The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Donut Holes

The World's Easiest Cinnamon Donut Holes. No oil. Bake in the oven. via BalancingMotherhood.comI saw these things on Pinterest and decided I had to try them at home. I’m a sucker for breakfast treats. Well, treats of any kind. And, these looked too easy not to try. Perfect for a busy working mom.

cinnamon donut ingredientsI bought all the ingredients (there are only a few: canned biscuits, butter, sugar, cinnamon) and kept them in the biscuits in the fridge until I needed a quick sweet fix. One Saturday I broke down and made them, and then posted on Instagram. I got several requests for the recipe. It’s almost embarrassing, really. Hardly a recipe, but I’ve made them again and they are scrumptious. The perfect treat for a weekend morning.

cinnamon donut holesHere’s the super hard step-by-step recipe. I mean, people, this is hard. Open the can of biscuits. I usually give it a good whack on the side of the counter. I learned this from my mother. I used a can of “jumbo” biscuits, but it doesn’t really matter how many are in the can. Separate the biscuits and cut them into quarters with a knife.

cinnamondonut_ballTake each quarter biscuit and roll it into a ball. I put it in the palm of one hand, and cup the other hand on top, rolling until I have a ball.

cinnamon donut hole -- so easy to makeMelt the butter and dip one ball into the butter, then roll it in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Coat heavily. I like a thick coating of cinnamon/sugar.

bakes cinnamon donut holes -- so easy and deliciousThen place each coated ball into a baking dish. I used a dark cake pan for one bath, but this time I used a glass pie pan. It looks so much nicer in the pie pan, but you can really use any type of pan you like. I like a shallow pan that is only one layer, but you could pile these things on top of each other if you want to.

baked cinnamon donut holes -- so easy and deliciousOnce you’ve dipped your last donut, place the pan in the oven and bake away. The end result if a slightly toasty outer crust, and a flaky and moist inside. Serve warm with a nice, big cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk. Be sure you take the first bite, otherwise you may not get one: they’re that good. These things will be gone in minutes!

Baked Cinnamon Donut Holes
  • one can refrigerator biscuits (any amount of biscuits is fine.)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  1. Preheat oven 350
  2. Grease a shallow baking pan (I used a glass pie pan) with butter or cooking spray
  3. Melt butter (microwave in 30 second increments or melt on stovetop), put in small bowl
  4. Mix together sugar and cinnamon, put in small bowl
  5. Open package of biscuits and separate individual biscuits
  6. With knife, cut each biscuit into 4 pieces
  7. Take each small piece and roll into a ball
  8. Take each ball and dip in melted butter, covering ball
  9. Next, roll butter-covered ball into sugar mixture
  10. Place cinnamon-sugar covered ball into baking dish
  11. Repeat until all biscuit pieces are covered and in baking dish
  12. Donuts can be touching when in the pan. Just keep moving them around until they all fit.
  13. Bake 18-20 minutes.
  14. Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving. These pull apart easily and are quickly devoured!
  15. Note: Depending on the biscuits you buy, you might prefer to follow the baking instructions on the package. i.e. 375 for 11-15 minutes. Just make sure the biscuits are cooked through. Pop them back in for a few minutes if they aren't done enough.

About Alicia: Alicia is the founder of Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.

Skinnytastse Cookbook

Skinnytaste cookbookI received a copy of this beautiful cookbook and can’t stop looking at it. The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor is from Gina Homolka, blogger over at At the beginning of the book Homolka shares her story of weight loss struggles: being a skinny teen and able to eat anything she wanted to growing up and trying all the fad diets. Ultimately she wanted to learn how to eat healthy food that also tasted good.

skinnybreakfastAnd, boy, these recipes look good! She’s got recipes for all times of day. Look at this make-ahead western omelet made in a muffin pan. A working mom’s dream come true!

SkinnyTastse shrimp and gritsAnd, how about shrimp and grits? She’s got them. They look divine.

Skinnytaste desserts


As with all cookbooks I own, I skip right to the back for the desserts. Who doesn’t want dessert first? I was anxious to see what she had as skinny desserts. I found these beautiful meringues. I make a similar cookie for Easter each year with the kids, but this one is over the top gorgeous.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook is packed full of gorgeous photography and luscious recipes. If you’re looking for healthy alternatives to some of your favorite recipes, check out this cookbook.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this cookbook from the publisher. Affiliate links are used in this post, so if you make a purchase, we will receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you. Opinions are my own. 

About Alicia: Alicia is the founder of Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.

The Fringe Hours and How to Make More Time for Things You Love to Do

You need to be your own advocate to ensure you have the balance that you need. #fringehours via BalancingMotherhood.comI’d read, but I don’t have enough time.

I’d volunteer, but I’m too busy.

I don’t have time to do THAT.

If this is you, then you must read Jessica N. Turner’s book, The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You. Who doesn’t need more time?  This book is for every busy woman.

So many thoughts from this book resonate with me, and many I’ve spoken to about. One part, give yourself grace, I even discussed in a presentation about balance last year.

Let’s talk about balance for a minute, since, well, that’s a main theme of this blog and what I truly believe in. Jessica says, early in the book (page 34), “the only way to have balance is to fight for it.” She goes on to say that a woman’s schedule needs to have openings, time that is available. How often do we max out our schedules? Wake up and get the kids to school, go to work, pick up kids, go to sports, do after school activities, make and eat dinner (often separately), do homework, take showers, do laundry, and do more work, then collapse in bed. The weekends can be even worse. We jam our schedules with so many activities that we can’t find time for ourselves. This is where the book helps.

Life change can happen. #fringehours via BalancingMotherhood.comJessica talks about getting up early. One of the most memorable parts of this book for me is the section where she talks about “how you spend your 5-9 determines how you’ll spend your 9-5.” WOW! Powerful words. Think about this one for a minute.

I’m not a morning person, but this hits home. More and more I hear about people I admire, successful entrepreneurs, bloggers I follow, famous business people – they get up early. They fit into their mornings, things that might not get done if they wait until 8 am. It’s something to consider if you’re maxed and stressed out. And, let’s face it — being a woman today means we’re busy. I don’t care if you have no children, one child, two, or ten — we’re all doing a lot.

You nYou are never too busy to make time for waht you love.. #fringehours via BalancingMotherhood.comAnother reason Jessica’s book is great is that she talked to real women. Some of their stories really resonate and are memorable. One woman was struggling to do so much at home. She was pregnant with her third child and her husband told her he wanted to do a sport after work. Obviously, he had no idea what he was suggesting. Instead of saying, “OK honey,  I’ll do more so you can go play,” she said, and I LOVE this, “I’m drowning, and you are asking me to swim harder, when what I need for you to do is reach your arm down and pull me out of the water.” I hope this sentence changes lives. That it empowers women to ask for, to demand if that’s what it takes, help. This is what makes Jessica’s book different. She offers hope when it can feel hopeless.

And, she speaks from personal experience as the mother of three children, working full time outside the home, writing and producing a successful blog, and she managed to write this book. I think she knows something about being a busy mom, yet she’s finds time to do things she loves like crafting and scrap booking. And, in this book, she’s teaching the rest of us how to prioritize ourselves and make time for things we love too.

Read The Fringe Hours today. You can see other reviews at Amazon.  If you’re like me, you’ll have it underlined and marked up with reminders of how to make the most of your days.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher. Affiliate links are used in this post. If you make a purchase, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Opinions are my own.

About Alicia: Alicia is the founder of Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.

Conversation Heart-Flavored Cupcakes

conversation heart valentine's day cupcakesConversation hearts: Be Mine. True Love, Friends. Conversation hearts with those sweet sayings are what make Valentine’s Day, well, Valentine’s Day. Do you remember them? I had them as a kid and my kids have them for Valentine’s Day now.

I decided to make a cupcake and frosting that resemble the flavor of these hearts. I used a box mix for the base of the cupcake to keep it simple, and to save a little time, but I created a frosting from scratch that really does taste like these little guys.

conversation heart valentine's day cupcakesThe first step is crushing these babies. I tried several systems to crush them. conversation heart valentine's day cupcakesMeasure out one cup of sweet conversation hearts. Read the sayings if you want before you pulverize them to bits. Eat one.

conversation heart valentine's day cupcakesThis method did NOT work. I put them into a ziptop bag and had my daughter try to crush them with a rolling pin. We rolled over them and we used the rolling pin like a hammer. As you can see from the bag in the photo, they got crushed, but not pulverized. You want a fine dust at the end.

conversation heart valentine's day cupcakesWe tried the food processor. This did NOT work either. Shocked me that this didn’t work. But, it was no better than the rolling pin method. My third attempt, I put them into a bullet blender. One like this: Magic Bullet. This totally worked! My next try was going to be my high-powered blender, but I didn’t need that on this recipe.

conversation heart valentine's day cupcakesSee … fine powder. This is what you want it to look like.

conversation heart valentine's day cupcakesI put about a 1/4 cup of the powder in to the cupcake mix and baked the cupcakes according to the package directions.

conversation heart cupcakes for Valentine's dayThen, I made the frosting. This was yummy. I thought the butter cream would be more of a pink color, but it turns out that when you mix pink, green, white, and orange, you get a peach effect. This is a  sweet, and thick, frosting. It was hard to pipe so next time I’d just spread it on and put the heart on top for decoration.

The kids loved this cupcake.

Here’s the recipe:

Conversation Heart-Flavored Marshmallow Butter Cream
  • 2 cups butter (room temperature)
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup conversation heart powder
  • 1 jar marshmallow creme (13 oz)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or cream
  • Put softened butter in mixer and beat until smooth
  • Sift together powdered sugar and conversation heart powder
  • Add sugar mixture, one cup at a time, to butter. Mix between each cup
  • Add marshmallow creme and mix
  • If icing is too thick, add milk or cream, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached

Disclosure: Affiliate links are used in this post. If you make a purchase, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Opinions are my own.

About Alicia: Alicia is the founder of Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.

10 Luscious Chocolate Cake Recipes

10 chocolate cake recipes via BalancingMotherhood.comIt’s national chocolate cake day. Who makes up these days anyway? It doesn’t matter, because I think this one is worthy. who doesn’t want chocolate cake on any given day?

caramel chocolate pecan cake

A few months ago I made this lovely chocolate cake. Chocolate, caramel, pecans. Delicious. Moist. This cake is a winner. And, the secret? The base is a box cake mix. Learn how to make this cake to wow at your next gathering.

Here are some other amazing looking chocolate cakes, with links included so you can get all the details. Pick one and make it to celebrate any occasion — not just the silly made up chocolate cake day!

Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake | From:This Mama Loves
Chocolate Indulgence Cake | From: We Know Stuff
Chocolate Stout Cake with Ganache Glaze | From: I Was Born to Cook
Chocolate Covered Cherry Mini Cakes | From: Mom Foodie
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse Filling | From: Tastes Better From Scratch
5 Minute Mint Chocolate Mug Cake | From: Blue Crab Martini
Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake | From: Amanda’s Cookin’
Double Chocolate Cupcakes With Strawberry Buttercream | From: Love to Be in the Kitchen
Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cakes | From: It’s Yummi
Flourless Chocolate Cake | From: Yankee Kitchen Ninja

About Alicia: Alicia is the founder of Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.
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