Homemade Donuts

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I was first introduced to homemade donuts about a year and a half ago when my friend Toni (The Happy Housewife) posted them on her blog. I was smitten right away and made them the very next day.

Since then, I’ve made them several times. They seem to get better each time. I don’t know if it’s a learning curve, but whatever it is, I’m glad I didn’t give up after the first time. They tasted good, it was just such a long process. Now, it only takes about 20 minutes for me to fry up and frost a dozen donuts.

If you’ve never made homemade donuts before, I definitely recommend giving it a try. It’s not as hard as you’d think. Plus, fresh donuts taste so good and are so much less expensive than ones from the donut shop.

Homemade Donuts

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 2 T. butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 egg, beaten

1. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Add butter or margarine and beat until combined. Then add milk and egg until combined.

2. Heat about 1 – 2 inches oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

3. While oil heats, roll the dough out on a floured surface. You want the dough to be about 1/2-1 inch thick. Using a glass or biscuit cutter, cut out circles. Then, using a shot glass or similar small glass, cut out holes in the center of each circle.

4. Fry donuts about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown. Be careful to not overcrowd the skillet. The holes will fry up in about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Topping Options:

  • Plain glaze – 1 c. powdered sugar mixed with 1/4 c. milk. Dip donuts into glaze.
  • Vanilla frosting – Combine 1 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 t. vanilla and 1-2 T. milk until desired thickness. Spoon over donuts.
  • Chocolate frosting – Combine 1 c. powdered sugar, 1 T. cocoa powder and 1-2 T. milk until desired thickness. Spoon over donuts.
  • Cinnamon-Sugar
  • Powdered or plain sugar

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Yummy! Was thinking of making beignets Saturday morning, will have to try this one on Sunday.

  2. Shelia says:

    Oh, I just might could make these! I love doughnuts!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  3. gollum says:

    This is such a great post. It covers all bases. I love the different icings. Soon as I finish the edits, I am so treating myself. Thanks so much for the recipe.

  4. Robyn says:

    Oh I am so excited! I can’t wait to try these. Thank you!

  5. Amanda says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe ~ I’m going to give it a try! :)

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  6. Denise says:

    I have always wanted to make donuts, but considered it too much work. I will try to make yours. Have a great weekend. Denise

  7. Jennifer Y. says:

    Oh my. I really don’t want to make these, but I must. Thanks for the easy recipe!

  8. Buffie says:

    Hmm, maybe I’ll surprise hubby and my little one with these for Valentines day.

  9. Tiffanee says:

    Looks so delicious! I really wanted to eat the one right out of the picture. I aways stayed away from making donuts because it seemed like too much work. You made it look and sound easy. I think I will have to try it! Love all the different glaze ideas. Thanks!!

  10. Carrie says:

    Those look so delicious. And it’s encouraging to hear you say it gets quicker with practice. Now I want to try making these. :-)

  11. Mary says:

    I love to make donuts, too. Yours look and sound wonderful. I hope you are having a terrific Foodie Friday.

  12. Brianna says:

    My mom always made potato donuts, and they are so good, but they have yeast in them…and it always makes a huge amount. These look so easy. Does this recipe just make one dozen, plus the donut holes?

  13. Tonya says:

    OMGosh….they look delish! I definitely want…gotta try these!

  14. glenda says:

    These look great!!!

  15. Anna says:

    Those look delicious. I just started making homemade doughnuts recently. I don’t have a doughnut cutter, so mine are always just the doughnut holes. I will have to try out your recipe.

  16. Jill says:

    My mother used to make donuts for us kids when we were little. But she used canned biscuit dough and cut the centers out with a bottle cap. She would fry them in oil and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. I’ve never done it but I’ve always wanted to! These look really good too and I may try these since I never have canned biscuit dough on hand.

  17. Homemade donuts sound YUMMY!!! and it’s cold outside so todays a GREAT!!! day to make something YUMMY!!! with the grand-daughters.
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  18. Merrilee says:

    These were so yummy! I didn’t even get a chance to make the glaze & my kids were eating them. :)

  19. I love to start my day with donuts i thinks this recipe is so tasty

  20. wooooow thank you

  21. Roj TV says:

    i loooooooooove donuts

  22. You had me at donuts. And when I got to the part about under 20 minutes??? I’m SO IN. :>) I linked to this on my weekly roundup – post is under my name. Thanks!!

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  26. Melissa says:

    I JUST made these ten minutes ago. They are FABULOUS. Thanks for posting such an amazing and SIMPLE recipe! :)

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  28. Jean Shaver says:

    Yummy!! I’m gonna try this one for sure, I really like donuts. Thanks for the details.

  29. Genette says:

    We have used other recipes on the web to make donuts but this is by far the best one!!!!!! They were so good I snacked on them all day :)

  30. Očne Leće says:

    fantastic, i can say only that!

  31. Lexie says:

    Just made this recipe this morning it was easier than I thought and they tasted yummy! This will definitely be my go to recipe from now on.

  32. Genia says:

    I googled homemade donuts and your recipe was the first to come up so I tried it out for my son’s birthday breakfast – fantastic! I was surprised at how easy they were and at how much such a small amount of dough made, they really puffed up. I made a few changes to make the donuts a bit healthier and they still tasted fantastic – I used 2 C whole wheat pastry flour instead of white flour, I used 1/4 C sucanat and 1/4 C white sugar instead of 1/2 C all white sugar, I used 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil instead of butter. I also mixed the flour, oil and milk together with about 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar the night before making them and left the mixture (covered) out on the counter to soak (that breaks down the anti-nutrients in the wheat), then added the remaining ingredients in the morning. I fried them in coconut oil and then rolled some in powdered sugar and some in cinnamon-sugar. Delish!!!

  33. Carla says:

    Are these like regular or old fashioned/cake donuts?

  34. Erika says:

    These were so yummy! I never thought I would make homemade donuts, but I’m glad I did. Easier than I thought. I made 14 donuts and 2 little donut holes with the leftover dough. I had to add close to an extra cup of flour, though, since the dough was way to sticky to roll out. These are definitely the cake-style donuts, in response to Carla’s question. I used the regular glaze and they turned out delicious, and very filling, too. Thanks for the recipe!

  35. Kelly says:

    Just made these. The family loved them. I doubled the batch and it fed 11 of us with one donut left over. They reminded me of old-fashioned cinnamon cake donuts. I LOVE the fact that they are QUICK and easy to make. We made as described but made our own dark chocolate topping as follows: 1/2 c. half n half (orig recipe uses heavy cream) heated to near boiling. Remove from stove and pour over 7 oz ghiradelli 60% Cocoa Bittersweet chocolate chips (from Wal-Mart). Stir til mixed. As it cools, it will thicken. OH YUM! BTW, the donuts are VERY filling…you don’t need a lot to be full – I was surprised!

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    why do you cook them for so long. try cooking them for about 30sec. on each side or a little bit longer.

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