15 Minute Donuts, From Scratch


To me, these homemade donuts taste just as good (or better) as any cake donut you could buy at your local bakery but you can make them at home in 15 minutes!

How to Make Donuts with an easy donut recipe

How to Make Donuts in 15 Minutes!

This post is going to be short and sweet today just like this simple donut recipe =).  I’m in love and hate with these homemade donuts.  Love because they are amazing, and hate because I could eat all of them.

You can make these at home in 15 minutes (some done in 15 the entire batch took about 19 to be more exact =).  I made this easy donu recipe because sometimes I just can’t wait 3 hours for a fresh donut.  These homemade donuts are purely amazing and deliciously tender, enjoy!


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15 Minute Donuts, From Scratch

4.41 from 15 votes

These homemade donuts taste just as good (or better) as any cake donut you could buy at your local bakery but you can make them at home in 15 minutes!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy donuts, homemade donuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 30 Donut Holes
Calories: 50 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 2 cups vegetable oil , for frying
  • Granulated sugar , cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar, for coating


  1. Preheat oil over medium heat in a 10 inch non-stick fry-pan (keeping an eye on it as it is heating). In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. 
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together milk, buttermilk, sugar and melted butter. Using a fork stir in dry ingredients and mix just until combine (think of making biscuit dough, you just want to incorporate the ingredients).
  3. Once the oil has reached 350 degrees, measure out 1/2 tablespoonfuls dough and using your hands gently roll into a ball (gently rolling to keep them fluffy, think of rolling something really fragile. 
  4. Again this is like a biscuit dough you don't want to overwork it). Gently place dough ball into oil and fry until golden brown on bottom then flip and cook reverse side until golden brown. 
  5. Carefully remove with metal tongs or a fork and drain onto a paper towel lined plate. Roll in sugar. Repeat this process with remaining dough (you can fit about 8 donuts in the pan at once if you can work that fast =). Note: these are best enjoyed the day they are made.
Nutrition Facts
15 Minute Donuts, From Scratch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Potassium 44mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 0.8%
Calcium 2%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • derek: i failed epically with this :(
    i think my oil was too hot because they browned but were not fully cooked inside. i also found them to be very greasy.
    but also, i failed before even getting them into the oil. i had a difficult time making them into little balls because the batter was so sticky. that being said, the batter was delicious — so much so that i put some in the freezer and will make own “cookie dough” ice cream with it :) October 31, 2018 at 7:04pm Reply

  • Teagan: Hi! I am looking for someone to contact for my science fair project, and I came across one of your stores! I have a couple of questions for you! Number one on my list; is there an alternative way to make donuts besides deep frying them? And does it affect the weight of the donut? When you make donuts, does the amount of flour affect the density of the treat? Does the moistness of the cake make a donut weigh more, and if so, is the yeast donut or the cake donut moister? Thank you for your time, and please get back to me as soon as you can! Thank you! September 24, 2018 at 5:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes you can bake donuts but not this recipe, I have a baked donuts a recipe here https://www.cookingclassy.com/baked-vanilla-bean-doughnuts/
      My guess is fried donuts would weigh more then baking the same batter because they obsorb a little oil.
      And yes the amount of flour and a number of other things like eggs, levelers, how batter is mixed, altitude and other things effect the density.
      Then my guess is that a moister donut weighs more and I think generally cake donuts are a bit more moist.
      I’m no pro though these are just personal opinions. :) good luck with your project! October 6, 2018 at 12:55am Reply

  • Jezabel: OMG I pregnant with 13 weeks and I was craving something sweet ans fried but easy to make. After going through several recipes I found yours. And I did it literally like in less than 15 minutes. I added 2 eggs to the dough (i was like it doesn’t have eggs Im gonna add some) And OMG this is like THE BOMB I love it My 10 year old was like mom you need to save this recipe!!! I honestly can’t thank you for saving this craving LOL. Delicious!!! Do you think I could bake this like muffins? Thanks August 20, 2018 at 5:05pm Reply

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