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Homemade Donuts

Want to know a little secret? Come in realllllly close. Pinky promise not to tell. I HATED these homemade donuts growing up. Why? I have no idea. I was picky. I was a true blue maple bar lover. Annnnnd, I don’t know why.  I haven’t had them in YEARS. Like, at least 10. Smelling them cooking at Mom and Dad’s over Christmas break I wanted to try them sooooo bad.

Anyway, you may be wondering why I am posting these if I don’t or at least didn’t like them. Well, everyone else I know looooves them. I desperately wanted to try them again, but because of the dairy I couldn’t.

Every Christmas Eve my mom made these donuts. The recipe came from her mom, but Grandma always just made them and there weren’t exact measurements. My mom slowly, but surely figured it out and and began to make them herself. Now I’m passing them on to you.

We always just glazed ours, but feel free to do whatever.  We would glaze ours by mixing the glaze in a dish, placing a wooden spoon across the dish, and then glazing the donuts and sticking the spoon through the donuts to drip off the excess glaze.

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Can Donuts Be Baked Instead of Fried?

You can actually bake donuts instead of frying.

Prepare the recipe per the instructions, but instead of frying, bake the doughnuts on a baking sheet, at 350 degrees until they have attained toasty, tasty perfection.

Can You Use Instant Yeast In Place of Active Dry Yeast?

Active dry yeast and instant yeast can generally be used interchangeably.

Instant yeast rises a little faster, so you may need to adjust your rising time.

How Long Will Homemade Donuts Keep?

Homemade donuts will keep 1-2 days at room temperature.

They should be covered with plastic wrap or placed in a zip lock bag.

Homemade Donuts

Homemade Donuts

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Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8


Recipe by Grandma Thueson adapted by Mom

  • 2 Tablespoons yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 cup water. very warm
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cream sweet, scalded--you can use can milk instead, but they are not as light as with cream.
  • 2 3/4 Cups Flour divided


  • In a glass measuring cup with the warm water, add the yeast and sugar and stir a little to combine.
  • Allow to foam for at least 5 minutes.
  • Scald the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, do not allow to boil, just heat until hot and a thin skin forms.
  • Add the cream to the egg mixture, stir to combine then add the yeast mixture and stir again, lightly.
  • Add 1 cup of flour, stir gently.
  • Let sit till it forms a light sponge (kind of little bubbles on top and spongey looking) about 10 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup of flour at a time, stirring with a fork very gently until the last 1/4 cup, which you start to stir in and then use your hands to fold it in. The dough will be very sticky, but still hold together.
  • Cover with a towel.
  • Let rise until doubled, about an hour or two.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough about 1/2 to 3/4" thick and cut into donuts.
  • Flour your board or parchment so that after rising they aren't stuck to the board or they will fall.
  • Let rise again for 45 minutes.
  • Fry in hot oil until golden, then dip immediately in a glaze.


There is no exact amount for flour. Just add until the dough comes together, but it should be sticky not smooth and elastic like bread dough
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Donuts
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 161mg7%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 248IU5%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • Wheres glaze recipe????

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    • It’s just a mix of powdered sugar and milk to your desired consistency. You could add a little vanilla to it as well if you want! Start with 2 cups of powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of milk.

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  • I would love to have the recipe for the glaze, I haven’t found one yet that I liked.

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  • Oooh these look tasty! Yum!

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  • I've had fun looking through your site! I'm excited to try your salads!

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  • Oh man..that stinks you couldnt try them. They say your tastes buds change every 7 years!

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  • My favorite is a heated up glazed donut, yum

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  • These look so good! I want some NOW! lol : )

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