American doughnuts are a treat well-known around the world. In fact, it’s hard to find a country that doesn’t enjoy the famous invention from the West. 

After all, who can say no to sweets and well-made desserts? No one at our office, that’s for sure.

That’s why we’ve prepared an American donuts recipe that will leave you speechless. We’ve shared all the instructions you need to successfully bake your first batch, so wait no more and start working.


For the Dough

  • 4 cups Flour
  • Two medium eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups Warm milk
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Shortening
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Yeast
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Vegetable oil

For the Light Sugar Glaze

  • 3 cups Confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Icing


Dough Preparation

Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, yeast, salt, and sugar. Then, add the shortening, eggs, and warm milk and stir to combine everything.

Step 2

Next, you’ll need to knead the dough. The easiest way to do this is by hand or with an electric mixer with a hook. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes for the machine to do this job.

The finished product is a sticky dough supple enough to break apart.

Step 3

Oil a bowl before transferring the dough to it. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it sit for about 1 hour. Once it doubles in size, you can proceed to step 4 of this doughnuts recipe.

Step 4

Punch down the dough before giving it another hour of rest. Once it doubles again, the dough will be fully prepared.

Shaping And Cooking American Doughnuts

Chef Decorating Donuts

Step 1

There are multiple stages to this American donuts recipe. Now, you need to shape and cook the dessert at hand.

Take the dough out of the bowl and place it onto a floured, flat surface. Roll the dough ball into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle.

If you have a donut cutter, use it to cut out the dough pieces. If you don’t, do the same job using a drinking glass and a bottle cap.

Then, transfer the donuts to a towel-lined tray, cover them, and give another 30 minutes of rising time.

Step 2

Gently pinch and press together scraps of dough. Then, cover and let rest for about 20 minutes.

Step 3

Find a large deep frying pan, and heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in it.

Slide several American doughnuts into the oil and cook each one for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the donuts only once, and take them out with a strainer after they reach a light golden color.

Donuts Decoration

Yes, the decorations are a part of this doughnuts recipe. There are more than two ways you can do this, but these are the most popular:

  • Roll warm donuts in granulated sugar and serve at room temperature
  • Dip cooled donuts into chocolate icing or a light sugar glaze

Of course, there are no limitations to what else you can include in your American donuts recipe. Nowadays, we see donuts with nuts, candy, marshmallows, and all kinds of other tasty additions, so feel free to improvise.

Pick your favorite topping and create your favorite version of the American Doughnut.

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