How to Make Doughnuts for National Donut Day

No need to go to the store – make homemade doughnuts for National Donut Day using these recipes – including glazed, double chocolate and orange drop.

With a sweet, crumbly texture it’s no wonder doughnuts – also called donuts – are popular with kids. But you don’t have to buy them at the grocery store, or even visit a swanky bakery, to enjoy fresh doughnuts. You can make them at home with your kids.

For a traditional doughnut recipe, try mom’s easy doughnuts. Or, if you’re a fan of yeast-based doughnuts, make homemade glazed doughnuts. Both of those recipes require that you roll out and then fry the dough. But you can also bake doughnuts and have them taste almost like the fried variety. The baked maple-glazed bacon doughnuts won’t disappoint!

Mom’s Easy Doughnut Recipe

Milk, sugar, a little butter, baking soda and an egg. There’s only a handful of ingredients in this version of mom’s easy doughnuts from Homemade Dessert Recipes. Stir the ingredients together along with a dash or two of cinnamon. Roll out the dough and use a doughnut cutter to create individual pieces. Fry until golden brown. There’s no need to frost these doughnuts – simply sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Homemade Glazed Doughnuts

Yeast is the key ingredient to these homemade glazed doughnuts from The Pioneer Woman. Giving the dough time to rise allows the yeast to create an airy texture – that melt-in-your-mouth sensation that make glazed doughnuts often a favorite among kids. Drop each freshly fried doughnut into a powder sugar-based glaze and allow to cool slightly before your kids start digging in.

Double-Chocolate Doughnuts

Sift together all-purpose and cake flours along with cocoa powder to start making these double-chocolate doughnuts from Country Living. Next comes baking powder, baking soda and grated chocolate – stirred into the mix. Whisk together buttermilk, butter, eggs and vanilla before adding it into the dry ingredients. Refrigerate the batter before rolling it out. Cut into doughnut circles and then fry. The final step? Add a chocolate icing, of course.

Orange Drop Doughnuts

Kids don’t have enough patience to roll out and shape doughnuts before frying? Not a problem. Use this orange drop doughnut recipe from Honeybee’s Patisserie to simplify the process. Mix together the dough and then drop by the spoonful into heated oil. Allow to cool on a baking rack and then roll in cinnamon and sugar.

Maple-Glazed Bacon Doughnuts

With all the flavor of pancakes dripping with syrup, these maple-glazed bacon doughnuts from King Arthur Flour seem more like a meal than a sweet treat. Mix together all of the ingredients and then prep a doughnut pan to bake them (these ones aren’t fried). In each doughnut form, add crumbled bacon pieces and then a drizzling of maple syrup. Pour in the batter next and cook. Glaze once cooled. If you don’t have a doughnut pan, use a regular-sized muffin pan.

Doughnut Muffins

Forget frying or even rolling out the dough with this doughnut muffin recipe from Taste of Home. The batter includes all of the sweet ingredients you’d expect with a little extra butter for added richness. After baking, dip each muffin top into butter and then cinnamon sugar. These goodies are best eaten warm!

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly. 



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