Glazed Blueberry Crullers

These Glazed Blueberry Crullers are a twisted cake donut filled with blueberries and drizzled with a classic glaze…and they’re delicious!

These Glazed Blueberry Crullers are a twisted cake donut filled with blueberries and drizzled with a classic glaze...and they're delicious!I have a history with crullers.  More specifically, I have a history with Glazed Blueberry Crullers.  For a short period after undergrad, I worked at a bank.  It wasn’t the greatest job by any means.  In fact, I kinda hated that job.  But that job did involve donuts.  And if it was a really lucky day, then that job involved glazed blueberry crullers.

You see, one of our regular customers would often show up with a box of mixed donuts for us.  There were always one or two blueberry crullers in there, and we all descended on that box like hungry sharks.  And that’s where the luck came in.  Sometimes I managed to emerge from the fray with a glazed blueberry cruller in hand.  And then I was happy…until the cruller was gone.

These Glazed Blueberry Crullers are a twisted cake donut filled with blueberries and drizzled with a classic glaze...and they're delicious!Fast forward about 8 years.  I was living in Atlanta commuting to Athens for grad school.  The drive clocked in at about 90 minutes each way, so I spent a lot of time in my car during those years.  (I have a love-hate relationship with Georgia highway 316.)  But then one day, I needed gas.  So I stopped at a gas station along the way and filled up.  I also grabbed a soda for the road…and a glazed blueberry cruller.  Yes, that’s right.  I got a donut from a gas station.  And it was fan-freaking-tastic!  While the gas station donut trip didn’t become a regular thing, I’d be lying if I said it never happened again.  In fact, on my last trip from Athens back to Atlanta, I made sure to stop for a glazed blueberry cruller.  You know, for old times sake and such.

These Glazed Blueberry Crullers are a twisted cake donut filled with blueberries and drizzled with a classic glaze...and they're delicious!So the other day, I decided to try my hand at making crullers.  A cruller is traditionally a rectangular-shaped donut, but I made these Glazed Blueberry Crullers round.  They’re still the same cruller, just in a different shape.  Now I don’t make actual donuts very often around here.  Sometimes I’ll pull out the donut pan and make a baked version, but a real-deal-Holyfield fried donut?  Not often.  But Glazed Blueberry Crullers hold a special place in my heart belly, so I decided to go all out and try to make these favorites here at home.  And the result?  Holy donuts, Batman!

These Glazed Blueberry Crullers are a twisted cake donut filled with blueberries and drizzled with a classic glaze...and they're delicious!Robbie loves blueberries, so we often keep a container of fresh blueberries in the fridge for him.  But these Glazed Blueberry Crullers actually work better with frozen blueberries as they’re easier to dice.  Those berries get folded into a dough that is then piped out into rings via a large star tip.  Somewhere I read that the easiest way to make crullers is to pipe the dough onto small squares of parchment paper.  Then you just flip the paper over into the frying oil and fish the paper back out with tongs.  Nice and easy tip for sure.  (The dough for these crullers is somewhat loose, so the other option is just piping it straight into the frying pan…and that sounds like a disaster waiting to happen!)

These Glazed Blueberry Crullers are a twisted cake donut filled with blueberries and drizzled with a classic glaze...and they're delicious!I hope you discover a love for Glazed Blueberry Crullers…but don’t get between me and the last one!  Enjoy, my friends!

These Glazed Blueberry Crullers are a twisted cake donut filled with blueberries and drizzled with a classic glaze...and they're delicious!

Glazed Blueberry Crullers

These Glazed Blueberry Crullers are a twisted cake donut filled with blueberries and drizzled with a classic glaze…and they’re delicious!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 crullers
Calories: 319kcal

Ingredients

For the Crullers

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 oz. unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen, finely chopped
  • Canola or vegetable oil for frying

For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Instructions

For the Crullers

  • Using a small saucepan, add water, milk, butter, brown sugar and salt. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring often, until mixture reduces to ½ cup (~12-15 minutes).
  • Remove liquid mixture from heat and add flour; stir vigorously until well combined. Set pan aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Once cooled, add eggs one at a time, stirring after each addition until well combined. Fold blueberries into dough. Transfer dough into large piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
  • Using a deep frying pan or Dutch oven, fill pan with 2” of oil; heat to 370°F.
  • While oil is heating, cut parchment paper into 8 3” squares. Lay squares out and spray lightly with non-stick baking spray. Pipe a ring of dough onto each square.
  • Once oil is hot, place one cruller (with paper) at a time into oil paper-side up. Using tongs, remove the paper square from oil and discard. Fry cruller for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove crullers from oil and place on a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining crullers.

For the Glaze

  • Using a small mixing bowl, whisk all glaze ingredients together until well combined.
  • Using a small spoon, drizzle the glaze over the crullers.

These Glazed Blueberry Crullers are a twisted cake donut filled with blueberries and drizzled with a classic glaze...and they're delicious!

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28 Comments

  1. I’m not sure if I’ve ever eaten a cruller because I always head straight for the maple bar. (Or chocolate glazed if there are sprinkles on top.) But I think the addition of blueberries means these are technically a health food, so I’d be denying myself important nutrients if I didn’t eat at least two right? They look delicious! Have a great weekend!

    1. Maple bar?! I’m probably about to regret asking this question, but what’s a maple bar? I’m kinda obsessed with good maple syrup, so I feel like the maple bar and I need to be properly introduced. Also, since maple syrup comes naturally from trees, I think that makes it a health food, too. And that means we can eat all the donuts/bars/crullers we want, Kelsie! 🙂

  2. There are some interesting places you’ve worked at, David (But nothing can beat the bakery!) There’s nothing that can beat these crullers either. They look spectacular! Honestly, I’ve never made crullers at home…and I haven’t made any fried donuts for years (Don’t like the smell of oil), but probably I should give ot a try…or better, you should make another batch and ship it to me 🙂

    1. Yeah, I learned a lot at that bakery, Ben…unfortunately, most of the lessons were how NOT to do something. But either way, I still learned a lot! I understand what you mean about the smell of oil, and we only fry foods every couple months at the most. But I must say that these blueberry crullers are worth it! Maybe you can make Andrey make ’em for you since you don’t like the oil smell? 🙂

  3. 90 minutes each way?! I think you deserve a special degree just for dealing with that during grad school! I lived a 10 minute bus ride from campus, yet some days I was still like, nah, it’s too cold. I can definitely see how these blueberry crullers would make the drive sweeter! And I can only imagine how irresistible this homemade version must be…

    1. Mara! How are you doing, my friend? Settled in out in Cali? But, yes, that grad school drive was indeed 90 minutes each way. Honestly, the 30 minutes around Atlanta was the worst. After that, it was just an easy hour drive straight through the Georgia countryside. And blueberry crullers make everything better. #ProvenFact

  4. Oh boy! I wish I have that kind of people coming to our offices ! BUT ! Just because they are not of that kind, I will make the beauties myself -) Thank you !

    1. Haha, yeah I must admit that it was nice to have customers bring us donuts occasionally! The job itself was pretty blah, but the donuts made it better. 🙂 Thanks!!

  5. David, I’m really impressed! These looks like they’re made by a real professional. And I’m sure they’re delicious, too. You should really think about opening up a bakery!

    1. Why thank you very much, Frank…you are too nice! I actually thought about opening a bakery, but then I realized that the hours would be miserable. So I landed on writing a food blog instead. 🙂 I hope you had a great long weekend, my friend!

  6. First off, I like the new blog layout!

    Secondly, a 90-minute commute each way sounds pretty rough… I don’t blame ya for needing a donut for your drive every now & then!

    And thirdly, I’ve never made crullers before, but these look amazing. I can just tell from your pictures that I’d had a problem eating just one of these in a sitting!

    1. Nicole! You noticed the new blog layout. 🙂 Thank you!

      So yeah, that 90 minute drive got old…especially since I had to make the trip to campus 2-3 times a week. But it was a great chance to listen to music in the car and just chill out. (Well, except for the times when I was fighting the insane Atlanta traffic!)

      Also, crullers. They’re amazing. And homemade crullers? Even more amazing! I have to be careful with this recipe as I could totally eat the entire batch without thinking twice!

  7. I don’t believe I’ve ever eaten a cruller! Sometimes I realize I’m missing so much in life….I guess I need to start checking out the gas stations a bit more! 🙂 Or maybe just make them myself! Love the blueberries. 🙂

    1. Haha…so despite my story, I’m not sure I can recommend that you check out gas station donuts, Kathy. I say just make ’em yourself. Homemade is always better anyways! 🙂 Thanks so much, and I hope you had a great long weekend!

    1. Oh, you should definitely check crullers off your list then…think donut, but (in my opinion) way better! (As if that’s even possible…haha.) Thanks, Dawn!

  8. Hahaha – I can see why these have a special place in your heart…or like you said, belly! Dude – these look fantastic! And with blueberries! Dude, I’ve gotta admit, I’ve never ever had a Glazed Blueberry Cruller! Seeing I am too late in reading this and my drone might come back empty handed after a trip to the Spiced Kitchen – please oh please do tell me which gas station it was that you stopped at and got your Glazed Blueberry Cruller at??? I make the drive from Atlanta and Lawrenceville to Athens quite often and a Glazed Blueberry Cruller would make that boring 316 leg of it much more exciting!

    Oh btw – talking about glazed + blueberry + donuts – have you tried the glazed blueberry cake donut from Krispy Kreme yet? I haven’t, but saw them advertised and couldn’t stop drooling over the blueberry glaze – yes – a bluish glaze!

    1. Haha! I must admit that I’m a little ashamed that I actually ate a donut from a gas station, Shashi. But then I realized they were really good! The station is the QT on the left right as you get onto 316…right before it turns into ‘nothing til Athens.’ And I recall they had fountain drinks with crushed ice…crushed ice is a game changer for me when it comes to soft drinks! 🙂 Man, I’m the paragon of healthy eating with this comment, huh? Haha!

      And as far as that Krispy Kreme, don’t rub it in…they don’t have Krispy Kreme up here. I know! Crazy! I’m not sure if they changed that glazed cake donut, but I’m pretty sure that’s the exact one we’d fight over in the breakroom! Haha!

      1. Hahhaha! Hey – life’s all about balance right? one blueberry cruller in one hand and one blueberry cake donut in the other?
        Ok – am so stopping at QT next time to check their donut situation out! Btw – QT now serves soft serve fro yo! We stopped by one day one our way up from the airport and I went in to get coffee and Lil S got a fro yo cone and the thing was so huge it took her the next 45 minutes to finish it – by which time her shirt and lap were a total mess!
        What?!?! I seriously forgot that there’s no Krispy Kreme donut up there!!! Dang – I would have thought THAT would be reason enough to head back down south! 🙂 Now I know what to send y’all for Christmas!

        1. Whaaat!? QT serves FroYo? It’s probably a good thing they didn’t have that when I was down there…can you imagine me in the car driving to Athens trying to eat FroYo at the same time. Hah! Also, it sounds like Lil Shashi eats ice cream about as fast as Robbie and Laura. (I’m a speed eater when it comes to that!)

          Oh, and I had the chance to visit the Krispy Kreme factory a few years back…I totally got on the plane with 6 dozen-sized boxes of Krispy Kreme to bring back home. That actually happened!

    1. Haha! I totally understand that dilemma, Abbe. It took a huge amount of willpower to keep me from polishing off the entire batch of these crullers…they’re one of my favorites! 🙂

  9. Hi.
    I just subscribed to your blog and I can barely get though each page without marking it a favorite!

    LOVE crullers and can’t wait to try yours. (not drenched in oil as many are).

    I’m originally from Wilmington, DE and a’field trip’ to Lancaster, PA for goodies, fresh-picked produce was always a treat. A guy who was a vendor always brought boxes of donuts from where he lived in Lancaster – to-die for.

    I did trek up there a couple of times and had some yummy donuts. Living now in Indianapolis it’s a bit far to drive to PA so I tried to test my memory banks of ’93 to find the bakery. No luck. Not Beiler’s (Amish bakery). oh well.

    Will definitely try your recipe! I’m diabetic type ii) so will have to be careful – just little nibbles). Thanks.
    Lisa

    1. Hey there, Lisa! First off, thank you SO much for subscribing to my blog. Without awesome folks like you, I couldn’t keep this thing going. 🙂

      I’m with you on the cruller train. They are hands-down my favorite doughnut. If there are crullers anywhere nearby, you can trust that I’ll find ’em! And if they are blueberry crullers? Well, watch out!

      Indianapolis is a bit of a hike to Lancaster. Guess you’ll just have to make some at home! In fact, distances like that have inspired a lot of my recipes. I used to live in Louisiana, and upstate New York just doesn’t cut it on the Cajun food front. That’s when I started making it here at home instead! (You’ll see a good bit of Cajun influence in my post archives.) Thanks so much for commenting. I truly appreciate it! And don’t be a stranger if you have thought and comments on future posts, too. 🙂 Cheers, and happy holidays!

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