15 Minute Donuts from Scratch

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This 15 Minute Donuts from Scratch recipe is a great way to have fresh donuts on the table without spending hours prepping. Easy & delicious!

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These quick donuts are not only easy to make but also a blast to decorate. Toss them in cinnamon sugar or top with your favorite glaze for a fresh, warm treat that’s sure to delight everyone. Perfect for a sweet snack or a family baking session, these donuts offer instant gratification and customizable fun!

The donut holes take less time, but the glazed donuts are SO worth the effort. But here are my three tried and true donut recipes that deliver bakery-quality taste at home are:Beth’s Famous Glazed Yeast DonutsSimple Pumpkin Donut Holes, and Homemade glazed donuts. The donut holes take less time, but the glazed donuts are SO worth the effort.

I’d take a donut over a chocolate bar any day. I don’t have access to fresh donuts where I live, so I’ve gotten pretty great at making my own. Easy glazed donuts are my favorite yeast donut recipe, but it’s one that I save to make when friends are over.

A hand holding a powdered donut hole.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick preparation and cooking time fits easily into busy schedules.
  • Simple and engaging activity for family members of all ages.
  • Recipe can be adapted with various toppings or flavors to suit different tastes.
  • Homemade donuts are cheaper than store-bought options.

Recipe Ingredients

Measured out ingredients for making 15 minute donuts.
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Nutmeg
  • Whole milk
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil (2 quarts)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

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How To Make 15 Minute Donuts

Combining eggs and other ingredients in a glass bowl .
In process picture of combining ingredients for donuts.

Step #1. In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.

Step #2. In a separate bowl add the sugar, eggs, and nutmeg together and whisk to combine. Add the milk, butter, and vanilla extract and whisk to combine.

The dough for donuts in a glass bowl.
Donuts placed in hot oil.

Step #3. Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined, but don’t over mix.

Step #4. Heat oil in a dutch oven to 350 degrees, fry batter-formed ping pong ball-sized dough until crispy and brown, about 3-6 minutes, then drain on paper towels, dust with powdered sugar, and serve warm.

Recipe FAQs

What else can I put on donut holes?

This recipe uses powdered sugar because it is an easy and sweet coating that also looks pretty. You can also use granulated sugar and add in cinnamon for some tasty cinnamon sugar donuts!

Can I make the dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the dough ahead of time and keep it refrigerated. Just bring it to room temperature before rolling and cutting.

Are there any variations I can try with this recipe?

You can add flavors like vanilla, cinnamon, or nutmeg to the dough. For a different coating, try cinnamon sugar or a chocolate glaze.

How do I store donuts?

Allow the donuts to cool before storing them. You can wrap them in foil or plastic and store them in the fridge for about a week, or you can store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months.

Expert Tips

  • Ensure your dough is smooth and evenly mixed. Overmixing can develop the gluten too much and lead to tough donut holes, while undermixing might cause them to fall apart during frying.
  • Maintaining the right oil temperature (350°F to 375°F) is crucial. If the oil isn’t hot enough, the donut holes will absorb too much oil and become greasy. If it’s too hot, they’ll brown too quickly on the outside before cooking through inside. Use a candy or deep-fry thermometer to keep track.
  • When shaping your donut holes, aim for consistent size to ensure they cook evenly. A small ice cream scoop or two spoons can help you form perfect rounds.
  • Don’t overcrowd the frying pan or pot, as this can cause the oil temperature to drop and result in unevenly cooked donuts. Fry in small batches to keep the oil temperature steady.
  • Use a slotted spoon or a spider to gently turn the donut holes in the oil. This ensures they brown evenly on all sides. It usually takes about 2-3 minutes per batch.
Up close view of a white powdered donut.

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15 minute donut recipe balls dusted with powdered sugar.
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15 Minute Donuts from Scratch

This quick donuts recipe comes together in only 15 min & is a great way to have fresh donuts on the table without spending hours prepping. Easy & delicious!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 18 donuts

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 quarts vegetable oil
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
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Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • In a separate bowl add the sugar, eggs, and nutmeg together and whisk to combine. Add the milk, butter, and vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  • Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined, but don’t over mix.
  • Heat 3 inches of oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees. Using two spoons, make a ball of batter about the size of a ping pong ball. Use one spoon to carefully scrape the dough ball from the other spoon into the hot oil. Repeat this 5 or 6 times and then fry the donuts until they are crispy and very brown on all sides, 3-6 minutes total. Be sure to adjust the temperature as needed to keep the oil temperature at 350 degrees.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove the donuts from the hot oil and place them on a paper towel lined baking sheet. Let the donuts drain while you repeat the process with the rest of the batter. Dust the donuts with powdered sugar and serve warm.
  • These are best eaten right after making.

Notes

  • For frying donuts, it’s crucial to use an oil with a high smoke point to avoid any burnt flavors. Canola, vegetable, or peanut oil are all excellent choices as they handle high temperatures well, ensuring crispy, golden donuts without absorbing excess oil.
  • Maintaining the correct oil temperature (350°F) is key to achieving perfect donuts. Use a deep-frying thermometer to monitor the oil. If the temperature drops, the donuts may absorb extra oil and become soggy. If it’s too high, they may burn on the outside before cooking through.
  • To ensure uniformity and ease while frying, use two spoons to shape your dough into smooth balls about the size of a ping pong ball. This method helps keep your hands clean and the donuts more uniform in size and shape, leading to even cooking.
  • Avoid overcrowding the pan when frying. Doing so can lower the oil’s temperature rapidly, resulting in undercooked donuts. Fry in small batches, typically 5-6 at a time, to allow for consistent cooking and easy management of donut color and crispiness.
  • After frying, it’s important to drain the excess oil by placing the donuts on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. This step ensures your donuts remain crisp and aren’t overly greasy. Let them drain for a few minutes before coating.
  • For best results, coat the donuts with powdered sugar while they are still slightly warm. The residual heat helps the sugar adhere better, creating a lovely, sweet crust. You might also consider setting up a coating station with powdered sugar in a shallow bowl for easy tossing and even coverage.
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Nutrition

Serving: 2 of 18 donuts, Calories: 95kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 99mg, Potassium: 33mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 76IU, Vitamin C: 0.002mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in April 2024.

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16 Comments

  1. Anna says:

    5 stars
    Fast, Easy, and very yummy. Going to try to add some apple pie filling next time and see if I can make an apple fritter of sorts.

  2. Crystal says:

    5 stars
    I thoroughly enjoyed these with the cinnamon and sugar. I’m glad that the batch wasn’t bigger, I would have eaten them all.