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

Prep Time14 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time24 minutes
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Donuts


  • 2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten


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