Baked Gingerbread Doughnuts and Super Bowl Do’s and Dont’s

Call me a snob.

A party-pooper.


Call me what you want, but I hate the Super Bowl.

Parties are held and countless people venture out of their homes and head to their local establishments in order to enjoy the big game. For reasons that I cannot comprehend, there are those who just don’t like to watch the NFL. There are even people who won’t watch the Super Bowl!

Unbelievable, right?

Well, I am one of them. Maybe this is why I’m single…..

But what bugs me a lot about the superbowl is the the food. And lets be clear, the super bowl is never about football. Its a “social-bowl”.

It’s easy to be a Super Bowl party guest. Just offer to bring beer, and don’t mock the football shaped serving trays and you’re good to go, but if you’re the host it’s an entirely different matter. Your friends can get soggy hotwings and chewy pizza from any bar in town. So if by chance you are hosting a super bowl party, consider my “Do’s and Don’ts”:

“Do” have a buffet. You shouldn’t spend the entire party serving your guests. You’re a host, not a waiter.

“Don’t” say, “I could use another wine cooler!”

“Do” a little research. Well, at least I should need to because I as far as I know, a “red zone” is used tampon.

“Dont” exclaim upon arrival, “Man! 55-inch, Sony, High-Definition TV. Screw football, let’s dial up some porn!

“Do” be classy and unconventional by maybe forgoing the pizza and beer in favor of regional Pittsburgh or Wisconsin food (cheese platter maybe?)

“Don’t” try out a new recipe day of. Parties are never a good time to “experiment”. Its pig skin, not guinea pig. If you haven’t made it before, don’t make it at all.

“Do” have a coffee table with extra snacks in front of the TV and snacks else where around the room away from the TV. From my experience with die hard sports fanatical friends, fans don’t like snack-y people walking in front of the screen every two minutes, and non football fans don’t want to play cater-waiter for a three hour game.

“Don’t” Let friends drive drunk, unless they are mean.

“Do” brag about how good your food is. No, it’s not tacky to do so.

What do you love or hate about the Super Bowl? Got any Dos and Donts for party hosting or the Super Bowl in general?

So heres a recipe that has nothing to do with football. Just how I like it!

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbs molasses
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir in milk, eggs, vanilla, molasses and oil. Beat together until well blended. Fill each doughnut cup approximately 3/4 full. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until doughnuts spring back when touched. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan. Once cooled brush with a little melted butter and dust with extra cinnamon. I personally think this beats “pizza and wings”.

22 thoughts on “Baked Gingerbread Doughnuts and Super Bowl Do’s and Dont’s

  1. I’m the stereotypical girl that knows nothing about football. I only watch the Superbowl commercials via Youtube the next day. But if you made those gingerbread doughnuts and invited us all to your superbowl party I might pretend to be interested 🙂

  2. Well I also hate football, which is why i will be going to my parents house and spending time with my mom and sister while my father and brother watch the game. And I’ll be making chili. Just because it seems like the right thing to do. And because I am currently super obsessed with chili.

    I might scream out that porn thing though. Just to see how my parents react.

  3. I like football enough, but I really like any championship game in just about any sport. However, for me, it’s not about the food and I usually watch the damn thing by myself. What I can’t stand is the talking heads predicting the game for two weeks before it’s played, as nothing matters until they actually get on the field.

    Anyway, the good thing about the Super Bowl is that it means we’re closer to baseball season. The end. And my Super Bowl consists of whatever meal I’m currently eating, as I eat just about everything out of bowls. No commercials, not douchey drunk people around–just my food in a Super Bowl. My money’s on that one.

  4. I don’t get into the games very much because usually I’m not pulling one way or another. This year my husband is pulling for Greenbay though, so I guess I’ll get in sport mode to humor him. 🙂 So that will make it fun. We don’t do parties or anything, we’re loners…lol. My 10yr old wants to order a pizza for some reason, so thats about as fancy as we’ll be getting with the food. I like watching the halftime show, but don’t really care for the performers this year…BEP.. meh. I don’t drink either, so really….its just like another sunday football day at my house.

  5. I actually do really love the superbowl – whats not to like? its a championship game of football. plus the commercials are funny (usually). This year, though, my bears got beat by the pack, so I’m planning on eating my feelings and consuming beer. Always on my couch though. I’m not social enough for a party – let alone on a sunday night.

  6. I completely agree that you need to make the food accessible for the die hards. But I also think you can tell those same die-hards to SHUT IT when you get really into the half time show and they start yappin’!

  7. i hate the superbowl too but i have to keep my mouth shut for fear of getting beat! i’m in steel city and holy crap the terrible towels have been waving for 2 weeks straight already. i just want it to be over with and no rioting post game. stay safe and warm and have a normal grocery experience again (people go out and buy food like it’s the last time they will eat).

  8. haha i love you to pieces but i stopped reading after you said you hated the superbowl. i love.

    but i continued reading when you started talking doughnuts.

  9. You’re killing me with these doughnut recipes! I need to get my hands on one of those pans ASAP!!! I’d rather spend a Sunday making those than sitting through the Super Bowl–I have no interest in football whatsoever.

  10. You’d be the perfect Super Bowl host! Too bad you hate it, so nobody will ever make the experience of a well-planned Super Bowl party with good eats and drinks.

  11. Haha you are too much!

    I’m from pburgh so I will be watching, but I’m more looking forward to mocking the black eyed peas and watching glee afterwards. But don’t tell anyone from my hometown ; )

    And I have a lot of friends who think Anderson Cooper is sexy, but TJ Holmes does it for me! Have a good evening!

  12. I don’t mind football at all. And more often than not we gather is pubs or sports bars when people want to watch a game. I prefer that actually. I love pub food and I never have it otherwise! 🙂

  13. Nah, you’re not a party pooper. I totally skipped out on all the parties and just chilled at home. I’m not a football fan or a football food fan. I hate when I have to walk in front of the TV just to get food, but really all I get is screamed at by a bunch of middle aged men who can’t miss one second of action. It’s traumatizing.

    I really need to get a donut pan. These look so good, and I already have your other recipe for donuts bookmarked!

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