I’ve been thinking a lot about donuts lately since a new shop called Masshole Donuts (such a great name) opened in my home town of Arlington. I haven’t been able to try them yet because they sell out before I can get there. They keep taunting me with their Instagram posts, but I am just too old to wait in line at 7:00am to try a donut. I actually considered it briefly this weekend, but decided against it. There was a time that I waited an hour and a half outside of Krispy Kreme when they opened in Medford, but I just don’t have it in me anymore. I think I wore black for a month when that location closed.
If I’m going to eat a donut, it has to be worth the calories. So it has to be a really good donut. Not a Dunkin’s kind of donut, I won’t bother with those anymore, to me they just aren’t worth it. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get over the “old school” mentality that buying a dozen is cheaper per donut than buying eight donuts. It’s embarrassing how many times I have gotten flustered and automatically say I will take a dozen at the shops that charge by the donut, and then almost fall over when I realize I just spent $50 on donuts. What is even more embarrassing is when I get home and have to admit to my husband that I’ve done it again.
I think if I had to choose a favorite, it would be Blackbird Donuts in the South End of Boston. They are insanely good, and you get them in this cute little pizza box type of box. They also sell really good donut cakes, which as I am writing this I literally just had an epiphany. My cream cheese frosting is hands down the best I have had ever had, and can only imagine how good that cake would be if I were to use their donuts and my frosting. That is definitely on my “to do” list.
Here is the recipe for my Cream Cheese Frosting:
Beat 1/2 cup softened butter with 8 oz. softened block cream cheese with electric mixer. Beat in about 3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar. Add 1 1/2 tsps. vanilla and beat until creamy. Taste for sweetness, add more sugar if not sweet enough.
My son likes Kane’s Donuts the best. We have only tried the location in the Financial District, but I believe the original location may be in Saugus. They’re very good, as were Union Square Donuts in Somerville. If you are less of a gourmet donut type of person, and would prefer a no frills, good old fashioned kind, you should try Donuts With A Difference in Medford Square. My daughter and I had heard about it and questioned if we were in the correct place when we walked in, but it was definitely a good donut.
I had been given some donuts from PV Donuts in Providence, which I hear is known to have crazy lines as well. They were a brioche type of donut, and were good but after the first few bites I wasn’t as crazy about them. A few months ago I attempted to go back but they were closed, and found Knead Donuts also in Providence. In my opinion, they were better than PV and worth trying if you are in the area. The Chocolate Chip was my favorite, but stay away from the strange green tea donut, I “donut” know what I was thinking with that one.