Make Your Own Donuts in 7 Easy Steps (PHOTOS)

Liz Alterman | Sep 8, 2014 Food & Party

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My grandmother could cook or bake almost anything, and she made it all look effortless. Even donuts! While I've always wanted to try to make them myself, I was a little intimidated. 

Could they really be as simple as Nonna made them look? Guess what? The answer is yes! They are that easy ... and delicious. While I might not be ready to take on my local donut shop just yet, these gooey pastries are a fun, simple alternative to a traditional weekend breakfast.

Here's what you'll need:

Equal parts vegetable and olive oil: enough to fill 2 inches in a frying pan

Pre-made pizza dough (find it in the refrigerated section of your grocery store or pick it up at your fave pizza shop)

Milk chocolate, cinnamon and sugar, sprinkles, or any toppings you crave

Tools: rolling pin, large and small circular cookie cutters, frying pan, cooling rack

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Have you ever made your own donuts? 

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  • Start With Dough


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    Place your pre-made pizza dough on a floured surface. Get out your rolling pin and flour both the large and small cookie cutters. Roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thickness.

  • Cut Out the Donuts


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    Using the cookie cutters, cut out each donut. Then cut out the center hole. Set aside each donut and re-roll your dough scraps to make more. If you think you'd like to fry up some donut holes, set those aside as well. 

  • Place Donuts in Hot Oil


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    Heat oil to 375 degrees and drop in your donuts. Once they puff and turn golden on the bottom, use tongs to flip them over. They cook quickly, so don't leave your pan unattended!

  • Brown Donuts on Both Sides


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    Once they're golden on the bottom, flip them over and watch them closely. They should be puffed and nearly ready!

  • Let Donuts Cool


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    Put the donuts on a cooling rack with paper towels placed on a cookie sheet underneath to catch any excess oil and let them cool. 

  • Prepare Toppings


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    Whisk cinnamon and sugar together. Or melt some milk chocolate. Set aside and, when the donuts have cooled, dip them in the topping of your choice. Add sprinkles, too, for a pop of color and a little extra crunch!

  • Dip Donuts in Your Favorite Topping


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    Place the cooled donuts in the cinnamon-sugar and chocolate toppings. Use a knife to spread the chocolate, if that's easier. If you've made some donut holes, you can drop them in a plastic bag with either the cinnamon-sugar mixture or confectioners' sugar. Seal the bag and give them a good shake until they're thoroughly coated! 

  • Serve and Enjoy!


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    Serve the donuts and dig in! I can't tell you how fast my family devoured these things. We'll definitely be making them again soon!


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