There are few things in life that we love around here more than a next-level food hybrid. When we saw Cupcake Project’s mac ‘n’ cheese donuts, after wiping the drool from our faces, we knew we had to give them a try. They are baked then fried and covered in ooey gooey cheesy magic. These babies are the quintessential treat to bring to your next get together and are guaranteed to knock the socks off your friends.
- 1 cup small elbow macaroni
- 1 cup whole milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- about 1 ½ cups of sharp cheddar
- garlic powder to taste
- 3 eggs
- enough vegetable oil to create at least 3 inches of oil for frying
- white cheddar
- donut pan
- food processor
- pan at least 3 inches deep for frying
Start by making your macaroni and cheese pretty simple, with no frills. Bring water to a rolling boil, add elbow macaroni and cook until al dente. When the noodles are cooked, strain and add in milk and cheese. Mix until evenly blended together. It took quite a bit of mixing to get it to the consistency we wanted — free cardio, right?
Refrigerate the macaroni until cool, at least two hours. To speed up the process, we threw it in the freezer and just kept an eye on it. While your macaroni is chilling, get to work preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and greasing your donut pans. We used two pans that made six donuts each, but only had enough mixture to make 10 donuts. Next, add one cup of cooled macaroni and one egg to the food processor. For every one cup of macaroni add one egg. The mixture looks a little funny, but the end game is sooooo worth it.
Place the egg and macaroni mixture in a donut pan and bake for 25 minutes.
While your donuts are baking, bring oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully add in donuts, and fry on each side until golden.
Pro Tip: We’ve found that chopsticks work like a charm to transfer the donuts out of the oil.
Place the fried donuts on a cooling rack, and add shredded white cheddar cheese while hot to create a glazed frosting look. Resist the urge to eat them at this point, or at least don’t make the same mistake we did… wait until they cool, to prevent burning your mouth — oops!
We added sage and bacon as toppings, but there are so many other things that would be tasty! The possibilities are endless; get creative with it and have fun!
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Food Preparation + Styling: Cassidy Miller
Photography: Chris Andre