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Confetti Crullers

by Alix Traeger and Alexander Roberts


for 16 crullers

  • 1 cup
    unsalted butter, 2 sticks, cubed (230 g)
  • 1 ¼ cups
    water (300 mL)
  • 1 ¼ cups
    milk (300 mL)
  • ¼ cup
    granulated sugar (50 g)
  • 1 teaspoon
  • 1 cup
    all-purpose flour (125 g)
  • ½ cup
    whole wheat flour (65 g)
  • 2 teaspoons
    baking powder
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons
    vanilla extract, divided
  • ⅓ cup
    rainbow sprinkles, plus more for topping (65 g)
  • 8 cups
    canola oil (1.9 L)


  • 4 cups
    powdered sugar, sifted (480 g)
  • 4 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon
    vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons
    cream cheese, softened

Special Equipment

  • large star piping tip
  • deep fry thermometer



  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine the butter, water, milk, sugar, and salt. Whisk until the butter is melted and the mixture is steaming, about 5 minutes.
  2. Quickly whisk the all-purpose and whole wheat flours and the baking powder into the hot milk mixture. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 5 more minutes. Remove the pot from heat and stir with a spatula to cool the dough.
  3. When the dough is no longer hot to the touch, add the eggs one at a time, stirring to incorporate before adding the next.
  4. Add the vanilla and sprinkles and stir to distribute evenly.
  5. Transfer the dough to a piping bag or zip-top bag fitted with a large star tip.
  6. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, pipe 4-inch (10-cm) circles of dough. Chill in the freezer until solid, about 20 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and cream cheese. Whisk until smooth and runny. Set aside.
  8. Heat the oil in a large pot until it reaches 350°F (180°C).
  9. Carefully add the crullers to the hot oil. Fry about 3 at a time for 4-5 minutes, flipping halfway, until golden brown. The fried crullers should feel much lighter than they were originally. Transfer the fried crullers to a wire rack set over a baking sheet.
  10. While still warm, dip one side of the crullers in the glaze. Return to the wire rack and allow excess glaze to drip off. Top with sprinkles.
  11. Enjoy!