Homemade Doughnuts

Doughnuts, with their irresistible combination of a tender, fluffy interior and a sweet, golden exterior, are a treat beloved by people of all ages. Making these delectable pastries at home allows you to customize flavors and toppings to your heart’s content. In this recipe, we’ll guide you through creating your very own batch of homemade doughnuts that will delight your taste buds and make your kitchen smell heavenly. So, let’s dive into the delightful world of doughnut making.


For the Doughnuts:

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (110°F/43°C)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for dusting)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Toppings:

  • Sprinkles, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, or your favorite toppings


Step 1: Activate the Yeast

  1. In a small bowl, combine the warm milk and a pinch of the granulated sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until it becomes foamy. This indicates that the yeast is active.

Step 2: Prepare the Dough

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture, the remaining granulated sugar, melted butter, salt, and eggs.
  2. Gradually add the flour while mixing until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Add more flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours, or until it doubles in size.

Step 3: Shape the Doughnuts

  1. Punch down the risen dough to release excess air.
  2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/2-inch thickness.
  3. Use a doughnut cutter or a round cutter and a smaller cutter (or the top of a bottle) to create the classic doughnut shape. Place the doughnuts on a floured baking sheet and cover them with a kitchen towel. Allow them to rise for another 30 minutes.

Step 4: Fry the Doughnuts

  1. Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pot to 350-375°F (175-190°C). Use a candy thermometer for accuracy.
  2. Carefully place a few doughnuts in the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pot.
  3. Fry each side for about 1-2 minutes or until they’re golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to flip and remove them.
  4. Place the fried doughnuts on a paper towel-lined plate to remove excess oil.

Step 5: Make the Glaze

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until you have a smooth glaze.

Step 6: Glaze and Decorate

  1. While the doughnuts are still warm, dip each one into the glaze to coat them evenly.
  2. Allow any excess glaze to drip off, and place the doughnuts on a wire rack to set.
  3. Optionally, add your favorite toppings like sprinkles, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or chocolate chips while the glaze is still wet.

Step 7: Serve and Enjoy

  1. Once the glaze has set, serve your homemade doughnuts and enjoy them warm. They’re best eaten on the same day they’re made for ultimate freshness.


Homemade doughnuts are a delightful indulgence that brings joy to any occasion. With a little time and effort, you can create these pillowy pastries that are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or anytime you want to satisfy your sweet cravings. So, roll up your sleeves and embark on a doughnut-making adventure that will fill your kitchen with a heavenly aroma and your taste buds with delight.

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