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Doughnuts are a delicious treat for breakfast or as a snack. Making your own doughnuts gives you the freedom to make whatever flavors you enjoy for less money. This page contains homemade doughnut recipes.
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July 14, 2008

Easy Doughnuts I

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 12 cups flour

Directions

Put margarine, sugar and salt in a bowl and add 4 cups hot water. Combine and add yeast. Put in remaining ingredients. Let rise and punch down and let rise again. Roll out and cut with a doughnut cutter. Let rise slightly then deep fat fry until golden brown.

By Robin from Washington, IA


Easy Doughnuts II

Ingredients

  • 1 can of refrigerated plain buttermilk biscuits
  • Cinnamon and Sugar Mixture
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  • Vegetable oil for frying

Directions

Separate biscuits-there should be about 10 in a can. Break each biscuit into fourths-so now you have 40 total pieces. Roll each piece into a ball in the palm of your hand.

Fry a few of these dough balls at a time in the hot oil. Turn over when golden brown and cook the other side. Remove from oil and drain on a cookie sheet covered with paper towel. Add more balls of biscuit dough to the oil to cook. While they are cooking, place the ones that are done into a brown lunch bag. Dump in some cinnamon and sugar, roll the top down a little, and shake to coat. Remove doughnuts from the bag and place onto serving plate.

Continue on cooking, draining, and shaking until all of the dough balls are used up.

These are so good you may want to have 2 or 3 cans of biscuits on hand to cook into doughnuts!

Source: From my son when he was in school.

By Pat from Roseville, MI

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July 14, 20080 found this helpful

We used to call the Easy Doughnuts II, "Cheater's Doughnuts"! They really are good!

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July 14, 20080 found this helpful

I have made the doughnuts from the pillsbury pop out of the can bisquits, its so easy. I do take a pill bottle or somthing small and press int the center of the bisquits. I then have a doughnut and a hole to deep fry. Umm, quick and easy. Laura

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By 0 found this helpful
August 12, 2005

I have been asked to make doughnuts by my husband. I have made doughnuts in the past but he wants "beer" doughnuts this time. I have never heard of them. My mother-in-law used to have a recipe her mother had given her but can not find it. Can anyone help me with this special request?

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Bonnie from Vermont

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August 13, 20050 found this helpful

this is the only one that I have in my collection.

Beer Donuts

Adapted from King Arthur Flour, after a recipe by Jon Graber, Brewmaster, Mt. Hood Brewing Co.

prep time : 30 minutes to one hour

ingredients:

1 cup cake flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (fresh ground is best)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons dried buttermilk powder

2 large eggs

3 oz. amber ale

4 tablespoons melted butter, cooled

Preheat oven to 375 F. Melt butter and let cool. Sift all dry ingredients together into large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, melted butter and beer until well-blended. Grease the donut pan with a generous amount of butter or shortening (can also use mini bundt pan). Pour the liquid blend into the dry ingredients all at once, and mix just until blended (do not overmix, or the donuts will be tough). Fill each donut form half full. Bake in the preheated oven in the middle rack for 8-9 minutes for mini donuts, 9-12 minutes for regular size donuts. The donuts should not be browned on top. Remove pan from oven, let cool for a minute, remove from pan and roll in powdered sugar.

Yields 6 regular donuts, or 24 mini donuts.

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April 4, 20050 found this helpful

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups sweet milk
  • 1 cup thick sweet cream
  • 4 eggs (well beaten)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vanilla to taste
  • Baking powder
  • Flour

Directions:

Mix the first 6 ingredients with 7 tsp. baking powder and enough flour to make a safe dough. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a 3 inch doughnut cutter. Fry in deep hot fat (375 degrees). Turn once. When golden brown drain on absorbent paper or metal rack. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen. For glaze: Mix 2 cup powdered sugar with 2 Tbsp. vanilla and enough water to make mixture look like heavy cream. Dip hot doughnuts on a skewer through glaze and cool on wire rack over waxed paper.

By Robin

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April 4, 20050 found this helpful
Sponge:
  • 1/2 cake of yeast
  • 1 pint warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • Flour as needed

Doughnuts:

  • 1 pint sponge
  • 1 cup melted lard
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  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pint milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Flour as needed

Directions:

To make sponge: Put 1/2 cake yeast in pint of warm water. Add tablespoon of sugar and add enough flour to make it like bread sponge. Let raise until light.

To Make Doughnuts: Combine sponge, melted lard, eggs, milk, sugar, salt, nutmeg, and flour to make a stiff dough. Let raise until light. Roll dough and cut with doughnut cutter. Let raise a second time to double in size. Deep fat fry doughnut rings. Roll doughnuts in powdered sugar or frost them.

By Robin

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April 2, 20050 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs (beaten, smooth as silk)
  • salt, nutmeg, or lemon will do
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups flour (lightly stir this in)

Directions

Roll on pie board, not too thin. Cut in diamonds, twist, or rings

Drop dough into hot fat with care. These doughy things quickly swell. Fry in hot fat until brown. Keep on turning, just enough to keep from burning. Cool on paper, serve when cool.

By Robin

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June 16, 20140 found this helpful

This page contains bread machine donut recipes. These handy kitchen appliances can be helpful mixing sweet doughs too.

Bread Machine Donut Dough

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January 18, 20030 found this helpful

I am a new subscriber and I'm looking for a fun, easy recipe for homemade doughnuts to try with my son. Some I have found are very involved and time consuming in the making. If anyone has a few good recipes, of different varieties, I would really appreciate it! Thanks

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January 23, 20030 found this helpful

This is not a made-from-scratch recipe, but for children to help it is perfect. Start with a tube of biscuits. Pat them out just a bit, and cut a hole in the center...a bottle cap will work for this operation...the cap off a 2 liter soda bottle, for example. Heat the oil in a deep fryer, a Fry Daddy, or even in a skillet until a drop of water sizzles in the pan.Using a fork, carefully lower each donut into the hot grease (do the donut "holes" also). When they are golden brown, turn and brown on the other side, then, remove and drain on a paper towel for a couple minutes, and then put them in a brown paper bag with about 1/2 cup granulated sugar and shake well. Best eaten warm...Perfect breakfast. Hope this is helpful.

Rockytopp

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By guest client (Guest Post)
May 23, 20040 found this helpful

I found an easy recipe here:

http://www.reci … reakdonut29.html

enjoy!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 18, 20040 found this helpful

Baked Doughnuts

6 T shortening 2 c. flour

3/4 c. sugar 3 t baking powder

2 eggs 3/4 t salt

1 c. mashed potatoes 1/2 t mace

1/4 c. milk 1/2 t nutmeg

cream shortening, add sugar and beaten eggs. Stir in freshly mashed potatoes and milk. Sift dry ingredients and add to first mixture.

Bake in well greased muffin pans at 375-400 deg for 14 minutes. Brush with melted butter.

Makes 3 dozen

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 3, 20050 found this helpful

super easy quick fry bread recipe tastes just like a doughnut

2 c flour,

3 teas bakin powder

1/2 tea salt

1c water

mix them all and let sit for 15 - 20 minutes,

pinch off golf balls sized portions and flatten to about 1/4 inch some tribes put a hole in the middle for religious significants. i do because it is easier to get them out of the oil. and just deep fry for a few seconds on each side, pat off oil and put on some cimmamon and sugar. they are just like a doughnut but so so easy. hope u enjoy.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 17, 20050 found this helpful

This is a recipe that my mom did when we were young children. It was take a can of biscuit and cut a hole out from a lid from a liter soda container. Then fry them up in oil and place your fried doughnut in bowl with either powered sugar or cinn sugar mixture. I did this with preschoolers during pj day. They loved it. They especially loved the doughnut holes that they made. Good luck

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 13, 20050 found this helpful

Hi there. I too am looking for a better doughnut recipe. I do have one recipe for you to try and enjoy.

What you need:

A flour mix like Jiffy or Bisquik

Milk or Water

Vegetable Oil

Sugar/Cinnamon or Powdered Sugar

Frying Pan or Deep Fryer

What you do:

For a Pan:Use just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan about 1/2 an inch. Leave it to heat on the stove.

For a Fryer: Use about 4 inches of oil or just enough to let the balls float and not burn on the bottom.

Mix the milk (or water) with the flour so that it has the consistency of dumplings. Use whatever flavoring you like in the dough: Sugar, Jelly, Powdered Jello Mix. Get creative. You can even add food coloring if you like.

*I guesstimate when I cook, so it would probably be about a cup of flour and 2/3 cup of milk for 12 balls*

Roll the dough into little balls about 1/2 an inch to an inch thick. However big you want them. Warning:The bigger they are, the longer they have to cook and the more susceptible they are to being doughy in the middle and burnt on the outside.

Prepare whatever you want to top your doughnuts: glazes, jellies, frostings, etc. A recipe for a topping is at the bottom. I like to use a cinnamon/sugar mix.

For the Pan: Now that your oil is ready put the balls into the pan. Cook them until they turn a nice golden brown. *Carefully watch these to make sure they dont burn! Roll them in the pan and make sure they dont stick to eachother.

For the Fryer: This is a lot easier, and kinda fun. Drop the balls into the fryer and let them cook to a golden brown. Then you get to go "Bobbing-For-Doughnuts"! *Wee*

After you remove the balls from the oil put them in your mixture and roll it around to get it to stick. Again you can use Powdered Sugar, Powdered Jello Mix, anything at all. The oil will make whatever it is stick to the balls. Or if you want, you dont have to cover them, you can dip them in icing or a nice cold glass of milk. Its a great treat for everybody.

Add sprinkles for more fun. Candies are good too!

As promised here are some topping ideas:

*For icing just mix powdered sugar and milk together. Maybe add some food coloring or lemon jello mix for spunk. *Be sure to use more milk than sugar, it will be a kind of runny state

*For Frosting use more powdered sugar than milk.

*I like to take a container of Betty Crocker Lemon frosting, a small 12oz container of sour cream and a package of raspberry jello mix and stir it all together to make a wonderful cake frosting. **VERY SCRUMPTIOUS**

*You can also dip your doughnuts in jelly or even *gasp* P-Nut butter!! YUM.

I hope this helps. Sorry its so long. Being a teen of course I talk a lot.

PLEASE if you have any other doughnut recipes let me know. This one is good but I want more. TeeHeeHee. ;0)

love summbuddy

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 12, 20050 found this helpful

1 can buscuit

sugar and cinnamon or powdered sugar

fry in oil

Quick, easy taste like homemade.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 29, 20060 found this helpful

Great Donut recipe! Must try kids love it!

One loaf of white bread

Cut a hole in the center of each piece

Turn on grease on high and fry for 5 minutes high heat each side.

Then butter both sides immediately after taking out of grease.

Drizzle with remaining grease.

Lastly sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon!

Kids love it! ENJOY!!!

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 27, 20070 found this helpful

This sounds silly but they are perfectly delicious and kids love to make them. Buy some Pillsbury biscuits in the can. Take them out of the can and stick your finger in the middle and make a hole. Deep fry two at a time for a couple of minutes in medium hot cooking oil, turning when brown.

In a paper bag put cinnamon sugar mix, about 1 cup sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. As you take the 'donuts' out of the oil, shake off excess oil and put them in the bag, two at a time. Shake it up, remove and place on paper towels. Really good.

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 10, 20070 found this helpful

omg I just made the baked dough nuts. They were awesome. Thank you so very much.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 21, 20070 found this helpful

Can I use bisquick pancake mix and make little dough nuts and cook them in my fryer?

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 29, 20070 found this helpful

HOMEMADE DONUTS - Linda's Grandma Edna Hilligus

4 Cups flour

1 Tbsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

2 eggs, beaten

1 Cup sugar

2 Tbsp. oil

1 Cup buttermilk

Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate 1 hour. Roll out and cut.

Drop into hot oil. Turn over. Cook until brown. Take out and drain. Can dip into 10X confectioners sugar while hot. This recipe has been around for many years as it was my grandmother's passed down from her grandmother. I used it for my children and their friends. Enjoy!

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 20, 20080 found this helpful

i just got done making home made dough nuts with pancake mix that you just add water too. I mixed it up a little so its thick then add a little flour, so its not so sticky. Then deep fry it and roll in sugar. They are good.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 11, 20080 found this helpful

Can I make donuts out of a cake mix?

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By guest (Guest Post)
September 20, 20080 found this helpful

I need a recipe for homemade drop donuts. I finally found a donut maker, but have no recipes can some one help?

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By 0 found this helpful
November 16, 2004

Does anyone have a recipe for baked doughnuts similar to Krispy Kremes?

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November 18, 20040 found this helpful

Here's a recipe for Krispie Kreme like donuts:

http://www.razz … y-kreme-like.htm

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November 18, 20040 found this helpful

I got this receipe from the internet:

Krispy Kreme Inspired Baked Doughnuts

1 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup buttermilk

3 eggs

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet, or doughnut baking pan.

In a medium bowl, mix sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and flour. Mix buttermilk, eggs, honey, and butter in a separate medium bowl, and stir into the dry ingredients. Then spoon the mixture onto the prepared pan in doughnut shapes.

Bake the doughnuts for 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.

You can sprinkle confectioners sugar on top of the doughnuts while they're warm or you can make your own glaze to dip them in. I had to have glazed doughnuts, so I boiled 1 cup of water and mixed in three cups of powdered sugar to make sure I'd have enough.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 24, 20070 found this helpful

I was in the mood for doughnuts, and living in Hawaii I cannot get them except for the grocery store kind. So my brother found this recipe, and we thought we would try it. These are not what I had in mind at all as far as Krispy Kreme doughnuts go. They do taste ok, but they are not doughnuts. Thanks for the recipe anyway.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 29, 20070 found this helpful

Wow, I think I will try your doughnut recipe but with brown sugar and whole wheat flour, it's healthier I think. Thanks!

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March 4, 20110 found this helpful

This sounds like a very good recipe I will try it this weekend & let you know Thank you very much for finding this for me.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 16, 2014

I am seeking a good fried doughnut recipe.

By Doug from Sevierville, TN

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May 28, 20170 found this helpful

Open a can of refrigerated biscuits. Using a small soft drink lid, cut a hole through the middle of each biscuit. Drop donut into oil that has been heated, but not burning. Turn as soon as browned, (be careful, they'll brown quickly), drain on paper towels when brown on all sides. Dredge in bowl of white sugar and cinnamon. Also fry the cut out holes. Serve hot!

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By 0 found this helpful
October 31, 2013

Does anyone have a good recipe for glazed or filled doughnuts?

Thank you.

By Me from Canadensis, PA

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January 7, 20140 found this helpful

Use Pillsbury Grands refrigerated biscuit dough in the blue can. Use a plastic soda bottle cap to punch a hole in the center of each biscuit to make the donut shape. Fry in coconut oil, peanut oil, or canola oil until golden brown. Mix a couple of spoonfuls of powdered sugar and milk to make the icing. Enjoy!

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