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Super Easy Doughnuts Recipe
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Super Easy Doughnuts
Homemade doughnuts dusted with confectioners' sugar. See more
  • READY IN 16 mins

Super Easy Doughnuts

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"Really quick and easy donuts made from ingredients you probably already have. My 3 year old loves these because he can have them whenever he wants. There's hardly any waiting time. Use any topping you want. Our favorite is powdered sugar!"

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Original recipe makes 18 doughnuts Change Servings
  • PREP

    14 mins
  • COOK

    2 mins

    16 mins


  1. Stir the vinegar into the milk, and let stand for a few minutes until thick.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the sugar mixture alternating with the vinegar and milk. Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/3 inch thickness. Cut into doughnuts using a donut cutter. Let stand for about 10 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a large deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Fry doughnuts in the hot oil until golden, turning over once. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners' sugar while they are still warm, and serve immediately.
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  • Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 31, 2005

I rated this 5 for taste but it turned out so well because I followed the others' recommendation to only add 1/2 cup milk. Doing it that way, it turned out PERFECT. I lightly wet my fingers before working with the dough and did dropped donut holes instead of traditional donuts. Keep in mind that the holes will about double in size when they expand in the oil! We topped with cinnamon/sugar, powdered sugar, or chocolate syrup. Will definitely make these again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 01, 2006

This was the first recipe that has ever made me angry. Even after taking tips from previous reviews, the dough still wasn't rollable. I did 1/2 c milk with 1 tbsp vinegar and added more than a cup of additional flour. After that I let it sit for 20 minutes in the bowl. It was so sticky that rolling it out & cutting it into doughnuts wasn't even an option. I was able to roll them in my hands to make holes, which worked out just fine. All in all the taste was pretty good(even after adding a lot of extra flour). I would look elsewhere before trying this recipe again.

Feb 10, 2008

This was an absolutely delicious recipe. I made donut holes and they came out so light and fluffy! At first I was confused about the comments but then I realized that allrecipies actially made a modification to the milk amount and this is why the comments didn't make sense any more. I made this recipe with one little modification, I used cider vinegar instead of white and it came out perfect! Oh and by the way...3/8 cup of milk equals 6 tablespoons of milk. Enjoy!

May 24, 2005

I think the milk amount should be halved. This recipe is the one my grandmother, mother, and I have used for years, but mine takes the same amount of milk and vinegar, but DOUBLE the amount of everything else. Just use half the amount of milk and vinegar listed in this recipe and they will turn out fine. I have make this "half batch" of about 18 doughnuts many times.

Jan 16, 2008

Milk ingredient updated by the allrecipes staff on 1/66/2008.

Apr 25, 2007

You can substitute plain yogurt for the milk/vinegar mixture - makes it easier, and they come out tastier (in my opinion).

Feb 04, 2008

WOW!! I used the recipe conversion and made only a 9 serving recipe and it turned out awesome. We used a 1/4 cup of buttermilk because that is essentially what the milk and vinegar are.. and we used a small cookie scoop and dropped straight into the oil. My 3 year old had a blast rolling them in powdered sugar. oh yeah and once it is converted it calls for a half an egg.. we used egg substitute that I had laying around from my parents visit. lol. Worked like a charm.

Sep 14, 2008

This recipe is very simple, quick, and tasty, and makes a perfect basic cake doughnut recipe. The dough doesn't have much flavor on its own, so for myself I would season them with cinnamon, citrus, vanilla, etc. If you roll each doughnut quickly in flour before frying you'll get a nice, crispy exterior.


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  • Calories
  • 148 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 6.8 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 74 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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