Easy Homemade Doughnuts


This easy donut recipe is made from ingredients you probably already have. My 3-year-old loves these donuts because he can have them whenever he wants since there's hardly any waiting time. Use any topping you want — our favorite is powdered sugar!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons shortening

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 quart oil for deep frying

  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Stir together milk and vinegar; let stand for a few minutes until thick.

  2. Cream together sugar and shortening in a mixing bowl until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla until well-blended. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl; stir into sugar mixture alternating with milk mixture.

  3. Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/3-inch thickness. Cut into donuts using a donut cutter. Let stand for about 10 minutes.

  4. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  5. Fry donuts in hot oil in batches until golden, turning over once, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

  6. Dust with confectioners' sugar while they are still warm and serve.

    close up view of sugar coated doughnuts
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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)

148 Calories
7g Fat
20g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 148
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 27mg 1%

* 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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