Homemade Donuts

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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46 thoughts on “Homemade Donuts

  1. 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.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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  7. 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 :)

  8. 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.

  9. 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!!!

  10. 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!

  11. 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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