Homemade Yeast Donuts

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Homemade Yeast Donuts Homemade Yeast Donuts

Nothing beats a homemade yeast donut y’all!

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 min
Difficulty: Easy

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3/4 cup warm milk
1 packet active dry yeast
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus extra for dusting your dough and board
1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 egg yolks
Nonstick cooking spray
Peanut Oil for frying (Can substitute vegetable oil)

1 stick butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons hot water
Sprinkles for garnish





In the bowl of a standing mixer, pour warm milk, sugar and yeast. Let stand until yeast starts to foam. About 10 minutes. Attach dough hook to standing mixer while yeast is activating.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. 

Add flour mixture, butter and egg yolks to the yeast mixture and beat on medium speed until it comes together and forms a ball. Just about 3-5 minutes. Cover the bowl and and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

Spray a sheet tray with non stick cooking spray and set aside. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and roll out to a 1/2” thickness. Using a 2”-3” donut cutter (you can also use a drinking glass or biscuit cutter to cut out your donuts and a plastic bottle cap to cut out the holes), cut out donuts and transfer them and their holes to the prepared baking sheet, spacing them 1” apart. Spray the tops of the donuts and holes with nonstick cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm place until they have almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Using a deep fryer or dutch oven, heat oil to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with paper towels or brown paper and set aside.

Working in batches, fry the donuts and donut holes until lightly golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to the paper lined baking sheet and let cool for 10 minutes before glazing.

To make the glaze: In a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer or whisk, mix all ingredients together. Mixture should be thin. Add more hot water if needed to thin out the glaze. Keep glaze warm until ready to use.

Dip the donuts, one at a time, into the warm glaze, covering the top half of each donut with glaze. Dip glaze side down into a bowl filled with your favorite sprinkles and place on a tray to set for
10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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My doughnuts came out excellently light and tasty. My kids and my mom loved it. Thank you Paula.

By Priya Senthil on January 24, 2014


I love this and all your recipes..thank you . Paula

By gabby on October 15, 2013


I love ur style Paula Dean. Never let anyone get you done. I would not hv attempted this had I not been able to find your recipe for this project. Thank you.

By Robin Constantin on September 22, 2013


I ENJOY SEEN ALL YOUR work you do and hope you keep putting up your good recipes so we can try them good luck with all you do and looking forward seen more of you A wish you the best of every thing

By Janice Seevers on September 13, 2013


I have a Mom and Pop store and I have a lady that makes homemade donuts for me. For some reason she can not get her glaze to stick on the donuts. When they are dry the glaze starts to flake off. Do you know of anything she can do or what she might be doing wrong? thank you , blessings, Pat

By Pat on February 25, 2013


These donuts were fabulous. My husband doesn't even really like sweets and he gobbled them right up. I only fried a few and refrigerated the remaining dough for the next day, and they were just as good as the first batch. Thank you, Paula!

By Gretchen on February 24, 2013


These turned out horrible :( and I'm no newcomer when it comes to yeast. I followed the directions to a T. Everything was fine until it was time to fry them. The moment I touched them, they fell! Also I had a thermometer in my oil to keep track of the heat and I had to flip them before 30 seconds and they still were too well done. So I turned down the heat and started flipping them immediately after 15 seconds. So the ones that weren't burnt I tasted even though flat...didn't even have a good flavor. I'm so disappointed :( and I love Paula

By Anonymous on January 20, 2013


off to make donuts now! thx

By Anonymous on November 11, 2012


Paula I love all your stuff, but I an the owner of a small bakery in battle lake mn I hand make each donut in my shop plus all the icings and after seven years in business I am here to tell you girl unless you put cake flour in you donut also with flour they just are not light and fluffy. Love you janet

By Janet schicker on November 10, 2012


Lick this recipe. I love to make breads & PIES. I can't wait to try this one. I have my mother N law's and it takes a while and i don't do so will.

By gsyork52 on November 10, 2012


I am always on the look-out for soy free recipes. When I can provide a soy free donut I am super Mom! More than that, these donuts are light and delicious. They have better flavor than most bought donuts. Thank you! Becki

By Becki on November 03, 2012


I just made a batch and they turned out great. Everyone in my family enjoyed these donuts. Thanks!

By Morona on October 10, 2012


love your recipe's paula!!

By ksaunder on September 20, 2012


can this donut recipe be used with a donut maker?

By Anonymous on July 25, 2012


Haven't tried the recipe yet but im dying to fix it this weekend for the family! I know they will love it! Thanks Paula and do what you do all the time, you hear!?

By desireedaniel on April 26, 2012


I loved your cooking on Food Network. Don't worry if they make a fuss about your diabetes. Everone is free to use whatever they want or to adapt your recipe. Go on, smile and give us a good day. Cooking is wonderfull !!!

By Anonymous on February 26, 2012


These will FABLOUS. They rose beautifully. I did them every weekend for a month.!! Awesome Paula love you!

By Heather on February 18, 2012


i just made the donut for hanuka hollyday they five stars i love them am sure my famylie wil leike therfingers thank you madame paula mercie beaucoup happy hollyday to you with good heath and keep your beautyful smile. from marcelle moyal dec/20 /2011.

By marcelle on December 20, 2011


i love you and your recipies!!!!

By Pearl lysohirka on November 05, 2011


Hi Paula: I love your books, and your recipes. I am a donut lover, and will try recipe. I have so many good recipes from my Mom, who cooked for cele- brates on TV when we were growing up. I would love to write a book with my recipes and Mom's too in the book. You and your sons are great. Love your baked Mac and cheese. It is the best. Great Job, Great Books, and a real Great Lady. Thank You for sharing. Sincerely, Althea Mahon

By Althea Mahon on November 05, 2011

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