15-Minute Homemade Donuts

January 31, 2012

To me, these Homemade Donuts taste just as good (or better) as any donut you could buy at your local bakery, but you can make them at home in 15 minutes! This easy donut recipe is perfect for weekend breakfasts and serving to visiting friends and family.

homemade donuts in light blue bowl 


Easy Homemade Donuts

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 homemade donut holes in 15 minutes! I made this easy donut recipe because sometimes I just can’t wait 3 hours for a fresh donut. These homemade donuts are purely amazing and deliciously tender. Enjoy!

Donut Hole Ingredients

I bet you already have all the ingredients for these homemade donuts in your pantry already! For this donut holes recipe, you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Buttermilk
  • Granulated sugar
  • Melted butter
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Cinnamon and sugar (for coating)

How to Make Donuts From Scratch

  • Pre-heat oil over medium heat.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, buttermilk, sugar and melted butter.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined.
  • Measure out 1/2 tablespoonfuls of dough and gently roll into balls.
  • Place dough balls into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides.

homemade donuts on a plate


Can I Use a Buttermilk Substitute in this Donut Recipe?

Without having tested it myself, I can’t say for sure whether or not a buttermilk substitute would give the same results. But I think it’d work out!

Why is There Salt in a Homemade Donut Recipe?

Don’t worry, you won’t taste the salt at all. It’s just there to add flavor to the dough and bring out the sweetness in the sugar coating. Trust me on this one!

Does it Matter What Oil I Fry the Donuts in?

Yes, you should use a neutral flavored oil with a high smoke point. I recommend using vegetable oil when making these fried donuts.

Tips for the Best Homemade Donuts

  • Don’t try to fry all the donut holes at once, otherwise you’ll lower the temperature of the oil and they won’t fry properly (they’ll start absorbing the grease).
  • These homemade donut holes taste great rolled in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar!
  • Fried donuts are best eaten right away, as they don’t stay fresh for more than a couple hours.

More Easy Donut Recipes You’ll Love:


15-Minute Homemade Donuts

4.53 from 19 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!

Servings: 30 Donut Holes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 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 F, 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. 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). 

Recipe Notes

  • Don't try to fry all the donut holes at once, otherwise you'll lower the temperature of the oil and they won't fry properly (they'll start absorbing the grease). 
  • These homemade donut holes taste great rolled in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar! 
  • Fried donuts are best eaten right away, as they don't stay fresh for more than a couple hours. 
Nutrition Facts
15-Minute Homemade Donuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 44mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy donuts, homemade donuts
Author: Jaclyn

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  • Mickie

    Tast good..I must have used to much milk or not enough flour, the dough was to sticky to roll. I dropped spoonfuls into oil. Odle shaped but good.

  • Angie suggs

    Oh my gosh! I done died & went to heaven trying this little ball of deliciousness…i could have ate the batter as is, before I deep fat fried it…
    No more canned biscuits for my donuts. I can see already I’m gonna have to buy bigger sizes in clothing..lol

  • Tracy

    This has been our family’s go to donut recipe for years. A couple of years ago our daughter had to go gluten free. We tried making these by substituting a gluten free flour mixture for the wheat flour. It worked well. They aren’t as good as with wheat flour, but a very good substitute for those who can’t have gluten.

  • Chef Khtistine

    Thank you for this recipe! It’s great. I didn’t have any milk or buttermilk, so I added yogurt and water. My family loved it and it’s so fast and easy.

  • 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 :)

    • Frank Velez

      I had the same problem, add more flour till it’s a bit stiffer not sticky. Make lose balls about 1/2 inch and fry over low till amber colored 3-5 minutes and dust with sugar

  • 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!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      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!

  • 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