Homemade Donuts Recipe

Breakfast · January 15, 2013

The Best Homemade Donuts recipe!!! A family favorite!! Takes some time, but is so worth the wait!

This next recipe is an ALL-TIME Family Favorite. Whenever it gets cold or rainy, one of us kids is bound to text or call my mom and kindly ask if she’s up for making some Homemade Donuts. She is usually nice enough to do it, so a mass family text gets sent telling everyone that mom is making donuts. If this is the case ALL of the kids are bound to show up for some good eating and family fun. πŸ™‚

When talking to my mom she did remind me that there are quite a few steps to making this Homemade Donuts recipe, but she also said that it is very easy and the end result is just worth it! I AGREE!!

Like I mentioned, this recipe takes some time, but the donuts are just too good to not try it out for yourself. πŸ™‚


Here’s the recipe:

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Homemade Donuts Recipe
  • 2 TB dry yeast
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 6½ - 7½ cups flour
  1. Dissolve yeast in ¾ cup luke-warm water. Set aside.
  2. Heat 2 cups milk in microwave for 2-3 minutes.
  3. While milk is heating add shortening to a large bowl. Pour hot milk over it and whisk until mixed. Add salt, sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Add 4 eggs and mix well.
  4. Add yeast mixture to batter and mix. Add 2 cups of flour and mix with a wooden spoon. Mix well. Add 2 more cups and mix. Add 2 more cups and mix. At this point, the batter should not be runny. Add 1 more cup of flour, give or take ½ cup. NOTE: You do not want your dough to be tough. Mix until your dough is smooth.
  5. Sprinkle flour onto a clean surface and pour batter onto it. Gently knead dough batter until the surface is not sticky to the touch. NOTE: The dough should be very soft but not sticky that you can't handle it fairly easily. Place the soft dough into a lightly greased bowl. Cover the bowl and let rise for 1 to 1½ hours. Dough should be about double in size when done.
  6. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about a 1 inch thickness. Cut the doughnuts out as closely as possible. You can save the middles for doughnut holes. Move donuts and holes to a clean surface. Cover and let rise for 1 to 1½ hours.
  7. Once the donuts and holes are done rising, fry them in a large frying pan with vegetable oil until golden brown.
  8. While donuts are frying make your Glaze. To make glaze mix 7 cups powdered sugar with ⅔ cup water and 2 tsp. vanilla. Add donuts to glaze as soon as they are done frying and make sure both sides are covered. Place on a plate to let excess glaze drain.

The Best Homemade Donuts recipe!!! A family favorite!! Takes some time, but is so worth the wait!

The Best Homemade Donuts recipe!!! A family favorite!! Takes some time, but is so worth the wait!

The Best Homemade Donuts recipe!!! A family favorite!! Takes some time, but is so worth the wait!

{The donuts and holes after they have raised}

The Best Homemade Donuts recipe!!! A family favorite!! Takes some time, but is so worth the wait!

The Best Homemade Donuts recipe!!! A family favorite!! Takes some time, but is so worth the wait!

{The finished product – glazed donuts}

Oh man, these pictures are making me hungry. Not sure what is so addicting about these donuts (perhaps the fact that they’re fried?!), but I promise you they are. This recipe is definitely not a quick one, but if you an afternoon to try out a new recipe I promise these won’t disappoint.

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Homemade Donuts - the dough for the donuts includes just a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, plus a buttery glaze. So much better than store bought!!

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So yummy!! I’m hungry for doughnuts now. I think I will try these tomorrow afternoon since it will be cold and rainy here. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

    Lil' Luna

    Let me know how these turn out!! πŸ˜€

Melissa @ Bless This Mess

I LOVE donuts. They are totally my guilty pleasure and we make them way too often πŸ™‚

You HAVE to try PW’s recipe because it is change-your-life-good. Do it~


    Lil' Luna

    Good to know!! I will definitely add this to the must-make list. Thanks, girl! XO


These look yummy! Can you start the process the night before? Just scanning the recipe I see 3 hours of rising time (as when I make anything it takes the longest time!) and I am not a morning person πŸ™‚

    Lil' Luna

    To be honest, we’ve never made these the night before. It’s always been a “whole-afternoon” kind of project. If you do try the night before let me know how it goes so I can be sure to tell others if it worked or not. πŸ™‚


I”m very excited to try this tomorrow! I’m new to donut making, but a pro at donut eating! Just wondering when it says to fry in a frying pan with vegetable oil, does this mean they are to float in oil, so do I need lots? Or do they really just fry like an egg? THanks!!!

    Lil' Luna

    They’re pretty much floating in oil… it’s not just a few TB. Let me know how it turns out… I think you’ll love them! πŸ˜€


      Turned out great! Easy as pie! haha! I used my kitchen aid mixer to mix it all and it worked wonderfully! I don`t know how people can do it all with a wooden spoon! Thanks for sharing the great recipe!


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HI!!!! I just made these and OMGOODNESS! I was a little worried that I did not make them right, but oh they turned out WONDERFULLY!!! Super easy! Thank you soooo much for sharing!

    Lil' Luna

    YAY!! Aren’t they SO yummy?! Thanks for stopping by Courtney!


      They were! I hope you dont mind but I did share with my friends and family! I gave them the link to this recipe! Going to make them again tomorrow for work! Oh I also made half with cinnamon/ sugar coat instead of glaze! Yum!


I made these two nights ago. The time it takes is worth the end result. I have never made donuts, so I really didn’t know what to expect. Delicious!!! My family thanks you, I’m sure. I didn’t have any powdered sugar for glaze (which made me sad), so I improvised and made half of them with sugar/ little cinnamon mixture and I dipped the others in chocolate frosting and put sprinkles on. Next time I definitely am trying the glaze. Just one question…storage for these? I put them in plastic containers and everything is soaking in/melting off. How do you store them. Also – this recipe made so many that I thought it would be nice if BF brought some in to work to share. Well, he refused because he wanted them for himself. So, thank you for sharing this. Haha. They have been enjoyed!

    Lil' Luna

    Your comment totally made my day, Jessica!!! I love that it was a hit! Unfortunately, we have never really had any leftovers (we usually make them when all the family is together which means they don’t last long). I would maybe put them on a plate with paper towels and then cover with saran wrap or put in a gallon bag. πŸ™‚


      How many donuts does this recipe make?


I can’t wait to try these, but I was wondering how many inches of veggy oil and what temperature? Thanks.

Genevieve Groesbeck

Have you ever made “Apple Cider Donuts” by adding apple cider as the liquid in the recipe. We used to live in Albany, New York and out in the countryside was the Indian Ladder Farm. One could go pick apples and they had a little country store. Whenever I’d get a hankering for those yummy donuts, I would pack the kids in the car and go get some for us and some to surprise my husband at work. They were the foundation of some special memories our family shares <3

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