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Homemade Doughnuts

These homemade doughnuts are super yummy and a fun treat to make! I let each child make their own batch and they seemed to enjoy having control over their bowl. One batch of this recipe is more than enough for one family, but since we had 3 batches we had plenty of doughnuts to share with friends. 

It seems like I am posting a lot of recipes this summer, but if I have to make food, I might as well make it fun and involve the kids! I hope you enjoy this one!

What You Need:
  • 1 c Buttermilk
  • 1 Large Eggs
  • 3 c Flour (at least - you may need more)
  • 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1/3 c Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp-ish Nutmeg (add to taste. I like nutmeg, so I add more!)
  • 3 T Butter (melted)
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • mixing spoon
  • flat surface
  • cooking oil for frying doughnuts
  • tongs or large fork to flip doughnuts in pan
  • large pan
  • powdered sugar or sugar/cinnamon mix (optional)
** Do Not use a mixer for this recipe!**


Step 1: Mix flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda together.

Step 2: In a separate bowl mix together buttermilk, eggs and sugar. Mix well. Add butter and mix well again.

Step 3: Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients together. It will be very sticky and when things get sticky kids start tasting!

Step 4: On a well floured surface pat out the dough. You will want to add a half a handful of flour on top before patting/rolling the dough out, this will prevent the dough from sticking as much on your fingers or rolling pin. Rub hands together to get extra dough off your hands...use flour to help rub it all off.

Step 5:  Preheat cooking oil in a pan to 375 degrees. Cut doughnuts with a doughnut cutter or make your own with 2 round cups (one smaller than the other).

Step 6: When the oil is ready, fry the doughnuts until brown. I do not have a thermometer, so for me, I knew the oil was hot enough when I added a bit of dough to the oil and it popped back up to the top quickly. I just had to play with the level of heat while frying.

...make sure you flip them over...

I tried to keep the kids at a safe distance, but they could still see what was going on.

Step 7: Remove browned doughnut from heat and place on a paper towel to cool for a few minutes. Once cooled roll/shake the doughnut around in some powdered sugar. If the doughnut is too warm, the powdered sugar will dissolve and be kind of sticky.

Step 8: Then eat and enjoy! Yum!

Variation: I did try baking these for a healthier version on 375 degrees. To be honest, they were not as tasty as frying. If I did it again, I would brush the dough on the cookie sheet with egg whites (like with the soft pretzels). Then brush the doughnuts with butter once removed from the oven and top with white sugar/cinnamon or powdered sugar. 

If I had to do it again: I would roll the dough out for one child at a time and then cut the doughnuts before moving on to rolling out the next child's dough. Letting all three at once roll out their dough at the same time was a bit crazy! =)



  1. We do this but, I cheat. I buy a can of biscuits and poke a hole in the middle then fry them up. Yummy!

  2. Thanks for the recipe. I used to do these when I was first married, almost 18 years ago now and I'm sure the kids would LOVE these. Kim, that's a good idea too. Thanks so much for linkin up to tasty tuesdays today!

  3. We love making donuts :) my daughter loves it. Yours look so yummy and kiddos are so adorable :)

  4. I know what my kids are going to have for breakfast on my week off!! This looks super fun and easy (well as easy as letting kids make doughnuts can be!)

  5. These look so yummy!!! Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice.

  6. Thanks for the recipe! They look sooo good!

  7. Yummy! If you're looking for a quicker donut recipe, just take cheap refrigerated biscuits and fry them :)

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  8. This is something we did often when I was a little girl, I passed the tradition down to my children and am looking forward to making them with my granddaughters. I use the biscuits so much easier but making your own dough adds lots of time to slip in a little math and so much more fun.

  9. Thank you for sharing this great doughnut recipe with us at Anything Related!



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