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Check out these 6 wacky (but awesome?) donuts: Yes, it's National Cream-Filled Donut Day

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NBC News - People are nuts for donuts: No other food seems to inspire so many national holidays. After all, Sept. 14 is specifically National Cream-Filled Donut Day. No, not National Donut day—that's in June. And not National Jelly-Filled Donut Day (June, too). This one is just to celebrate cream-filled donuts. Twist our arm. In honor of the big day, we've found some over-the-top-wacky donuts, filled with cream and otherwise, that still somehow sound delicious.

Side-note: If you spell the word “donut” instead of “doughnut,” then you're one of those “out with the old, in with the new” types. The spelling “donut” didn't turn up until the 1900s. Whatever way you spell it, enjoy:

Sloppy joe-nut

Who ever decided that donuts should be saved for dessert? Jonathon Sawyer, the buzzed-about chef at Cleveland's The Greenhouse Tavern, fills a yeast donut with tender beef, braised in coffee and Coca Cola, and finishes the dish with a barbecue sauce glaze. It's the ideal sweet-meets-savory combo that seems oh so wrong while tasting oh so right.

Donut cocktail

We all know about cream-filled donuts, but how about a donut-filled creamy cocktail? For that, check out this recipe on Host the Toast. The donut cocktail is a combination of flavored vodka, crème de cacao and simple syrup and makes a great after-dinner drink or a dessert all on its own. And don't even think about using an olive to garnish this: A donut hole is de rigeur for this sweet libation.

Avocado-filled donuts

It's not quite the guacamole you're used to, but according to Dorothy Kern at Crazy for Crust, this strange hybrid works beautifully. Not to mention that it's (at least somewhat) healthy, since avocado is full of healthy fats and these donuts are baked, not fried. Still, once you drizzle them with chocolate glaze and sprinkles, these start looking like decadent, leprechaun-infused Twinkies.

Marshmallow cream-filled s'mores donuts

Step away from the campfire and into the kitchen. This recipe from I Wash, You Dry simplifies the donut-making process by using premade biscuits as the donut base. They're fried up like donuts, loaded them with a cream cheese and marshmallow cream filling, and covered with chocolate glaze and crushed graham crackers.

Strawberry margarita cream-filled donuts

There's nothing half-baked about these alcoholic donuts from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest. The yeast donuts are filled with a tequila-spiked strawberry cream, topped with tequila and strawberry frosting, and finished with a lime glaze. The last touch is, as with any margarita, a sprinkling of salt. It's sweet meets salty and liquor meets pastry. Sure, you could leave the tequila out...but why would you?

Donut ice cream sandwiches

Donuts are the darlings of the mashup world—need we even say the word “Cronut”? They're irresistible when stuffed with maple ice cream, as in Bakeaholic Mama Carrie Burrill's version. She makes traditional raised doughnuts, cools them, then splits them open and stuffs them with homemade maple ice cream. As a finishing touch, she tops the whole affair with caramel and coarse sea salt.
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