Easy Donuts

A few weeks ago I came across a super easy made-from-scratch donut recipe. It claimed to take only fifteen minutes and doesn’t require yeast or resting time. I love donuts but they can be so time consuming to make. It’s usually easier to go out and buy one. But this recipe seemed so simple I had to try it.

And it really is that easy. These came out light and fluffy like just fried donut holes should taste.

I was watching a dvd with the family and didn’t want to disturb them with my mixer. This recipe just requires you to mix the dough quickly by hand in a bowl. It took only a few minutes to prepare and then the donuts were ready to be fried.

The batter itself is very very sticky. Therefore this recipe works best for donut holes rather than rolling out the dough and cutting out doughnut shapes.

These were delicious with a simple sugar coating. It reminded me of Pillsbury dough donuts except better tasting because there is none of the salt or biscuit taste.

I would definitely make this again when I’m in need of quick fix for donuts. You can view the full recipe on Cooking Classy.

If you’re looking for a traditional yeast rising doughnut recipe, my favorite one I’ve come across can be found here.

Easy Donuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 donut holes
These donuts only take 15 minutes and are light and fluffy.


  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying
  • granulated sugar and cinnamon for coating
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp melted butter


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat to 350°F. In a shallow bowl, combine some sugar and cinnamon together. Set this aside until you are ready to roll the donuts in it.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the flour baking powder and salt. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the milk, buttermilk, sugar and melted butter. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir with a fork just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky.
  3. Scoop approximately a ½ tablespoon of dough and gently roll it between your hands to form a ball. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
  4. Place the dough ball in the hot oil and fry it until it is golden brown on all sides. Transfer it to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain the excess oil. Roll the donut in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat this process with the rest of the dough. You can fry multiple donuts at once just be sure to not overcrowd the pan otherwise the oil will lose its heat.


Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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12 comments on “Easy Donuts”

  1. Kirbie – thank you so much for the re-post and referral to my site! I love your blog and I’m so glad you enjoyed!

  2. Another easy, fast recipe for me to bookmark and try later. >:D

  3. beautiful and delicious donuts in 15 minutes?! yes please!!

  4. What a delicious recipe ! 🙂 but may the batter for me is to sticky and hard to handle and roll into a ball. so can i refrigerate the batter so that it would be easier to handle?

  5. I made these tonight. Yum. I discovered by if your hands are just a little wet the balls roll nicely without sticking. (Found this out by accident after washing dough off my hands, lol)

  6. We made these yesterday, and you are right, they are super quick and easy. I didn’t have buttermilk, so I used 1/2 cup of 2%. The donuts were delicious. The dough was sticky, so instead of rolling them, I dropped them by tablespoons into the oil. The kids loved them. I set out bowl of various toppings (granulated sugar, cinnamon and sugar, and powered sugar)and the kids had a ball choosing their own. WSe are making them again today with a few variations. Thank you for the recipe!

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