What I’m Making: Homemade Doughnuts

I vividly remember as a kid my mom making doughnuts.  I loved doughnut making days.  I’m lucky and inherited her cookbook….It’s beat up and worn badly.  It’s falling apart.  But I’ve been able to find a good copy at a thrift store and on doughnut making days, it comes out.  My mom’s is retired as there are lots of handwritten recipes stuck inside the book and I don’t want to loose any of them.

On doughnut days I grab this cookbook…..


I flip to this recipe….


But it’s a multi-purpose recipe so I end up flipping back to this page.


I try to make them on days when kids are around be that my own kids…or my childcare kids.  I want to pass on that same doughnut day memory my mom gave to me.  So often people want to “make memories” with their kids and do it by doing big expensive things.  Not me.  Making memories is as simple as making doughnuts.

I didn’t realize this doughnut making day was going to turn into a blog post so I didn’t take lots of pictures…I did catch a few though.

Kneading the dough….


Frying the doughnuts….


…and best of all, the finished product.  Check them out!

Hubby LOVES maple frosting.  So do my own kids.  That’s what I made for the ones that are on the upper right.  The others…chocolate frosting.  That was what the kiddos wanted.

For frosting I make a cream cheese frosting.

4 oz cream cheese
1/2 stick margarine

2 Tablespoons of milk

For me I split the mixture in half.
In the chocolate batch I add 1/4 cup cocoa and 2 teaspoons vanilla plus enough powdered sugar to make a nice consistency.

I the maple batch I add 1 Tablespoon of maple flavoring and enough powdered sugar to make a nice consistency.

YUM!!  These don’t hold over to the next day very well so find friends and share!!  My own kids LOVE them and I get a “mom of the day” award.  I like those days…what I like best is hearing the kids remember foods and dishes I make.  It just reinforces my belief that no money is needed to “make memories”.

10 thoughts on “What I’m Making: Homemade Doughnuts”

  1. It must be a good day for homemade memories. I blogged about making pie. I would love to make some doughnuts but I don’t have anyone around anymore to eat them. Enjoy your kids while you can.

  2. If you divide the dough in half or thirds, you can make about a half dozen donuts and then bake the rest off as rolls. The rolls will freeze well. My mom froze her Swedish Tea Rings with this same recipe and they defrosted perfectly. After baking, allow to unfrosted bread to cool to room temp, wrap in saran wrap, then foil. Warm the frozen bread up with a pan of water in the oven and add fresh frosting, YUMMMM.

  3. In my house, we make pizza. The kids helped when they were younger, but now hubby and I make them. I get the ingredients together (sauce made, cheese grated, sausage cooked, dough mixed) and he assembles them. One year on Valentine’s Day, we made heart-shaped pizzas. We usually cook something special at home on Valentine’s Day because we just don’t want to deal with the crowds and the hassle. The last couple of years, we’ve done heart-shaped strawberry shortcake from scratch, including the whipped cream.

  4. My mom used to make donuts too. I remember her putting a glaze on them and watching it drip of the donuts & the cooling rack onto the wax paper underneath. Oh they were so good. Great memories too! Yep, you deserve to be mom of the day!

  5. I hope that my boys remember meals around the table and continue the tradition with their own families. Monkey bread is one of the favorites here. I am in a food rut though, I need to try some new recipes.

  6. I love homemade donuts. My mother-in-law taught me how to make them. We made a batter like pancake batter and dropped them out of a donut funnel (not sure of the correct term) into the oil. Then dipped them in sugar right before eating. Yum.

  7. That was my mother’s cookbook too! She never made the doughnuts, but I think I should start the tradition with my grand children. Yours look delicious.

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