Easy Homemade Donut Recipes

Homemade Donut

There's no way around it: no matter what season, everyone loves a donut. But you don't need to leave the house to make one or buy a box of super-sugary processed donut holes. These easy homemade donut recipes are quick, simple, and fun for kids to make. Best of all, you can customize them however you like. So try some of these easy homemade donut recipes and enjoy a donut from the comfort of your own house!


Stephanie's Easy Homemade Donuts

Ingredients: 2 TBSP white vinegar, 3/8 cup milk, 2 TBSP shortening, 1/2 cup white sugar, one egg, 1/2 tps vanilla extract, 2 cups white flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

  • Mix white vinegar with milk and let stand.
  • Mix shortening and sugar until mixture is smooth.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • Stir flour, baking soda, and salt into sugar mixture, then add to vinegar and milk.
  • Roll out dough on floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
  • Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Heat skillet to 375 degrees F with one quart of oil
  • Fry the donuts in the hot oil until they appear golden.
  • Place on paper towels to dry and immediately dust with confectioners' sugar.

(Note: you can substitute other types of flour for white flour, such as wheat or pumpkin).


Easy Homemade Donuts With Sugar Glaze

Ingredients: 1 TBSP dry yeast, 1 tsp dry yeast, 2 cups white flour, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 egg yolks, 2 TBSP white sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 stick softened butter, 1 cup whole milk (warmed).

  • Add 1 TBSP yeast with 3/4 cup warm milk and 3/4 cup flour, then let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Combine remaining yeast and milk.
  • Add vanilla and egg yolks; mix on low.
  • Add 1 cup flour, then sugar and salt. Mix on medium.
  • Add butter and mix on medium.
  • Gradually stir in flour and use dough hook to knead the remaining flour into the dough.
  • Let the dough rest for 30 minutes before chilling for one hour.
  • Cut the dough into donut shapes and allow it to sit in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Heat deep-fryer to 360 F and fry until done.
  • For sugar glaze, combine one and a half cups of confectioners' sugar, 3 TBSP milk, and 2 tsp vanilla extract in a bowl. Pour over finished donuts for a sweet, crunchy glaze.


Gluten-Free Homemade Donuts

Ingredients: 2/3 cup rice flour, 1/4 cup tapioca starch, 1/3 cup white sugar, 2 TBSP instant vanilla pudding mix, 1/2 tsp xantham gum, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup oil, 2 eggs, and 2 tsp vanilla extract.

  • Mix oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk together.
  • Mix rice flour, tapioca starch, sugar, salt, pudding mix, baking powder, and xantham gum together. Add to other mixture.
  • On floured surface, knead dough and cut into donut shapes (rice-floured surface, of course).
  • Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • Let sit on cooling rack before serving.

(You can also add the sugar glaze from the last recipe to these donuts; it's gluten free as well.).

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