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Homemade Donut Recipe

Lil' Luna
Not sure what is so addicting about these donuts (perhaps the fact that they're fried?!), but I promise you they are. Everyone loves these homemade donuts.
4.94 from 29 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Rise 2 hrs
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18
Calories 291 kcal


  • 2 tbsp dry yeast
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup shortening room temp
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 1/2-7 1/2 cups flour


  • Dissolve yeast in ¾ cup luke-warm water. Set aside.
  • Heat 2 cups milk in microwave for 2-3 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Once the donuts and holes are done rising, fry them in a large frying pan with vegetable oil until golden brown.
  • 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.



Calories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 7gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 285mgPotassium: 114mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 95IUCalcium: 45mgIron: 2.5mg
Keyword Homemade Donuts
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