DIY Donuts: Try a Sweet Spin on the Breakfast Classic

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Almost every culture has its version of the sweet, deep-fried dough balls we know as doughnuts (think the Polish pączki or French beignet).

Menus now often boast gourmet creations, and donut-specific bakeries are opening all across the country with over-the-top, unusual flavors. But donuts as Americans know them come in two distinct forms: cake or yeast. The first tend to be more crumbly and dense. Yeast donuts (like glazed donuts and most jelly donuts) have a lighter, chewier texture. Put one of these unique donut recipes on your to-make list!

Apple Ring Doughnuts

These apple ring doughnuts are one of our most popular recipes! They are easy to make and a crowd pleaser (or just a fun treat for the kids). Make sure you eat them straight out of the fryer with lots...

Raised Maple Donuts

These decadent brunch treats feature a whiskey custard and can be served up for dessert any time of the day. See Maple Syrup Brunch for Six for full menu. 

Barbara Nedd’s Butternut Squash Cake Donuts

Move over, cider donuts. These savory squash circles are perfect for fall.

Wild Flour Bakery’s Jammy Donuts

Be patient, and let the dough rest overnight to develop its flavor and allow the gluten to relax. These can be filled with boundless options of jams, jellies and creams, and they can be finished with...

Vegan Pear Doughnut

The beloved cake doughnut is taken to new and fluffier heights at Cider Belly Doughnuts in Albany.
The beloved cake doughnut is taken to new and fluffier heights at Cider Belly Doughnuts in Albany.

Garden Beignets & Crispy Leaves

kale chips and beignets
This beignet can’t be too bad for you: The middle is filled with kale.

Orange Doughnuts

Orange doughnuts
These baked treats are quick and easy to make for brunch or a lazy Sunday breakfast.

Apple Cider Doughnuts

Apple Cider Doughnuts
Homemade doughnuts rolled in cinnamon sugar will remind you of days spent at an old-fashioned fair or the local apple orchard. The wonderful addition of small pieces of apples will make your mouth...

Doughnuts and Spiced White Gløgg

Doughnuts and Spiced White Glogg
Christmas is a time for baking, and traditionally there’s a range of different Danish butter cookies that needs to be done, at least 5 or 7 different kinds. Then there is a tradition for eating...

Baked Vanilla Bean Donuts

This healthy baked donut recipe, courtesy of Health with Hope, is an indulgence you can feel good about.
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