Homemade Doughnut Recipes

Whether you spell it doughnut or donut, homemade doughnuts make a great kids cooking activity. Kids will learn science techniques with using yeast, math with the measuring and so much more! Working with dough in whatever shape or form is always a favorite with kids.
making doughnuts

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Homemade Doughnut Recipes

  • 2 Tablespoons yeast
  • 1 /4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
In a glass measuring cup add yeast and warm water. Sprinkle top with a pinch of sugar. This helps feed the yeast. Set aside. In mixing bowl, add warm milk, sugar, salt, eggs and shortening. Blend together. Add in 2 cups flour and continue to blend. Pour in yeast mixture and add remaining flour. Mix together until dough forms into a ball. Knead several minutes on a floured counter. Let rest 30 minutes.

Start preheating a deep fryer or large pan of oil. Meanwhile, place dough on a floured surface and roll into a large rectangle.

Cut out circles with a doughnut cutter.
cutting out doughnuts
Place cut doughnuts on a cookie sheet. Continue to roll out and cut doughnuts until you've used all your dough. Let rise 30 minutes. Meanwhile prep your donut glaze.

Doughnut Glaze
  • 2 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Whisk powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together until blended. Set aside while you fry doughnuts.

Fry doughnuts several minutes until golden brown on each side. Place on several layers of paper towels to drain and cool.
frying doughnuts
When cool enough to handle, dip in glaze.Top with sprinkles or other toppings if desired while glaze is still "wet". Toppings could include shredded coconut, chopped nuts, or sprinkles.
Set doughnuts on cookie rack to allow glaze to set.
donut done

**You can use different frosting recipes instead of the glaze like chocolate or vanilla. Experiment with your favorite frostings and toppings!
donut white frosting

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