely covered. Repeat till all donuts are covered. Then place little sticks in the center to make a pop! 

  • Pure Goodness 13 of 13
    pure goodness

    The result? A purely good treat to reward your son or daughter after school! 


Ingredients for Orange Buttermilk Donut Pops:

  • 1/2 – cup sugar
  • 1 – egg
  • 1/4 – cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 – cup Minute Maid orange juice
  • 1 – teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 3/4 – cups flour
  • 1 – teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 – teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 – cups vegetable oil

Donut Topping:

  • 1/2 – cup sugar
  • 1 – tablespoon cinnamon


  1. In a mixer add sugar, egg, buttermilk, vanilla and Minute Maid orange juice. Mix to completely dissolve sugar around 5 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl add flour, baking powder, and cinnamon. Mix to combine.
  3. Pour flour mixture into wet mixture.
  4. Mix until barely incorporated.
  5. Place mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. In a small sauce pan with a candy thermometer attached to the side fill with oil and place over a low medium flame. Allow the oil to reach 375 degrees and get hot.
  7. With an teaspoon ice cream scooper, scoop out dough.
  8. Drop dough into oil and allow to boil in oil for 4 to 5 minutes.
  9. Remove from hot oil and allow to drain on a paper towel.
  10. In a small bowl combine sugar and cinnamon.
  11. Shower donut holes with sugar cinnamon mixture then insert a stick into the center of each donut.
  12. Enjoy.


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