Super Easy Donuts - Basic Recipe

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is the basic recipe for making fast,tasty donuts. Spice them up, or flavor them any way you like. Look for three fun ways I have listed below - Strawberry-Frosted Donuts, Simple Jelly Donuts,and Boston Cream Donuts which all use this basic recipe to start! Found in FIRST magazine. Delish!!!! **Prep/cooking time does not include 2 hours rise time. DON'T let the number of steps scare you - three different types are listed here for convenience! Just find the one you want to make - quick and easy!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb frozen white bread dough, thawed (1loaf)
  • canola oil

  • 1 (16 ounce) can strawberry frosting
  • colored sprinkles

  • 1 cup seedless raspberry preserves (lemon curd, or other favorite preserves)
  • 14 cup superfine sugar
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • 3 (4 ounce) prepared vanilla pudding (snack-size like Jell-O and Swiss Miss Brand)
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chocolate frosting (your favorite type)


  2. Line jellyroll pan with foil; coat with cooking spray.
  3. On lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 14" x 6" rectangle.
  4. Using 2 3/4" round biscuit cutter, cut out 12 donuts.
  5. Arrange on foil, 2" apart; cover lightly with damp paper towels.
  6. Let rise in warmplace untildoubled in size, about 2 hours.
  7. In a large pot, heat 2" of oil over medium heat until 300*F on deep-frying thermometer.
  8. Add donuts in batches and cook, turning once, until golden and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  9. Drain on rack.(Cool before filling).
  11. Prepare Basic Donuts recipe,using 3"round donut cutter in place of biscuit cutter; cook as directed.
  12. If desired, for donut holes, cook center cut outs for 5 minutes.
  13. Place strawberry frosting in microwave safe bowl and cook on HIGH for about 30 seconds to soften.
  14. Spoon some frosting over each donut; decorate with sprinkles and let stand for 15 minutes to set.
  16. Prepare and cook Basic Donuts as directed.
  17. Once cool, make a 1.5" deep cut into the side of each donut with a paring knife.
  18. Place 1 cup of preserves into a plastic food storage bag; cut 1/4" off 1 corner.
  19. Insert corner of bag into cut in each donut; squeeze 11/2 tbsp preserves into each.
  20. In a bowl, mix superfine sugar and confectioners' sugar.
  21. Adding 2 donuts at a time, toss to coat.
  23. Prepare and cook Basic Donuts as directed.
  24. With a paring knife, make a 1.5" deep cut into the side of each donut.
  25. Place 3packages (4oz each snack-size) vanilla pudding into alarge plastic food storage bag; cut 1/4" off one corner.
  26. Insert the corner of the bag in each donut; squeeze about 2 tbsp pudding into each.
  27. Place chocolate frosting in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH to soften, about 30 seconds.
  28. Spoon some frosting over each donut; let stand about 15 minutes to set.
  29. ENJOY! :).
Most Helpful

Well now I can add another achievement patch to my apron ~ Novice Donut Maker! I enjoyed working with this recipe & am convinced that from now on I need to stock frozen white bread dough! Will definitely be making these again! I did two versions this first time, half of them frosted (with a center hole) & the other half were filled with lemon curd! BIG HITS! WONDERFUL RECIPE! GREAT KEEPER! Many thanks! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my partners in the Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #21]

Sydney Mike October 22, 2008