Yeast Doughnuts


This light and airy yeast doughnut recipe makes a terrific holiday treat. You may dip them in chocolate glaze or add candy sprinkles if you wish.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
18 doughnuts


  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast

  • ¾ cup milk

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 quarts oil for deep frying

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Combine 1 3/4 cups flour with yeast in a large bowl. Heat milk, sugar, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat until butter melts. Add milk mixture and eggs to flour mixture; beat with a heavy-duty electric mixer on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat for 3 minutes. Add remaining flour, a little at a time, stirring with a spoon until a firm but pliable dough forms.

  2. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Knead until smooth and supple, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to an oiled bowl. Cover and let dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, punch down dough, and roll out to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out doughnuts with a floured doughnut cutter; re-roll trimmings and cut them into doughnuts. Transfer doughnuts to baking sheets, cover, and let rise for 45 minutes.

  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C).

  5. Working in batches, fry doughnuts in hot oil, turning several times, until golden all over. Use a slotted spoon to remove doughnuts to a wire rack to drain and cool completely.

  6. Dredge cooled doughnuts in confectioners' sugar.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

542 Calories
27g Fat
69g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 542
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 191mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 8g
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 131mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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