Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts


So this spring break was all about baking along with homework and job applications (hello real world?) and what better way to celebrate attempting to be a grown-up than making some homemade doughnuts? I’d never made doughnuts before because I’m not a huge fan of frying, but after successfully making mozzarella sticks, I felt confident enough to give it a try. And boy was I glad that I did. It was pretty easy and they were absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try them with some other kinds of toppings.

-1 egg
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 cup milk
-2 tbsp melted shortening
-2 cups AP Flour
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp espresso powder
-pinch of salt
-1/2 cup melted butter
-1/2 cup granulated or raw sugar
-2 tsp cinnamon
For Frying
-Enough oil to fill a pot halfway


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar and the egg. Add in the milk and the shortening and mix until well blended. Mix in the dry ingredients (flour, espresso powder, baking powder and salt). Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  2.  Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness on a well-floured surface. Cut out the doughnuts using a large round cookie cutter or a drinking glass. Cut out the doughnut holes with a slightly smaller round cookie cutter and allow to dry for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, pour the oil into a pot and heat it up. You’ll know it’s ready once you press the edge of a wooden spoon against the bottom of the pot at a 45 degree angle and see a tiny stream of bubbles traveling to the surface.
  4. Add in the doughnuts 2 or 3 at a time, flipping them when they brown on the side. Once both sides are golden brown, remove them from the oil and let them rest on a cooling rack. To make clean up easier, place the rack in a roasting pan.
  5. Once all the doughnuts are fried, add in the doughnut holes and fry them until they’re golden as well.
  6. Once all the doughnuts are fried, mix together the sugar and the cinnamon in a bowl. Melt the butter in another bowl.
  7. Dip the doughnuts in the butter and then in the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Let them sit on the rack until the butter and sugar sets.DSC_0595

And that’s it!

Hugs and puppies,



4 thoughts on “Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

  1. Wow, this looks absolutely delish. I’m intrigued – does the espresso powder add much coffee taste to the doughnuts? Also wondering if how they’d turn out in the oven as I don’t have a fryer or anything to fry in… 🙂

    • Hey!
      The espresso didn’t add too much coffee flavor, however I think if you increased the amount of espresso, the flavor would come out more! I haven’t tried baking them, so I’m not sure how they would turn out. I don’t have a fryer either, I just used a regular pot, so if you have one, that should work perfectly 🙂

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