Easy Homemade Donuts

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I can’t believe Chanuka is more than half over. Where did all those days go? And could you believe I haven’t posted anything fried yet? Well, never fear, I have a delicious donut recipe to share with you. Isn’t there always time for one more batch of donuts?

Here’s the thing about making donuts: people seem to think they are ultra complicated, something to attempt only in your most ambitious moments. But I am here to tell you that donuts are totally easy- or at least they should be.

I’m usually the queen of making things from scratch, so I had to seriously resist the temptation to make my own caramel sauce for these, but let me introduce you to my awesomely fun donut topping method. I’ve been doing this for years, and people love it. I prepare a selection of toppings, then bring the donuts out straight from the frying pan, and let my guests make their own combinations.

This year I made a simple glaze (confectioner’s sugar mixed with oil and water). Because I am the coolest aunt ever, I split the glaze in half and let two of my nieces pick a color. They had such a good time mixing the coloring into the icing! I also bought caramel sauce, chocolate caramel sauce and custard. Then my nieces had a great time picking through my box of sprinkles and other decorating stuff (doesn’t everyone have a big box of different shaped and colored sprinkles? No? Maybe that’s what makes me the coolest aunt ever). We put out little bowls of the different sprinkles and toppings. When the donuts were ready, I brought them out and everyone had a phenomenal time designing their own donuts- fresh hot out of the frying pan!

Easy Homemade Donuts:
Adapted from The Original Heimishe Kitchen

1 heaping Tablespoon instant yeast (or 1 oz fresh yeast)

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup water

5 cups flour

4 Tablespoons margerine

3 egg yolks

1 1/4 cups water


In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup water. Add remaining ingredients and knead until smooth. Cover dough and let rise for 30-45 minutes.

On a floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/4-1/2 an inch. Allow to rise an additional 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil.

When oil is fully heated (if you are unsure, test the oil by dropping a small piece of dough into the oil. If it immediately rises to the top, the oil is ready.) Carefully place the dough rounds in the oil, fry on each side until golden brown. (Be careful not to overcook, they brown very quickly.)

Serve hot with confectioner’s sugar, caramel sauce, custard, glaze sprinkles, or your favorite donut toppings.


So easy, so delicious!

Enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!



  1. says

    Wow, these donuts look delicious! I love donuts…well, I guess who doesn’t? I’ve never made homemade donuts, mostly because I was intimidated by yeast. But, it is on my list to make this year, so thanks for the recipe! 😀

    • overtimecook says

      You can experiment with gluten free flour blends. I haven’t tried it though, so I can’t make any guarantees.


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