Simple Homemade Sugar Donuts

Sugar Donuts – This simple homemade donut dough is made with flour, milk, yeast, and sugar, then the donuts are fried and dredged in sugar. This recipe is easy to make and produces a very indulgent little treat! Make it once and you’ll never use a different recipe for donuts. It’s soo good!

If you love these sugar donuts, you’ll also enjoy these 15-minute Ricotta Donuts, this Quick Fried Donut Recipe, and these Super Soft Donuts with Sugar Glaze.

Simple Homemade Sugar Donuts


  •  Combine together
  •  2½ tsp active dry yeast
  •  2 Tbsp warm water
  •  1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  •  Mix with a mixer
  •  3¼ cups all purpose flour
  •  1 cup whole milk warm
  •  2 oz unsalted butter, room temperature
  •  3 large egg yolks
  •  2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  •  For coating
  •  1 cup granulated sugar


Step 1. Proof yeast: Stir 2 tbsp warm water, 1/2 tsp sugar & 2 1/2tsp  active dry yeast in a tall glass. Leave to rise for 5-10 minutes or  until doubled in volume and foamy. If it does not rise and foam up,  discard the yeast and buy a fresh batch of yeast before you proceed with  the recipe.

Step 2. Make donut dough: Mix together 3 1/4 cups flour, 1  cup warm milk, 2 oz room temperature butter, 3 yolks, 2 tbsp sugar and  the proofed yeast mixture in mixer on low speed, with the dough hook  attachment until the dough comes together, about 2 minutes. Slightly  increase the speed and knead for another 15-20 minutes or until the  dough is tacky to touch.

Step 3. Shape donut dough: Pick up the dough,  form it into a ball. Butter a large bowl (for proofing), place the dough  ball back in the greased bowl, then grease the dough ball itself to  prevent it from forming a crust.

Step 4. Proof: Cover with a clean  kitchen towel, place in a warm draft-free place and allow to rise for  1-2 hours (depending on how warm it is) until at least doubled in  volume.

Step 5. Cut out 5"x5" squares of parchment or wax paper.

Step 6. Punch down the dough, turn it out onto the greased surface (can use  nonstick spray) and roll it to ½ inches thickness. Cut out as many  rounds as possible with a 3 inch round cookie cutter and place 1 dough  disk on 1 piece of prepared parchment paper. Keep re-rolling and cutting  out as many donut disks as you can until all donut dough is used up.

Step 7. Cover cut out doughnuts with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise for 45 min to 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Step 8. Heat 1½ inches oil in a heavy pot (cast iron) to 350F. To fry donuts,  drop several of them at a time and allow to become golden before turning  to the other side, about 1-2 minutes per side.

Step 9. Transfer to paper towels or wire rack to drain. Let cool.

Step 10. Once the doughnuts are cool enough to handle, roll them in granulated sugar or powdered sugar.


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