Simple Homemade Donuts (Fried)

simple homemade donuts (fried) Side Dish
Simple Homemade Donuts (Fried)
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 8
Updated November 20, 2017


tbsp white vinegar
cup milk (3 oz.)
tbsp shortening
cup sugar (and extra for putting on donuts)
tsp vanilla
cups flour, sifted (extra may be needed)
tsp baking soda
tsp salt
Vegetable oil for deep-frying (or use canola oil, which is healthier)

For Chocolate version:

Increase sugar to 3/4 cup
Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder to dry ingredients
OR add 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted, to butter/sugar


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  • 1
    Stir vinegar into milk and let stand for a few minutes until thick.
  • 2
    Cream together sugar and shortening (and add melted chocolate if using that).
  • 3
    Add eggs and vanilla and stir until blended.
  • 4
    Sift together flour, salt, and soda (and cocoa if using that). Stir into sugar mixture, alternating with milk mixture to incorporate both thoroughly. ( I had to add about 1 1/2 cups extra flour to get a dough consistency myself.)
  • 5
    Roll dough out thick, about 1/3 inch and cut into doughnut shapes with a doughnut cutter. I used a large cup for the donuts and a narrow shot-glass for the holes. Roll excess dough into small balls and flatten to make more donut
  • 6
    Heat oil until it makes noise ( about 375°F ) and fry doughnuts.

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More About This Recipe

  • This recipe proves that preparing homemade donuts is way easier than you may have thought. Don’t be put off by the addition of vinegar- it’s what gives the donuts a rich, buttermilk-like flavor. Sifting the flour, salt, and soda is also an important step as it makes them lighter and easier to incorporate with other ingredients.

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