Lemon Raspberry Donuts


Obsessed with these lemon raspberry donuts and they only took 5 minutes to make!! There’s something so good about the combination!

Obsessed with these lemon raspberry donuts and they only took 5 minutes to make!! There's something so good about the combination! brunch, breakfast



So, this is a recipe from last month, but it has taken a while for me to get it up because there have been so many yummy recipes that I just didn’t want to move out of the way. Anyway, the girls have been sooooo excited about the movie, Frozen as I’m sure every girl has, and as we actually think it’s a pretty darn cute movie too we decided to get back to our kid like selves and do something totally fun for the girls and these lemon raspberry donuts were definitely the highlight of the evening. Like, for real. They are in serious competition for  our favorite donut with strawberry shortcake donuts.

Obsessed with these lemon raspberry donuts and they only took 5 minutes to make!! There's something so good about the combination! brunch, breakfast



I know this may seem quite silly and not like anything cool, but we had such a fun evening totally not being adults. We surprised the girls by grabbing dinner from one of their favorite places, Cafe Rio where one loves the quesadillas and the other only wants a side a pork, brought it home to where Cade had set up an indoors picnic for us complete with a favorite movie. We all sat on our family room floor on blankets and pillows, chowing down on dinner we didn’t have to cook and then just as Olaf was making everyone giggle I busted out the donuts.


Obsessed with these lemon raspberry donuts and they only took 5 minutes to make!! There's something so good about the combination! brunch, breakfast



And now I’m kicking myself because if you follow on facebook you know I made the mistake of editing photos late at night and then all I wanted to do was fry up another batch and now here I am writing the post late at night and drooling over these lemon sugar, fried, deliciously stuffed with raspberry filling donuts, oh golly I need another.


Are Donuts Baked or Fried?

Yeast donuts are deep fried.

Cake donuts can be either baked or fried.


How Do You Zest a Lemon?

Wash and scrub the outside of the citrus fruit very well.

Remove the zest (leaving the white, bitter pith behind) with a lemon zester or a microplane.

A zester will give you long thin strands while a microplane will give you small bits of zest.

You can also zest a lemon using the smallest grate of a cheese grater.


How Long Will Donuts Keep?

Properly stored, freshly cooked donuts (not cream-filled) will last for about 1 to 2 days at normal room temperature; cream-filled donuts should be stored in the refrigerator.



Lemon Raspberry Donuts

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Lemon Raspberry Donuts

Obsessed with these lemon raspberry donuts and they only took 5 minutes to make!! There's something so good about the combination!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: 500+ Best Dessert Recipes
Keyword: dessert, donut, easy, lemon sugar, quick, raspberry, recipe
Servings: 16 donuts
Calories: 81kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1 package Pillsbury Bisscuits honey butter flavor, 8 pk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest of one large lemon
  • 1 cup raspberries smashed
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Oil for frying


  • Heat a dutch oven over medium heat, filled 1/3 up with peanut or canola oil.
  • Separate each biscuit, then separate the halves.
  • Place 2-4 biscuits at a time in the oil, making sure there is plenty of room for frying.
  • With a metal slotted spoon or spider continuously flip the donuts until golden on each side.
  • Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel lined plate.
  • Meanwhile, stir together the sugar and lemon in one bowl, and the teaspoon of sugar with the raspberries in another bowl.
  • Place the raspberries into a condiments bottle or pastry bag with a small, pointed tip.
  • Press into the donut and fill with the raspberry filling. Sometimes I use a sharp knife to start the hole.
  • Roll in the bowl with the lemon sugar and serve immediately!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.9g | Protein: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 15.2mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 7g
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82 comments on “Lemon Raspberry Donuts”

  1. I made these for breakfast this morning…WOW! Easy, fast, and extremely tasty! Thanks!

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  7. the donuts look yummy – winning the Surface would be the icing on the donuts!

  8. I am going to try these for my work team this weekend! They sound amazing!

  9. I want these in my life right now!!

  10. These donuts look incredible! Love the raspberry lemon combo!

  11. Thanks for the chance to win a tablet, what a great gift giveaway. So each biscuit is divided in half to make two don
    uts? The instructions kinda says divide the halves, but reading the servings it says only 16, Oh these look so good I don’t want to mess up but common sense tells me 1/4 of a biscuit would be to thin to fill. Love all your recipes

  12. i love the idea of putting raspberries inside the doughnuts. yum!

  13. You definitely saved the best for last!! These donuts look to die for!!!!!!! Seriously wishing I had a bazillion right now!

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  21. These donuts look fantastic! Love the lemon raspberry combo!

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  25. These donuts look delicious! I MUST-DO 🙂 thanks for the recipe!

  26. These Donuts Look Delish!!!
    I would LOVE to win a surface tablet! I have a 10 year old HP laptop that is about to die on me any day now… I have used an IPad before but never tried a Surface. You make it sound amazing!

  27. Sounds like a fun night! I mean, who doesn’t love Frozen? And these donuts look incredible! Thanks for the giveaway, I would love a Surface to tote around when I travel!

  28. Oh my, these look so simple and delicious.

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  37. Oh those donuts look so good! Been a while since I had donuts, makes my mouth water! Thanks for the recipe!! And thanks for the chance to win a surface 2 tablet! 🙂

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  43. These donuts look so so good!!! I’ll be giving them a try. I’m sure my girls would enjoy them.
    Now the tablet I could use for sure! Thank you for this awesome giveaway. I love your blog!

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  55. These look wonderful! I love lemon and raspberry

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  60. These look delicious, but I’m not a fan of raspberries.Think I’ll try them with blueberries instead. 🙂

  61. What a fabulous treat, I definitely eat more than one of these!

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  64. Man, these donuts are calling my name. two of my favourite flavour combos, Pinned!

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  66. Our family loves the Frozen movie. Seriously Olaf is the best part besides all the singing.

  67. I don’t typically like donuts, unless they are filled with raspberries or covered in sugar, so this is like the my two favorites combined!

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