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!


Piled homemade donuts made from easy donut recipe


15 Minute Donuts, From Scratch

4.34 from 12 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.


  • Anonymous: Do you think that you could use a mini donut maker to cook these? February 4, 2012 at 5:17pm Reply

  • Linda @ Lemon Drop: gorgeous photos and great recipe. Looking fwd to making these !

    Linda @ Lemon Drop

    http://lemondropsfoodie.blogspot.com/ February 1, 2012 at 10:45am Reply

  • nidhi: your photographs are amazing.i have been looking for eggless donuts recipe for a long time. thanks for the recipe. February 1, 2012 at 6:12am Reply

  • shecooksandheeats: OMG 15 mins! Thanks so much for the recipe! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and I just LOVE it!! I love all your recipes, they are so yummy! :) February 1, 2012 at 1:20am Reply

  • Molly @ Me and Madeline: Just made these with my 3 year old daughter! So super easy and very yummy! January 31, 2012 at 4:58pm Reply

  • Kristina: yum! 15 minute donuts sound dangerous… that means I can make them all of the time.. and eat them all of the time :) January 31, 2012 at 2:57pm Reply

  • Angela: Donuts are my Kryptonite! And these look fantastic :) January 31, 2012 at 1:44pm Reply

  • Amy: These look so yummy, and easy! I will be trying these! January 31, 2012 at 1:09pm Reply

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