Happiness is… a big stack of sugary donuts! Glazed donuts, filled donuts, donut holes, even fritters. With so many delicious ways to love them, what’s not to love about these sweet treats? And as luck would have it, making your own divine donuts from scratch is easy! Below you’ll find 26 Homemade Donut Recipes to whip up whenever a craving strikes.
Is it called a doughnut or a donut?
If we’re getting technical, the original, dictionary spelling of the word happens to be “doughnut”. Meanwhile, the simplified American spelling of “donut” has been in circulation since the 19th century. In the US, they’re actually interchangeable! So, in a nutshell, it’s not a doughnut or donut – it’s both.
Most Popular Donut Flavors
America is arguably the donut capital of the world! With so many topping and flavor options out there, a Ranker Poll from 2015 set out to discover the country’s best donuts. Based on all the feedback received, below are some of the USA’s most popular donut flavors:
1. Vanilla & Chocolate Glazed
If there’s one donut that you’ll find just about anywhere, it’s the simple glazed donut! No fancy sprinkles or toppings, just a vanilla or chocolate donut in its purest form. The simplicity is what wins people over: glazed donuts are perfectly delicious just as they are, which makes both versions the top-ranking donut flavors in the US.
2. Boston Cream
This “hybrid” of a chocolate-frosted donut and a custard-filled donut is a surefire favorite! Another popular staple in most donut shops, the Boston Cream (or Boston Creme) donuts are oozing with cream filling.
3. Frosting With Sprinkles
Chocolate frosted donuts with rainbow sprinkles also top the list. Classic and simple, with just enough fun color to brighten anyone’s day!
4. Strawberry Jelly
Ah, the jelly donut. A beautiful creation that sees a deep-fried donut filled with sweet strawberry filling, for the best breakfast ever! It’s no wonder that strawberry jelly donuts rank high in popularity.
A favorite of the North, the maple donut is definitely one of the states’ most popular flavors! Maple syrup makes everything better, and donuts are no exception.
One thing’s for certain, Americans are serious about their donuts! These are just a few of the most popular donut flavors. Others that make the list are powdered donuts, lemon cream, cinnamon donuts, and apple fritters!
26 Easy Homemade Donut Recipes to Try
Are you ready to get started with your very own heavenly homemade donuts? Here’s a round-up of easy donut recipes that come together without a hitch. Plus, they look and taste like they’re fresh from the bakery window!
Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts
There’s nothing better than a good, ol’ fashioned glazed donut, is there? And these don’t miss the mark! Made with sour cream (and no yeast required), this is an easy and classic donut recipe to make in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Apple Cider Donuts
A classic donut that’s filled with the flavors of fall, that you can easily make all year round! Coat these homemade apple cider donuts in cinnamon sugar, or glaze them with a mouthwatering apple cider glaze. Either way, they’re quick to prepare and insanely delicious!
Air Fryer Glazed Donuts (Gluten Free)
Donuts in the air fryer are a revelation. Dreamy donuts, every time, fried to perfection without the oil! This is the best recipe for donuts that are light, fluffy, and just so happen to be gluten-free.
Yeast Donuts with Fresh Raspberry Glaze
With a little effort, you’ll have these easy donuts freshly deep fried and ready to dip in their delicious raspberry glaze in no time! The reward is worth it: perfectly pink-glazed donuts so perfect, you’ll even impress yourself!
Nutella Stuffed Homemade Beignets
If a homemade donut filled with melty, ooey Nutella sounds incredible to you, that’s because it is! This easy stuffed beignet recipe makes the most soft deep-fried donuts you’ll ever sink your teeth into, with an extra burst of chocolate hazelnut goodness.
Salted Caramel-Glazed Pumpkin Donuts
A donut recipe that ticks all the boxes: glazed? Check. Pumpkin? Check. Salted caramel sauce? Check! You’ll love making these on a cozy afternoon – you can even bake these donuts in a muffin pan! I dare you to not gobble them up in one sitting.
Unicorn Baked Strawberry Donuts
These baked donuts pack all the color and flavor required to put a smile on your face! Bright unicorn sprinkles, mini marshmallows, and loads of sweet strawberries make these homemade donuts a delight for the senses!
Carrot Cake Baked Donuts with Cream Cheese Glaze
Bring two beautiful bakery staples together in your own oven with these baked carrot cake donuts! The best of both worlds is an understatement – you’re going to fall in love with the delicious cake-like texture and sweet cream cheese frosting!
Air Fryer Donuts
These homemade cinnamon sugar donuts only require four ingredients. You heard that right: four! Plus, they’re made in the air fryer. It just gets better and better! So easy, you can even get the kids involved.
Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Baked Buttermilk Donuts
This donut recipe can hold its own next to your local bakery! These homemade buttermilk donuts have mini Reese’s peanut butter cups on the inside and on the outside. Did we mention they’re glazed with chocolate ganache?
Easy Strawberry Shortcake Donuts
An easy donut recipe that channels another favorite dessert: strawberry shortcake! It doesn’t get easier than donuts made with store bought biscuit dough, filled with fresh berries and topped with whipped cream!
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