Easy Homemade Donuts

By: Holden Derrick

If you are like me, it’s a special treat when you go to get donuts. Whether you choose Krispy Kreme, Duck Donuts or any other shop, it’s not often you go stand in a line and order your specialty donuts.

But doesn’t something always taste better when you make it yourself? That’s why we have this super easy recipe for making your own delicious donuts at home! It takes less than 30 minutes to whip up these delightful treats, using ingredients that you probably already have in your home!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3/8 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar for dusting


First, stir the vinegar into the milk, and let stand for a few minutes until thick.

Next, 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 your dough out on a floured surface to 1/3 inch thickness. Cut that into donuts using a donut cutter. Let stand for about 10 minutes.

Then, 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.

You can even make them your own with other toppings of your choice. My personal favorite is lots of chocolate icing with sprinkles on top!


This super easy recipe will turn donuts from a specialty treat to one of your weekly snacks. Enjoy!



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