How to Make Easy Yeast Donuts

Donuts are one of my favorite breads! Because, well, why wouldn’t you like donuts? It’s simple, easy-to-make and it can go well with coffee, tea, colas and water. Also, you can add different flavors, fillings and toppings to it. Whenever I go to hotels with bread baskets that has donuts, I always eat donut for breakfast. I know, that’s super unhealthy, but you only live once. #YOLO

peanut butter glazed donuts
peanut butter glazed donuts

As much as I want to eat donuts all the time, I only limit myself to eat one or two occasionally. This usually happens during that “time of the month”. And because I’m PMS-ing right now, I decided to make donuts yesterday. The last time I made donuts was Christmas last year and my sister keeps on asking me to make those donuts again. This time though, I baked them to make them at least a bit healthier.

chocolate glazed donuts
these are the fried chocolate glazed donuts I made last Christmas

Now if you want to make these donuts, please know that I didn’t use any donut-cutter. I just used a cup and a bottle cap. Thus, the donuts were not perfectly shaped and the sizes are different. But I made at least 16 donuts, some are bigger or smaller than the others and 16 donut holes. Anyway, here’s the recipe below.


Yeast Donuts Recipe

By Jannah Abueza

These donuts are light and fluffy. These are not on the sweet side, so adjust the recipe by adding more sugar if you want to make them sweeter. You may also choose to either bake or fry them.
Yield: 16 donuts and 16 donut holes

Prep Time: 2 hr. 20 min.

Cook Time: 15 Min

Ready In: 2 hr. 35 min


  • 6 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 TBS. active dry yeast
  • 6 TBS sugar (white or brown. I used brown here)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ¾ cups luke warm water
  • 3 TBS. powdered milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup oil or melted butter
  • 2 TBS. peanut butter spread (optional)
  • 2 TBS. of milk or more (optional)


    1. Mix together 1 Tbs of sugar, water and yeast. Set aside until the mixture is frothy and smells yeasty. This is to make sure your yeast is active and still works. 20160826_135012
    2. Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl. 20160826_135238
    3. Beat your eggs and pour in on to the dry ingredients, then add your oil and proofed yeast. Mix everything until is combined and come together.

      In this case, I added the eggs into the wet ingredients and pour it onto the dry ingredients.
    4. In the bowl or on your board, knead the dough for 7-10 minutes or until it is smooth and bounces back when you poke it. 20160826_141330
    5. Add a little oil to the bowl and roll the dough in. Let it sit for 2 hours or until double in size in a warm place.
    6. After the dough has doubled in size, punch it to release the air. Transfer it to your clean board or table and roll it out until its 1 ½ inch thick.
    7. Cut the donuts. Use a donut cutter if you have one or improvise. I used a cup and a bottle cap.
    8. Line all of the donuts and donut holes in an oiled baking pan and lit it sit for second rising for 15 minutes.
    9. Bake the donuts for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown in 170C oven or fry them until golden brown.

      These are not too brown in real life.
    10. This is optional! Once you are done with the donuts, you can add toppings or glaze. I added a peanut butter glaze. To do this, mix 2 TBS. of peanut butter and 2 TBS of milk. Stir until the mixture is thin. Then, dunk the top part of the donuts to the peanut butter glaze. Serve and enjoy!


Finished product!

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