Here’s how it all happened. We were driving by the local Dunkin Donuts, and the car somehow turned into the parking lot, and I somehow got out and somehow bought a 25 pack of glazed Dunkin Donuts munchkins. You know…the soft, squishy kind with the shiny sugar coating on the outside.
The next thing I knew, I was in my kitchen cutting them in half and sprinkling the cut side with a healthy dose of cinnamon sugar. Then before I knew it, I was heating my panini press up to 375 degrees (about medium on the heat setting) and very carefully placing the donut halves cut side up on the press. Then I put the lid down and toasted them for exactly 40 seconds.
When I opened the lid, they had transformed into flat, chip-sized versions of their former selves. The sugar had caramelized on both sides. I scooted them off the press and onto a cookie rack until they were completely cool and crisp and addictive.
And then suddenly, they were gone! I might have thought the whole thing was a dream, except that I distinctly remember the Southern husband having a fine old time cleaning the hardened melted sugar OFF of the panini press a few hours later. Luckily, I had some donut chips for him afterwards to make it up to him.
The end. Except for the recipe. :)
Recipe inspired by Doughnut Chips recipe in CHRISTMAS WITH SOUTHERN LIVING 2011