Drop Doughnuts

"These were the homemade version of timbits in my house while I was growing up. Best eaten the night made, but just as wonderful the day after."
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Ready In:
3 dozen


  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 13 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 34 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • additional oil (for frying)


  • Sift together dry ingredients.
  • Mix together wet ingredients and incorporate into dry. Stir until smooth.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls(no bigger) into hot oil (365 degrees, no hotter), turning after a few moments until golden brown on all sides.
  • Remove and drain.
  • Roll in cinnamon sugar while still warm and serve.

Questions & Replies

  1. Hi I was just wanting to know if I can frezze the drop donut if you can please let me know thank you Brian
  2. Can adding sour cream make it moist


  1. To those frying this recipe in 3 tablespoons of oil---The 3 tablespoons of oil is an ingredient. Make the recipe and fry in in a pan of oil.
  2. These turned out great, even with adaptations to accommodate allergies. Will be posting under an adapted separate recipe (with credit to this post) since the changes I made were more than just a tweak or two, and to save other searchers from having to scroll through all these reviews. Thank you for sharing.
  3. So good! I followed the recommendations of one review to only use 1 1/2 cups flour, 2 eggs, and vanilla. I mostly used white wheat flour, too. The resulting donuts were light and fluffy (you would never guess they were whole grain) and freakin' addictive! You really only need a teaspoon of dough because they puff up so well. Everyone in the family loved these, including my 7 year old who is uber-picky (he has autism and food aversions). Great with a glaze or plain. Also -- I ran out of oil halfway through the batch, so I made the rest into donut muffins! Pour the batter into cupcake liners 2/3-full, dust with cinnamon sugar and bake 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees. They rise beautifully and taste like a giant donut hole, without the frying!
  4. With in 20 min of reading this recipe, the kids were enjoying warm doughnuts. Super easy and you should have everything you need already in the kitchen. Its also a good base to use and flavor it up tons of different ways. Will definitely be making this again!!
  5. I adapted this recipe to make while camping, over the campfire. All of the dry ingredients were pre-packed in a zip bag and I added the wet ingredients when we were ready to make them. These were a huge success and every loved them! I'm going to keep a zip bag of ingredients ready to make at all times now!!


  1. Peeled and diced honey crisp apple, 1 tsp cinnamon into batter mix. After frying toss in 2 parts powdered sugar, I part sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon
  2. Amazing recipe. U MUST TRY IT


Former army brat who grew up in a kitchen full of cooks (dad and mom both worked in military kitchens for a living). Food has been the focus of my growing up years, from learning how to make full meals at a young age to making dishes for my own friends and family. Looking to expand on my cookbook collection (Michael Smith, Gordon Ramsay, and Alton Brown for starters) and my knowledge of fast, easy and flavourful meals.
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