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Easy, homemade yeast donuts

Easy, homemade yeast donuts

I love weekends because my hubs isn’t getting up early for work and my kids will sleep in. I usually take the time on Saturday and Sunday to whip up something special. 

This weekend, the family wants donuts.

I normally am up before 8 AM on weekends so this weekend while my coffee was brewing I got the KitchenAid out and made some dough for donuts.

I went with sugared donuts and a chocolate frosted so everyone was happy. I personally cannot handle how sweet a chocolate frosted donut is so sugar donuts are where I’m happy. 

When making them, don’t hesitate to get fancy with it. Throw some maple flavoring in the dough or cinnamon. You can make these totally unique and custom to you and your family once you have the base down.  Try a fancy frosting like a maple bacon or opt for the simple sugar like I did today. 

These yeast donuts are seriously so easy to make and this recipe makes about 18 of them. They aren’t large by any means. They’re a perfect hand size donut since I use the mason jar to cut them out. If you have a donut cutter, that works too but you don’t get as many donuts. 

It honestly don’t take a ton of time either. Majority of the time these donuts are resting. Let them rise longer if you want them fluffier. 

I got a ton done while letting them rest so you can kill two birds with one stone. 

My family was obsessed with them and ate all 18 in minutes so don’t expect any leftovers. 

Be sure to save this recipe because you’ll want to use them over and over again.

Enjoy! Be sure to reach out if you have any questions.

Be sure to check out some of the other recipes. You can make donuts in the morning and have fresh bread ready for dinner tonight using the same ingredients. 

simple yeast donuts you can make today

Simple, homemade yeast donuts

This simple donut recipe is perfect for any home baker. They were a huge hit with the whole family.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Resting time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 19 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: donut
Author: Ashley Price


  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer with Dough Hook
  • Mason jar
  • frosting tip
  • Buttered bowl
  • Oil and a pan to fry donuts in



  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast make sure this is fresh yeast
  • 2 tbsp warm water about 110 degrees
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 oz unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks

Chocolate Glaze

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract



  • Mix together yeast, 1/2 tsp sugar and water and let sit for 10 minutes until it gets foamy
  • Add in flour, milk, butter, egg yolks, remaining sugar in a stand mixer on low until mixed
  • Turn the speed up to medium and mix another 10 minutes
  • Form dough into a ball (I use a floured surface to make my life easier)
  • Place donuts in buttered bowl and cover with a clean dish cloth for about 30 minutes
  • After letting your donuts rise for an hour, put donuts on a floured surface and roll out to about an inch thinkness
  • I use the mason jar to cut out my donuts and then the frosting tip to create the hole in the center
  • Place on a sheet and cover again for another 30 minutes
  • Put oil in a pan (i do about 2 inches of oil) and heat to 350 degrees
  • Drop a few donuts (I put 4-5) in the oil for 2 minutes per side until golden brown
  • Place donuts on a plate of paper towels or a cooling rack

Chocolate glaze

  • Mix together sugar, cocoa powder, a butter in a stand mixer
  • Add milk and vanilla until smooth
  • BOOM. Done. Dip donuts in once cool enough to handle

Sugar Donuts

  • place a half a cup of sugar on a plate to roll donuts in once cool enough to handle


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Thee simple homemade, yeast donuts were a huge crowd pleaser. My family had 18 mini donuts in minutes so don't expect any leftover yeast donuts.

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