It’s time to make the doughnuts! This June, do-nut forget to celebrate National Donut Day. To help you remember, we’ve found the top donut recipes—from apple cider donuts, to yeast donuts, to donut bread pudding and more. If you love this famous breakfast food, read on for many mouthwatering ideas.
Boston Cream Donuts
What came first, the Boston cream pie or donut? It actually was the pie, but this doughnut adaptation is one we’re glad came into existence. With chocolate glaze and rich pastry cream in its center, this is a mouthful as far as flavor goes. You don’t have to go to the store to enjoy these either. You can use this recipe to whip up a batch at home. It’s something fun the kids can help with or you can do yourself on a rainy weekend morning.
Vanilla Blueberry Donuts
You won’t find this gourmet combination at most donut shops. This flavor profile is something you’ll have to work for in order to enjoy. We love the blueberry color as well as the fresh dough beneath. Since these are a baked donut, they’re a bit lighter than typical fried versions. You do however need a special donut pan to achieve this inner tube look. If you don’t have one, you could use a muffin tin to create jumbo donut holes. Whatever you do, it’ll taste deliciously fruity and warm.
Instead of slaving in the kitchen, you can use frozen dough for these donuts! This person used Pillsbury Grands biscuit mix to make these, so head to your grocery store’s frozen section and pick up a couple tubes. Then, you can sprinkle the dough with cinnamon sugar (not red hot cinnamon) before popping them into the oven. You could even drizzle a little ganache on top or an almond glaze to make these even more divine.
Funfetti cake is something most people love, even taffy lovers love funfetti. With bright flecks of sprinkles every color of the rainbow, it’s cheerful to look at and delicious to eat. This is another recipe where you won’t need a fryer or cooking oil. Instead, you’ll use traditional funfetti cake mix and pour it into a donut pan. Again, if you don’t have one and don’t want to purchase a pan, you can use muffin tins and forgo the donut shape. Trust us, they’ll taste just as good in any form!
You don’t have to wait for the Girl Scouts to sell you these. The person who cooked up these Samoa donuts is a Saint because now you can have the flavor at home. Much like the cookies they’re designed after, these are baked in the oven and topped with chocolate, coconut, and caramel. Serve next to a strong black tea or bitter coffee to counteract the sweetness and you’ll have one amazing treat to snack on.
Not in the mood to shape donuts before frying them up? This is your delicious solution. These drop donuts only need to be spooned into oil to take on their ball-like shape. They are about the same size as donut holes and half the amount of work. Once they’re out of the fryer, top them with what you love best. This person had a great idea of using different flavors for their batch. Some look like they’re doused in powdered sugar, others have cinnamon sugar, and some have sprinkles. If you’re having company, ask everyone what they love most and let them dip their own donuts before devouring them!
Chocolate Frosted Donuts
You can’t find a more classic donut than this one: chocolate frosted with sprinkles. The twist here is that the donut itself is chocolate flavored—so you get double the decadence. To make these at home, you’ll need to bake them and whip up a delicious chocolate glaze. Other than that, let the oven do the work and save your energy for gobbling down a fresh batch with friends or family. To take it up another notch on the culinary genius meter, top these with chocolate chips, toasted coconut, or even mint chips for a more unique flavor burst.
Donut Bread Pudding
Have stale donuts sitting on your kitchen counter? They don’t need to go in the garbage! You can make an incredibly rich bread pudding with stale donuts that will wow everyone who tastes it. Like you would with bread pudding, you’ll need to rip these donuts up into little bits, soak them in a creamy custard, sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar, and bake them. Once they’re golden brown, pull them out of the oven, let them cool slightly, and serve as is or with a scoop of ice cream. It makes for a tasty dessert or breakfast.
Apple Cider Donuts
This cake donut is one of the most famous. Originating in the Northeast, now people all over the country and the world are able to enjoy this scrumptious donut. With cinnamon, nutmeg, and a lot of sugar, they represent fall flavors and pair well with a steaming cup of hot cider or a crisp glass of fresh pressed apple juice. You can eat them plain or make a maple or caramel frosting to send them over the edge of deliciousness.
Churros are essentially straight donuts, so it makes sense that this person joined the two ends to make this incredible creation! The main difference here is that these donuts are baked instead of fried. They’re still covered with a “healthy” amount of cinnamon sugar and are best eaten while warm. If you’re looking for an alternative dessert, try baking these churro donuts and serving a la mode with a scoop of your favorite flavor of ice cream. Even top with apple sauce or apple pie filling and a drizzle of caramel to make a fall dessert. And for spring or summer, give them a sprinkle of toasted coconut. Coconut and cinnamon go together tremendously well!
PB&J Stuffed Doughnuts
Hold onto your taste buds. These PB&J donuts are a game changer. While we’ve all probably tried a jelly donut at some point in our lives, the pairing of peanut butter is likely new and different. If you love this combination on slices of bread, then you’ll flip over how it tastes when oozing out of a warm donut shell. If you’re feeling in the mood for something tasty and not necessarily wholesome for lunch, give these a try. Just make sure you have a tall glass of cold milk to wash them down!
“The Best” Donut Recipe
While many people claim to have “the best recipe” for many things, this woman seems to know what she’s talking about. If you’re attempting to make fried donuts, you can watch her tutorial to see how she does it perfectly every time. Donut-making is somewhat of a science, so it’s worth a watch before you start dropping dough into oil.