Simple Sugar Coated Doughnuts

Simple Sugar Donuts - The dough is made with flour, water, yeast and sugar, then the donuts are fried and dredged in sugar. Very simple, but very indulgent little treat!

Very fluffy, with sweet sugary coating these Doughnuts are a classic. Eating them as soon as they’re just cool enough to gobble down with the outside still crispy from frying, is truly a satisfying experience.

As I saw my daughter waiting for me to fry the doughnuts, I remembered myself sitting at my grandma’s kitchen table, resting my head on the palms of my hands, watching her every move as the doughnuts bubbled away in the hot oil. Grandma would make a ton of them, making sure that everyone in her big family got have as many doughnuts as they wanted. Ripping a doughnut with my fingers today, and allowing my nose to inhale the aroma of a freshly fried doughnut, I can’t help but miss her as I am reminded that in a month it will be 5 years since she left us for a better place.

Most of my best memories revolve around family and food and I hope that when my daughters grow up, I’ve helped them create enough memories to be inspired and carry on the legacy of making homemade foods from scratch, with real ingredients and lots of love.

Original recipe gotten from Flour Child.

Simple Sugar Coated Donuts

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 234 kcal
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 10


Combine together

  • tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

Mix with a mixer

  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk warm
  • 2 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

For coating

  • Sugar


How to make Simple Sugar Donuts

  1. Stir warm water, sugar & yeast in a tall glass. Leave to rise for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix together flour, milk, room temperature butter, yolks, sugar and the proofed yeast mixture in mixer on low speed, with dough hook attachment until the dough comes together.
  3. Slightly increase the speed and kneed for another 5 minutes.
  4. Pick up the dough, form it into a ball. Butter a large bowl (for proofing), place the dough ball in and butter the outside of the dough to prevent skin from forming.
  5. Cover with a clean kitchen towel, place in a warm draft- free place and allow to rise for 1-2 hours (depending on how warm it is), until doubled in volume.
  6. Line a jelly roll sheet with wax paper/foil, spray with non stick spray/butter with room temperature butter.
  7. Punch down the dough, turn it out onto greased surface (can use non stick spray) and roll it to ½ inches thickness. Cut out as many rounds as possible with a 2 or 3 inch round cookie cutter and place on the greased baking sheet. Either discard the scraps or fry them as is (after proofing)
  8. Cover cut out doughnuts with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise for 45 min to 1 hour.
  9. Heat 1½ inches oil in a heavy pot (cast iron) until it’s 350F. To fry doughnuts, drop 3-4 of them at a time and allow to become golden before turning to the other side, about 1 minute per side.
  10. Transfer to paper towels or wire rack to drain. Let cool.
  11. Once the doughnuts are cool enough to handle, roll them in granulated sugar or powdered sugar .
Nutrition Facts
Simple Sugar Coated Donuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 91mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 5.2%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 11.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • A

    Hey i have bot yet tried but could i replace unsalted butter with normal butter

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    • Unsalted butter is the normal butter ☺️. If you don’t mind the cake being salty, I guess it’s ok, but I probably wouldn’t use salted butter.

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  • anna

    I loved them!!! Will be making again

    · Reply
    • Thanks Anna for your feedback!

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  • Vera

    Made these doughnuts, but I think the recipe is missing some salt.

    · Reply
    • The original recipe didn’t call for any salt, but you can definitely add a pinch. It won’t hurt for sure 🙂

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