I know what you are thinking.. buttermilk doughnuts? I thought the same too until I tried these. I got this recipe from my husband's hometown church cookbook. Since I don't always have buttermilk on hand, I do however always have the dried buttermilk for baking. I prefer that then to fresh buttermilk in these. If you do use the dried stuff, make as directed on the carton and follow all steps below that are listed... Turns out the same and the taste is AWESOME.. You can make them chocolately with little work, you can add apples to the batter and frost with a cinnamon icing. there is absolutely nothing you can't do with these. Hope you all enjoy!