They’re kinda like my favorite food in the whole wide world.
Along with pie. And pizza. And biscuits and gravy. And gumbo. And red licorice. And pesto.
Okay, so I love a lot of things. Sue me.
But usually, cherry pie is not one of those things I lovelove, you know?
I mean, it’s okay. It’s pie, so it skates by on that criteria. But otherwise, I’m much more of an apple, lemon meringue, coconut cream, strawberry and chicken pot kinda girl.
So when I went to Gourdough’s, I didn’t get their Cherry Bombs donut, only because cherry doesn’t float my boat. But when I got home, I realized I had made a dumb mistake. One that warranted me purchasing another plane ticket back JUST to try the Cherry Bombs donut. It’d be like in one of those romance movies where I purchase my one-way ticket and upon landing, I race to a cab and wait anxiously on the car ride there, simultaneously thinking, will my donut still be there for me? and I made such a stupid mistake! and Please don’t let this be goodbye!
Then, the cab will pull up to Gourdough’s and I’ll get out just as a rainstorm starts to hit (this part is very much like my first time going to Gourdough’s) and my hair will be dripping wet and I’ll order “Cherry Bombs PLEASE!” to the guy and wait nervously for them to emerge.. and when they do, everything will be right in the world.
And also, did I just make up a romcom plot line in which I fly to Texas exclusively for a donut? Someone needs to put me in a straightjacket while they can.
Because when I concocted this recipe at home, I had it in my head it’d be my least favorite. But it turns out, it was my absolute FAVORITE of the donut recipes I made this week! It’s SUPER delicious, y’all. Worth that plane ticket and everything! But I totally understand if you don’t have cash to drop on a one-way ticket exclusively for a pastry, so if you can’t but still want in on the donut lovin’, make this pie.
For reals. It’s like happily ever after IN YOUR MOUTH.
- 1 graham cracker pie crust
- About 4 cake donuts, cut into bite sized chunks
- 1 can cherry pie filling
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup yellow cake mix (just the dry mix)
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the graham cracker pie crust onto a baking sheet for added support.
- In a large bowl, combine the pie filling and cinnamon. Stir in the chopped chunked donuts to coat.
- Meanwhile, in a smaller bowl, combine the cake mix and butter until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle the cake mix crumble on top of the pie.
- Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Allow to cool completely before serving. Tastes excellent with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!
Sweet, tart, spicy, crispy yet soft.. this pie is overloaded with amazing flavor and texture. The donuts add that extra pop of richness and sweetness against the slightly tart cherries, and I LOVE the addition of that spicy cinnamon in the background that brings out the flavor of the donuts. This pie is seriously mindblowing — I hope you’ll make it soon because it’s easily one of my new favorites!