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Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts

Recipe By Tessa Arias
October 7th, 2021
4.27 from 92 votes
4.27 from 92 votes

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts are coated in glaze and taste just like the cakey ones at your favorite bakery! No yeast makes this recipe quicker and easier.

Yield: 12 doughnuts and holes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: The little bit of nutmeg combined with the sour cream and sweet glaze makes these doughnuts taste just like the ones at your favorite bakery, if not better!
Texture: Slightly crunchy on the outside, cakey and soft on the inside. All the little cracks in these doughnuts just soak up the shiny, crackled glaze.
Ease: There’s no yeast in this recipe so you can have these doughnuts IN YOUR MOUTH in a little more than an hour from start to finish.
Pros: I think the pros are inherently implied, they’re doughnuts!
Cons: Deep fried sugary goodness ain’t too good for your diet.
Would I make this again? Yes, whenever I’m craving these old-fashioned cake doughnuts I’ll whip this recipe out.

I have huge sweet tooth cravings on the regular. Can you relate?

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts - just like at your favorite bakery!! No yeast!

When I get a doughnut craving, it’s intense. A lot of doughnut shops make pretty bland and greasy doughnuts that leave a weird residue on your tongue, at least that’s been my experience.

There’s a few local shops that I LOVE, but I rarely have an excuse to make a trip to one of them. This recipe honestly takes about the same amount of time that it takes to drive across town to my favorite bakery, so it’s kind of perfect. Plus, if you only eat doughnuts when you make them from scratch, you can’t really go overboard right? That’s my logic at least.

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts - just like at your favorite bakery!! No yeast!

These Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts are just like the old-fashioned cake doughnuts from the bakery. They’re kind of crunchy and cracked on the outside, making those nooks just purrrrrfect for soaking up the thick, shiny, crackled glaze. We completely dunk the doughnuts in that glaze in the recipe, and it’s amazing. The inside is soft and cakey with a more firm bite than yeast doughnuts. Plus you can’t beat sour cream, it’s good with just about everything.

I don’t always prefer old-fashioned cake doughnuts to yeast doughnuts, but when I do this is absolutely the recipe I use. You can’t beat how much less time these take than yeast doughnuts, too.

Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts Recipe Tips

1. Use a scale to weigh your ingredients

Using a scale is a smart idea for this recipe. Any issues I hear about the dough being too dry or sticky are likely due to inaccurate measuring! If you doughnuts aren’t as fluffy and light as you’d like, it’s due to compacting too much flour into your measuring cup. You can learn more about how to measure flour the RIGHT way here.

2. Use REAL bleached cake flour

This is a must for the recipe. Purchased cake flour will yield light and delicate doughnuts like the ones from the bakery. DIY substitutions don’t really cut it, and AP flour will not create doughnuts with that same soft texture. Also, bleached cake flour will work best. Unbleached (like King Arthur Flour) won’t absorb as much moisture and you may end up with doughnuts that crumble while frying. You can learn more about cake flour here.

3. This recipe is FRIED

Yes, you must fry this recipe. It was specifically designed to be fried and not baked, just trust me on that. USE FRESH OIL. It goes rancid quickly, often before the date on the bottle. If it has *any* unpleasant smell, don’t use it. Your doughnuts won’t taste good.

I don’t personally own an air fryer but recently had a reader message me that she had success air-frying this recipe.

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4.27 from 92 votes

How to make
Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts

Yield: 12 doughnuts and holes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Inactive Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Doughnuts are coated in glaze and taste just like the cakey ones at your favorite bakery! No yeast makes this recipe quicker and easier.


For the donuts:

  • 2 1/4 cup (255 grams) cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (29 grams) butter, at COOL room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) sour cream
  • Canola oil, for frying

For the glaze:

  • 3 1/2 cup (350 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup hot water


For the donuts:

  1. In a bowl, sift together the cake flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together until sandy. Add the egg yolks and mix until light and thick. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream, ending with the flour.

  3. Mix for 30 seconds on low speed or until the dough is smooth but slightly sticky. You want to mix enough that the dough doesn't fall apart in the oil, but not so much that it becomes tough. If the dough is unbearably sticky, add extra flour one tablespoon at a time (especially if you live in a warm & humid climate).

  4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour, or until firm.

  5. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness. Use a doughnut cutter or two differently sized biscuit cutters to cut out as many donuts as possible, dipping the cutters into flour as necessary to prevent sticking. You should get about 12 doughnuts and holes. If the dough gets too loose, sticky, or greasy at any point return to the fridge to firm before continuing. Refrigerate while you heat the oil so the dough is slightly cold when it fries.

  6. Pour 2 inches of canola oil into a heavy bottomed pot with a deep-fry thermometer attached. Heat to 325°F. Fry the doughnuts a few at a time, being careful not to overcrowd the pot. Fry on each side about 2 minutes, being careful not to let them burn. Keep an eye on the thermometer and adjust your stove heat to maintain the correct oil temperature. Let drain on a paper bag to soak up the excess grease.

For the glaze:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk until smooth. Immerse each doughnut into the glaze. Place on a wire rack above a sheet pan to catch any excess glaze. Let sit for 20 minutes until glaze is set. Doughnuts are best served the day they are made but may be store in an air tight container at room temperature for a few days.

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Recipe Notes

Some readers have complained that 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg was too much. Nutmeg is a crucial flavor component to any doughnut, but if you don't like the taste reduce it to 1/4 teaspoon or omit it altogether.
From Hand Forged Doughnuts via Completely Delicious
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — May 30, 2014 at 3:44 am

    I mean this in the most non creepy way but I am going to marry you. Old fashioned sour cream doughnuts are MY FAVORITE (in face, my hubby and I broke one in half on our wedding day, instead of cutting cake together!) and I never knew how to make them. This is life changing. Pinned!

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      Jama L Kelch — April 24, 2021 at 11:16 am

      I made these this morning. They were delicious and so easy to make.

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    Baby June — May 30, 2014 at 4:47 am

    These look amazing! Wish I had one for breakfast today 🙂 I’ve never tried frying raised donuts, only cake ones, so I’ll have to put this on my list of things-to-make!

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    Susan Hinck — May 30, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Uhh, this is killer. I would LOVE to make these. Can’t wait until I’m off bedrest..!

    It is early in the morning, but this isn’t make sense to me. The ingredients don’t list shortening, but it’s called for in the second line of the recipe. Is that referring to the butter?

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      Tessa — May 30, 2014 at 6:53 am

      Sorry to hear you’re on bedrest! Oh yes, just a typo. It’s meant to be butter. Thanks for pointing that out, I’ve fixed it.

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      Andrea — April 8, 2020 at 8:03 am

      Can you chill the dough overnight so that it’s ready to go first thing the next morning?

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        Jillian — April 14, 2020 at 3:25 pm

        Did you try chilling overnight? I am going to make them that way on Saturday.

  4. #
    Emily — May 30, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Doughnuts aren’t normally one of my favorite desserts, but delicious homemade ones are definitely a step up from chain-store produced ones. Here in NYC, there are a few excellent doughnut producers, Dough and Dougnut Planet, that make specialty flavors and such– worth a try if you’re ever in the area and like doughnuts.

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — May 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I am so excited you posted this…I went on a vacation last year and had sour cream doughnuts for the first time and was not disappointed…they were so good…but I have been stalling on making them at home for some reason yet craving them… this recipe and the gorgeous pictures makes me want to tackle the project this weekend! YUM!

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      Tessa — May 30, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Thank you! I hope you do make them this weekend!

  6. #
    Gaby — May 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I need at least 6 of these all to myself, so delicious!

  7. #
    Andra — May 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

    These look gorgeous! Do you think it’s possible to bake them, instead of frying? I always thought old fashioned donuts were baked for some reason…

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      Tessa — May 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

      That’s a good question! I haven’t tried baking this particular recipe, however I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. The results would probably be quite different in texture, though. I have a few baked doughnut recipes too you may want to check out:

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      Judy — June 11, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      What about trying to do it in the air fryer?? Just a thought…

  8. #
    Shawn @ IWYD — May 30, 2014 at 11:02 am

    These are my favorite type of doughnuts! They look glorious! Pinned!

  9. #
    Erin M. — May 31, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Hi! I just found your site and am on a pinning streak! These look awesome! Can’t wait to try them.

  10. #
    Heather || Heather’s Dish — May 31, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I am the same way about coupons- the only ones that I consistently use these days are for diapers and wipes because that stuff is ridiculously expensive!

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      Tessa — June 2, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Blah diapers and wipes are outrageously expensive! They make the things you can’t really avoid buying so expensive – printer ink and shaving razors are ridiculous too.

  11. #
    Erin M. — May 31, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Reporting back…I just made these and they are amazing!! My family is going to love them!!

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      Tessa — June 2, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Thanks so much for sharing! Hope your family enjoyed!

  12. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — June 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

    These are every bit as gorgeous and drool-worthy as the old-fashioned doughnuts you find in a bakery, and I love that there’s no yeast!

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    John @ Garage Gyms — June 2, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I shouldn’t even be looking at these, but I saw the picture in the sidebar and had to. These look so good. There should be a recipe version that makes just one lol because that’a all I’m allowed to have when I cheat. Can’t imagine a basket of these in my kitchen.

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      Tessa — June 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Haha! They’re quite dangerous! Better invite some neighbors and friends over if you make them.

  14. #
    Julie — June 2, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Old fashioned doughnuts are my FAVORITE. These look great!

  15. #
    Delisse — June 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Can I still make these with a hand mixer?

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      Tessa — June 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Of course!

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    kristen — June 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    mmmm, these look so good. As soon as I kick this cold I am going to make them. a doughnut cutter is on my list!

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      Tessa — June 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Hope you feel better soon!

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    Tkaz — June 5, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Crazy question…can the dough be cut & then frozen? Defrosted & then cooked? I’m looking for fun recipes to bring on vacation & the less work while ON vacation the better! ;o)

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      Tessa — June 5, 2014 at 11:40 am

      I think that should work! As long as you par-freeze the unfried doughnuts on a sheet pan until they’re solid, then place them in an airtight container, they should hold up just fine. I’d allow them to sit at room temperature for a little while before frying. Enjoy your vacation!

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        sarawerra — December 29, 2020 at 2:52 pm

        I have made the dough then used a small scoop to make mounds on a tray, froze them and them put them in a bag. I can grab out 4 or 6 or 12 to fry up any time! Works great. I usually pull them out of the freezer about the time I am heating up the fryer. It helps that our fryer lives on the counter 24/7 as we use it often!!

  18. #
    Carolyn — June 9, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Silly question….what do you do with your oil after you finish? Can it be used more than once?

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      Tessa — June 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      I will usually strain it with a really fine mesh strainer or even cheesecloth to remove all the little particles that accumulate, funnel it back into an airtight container, store in a cool dry place, and use it a handful of times more. The more particles that become introduced into the oil, the less it can be reused. Once it’s unusable again (too many particles, bad smell, etc.) just throw it away in the trash inside an airtight container. Hope that helps!

  19. #
    kay — June 13, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you Tessa for this great recipe, old-fashioned sour cream doughnuts.
    I made them and they turned out super yummy and tasty!!

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

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      Tessa — June 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Oh that’s wonderful to hear!!

  20. #
    jesse — June 14, 2014 at 6:45 am

    I want to make these right now..I dont have sour cream on hand, can I use thick greek yoghurt? :s

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      Tessa — June 14, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      I don’t see why not!

  21. #
    Margaret — June 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Yummy! If I had all the ingredients I think I’d be making these tonight. I’ve been baking too much and I’m out of everything. pinning and sharing.

  22. #
    Leia — June 17, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Those look delicious!! I am pinning them now!

  23. #
    Cheryl L — June 18, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    YUM!! I have a yeast doughnut recipe that we love, but I think it may be time to try something different! I love a good sour cream old fashioned. For some reason I always thought they were baked? Hmmm.
    After you cut these out, do you allow any rise time? Or just fry them right away?


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      Tessa — June 20, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      Nope, no rise time after cutting – just as the recipe is written!

  24. #
    Mike — June 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Looks great! Question: could the dough be made the night before and left in the refrigerator? I ask because these look great for breakfast but between the prep and chilling it looks like a good couple of hours (and I’m too lazy to wake up any earlier). Thanks in advance!

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      Tessa — June 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      I think that would work just fine!

  25. #
    Alex@intoxicology — June 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Wow, I guess this is what they call food porn. I’m going to have the mrs make these this weekend. Great recipe, cheers!

  26. #
    Karen Lowrey — June 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

    These are really delicious. One question though: How did you keep them together? Out of the whole batch, I came out with one whole donut and dozens of curved pieces. LOL

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      Tessa — June 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Oh really?! That’s strange. What I did was take a kind of flat fine mesh skimmer, place as many doughnuts as would fit on the mesh, then slowly dip the skimmer into the oil so the doughnuts would enter gently and so I wouldn’t get splashed with any hot oil. Then I gently removed the doughnuts with the same skimmer once they were done.

  27. #
    Alicia — June 25, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I love sour cream donuts! Those crispy outside bits and the warm cake inside- yum. I think I’m the only one in my family that like them though. I wonder if the kids would feel differently if they helped make some… I’m going to give it a go sometime this summer and see. I’ll use coconut oil for frying though. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  28. #
    Danae B — July 3, 2014 at 9:13 am

    These look delicious! Question: what size donut cutter did you use?

  29. #
    Zesty BB — July 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Omg! Recipe for my favorite donut in the whole wide world? My coworker brought donuts to work yesterday and I was the last to get in the box and I was thinking that I was going to be left with a sprinkle or a plain glazed but there was my favorite just waiting for me… Now I can make as many as I want at home! I’m sitting here trying to picture the inside of my cabinets and I think I have everything I need thanks so much!

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    Marty — July 7, 2014 at 6:13 am

    I was just telling my husband about this type of doughnut yesterday. I used to work in a bakery and the lady that made doughnut made awesome Old Fashioned’s I will definitely try these.

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    Ashley — July 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Do you think you could substitute anything for the corn syrup?

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      Tessa — July 9, 2014 at 8:31 am

      You can use tapioca syrup instead or just omit the corn syrup, it just helps make the glaze feel just like what’d you find at a bakery.

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    Kelsey — July 9, 2014 at 5:21 am

    How do you think they’d turn out if I substitute the nutmeg for cinnamon? I’m relatively partial to nutmeg but I super love cinnamon. I’ve never made doughnuts from scratch before though so figured I’d ask before simply substituting all willy nilly. I might just try making them both ways but I was just curious 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

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      Tessa — July 9, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Nutmeg is quintessential to that characteristic doughnut flavor! You can totally turn these into cinnamon doughnuts, I’m sure it’d be equally delicious 🙂

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    Rod — July 9, 2014 at 5:46 am

    I remember these as a young boy in the early 60s. Can gluten free cake mix be used? Can these be baked to a crunchy exterior with a soft interior?

    Thank You


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      Tessa — July 9, 2014 at 8:29 am

      Hi Rod, I’m really not sure those substitutions would work independently, let alone combined. You might be able to get away with using a gluten-free cake flour (not cake mix) but the only way these will have that wonderful texture you remember is if you fry them. They will taste completely differently if you use gluten-free flour and bake them, unfortunately.

  34. #
    Eda — July 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Can you use all purpose flour or bread flour?

  35. #
    Lynn — July 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

    These look amazing! Quick question, how long did you wait between pulling them out of the oil and putting the glaze on?

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      Tessa — July 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      I started dipping in the glaze right after the last batch came out of the oil. I just started glazing the ones I fried first that were cool, and by the time I got to the most recent ones they were cool enough to touch.

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    Hailey — July 14, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Can I use dark corn syrup for the glaze??

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      Tessa — July 15, 2014 at 8:31 am

      It would definitely alter the flavor and color, but I think it should work fine.

  37. #
    rahma — July 16, 2014 at 3:23 am

    hey tessa.. these doughnuts look too tempting to try .. i want to make them .. but we dont get sour cream at our place.. is there i can substitute for sour cream ? what about yogurt ?

  38. #
    Geoffe — July 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Made these today. They were excellent!

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      Tessa — July 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Glad to hear it!

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    Cc — July 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

    What type of butter? Salted, unsalted, etc….

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      Tessa — July 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      It’s such a small amount that it really doesn’t matter salted vs. unsalted!

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    Jakki — August 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    i live in Scotland but i moved to canada for just over 3 yrs and was addicted to tim hortons sour cream donuts but have never known how to make these im soooo going to try this recipe coz they look juuuuust like them mmmmm thank you sooooo much i miss those so much….its funny the things you miss from somewhere, when i lived in canada i missed Scottish bread lol xx

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      Tessa — August 4, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Isn’t that funny? You always miss what you can’t get!

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    Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian — August 7, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Munchkin and I are going nuts over these photos. She has informed me that she wants these! LOL

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      Tessa — August 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm

      Haha! I would gladly make these for Munchkin anytime 🙂

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    Michelle — August 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    My son and I made these for breakfast this morning, and they were delicious! I have been sort of afraid of frying doughnuts, and I decided it was time to get over that. thanks so much for the fantastic recipe! 🙂

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      Tessa — August 17, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      So thrilled to here that Michelle. Frying can be a bit intimidating but it’s so worth it isn’t it?!

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    Melanie — August 26, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Hi! These look super yummy! I was wondering if I could use shortening to fry these instead of Canola oil?

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      Tessa — August 28, 2014 at 10:22 am


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    Bruno — August 31, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Thank you Tessa for that recipe! My doughnuts where a hit but they where also very hard, i must have made an error while doing the dough. Any tip on how to make them softer? Also mine where alot more uniformed than yours although when i look at your picture of the dough, mine where pretty much the same.

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      Tessa — August 31, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Hi! It sounds like either the dough was over-worked or the oil was too cold or too hot while frying. Also as a note – this type of doughnut will be a little more “hard” than the fluffier yeast-raised kind.

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    Jen C — September 15, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Just found this today on Pinterest and am really excited to try them out! I do have a question for you though-I make doughnuts each Christmas as our traditional dessert. However, it comes at the end of a big meal that we prepare and share with our big extended family. Is this a recipe I can make earlier in the day and have ready to fry ahead of time (mixed & cut)? I have been using a yeast doughnut and the difficulty I have is remembering to get them out of the fridge to let them rise before frying! I want something equally delicious and lower maintance:)

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    susanna — September 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    can you make these with AP flour? don’t have cake flour at home

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      Tessa — September 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      You can, though they may be slightly more dense.

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    Ron gon — September 19, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Good recipe. FYI, spending $5 to save $10 gives you a $5 savings and $5 worth of free stuff.

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    Tony G — September 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I tried making these this weekend and the dough was SUPER sticky. I couldn’t even roll them out. Should I add more flour? And then I put them in a fryer and they sunk down and stuck to my frying basket because they were so dense and sticky. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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      Tessa — September 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Hmmm as mentioned in the recipe the dough is quite sticky but as you can see from that last picture it definitely shouldn’t have prevented you from rolling them out and certainly should not have been so dense. Is it possible an ingredient was incorrectly measured or left out? I had great success with this recipe and many others have too so I’m thinking something went wrong along the way for you. Better luck next time!

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    xm — September 27, 2014 at 9:52 am

    What if I don’t have a mixer with a paddle attachment?

  50. #
    Elizabeth — October 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Double the recipe. You won’t be sorry. So delicious!

  51. #
    Teresa — November 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Hi – Thanks for this recipe – a few quick questions (that hopefully aren’t repeats from others). I tried these today and am not thrilled with my results. I want to try again.
    *Do you think it’s possible to over-mix the dough?
    *Once you cut your circles, do you re-roll the scraps?
    *I tried mine in a small deep fryer not a pan – is that okay?
    *We usually use peanut oil for frying, but I realized that you said canola. Do you think that would affect the flavor?
    *Did you try to soak excess grease from both sides of the doughnut?

    Thanks so much!!

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    Nicole — November 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Will be making these PRONTO! Thanks so much for sharing! These are my husband & I favorite donut. Bless him, I just fed him one for breakfast that was left over from our Dunkin Donut stop yesterday. I can only imagine these will be soooo much better.

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    Cynthia — November 11, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I’m super excited to try this recipe as these are my favorite type of donut!! Just wondering how to use this recipe for a chocolate old fashioned donut? Any suggestions anyone?
    Thanks so much!!

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    Diana — November 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I just made this and put them in the fridge to chill for an hour… my question is this: the dough is SO dry it barely incorporated all the flour. Your recipe says it should be sticky. I checked and rechecked that I put everything in correctly and in the right order, etc. The only difference is I used AP flour with cornstarch to “make” cake flour. Can that really make a difference???

  55. #
    Rebecca — November 15, 2014 at 7:46 am

    These donuts sound awesome with all those persian favorite ingredients! Bravo idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    V — November 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I thank you for posting this recipe, but it did not turn out well for me. I followed the directions to a T, but they were a major fail. For one thing, they were flat and never puffed up at all; I know they’re cake doughnuts rather than yeast doughnuts, but mine came out more like cookies than doughnuts. And I cannot blame it on rolling them out too thin because I only got 9 doughnuts out of mine, not the 12 of the recipe, so if anything, my rolling was thicker. Also, I felt they were too salty. Overall, I was very disappointed in them.

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      Tessa — November 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Hi! I’m sorry you had a fail. However, I am confident it is not the fault of the recipe – I have made it numerous times and so have many others (just look on Instagram!) so it would appear some troubleshooting is needed. For the flatness I can think of two things that may have caused this – expired baking powder or incorrect oil temperature. As for the saltiness did you use kosher salt? I would only use fine salt in baking.

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    Amber Volle — December 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Hi, could these be made ahead of time and eaten an hour later? Or do they have to be eaten hot?

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    Michelle — December 14, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Homemade donuts in a little over an hour! Nice simple recipe with ingredients every baker has on hand. The dough is quite sticky, even after chilling for an hour. Does need to be kneaded 5 or 6 times and then pat out the dough to cut. Yummy!

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    Ben — December 20, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I followed the recipe and the dough was not sticky at all

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    Shosh — December 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    My husband tried to make these for me. The dough was so dry. We double checked all the ingredients, but we couldn’t even roll them out.

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      Tessa — December 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Sounds like perhaps an ingredient wasn’t measured or left out, most like though the flour was over-measured. Be sure to fluff up the flour and spoon it into your measuring cup so it doesn’t become too compacted, or better yet use a kitchen scale to ensure perfect accuracy.

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    Sheriza — December 22, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Hi, I don’t ever use cake flour what’s the equivalent for all purpose flour?

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    Nora — December 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Can replace sour cream with milk??

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    tiffany — December 30, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Complete fail 1/2 c sour cream to 2 1\4 c flour. Hahaha and you say they suppost to be sticky. Yeah right.

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    Kurtis Baguley — January 1, 2015 at 3:57 am

    In General, great pics and recipes! Those glazzy drippy sourcream doughnuts made my palate start to water. You can certainly know exactly what those are going to taste like just by looking at them…..tender crunch, delicate inside, buttery! and the perfect amount of glaze. I’d have to say, you know your consistencies. I am Professional Pastry Chef of 32 years and currently the owner of an Artisan Bread Bakery. I rarely leave comments, and know good stuff when I see it!!

    Well done Tessa

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    Brian — January 1, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Total amateur here, and the doughnuts came out looking just like the photos. I’m excited just to have made doughnuts! That said, the time quoted is a total lie – hard to believe anyone can chill the dough for an hour per the recipe and have doughnuts ready in 60 minutes. My total prep time was more like 120 min, plus an hour to chill. But I’m an amateur, and I’m sure I could be faster. I also thought the nutmeg was really strong. I would use half as much or not at all next time. I may be an amateur fryer, but I am nigh pro on doughnut eating, and I strongly disagree with the statement that nutmeg is the key flavor in a sour cream doughnut. Krispy Kreme makes my favorite sour cream doughnut, and I think theirs has no nutmeg at all.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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    Jessica — January 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Made these this morning! Definitely did not get a dozen doughnuts but the flavor is spot on. These were simple and very yummy! I will be making these again (& doubling the recipe)! 😉

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    Gail — January 2, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Oh my goodness! These look so good and they are my husband’s favorite type of donuts. He used to buy them at Winchell’s Donuts, but there aren’t any near to us now. I am going to make these as a “sweet surprise” for him. Thanks so much for the recipe and lovely (mouth-watering) images.

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    Susan — January 2, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I just finished making these. I used my bagel cutter, so I only got 7 doughnuts and holes. OMG these are better than I could have imagined! They are my favorite anyhow, Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Really very simple to make and fry. Very decedent! The best I have ever had.

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    Ali Armstrong — January 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Hmmmm, loved the photos and the flavours were great. However, as mentioned in some of the other comments, our dough was really dry and turned out cookie-like doughnuts. My husband, who is a scientist at heart, mentioned that the difference in milling between Canadian and American flour (and perhaps other countries as well?) might be partially responsible (especially since he is meticulous about measuring)… Apparently Canadian flour is a finer texture and usually needs more liquids compared to American flour. We tried several different temps (between 325 – 350) and different lengths on each side but didn’t get the fluffy looking doughnuts that I was craving…. more experimenting to follow…

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      Tessa — January 4, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      That’s really interesting Ali. I wonder if the other commenters who had a similar issue are using non-American flour as well. What is the brand called that you used?

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    Tucker — January 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    These look awesome! Can I make the dough the night before and refrigerate it, and just fry them in the morning?

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    Jonathan — January 9, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    These were incredible. The outside made for a beautiful crunch that gave way to a delicious, cakey texture. The glaze was perfect. I added a little lemon juice to add a new flavor to the mix and it turned out great. I’ll definitely be making these again, thanks for the recipe!

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    Kayla — January 11, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I had high hopes for these. I love donuts and make them for my family every weekend. I made these exactly as written and could only eat one. The nutmeg flavor really threw me off. It tasted like I took a pepper shaker and emptied it on my donut. I think I’ll stick to my cake donuts for now on.

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    Breanne — January 17, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Yeah, I agree about the nutmeg. It is a very overwhelming flavor and couldn’t eat more than a few bites. I love these types of donuts but wasn’t a fan of this recipe.

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    Laura — January 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I just ate waaaay too many of these doughnuts. They are amazing! Both the flavor and texture are just perfect. I only wish I had seen your reply in the comments about cutter size before I made mine. I knew they’d rise during frying, but I drastically underestimated how much! I should have realized this when I only got 7 doughnuts from my batch. Anyway, they puffed up and pushed each other around the pot, breaking my beautiful doughnuts into pieces. Oh, but what delicious pieces they were! I will definitely make these again, using a smaller cutter.

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    Lydia @ Thrifty Frugal Mom — January 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Sorry about your coupon fiasco. I am one of those “coupon guru” people, so yes, i do love my coupons. But I sometimes still run into scenarios like yours too, even though I’m used to using them.

    And this recipe? I LOVE old fashioned sour cream doughnuts but have yet to make doughnuts of any kind. I’m hoping to convince my mother-in-law to do a doughnut making day sometime soon though (she makes doughnuts semi-frequently) where we can try these babies out!

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    James — January 27, 2015 at 4:03 am

    I am entirely too hungry to be looking at this page at 3 in the morning. I might just have to find myself a late night grocery store before I go to bed…

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    Channing C — January 28, 2015 at 9:03 am

    What is the difficulty level for this?

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    Shane — January 31, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    I made these sour cream donuts today and they didn’t turn out very good. I found them to be heavy and dense. The only way i altered the recipe is in the flour. I didn’t have cake flour so i looked online and found a way to make cake flour by removing 1 TBSP flour per cup and exchanging it with cornstarch. Would that make the donuts dense and heavy?

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      Tessa — March 9, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Yes, cake flour is made to be lower in protein content than all-purpose flour and that is not something cornstarch can affect. The lower protein content leads to less gluten development which results in a light and tender texture. Always use regular packaged cake flour!

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    katherine — February 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    These did not turn out as expected. They were very heavy.

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    Alice — February 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Can these be put in the donut pans and baked?

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    Kirsten — March 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I wanted to follow the link to your recipe for cookies and cream chocolate donuts, but can’t find it anywhere — is it still around here somewhere? Thanks!

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    Suzanne — March 11, 2015 at 11:34 am

    I’m so excited to make these! I looked for this recipe about 5 years ago when my family first moved overseas, but to no avail. Now I can’t wait to taste them again! Was wondering if you have a recipe for the chocolate frosted old fashioned donuts. Those were always my favorite. Though the glazed ones sound great too.

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    judy b — March 21, 2015 at 12:00 am

    looking so forward to trying these i have always been a baker my freezer is always full but for some reason i never eat my own baking but i hear it is better than a bakery, my kids are prejudiced, when i do bake i usually try and pawn some off on my parents and neighbour, donuts are something i make regular;y but just regular cake donuts, i need to try these, have you ever tried to make crulers? if so do you have a recipe?

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    Jane A — April 1, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Great recipe! Just made these this morning–wonderful texture and taste. I ended up doubling the dough for about 27 3″ donuts. One batch of glaze was enough for all of them. I mixed and cut the dough the night before (I did re-roll the scraps), covered and refrigerated overnight, and spent only 45 minutes this morning frying and glazing everything once the oil was hot enough. Yummy!

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      Tessa — April 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks for sharing Jane! Glad you were able to make them ahead of time successfully.

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    Maggie Mobley — April 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    i want to try these for a dessert to take to church. do you think there’s a way to bake them?? just to make it a litttle easier, as i will probably double the recipe.. just asking

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      Tessa — April 7, 2015 at 8:33 am

      I haven’t tried baking this recipe because I know they wouldn’t be nearly as good as the fried version!

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    ana — April 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    These look amazing! but what the nutritional value?

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    Anaelle Quiquet — April 21, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Hey ,
    this recipe is very good , amazing ^^ !
    but i had some trouble with the dough will be too most sticky… and when i was trying to make Doughnuts, it was impossible …
    do you have advice to improve this recipe ?
    thank a lot !

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    Joanne B — April 27, 2015 at 7:55 am

    My daughter and I made these yesterday. They turned out very well — and more than expected. We made about 18. Thank you for the recipe.

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    Aish — May 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Can you use granulated sugar cause that’s all we get and I really wanna make these

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    Rayana — June 8, 2015 at 3:45 am

    thank you so so much for this recipe . I have tried it the other day and it was delicious

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    jeanne — June 9, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Hi I haven’t got a cooking thermometer but can you fry by checking oil’s bubbles or is it risky?

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      Tessa — June 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

      It’s always best to use a thermometer!

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    Carol — July 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

    So I made these today, rainy Belgian summer day – nice, but still a baking day nonetheless. Anyhow, last donut recipe I tried failed miserably and I just was sick of them but decided to try yours out as I’ve been in search of something that would resemble my grandfather’s recipe… not quite his but definitely LOVED them. I didn’t have sour cream so I used greek yoghurt instead but they came out quite nice, the nutmeg is spot on, used chocolate and sprinkles instead of the glaze. My boyfriend and his best friend ate them in no time (seriously, no time). Also have a tip here, if you insert your finger nail through the middles you will get cute small doughnuts as well… just saying, for those small fingers at home (I have none but i love small food, it just looks too cute!). Thanks, will be definitely making these again.

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    Christine — July 23, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Some notes:
    ALWAYS weigh your flour. Even if it is the only ingredient you ever weigh, your results will be more consistent. Most too dry/too sticky complaints can be attributed to this. (A scale is a cheap, absolutely necessary investment for any baker, amateur or otherwise.)
    When using recipes from country to country, a quick google search goes a long way to insure compatibility when substituting ingredients.
    In this recipe specifically, I used cold butter chopped into small pieces and mixed with the granulated sugar on LOW to achieve a sandy texture. Butter temperature can affect final dough consistency. We are not creaming this butter and sugar, so I found cold worked best.
    I also used cold egg yolks and beat the mixture on MEDIUM for 4-5 mins until light in color and doubled in volume.
    I did substitute 1/2 yogurt (1/4c sour cream, 1/4c yogurt) since I did not have enough sour cream.
    When adding in wet/dry ingredients to egg mixture, beat on LOW until ingredients are just combined. After the final third of flour is added, beat until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and begins to form a ball, then stop mixing and scrape down the mixing bowl to further combine any ingredients from the high sides of the bowl. Do not overmix your dough!
    And as for frying, always make sure your oil is hot enough. Thermometers and scales, people!!

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    Andrea — August 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I’m sorry to report I tried your recipe this past weekend as I love sour cream doughnuts and it was an epic fail. I followed your instructions to the letter but the doughnuts fell apart almost as soon as they hit the hot canola oil and none were salvageable enough to eat. I will just have to buy them from my local doughnut shop 🙂

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    Sarah — August 11, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Hell I just found your blog and had a few questions about this recipe

    1. Can I use all purpose flour?
    2. Instead of crying can I bake them?

    Thank you it would be great if you would reply

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      Tessa — August 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Hey Sarah! No, cake flour works best here. If you use all-purpose your doughnuts may wind up dry and dense. I’m assuming you meant frying not crying 😉 I’ve never baked this recipe but I’d imagine much of the delicious texture would be sacrificed if baked so I wouldn’t try personally.

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    Tamer Qeblawi — August 15, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Hi, I came across this post on Pinterest. I don’t usually read food blogs, maybe cause I am a professional chef and my ego won’t allow me to read what many people may have to write about food or reviews that may or may not be other than a personal opinion of something they may or may not like. However, I really loved your your style and I will publically admit that I did try your recipe and it’s way better than anything I have attempted. I am truely impressed and will be reading and following your blog. If you will allow me, I would like t make these doughnuts for my cafe.

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      Tessa — August 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      That’s awesome Tamer! I believe recipes are meant to be shared – so feel free to use it wherever 🙂

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    Holly — December 2, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I made these today. I followed the recipe exactly except that I kept the dough in fridge for 2 days before rolling and frying. Everyone seems to be enjoying them, I think the two days in the fridge did dry the dough out a little bit. We are going to make them again and this time I’ll substitute a little bit of lemon juice for water in the glaze and add a bit of zest. Then next time, maybe orange. Then maybe some cinnamon in the dough instead of nutmeg….

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      Tessa — December 2, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Ah shoot, yeah 2 days probably did dry the dough out a little. Love your flavor ideas! Be sure to come back and let us know which ends up being your favorite 🙂

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    Jane — December 5, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Hi Tessa

    I love the recipe and sour cream doughnuts always been my favorite.
    I noticed in the picture that some of the doughnuts in the second row that are out of focus are missing some cracks on the surface. Is there any tips on how to get cracked surface just like the sour cream doughnuts you find at the store? Thank you!

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      Tessa — December 5, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Thank you! The cracks mostly depend on the temperature of your oil. When it’s at the perfect temperature the cracks should occur. Unfortunately unless you have an electric fryer, it’s pretty difficult to maintain perfect oil temperature while frying multiple batches.

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    Doug Trowbridge — December 6, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I will add that I used to own donut shops and these donuts look great with a great recipe. If you want more cracks in your donuts here is the way. Use cool ingredients (not below 65 though) and after you put them in oil flip them after 15 seconds let them cook (usually about 90 second) and back again for the remaining 1 min 15 sec. I would also cook them at 375 to reduce the oil consumption. This is how we always did it and they cracked wide open. Glaze them while warm (not hot) and the glaze will bond better with the donut and not flake off as much.

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      Tessa — December 7, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks for the tips Doug!

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    Restaurant Boss — December 6, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    mmmm ilike it

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    Jenilee — December 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    So, is it possible to bake these bad-boys? Or if not, would the new air fryers work on this recipe? These look amazing. And, I was wondering, how did you set up the photos with so much natural light and then suddenly a dark background? Just my curiosity at work there. 😉 Gorgeouspics. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Tessa — December 7, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Ehhh I’d be hesitant about baking, the texture definitely wouldn’t be quite as mouthwatering. And I’ve never used an air fryer so I’m not sure! Thanks for your note about the photos 🙂 I believe I actually blocked the light in the background with black poster board so only the doughnuts were getting hit with light. Hope that helps!

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    Ammin — December 17, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    hi, i dont know why my dough not sticky.any idea? thanks

  103. #
    Owen Peterson — December 31, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Just like Mom’s

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    Andrew Hopkin — January 3, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Oh. I will try to make it for my kids. So i’m sure, they like it.
    Thank for share. hihi. Now i have a new repice.

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    John — January 8, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    By the dates in the comments section, looks like it’s been a while since this recipe has surfaced but it has via my Facebook page and so I want to say thanks. I’m an old hand at donut making and I was highly praised for my ability to make the best Old Fashion’s but, that was in a bakery not at home. I’m now poised to once again don that crown thanks to you ! The fact that these contain sour cream and fresh grated nutmeg reveals to me just how they will taste and I’m anxious to get going tomorrow and make a batch ( actually a double batch), I have people waiting ! I was even prodded into replenishing my supply of whole nutmeg. I’ll let ya know how they come out, thanks again 🙂

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    Anna — January 11, 2016 at 5:17 am

    I made these over the weekend and they turned out really wonderful. I’ll be trying the chocolate old fashioned donut recipe soon. I did have to add an extra large spoonful of sourcream to the dough because it was very dry/sandy. I noticed that your chocolate donut recipe is very similar except that the sour cream in that one calls for 1 cup instead of the 1/2 cup that this recipe calls for. Could that be the reason that some people have issues with dry dough? Thank you for a lovely recipe.

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    Kayla — January 23, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Have you considered trying a gluten-free version? I plan on attempting just that! My girlfriend absolutely loves these doughnuts, but she has given them up due to my new eating lifestyle. (I have stroke-like migraines, and gluten is a main trigger for me.) So, I would love to find a way for her to continue being supportive and have her doughnuts, too!

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    Megan — January 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I made them this morning and they were delish! The only adjustment I made was using a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg and adding about 1/2 tsp of grated lemon zest. I think next time (there will definitely be a next time) I will roll them thicker so I get more of the cakey texture in the middle. Thanks again. 🙂

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    Stacee — January 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Mmmm Mmmm. I’ve been cursed with a sweet tooth. These look so yummy. I have been looking for a good donut recipe all day. I’m going to try making these tonight. I can’t wait.

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    Heidi — January 31, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Just what I was looking for! This has always been a family favorite. We’ll make them over and over again. We made them in “stick” form instead of traditional round doughnuts. It was so easy! Just rolled out the dough to the correct thickness and cut them in long rectangles using a pizza cutter. They come out looking just like the ones you get in the bakery!

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      Tessa — February 2, 2016 at 6:21 pm

      Awesome Heidi!!

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    jeanette lalor — February 3, 2016 at 6:50 am

    i cannot believew all your wonderful recipes! i am 73 and i would like to have your recipes sent by email. when i filled out your form for this it said to click on the mail link you just sent me. now i am confused. i very much would like your recipes sent throuh my email!!! thank you so much. jeanette

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    Judy — February 4, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Everyone really should use fresh nutmeg instead of the ground stuff. It last forever, you need less which makes it really cheap plus the taste is fantastic!! I eyeball instead of measuring but feel free to measure!! BTW nutmeg is fantastic in tomato sauces!!

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    Deb — February 9, 2016 at 7:29 am

    These are on my to-do list for today. Sour cream cake donuts are my all-time favorite!

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    Sofia — February 11, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I just made the dough and stuck it in the fridge. I can’t wait to fry them up and try them!

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    Dick — February 14, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Why did my doughnut disintegrate in the oil? They just vanished into goop and I literally followed this recipe to the letter!

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    Kassie — February 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I made these after being inspired by a Tasty or Buzzfeed video on FB. I thought to mysef these are soo simple to make and the ingredients are common in households. Googled a recipe and ur website was the first. I followed the recipe to a t cept for subbing maple syrup in the glazeand my friends loved them! Check out my video on ig @classykasse

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    star stable membership — February 18, 2016 at 3:36 am

    What’s up, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this post.
    It was helpful. Keep on posting!

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    Nathan Johnson — February 23, 2016 at 9:32 am

    This recipe look delicious! I have always wanted to make my own doughnuts so I think I might give this one a shot. However, if I butcher this, I will have to buy myself some doughnuts because I’m craving them right now! Thanks for the post!

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      Tessa — February 23, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Haha! Hopefully it won’t come to that 😉

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    Aidan — March 6, 2016 at 10:16 am

    These were really good and easy to make! They were probably the best old fashioned donuts ive had! The only thing I would change is change the salt to 3/4 tsp. Also not sure why there is salt in the glaze (I left it out). I also double glazed the donuts and they can out delicious!

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      Tessa — March 7, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Glad you made it work for you, Aidan! The salt helps bring out the sweet flavors 🙂

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    Furcernca — March 9, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I dislike this recipe why are you so good at cooking and make everything perfect when really it turns out bad and salty

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    căn hộ 9 view quận 9 — March 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

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  122. #
    Elaine — March 18, 2016 at 9:11 am

    These are great thank you so much for putting

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    Elaine — March 18, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Are amazing thanks for putting them in the web

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    Jody — March 26, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    ok, you really have to stop publishing your recipes. Just kidding. I want to make everything. All your recipes I’ve seen so far look so delicious,my husband and I are going to big as a house.Don’t stop,keep up the good work!!

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    Faith — April 9, 2016 at 7:25 am

    I tried to read most of the comments but there was too many.. If I use a hand held mixer, should I only use one beater or two? I don’t have a paddle attachment.

    I enjoy your recipes.

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      Tessa — April 9, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      You could start out with two but you’ll probably need to go down to one or use your hands once the flour begins to incorporate. Happy baking 🙂

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    Jennifer — April 12, 2016 at 8:36 am

    First attempt at these today, and they are awesome.. I did use all purpose flour with cornstarch, as some have had problems, but I whisked mine quite a bit to ensure the cornstarch was incorporated correctly, and to lighten the flour. I refrigerated as instructed. The dough was very stick, but proper flour on the counter solved that quickly. The first couple didn’t crackle like I wanted, but the rest did just fine. They are divine!!! My family better come home soon so I eat the entire batch. Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try the chocolate ones!!

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      Tessa — April 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      So glad to hear it, Jennifer!

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    Brent — April 18, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Can you leave the dough in the fridge over night?

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    Saema — April 23, 2016 at 3:16 am

    Hello Tessa,

    I made the doughnuts last night. They turned out fine, very tasty. The only tweak needed is no salt in the glaze and less in the doughnut mix plus the glaze was too thick. I ended up adding in more hot water but it was still too thick. I think next time much more water as I prefer a lighter coating of icing I ended up with a proper iced doughnut which tasted too sweet.

    I loved the recipe and the idea of no yeast but still perfect tasty soft doughnuts !


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    Verbana — April 25, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I too had issues with it being way too dry, I added milk. We’ll see what happens.

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    Rachel — April 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I’ve decided to give it a try in spite of the contradictions surrounding actual cake flour verses homemade cake flour. Im using store bought cake flour to be on the safe side and next time I will use homemade cake flour so I can see if theres a difference myself. I have the dough in the fridge just waiting to be made into doughnuts. I’d like to help those who have the problem with it coming out too dry? Mine came out perfect. I do believe the problem with the dryness is attributed to pushing the measuring cup down into the flour to get a cup. This will cause you to have way more flour in the recipe as it gets packed down as you scoop it. You have to hold your measuring cup, spoon it directly into the measuring cup and then level it off. This way you are sure to get an exact cup and nothing more. Then it will come out perfect. try it, you’ll see. I’ll be back with my results after frying. I have the oil in the pan with the thermometer attached just waiting to go…..

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    Rachel — April 25, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Im back ! and they turned out perfect ! Exactly like the photo. I did notice something though. I had it at a perfect 325 degrees and they didn’t seem to cook too well so they cooked nicely at 375 to 400. So don’t feel intimidated ladies. It a wonderful recipe. Please don’t forget to scoop your flour into the measuring cup with a spoon then level off….you’ll have the perfect dough.. I got 11 doughnuts and 11 holes….absolutely yummy. Happy cooking 🙂

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    Rachel — April 25, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    One more helpful hint. For those claiming the glaze is too thick ? Don’t add milk or additional water. That will cause it not to set or dry properly on the doughnut. Simply put your glaze mixture in the microwave for about 35 seconds. Get it nice and hot and runny………then dip your donuts . Then it will harden perfectly ! Hope this helps someone out there.

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    Fran — May 5, 2016 at 6:23 am

    I am not sure if someone else asked this question already, but I am wondering if I can possibly make the dough the night before and then roll it out the next morning and continue with the recipe. Thank you!

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      Tessa — May 6, 2016 at 8:52 am

      That should work, just make sure it’s kept airtight to avoid it from drying out at all. Let me know how it goes!

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    Dee — May 19, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Tessa…these look and sound so good. I was wondering if you could substitute honey or regular syrup for the glaze?? Thanks!!

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    plasterers bristol — May 23, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I’ve never tried making my own douhnuts before, sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing.


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    Ernestine — May 29, 2016 at 1:00 am

    I am so excited you posted this…These are my favorite type of doughnuts! They look glorious! Thanks for your post.

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    sarah — June 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Hey, I made these and they were amazing!!! thanks for sharing.
    Have you ever tried baking these?

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    Rachel — June 2, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Finally purchased a deep-fry thermometer and gave these puppies a go! Having never deep fried anything before, I was surprised at how simple it was! The donuts came out great. Corn syrup isn’t available here, so I added a teaspoon of maple syrup instead for a different flavor; it worked quite nicely. I used freshly grated nutmeg, so I found that aspect of the flavor a little intense, but when I tried a leftover donut the next day, the nutmeg had mellowed and they were perfect! Looking forward to trying the chocolate ones next.

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    jack — June 9, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Oh my these look perfect! The “Old Fashioned” donut is my favorite and hard to find in my area. Thanks for sharing the recipe and pics!

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    sandra marie — July 12, 2016 at 5:58 am

    wow going to have to try these …

    also, maybe my math is off but…you said you had a 10 dollar off coupon for spending 50 dollars.. now your sum was 45 …my thoughts are grab a magazine or some extras that are around the counter that would add to 5 and you not only got those for free but 5 dollars off from your original purchase… oh well have a good day ..xx

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      Tessa — July 13, 2016 at 7:51 am

      Hi Sandra, hope you do try them soon! The coupon was only for grocery items, not magazines, etc. 🙁

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    TessM — July 26, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    When frying the dough is impossible to turn over. I ended up with minced dough. Threw the remaining dough away, but the fried minced dough did taste good however, (I used cinnamon in place of the nutmeg).

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      Tessa — July 27, 2016 at 8:52 am

      A mesh skimmer should make easy work of handling the dough in the hot oil. What were you trying to use?

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    Nat — July 29, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Can I bake this donut recipe instead of frying them?

  143. #
    Lejing — September 1, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Can I chill the dough overnight in fridge?


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    Fayeabell — September 25, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Hi! I love donuts especially this kind

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      Tessa — September 26, 2016 at 10:11 am

      Which attachment do you have? And do you have any other thermometer that can gauge the temperature of the hot oil?

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    Cristina — September 28, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Amazing recipe.
    Delicious! Love it!
    I had a little trouble with glaze, added extra water though…

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    Cassie — October 3, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Can they be frozen after frying? Will they still be good?

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      Tessa — October 4, 2016 at 6:22 am

      I’ve never tried! But I have found these are best served fresh, the same day of frying at least.

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    Ashley C — October 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Can these be baked instead of fried?

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      Tessa — October 10, 2016 at 10:37 am

      This recipe was specifically formulated to be fried. Please check out my recipe index where I have tons of baked donut recipes!

  148. #
    charmaine — October 11, 2016 at 4:37 am

    what a beautiful woman !!!!

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    Annabelle — October 15, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I just found your website/blog, and it looks great. Am going to try these donuts soon; thanks again. Will be pinning your site in my favorites column.

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    Julie — November 18, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Do you think you could bake these instead of frying them???

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      Tessa — November 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Julie, this recipe was specifically written to be fried and that’ll result in the best taste and texture. I have tons of baked donut recipes in my archives:

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    gyna — November 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Made this last week. It was so good and easy to make. I followed the recipe didn’t made any changes its quite sticky but all i did was add more flour .I’ll be making this again for sure.

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    Zed — December 8, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Why spend $5 to save $10? I don’t understand the logic here. If you’d have spent $5 more dollars you’d have received $5 more worth of goods (even if it was just a couple packs of gum) and your order would’ve then been $40 instead of $45. Why would you NOT do that?

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    Zeni — December 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Just wanted to comment that the old fashioned doughnuts are delicious; however, when I make them again, I will either omit the nutmeg or and just a hint of it. In my opinion, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg is too much – taste too nutmeggy.

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    colleen shubin — December 20, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Can the dough be made up the night before and then cooked up in the morning?

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    Shandra Hesche — December 31, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Just made these….did not turn out as expected 🙁

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    Pat Moore — January 23, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Followed old Fashion sour cream to a T. They came out great. I rolled my dough out between two 1/2″ wooden dowles to make sure 1/2 ” thick. I only came out with 5 dounuts and doughnut holes. using ur recommended 3″ doughnut cutter from Amazon. I used all purpose flour subtracted 1 tablespoon an add 1 tablespoon corn starch per cup to make cake flour. I measured in grams. Probably just as well it only came out to 5. Even the wife, who is not a sweet eater raided them

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    Maria — January 24, 2017 at 1:24 am

    Hi Tessa! Thamks for the recipe! I’m looking for the perfect recipe and this have a delicious flavor!… but i find it too sweet… do you have a recomendation for reduce it? What if i put 1 tablespoon vs 1/2 cup of sugar on the mix? 😀

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    Cami N — January 31, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    I was watching a donut cook off on the food channel and started wanting one, bad! I found your recipe, and although I don’t have the proper equipment and have never made donuts before, they turned out WONDERFUL! Without an oil thermometer it was difficult to get the temp just right (I Googled how) so a couple fell apart, and my glaze was more like icing, but delicious. Also, I accidently put double the salt in the glaze, but it offset the sweetness a bit and I liked it. Made 12 using a drinking glass for the cutter and cut the holes with a small-mouth shot glass. Thanks for sharing! I’m going to go eat another one now!

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      Tessa — February 1, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Wonderful! So happy you made the recipe work for you 🙂

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    Cecelia Elliott — February 9, 2017 at 5:15 am

    I woke up before the sun this morning, craving some kind of fried dough, any kind would do, uuugghhhhh.
    I have two questions. #1, Canada this recipe be used for the old fashioned donut sticks? And #2, Since it has to rest anyway, can this be made and left in the refrigerator over night?

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    James Chapin — February 18, 2017 at 10:55 am

    This is our favorite type of doughnuts so we made them this morning. Sooooo goooood! Well worth the small effort to get a great tasting home-made

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    Mindy Weaver — February 18, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    I just wanted to tell you I absolutelylove these donuts. I never took on a donut recipe afraid I’d fail but this recipe was simple and I have it mastered. I am sharing it on my blog and will include you in the tag on instagram. Great recipe, can’t wait to try more of your recipes. 🙂

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      Tessa — February 23, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      So happy to hear that, Mindy! Heading over to Instagram to find your photo 🙂

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    Ginger — February 20, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Anyone else have a problem with the dough being too delicate to move? I couldn’t barely get the most in the fryer without them break, and getting them out was impossible. (Yes I used a spider) I did use heart-shaped cutters because I still hadn’t them out. (About 4.5″)

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    Jama — April 8, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I made these tonight and they were amazing. I used all purpose flour and corn starch to get the cake flour (sifted a couple of times before adding other ingredients). I left out the nutmeg since I’m not really a fan of the flavor. I had some chopped up ginger that was slightly candied and I rolled some up the dough- so stinking good. They have an amazing texture- slightly crunchy on the outside but melt in your mouth. I wish these weren’t so easy to make!!!

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    Barbara Benson — April 12, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Can i make the dough a day ahead an leave in the refrigerator for 24 hours? I am trying to prep for Easter and am trying to make things easier for me.


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    Andrea — April 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Do you think you can make the dough the night before and finish them off in the morning?

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    Simon — April 19, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Made these, was able to get 10 out of recipe only, no wasted dough. The thickness wasn’t even 1/2, a bit less. Used cocktail shaker cover to make the cuts, worked great. 1/2 tsp nutmeg is a bit much unless you are nutmeg lover. Will try 1/4 next time. Overall nut a bad recipe. I haven’t glazed them yet. Will sub maple syrup for corn syrup (don’t have it).

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    Barbara — April 24, 2017 at 9:25 am

    Is it possible to freeze this doughnut dough?

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    Angélique — April 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Bonjour, je suis française et je n’ai pas la culture des doonuts. Je vais tester la recette, quel est l’équivalent de la crème sure. Je vous tiens au courant.

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    Amy — May 13, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Do you think the dough could be refrigerated overnight instead of just an hour?

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    Candace parks — May 27, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Imade these this weekend they were good but I don’t think I kneeded the dough long enough when do you know you have kneeded it enough?
    I know now not to use reg veg oil to fry them they were a tad bit greasy

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    Stephanie — June 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Made these tonight and they are fantastic! Used a 3″ cutter and 1″ hole, and rolled a bit thinner than the recipe calls for, because we wanted them smallish. Also added extra fresh nutmeg (heaped tap) as I love the flavor. Perfection!

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    Donna — June 12, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Can you bake these donuts in a donut pan? They sound and look great but prefer to bake them if possible. Thanks ps. they look so tempting.

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    Lyon — July 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Hi! was really excited about these donuts and I attempted to make them tonight. the only difference is that i used gluten free cake flour. I used a thermostat to make sure the oil was at the right temperature. when i dropped them in the oil, it disintegrated completely. any idea how to improve?

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    Kassie Edwards — July 25, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I made these and they were a HIT! I used krispy kreme glazing recipe.

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    happy wheels — August 26, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Made this last week. It was so good and easy to make. I followed the recipe didn’t made any changes its quite sticky but all i did was add more flour .I’ll be making this again for sure.

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    Alpana — September 1, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Hi! I just found your site and these looks awesome ! can’t wait to try them.

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    Pattie — September 12, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Just made these and they turned out perfectly !!!!! Taste is wonderful !!!! Thank you !!!!

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    Becca — September 13, 2017 at 6:24 am

    I’ve been looking for an old fashioned cake donut recipe for such a long time and this one seems great! I have a question though, it seems half the recipes I find use sour cream and the other half uses buttermilk, what’s the difference between the two? Thanks!

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    Marcela — September 29, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Tessa!!! Made this today and i love it!!! Although i used all purpose flour i found them delicious.

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    Beverly Tomasik — October 14, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I tried to download your different icing site but it didn’t work. Help

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    Melinda Kavanaugh — November 9, 2017 at 7:39 am

    When I am able to make these I am worried a bit about excess. It is just me and my hubby. Has anyone had success freezing the cut out dough for frying later? I have done this with New Orleans beighnets with great success. But, a cake batter style leaves me wondering. Thanks so much and can’t wait to try, loads of positive feedback here!

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    Hugo Stevens — November 19, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I´d lick your doughnut hole for this Old fashioned Sour Cream doughnuts are the best and some of my all time favourite doughnuts, thanks Tessa. I am a certified Pastry Chef in Ecuador, but they never taught us how to make these delicious items.

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    Alexandria — November 29, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Wanted to find a yeast-free doughnut recipe, so I could make these before work on my husband’s Birthday (his special request). He absolutely loved these. I made the dough the night before and refrigerated overnight; they came out beautifully!!

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    Diane — December 4, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Instead of deep frying I will try and make in my air fryer.

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      Tessa — December 5, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Oh cool! Let us know how that turns out, Diane.

  186. #
    Shasha — December 8, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Hello. I really want to make these doughnuts but I don’t have a standing mixer.. Can I use a hand mixer?

  187. #
    Jessica — December 10, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Wow! I made these and they were super yummy! I put them in a mini doughnut baker thing and they were good, but the batter is just so thick iIwas having trouble, so added a couple more spoonfuls of sourcream and a bunch if milk to make it a more pour/spoonable consistency. Thinking on it, the thick ones probably tasted better and I also need more patience in letting them cook.. Definitely trying it again!

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    Kimberly — January 1, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    We have a severe egg allergy with my 2 year old granddaughter. What could I substitute for the two egg yolks? She loves donuts, but have a hard time finding anything besides glazed Krispy Kreme for her to have. Thanks!

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    -Rebekah — January 14, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    I know you have years of positive reviews on this recipe, but I’m going to submit one more nonetheless. I’ve made these three times now and they’ve turned out beautifully every time! Simple ingredients and easy to make. I don’t usually have cake flour on hand, so I used all purpose and cut down the amount by two tablespoons. Also, I think the amount of nutmeg is spot on. I made these the first time with half the amount called for and I really do think they’re better with 1/2 tsp. It gives them that special something and doesn’t overpower at all. I hope others are not discouraged from using it based on the reviews. Thanks for the recipe!

  190. #
    Bri Swinton — January 20, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I attempted to make homemade donuts this morning and they turned out more like a funnel cake. I am going to try this recipe this weekend. Hopefully I have better luck!

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    Gail — January 24, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Made these beauties yesterday and my daughters best friend said they tasted just like tom hortons donuts they use to make sandwiches. Coming from her that’s a huge compliment. My donuts did not have the nooks and crannies that I want. I think cold dough needs to hit hot oil so after I cut them I am going to fridge them until the oils hot. Great recipe. Should the donuts be hot when you frost them?

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    Tammy — January 24, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Wondered if you ever experimented with gluten free flour on these? I found an earlier post from 2014 asking about it but not another one post since. I really miss this type donut!

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    Cheryl Fredericksen — January 27, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Can this recipe be air fried?

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    Dave — March 11, 2018 at 9:00 am

    FYI, the recipe is showing up twice on the page, separated by an add for your secret glazes. The summary in both copies of the recipe say 1 hour total, with 20 minutes inactive time. The text of the recipe (both times) say to chill the dough for an hour.

    And, where in Phoenix do they make decent donuts? I’m in the valley, too, but haven’t found any.

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    Maggie — March 31, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Wow !!! My first attempt at any kind of donut. Turned out fabulous. I used my fryer pot mainly for temperature control. Golden bites of yummy. Hubby loved them. Glaze was the “icing on the cake” er donut !! Great recipe thanks so much, a keeper for sure 5 stars

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    Sandy — April 2, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Second time making them I used purchased cake flour and they were AMAZING (first time they were just ok – cake flour is key I think). Thanks for this recipe, will be making again!

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    Betty Inestroza — April 2, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I printed this recipe from your website it’s on my fridge with important baby family photos. My kids and I loe them. My favorite part is that’s i can make dough Friday night and Saturday morning I don’t have to wait an hour for the day dough to be ready.

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    Rachel — May 6, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I absolutely LOVE the recipe, it comes out amazing every time! This time I needed to make only half a batch of the doughnuts so I halved all the ingredients but accidentally forgot and still added 2 egg yolks instead of one…do you think that will affect the overall texture/taste of the doughnut? If you still reply to comments in this post, please I would like to know as soon as possible ty! 🙂

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    Agnes — June 19, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Love your site ! I tried this recipe and it’s yummm! I changed a few few things-reduced the nutmeg to 1/4 , added Greek yoghurt instead of sour cream since I didn’t have-any at home , also reduced the glace to 1/2 the quantity. Got a baker’s dozen Thanks gor sharing! Also, could you chk if the page takes a long time to upload?

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    Jax — August 6, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    These turned out so tender and delicious! I used two wooden spatulas to flip the donuts over. The dough was sticky but after the hour chill turned out to be soft and kind of silky. I did the DIY cake flour thing but used White Lily flour instead of my regular King Arthur all-purpose flour. (It was actually WL self-rising flour but I had it for so long the leavener was flat so used the listed amount of baking powder and adjusted the salt.). Compared to King Arthur, White Lily has a lower protein level to begin with so I think that’s why I didn’t have the issues others had with the dough being too sticky/heavy. This website shows why Tessa says it is important to use a cake flour and why your DIY cake flour may have different results.

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    Tom — August 12, 2018 at 5:23 am

    I saw this recipe and ‘total time one hour’ and thought ‘perfect! I’ll have time to make these before the kids get up!’
    Started in on the recipe and got halfway through and got to the step that says ‘chill for one hour’.
    Needless to say, this messed up my timeline. That hour to chill should be included in the ‘total time’ at the start of the recipe!

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    Ander — August 26, 2018 at 11:08 am

    For anyone trying to make this recipe gf: made these today with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour and they were waaaaay too dense. The BF and I agreed that the flavor was spot on though and the glaze was awesome. Will try these again w a diff GF blend. I’ve had success w Cup4Cup before so planning to try that.

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    Rachael — August 28, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Ever tried this in an air fryer?

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    Whitney — September 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    These look amazing! I just made glazed apple cider donuts and used sour cream for the first time last week. They tasted amazing. I don’t know what the sour cream does but I love it. I can’t wait to try your recipe! I made mine in oil and in my air fryer. They worked in an air fryer but tasted better fried in oil!

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    Genesis — September 24, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    can I use all purpose flour instead of cake flour? Do you need to use canola oil ? can you use coconut oil?

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    Juliet — October 8, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Hi! How long do these donuts stay good after being baked, and how should they be stored? Can they be frozen?
    Thanks! 🙂

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    Andrea M Lechner — November 8, 2018 at 8:59 am

    My son is allergic to eggs, and I have had great success with many eggless recipes. I’ve yet to perfect a doughnut recipe, however. What would you best recommend in replacement of the two yolks in this recipe? I usually use Ener-G egg replacer when I make chocolate chip cookies (I simply use Nestle’s Island White recipe, as Ener-G works best when replacing a single egg – I’ll double and triple at times, but by making each second/third batch separately – does not work well when fully incorporated in a single bowl). Do you believe the Ener-G might work well here? Thanks! Just made your basic buttercream last night- my new favorite, and so incredibly simple!

  208. #
    Primary Ka Master — November 17, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    So yummy and easy. Thanks.

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    Dr. Zakir Ali — November 17, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Love your site! I tried this recipe and it’s yummm!

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    happy wheels — November 21, 2018 at 3:32 am

    The food is very delicious, the formula you shared helped me a lot in processing this dish.

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    instagram search — December 5, 2018 at 2:28 am

    I like old-fashioned things but I have never tried sour cream doughnuts 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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    Lynn — December 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I made this when my then boyfriend and I were living overseas and therefore didn’t have access to a donut shop! I think this may be why he proposed. 🙂 He STILL talks about “that time I made him donuts from scratch” four years later!!!

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      Tessa — December 6, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Awe that’s SO sweet!! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Evelyn — December 11, 2018 at 9:52 am

    I would like to try this recipe but only have a hand mixer with beaters. No paddle attachments. Any suggestions? Thank you.

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    Frustrated — December 12, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Soooo 277 posts and they are all just expressing their love and admiration for sour cream doughnuts and experiences with them, would NEV nice if maybe ONE SINGLE POST WAS FROM SOMEONE THAT TRIED THE RECIPE AND CAN COMMENT ON HOW THEY ARE. These posts are completely worthless. Also why would u rate this recipe when u HAVENT EVEN TRIED IT? Ever hear the term, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover?”

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    Ashley Frederick — January 5, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    These look ssssooo good! You have the best recipes and tips! I need to give these a try!

  216. #
    Prescia — January 12, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    I’d like to cook these in my air-fryer. What changes to the recipe are necessary?

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    Liz Summers — January 17, 2019 at 8:38 am

    @Prescia I just air fried this recipe. I spritzed donuts with spray canola oil and then 5 minutes at about 325. Now, this is in a Cuisinart Toaster Oven/Air Fryer but I followed some Phillips Air Fry suggestion for temp and time and checked them every 2 minutes as my Air Fryer seems to run hot. At any rate, they did well. They are not as puffy and crispy as deep fat fried and the exterior is smooth vs craggy, but they are very good. Bottomline, not exactly what I think of when I think of an “Old fashioned”, but very good flavor and texture as far as I’m concerned. A caveat(s) re what I did though for ingredients. I did not have cake flour and did the cornstarch substitute for 2 T flour per cup of flour and then the dough seemed a little dry so I added some half and half until it came together. I still think if the recipe was made exactly, the air frying as above would be fine.

    Thanks, Tessa!

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    saphira — January 18, 2019 at 4:45 am

    your cream doughnuts smells like delicious 🙂

    I’ll try it

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    Um….No — January 19, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    So excited to try this recipe but I knew better……the flour to “wet ingredient” ratio didn’t even look right on paper. But, I decided to give it a go anyway.

    I was right—not nearly enough “wet” ingredients and the best I could get was “thick” flour. This was in NO WAY shape or form dough. I added a small container of vanilla yogurt (was out of sour cream) and still not dough consistency. I added ANOTHER 1/2 cup of half and half (cream) and it was finally a sticky dough. This was NOT a measuring problem if I had to add that much liquid.

    I also let the “mixture” rest an hour and then there was no way that sticky ball was rolling out easily. I added flour to the rolling surface and cut them out.

    Oil heated per directions and they broke into bits in the fryer. Maybe not anyone’s fault since I had to improvise so much with the recipe.

    Second cutting of donuts, I made them thicker–much thicker–more between 1/2 and 3/4 inch. Ridiculous. They did fry up nicely and didn’t break apart. The taste was meh.

    I will look around for a better recipe but beware that this recipe does not have a proper dry-to-wet ingredient ratio.

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    Liz Summers — January 21, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    @Um…No Well, I beg to differ as I had a good experience AND it is not exactly a unique recipe as this ratio is other places as well. I did add a bit of half and half, BUT I had messed with flour so was not surprised. I air fried this recipe – great. I also cut and froze and then air fried, also deep fat fried after freezing. All were successful for me. I wonder if you (@Um…No) weighed ingredients or used volume. At any rate, this is a keeper for me.

    I am just 1 person in my house so I was VERY pleased to discover that both storing the dough and freezing cut donuts and then frying worked very well. Deep fat frying is certainly more like a bakery old fashioned but the air fry results were close enough for me and much less mess and time.

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    Easter — January 25, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Hi, I don’t ever use cake flour what’s the equivalent for all purpose flour?

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    Juanita — February 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    This recipe is a resounding NO for me. I have fried many a donut, including yeast raised and buttermilk with success, but this is by far THE ABSOLUTE WORST I have ever tried. They came out way too dark…almost burnt, and I even started with a 300 degree frying temp just in case 325 was too high. I refrigerated the dough as indicated, rolled it out and cut it, but when I put them in the oil to fry, almost half of them fell apart before I could even turn them!! I made the glaze before frying the donuts, with the hopes that the poster of this recipe was telling the truth about the flavor, and she was lying. It tastes NOTHING like a bakery glaze…it tastes like a homemade glaze that is a favorite of the maker. I wish I had something positive to say about this “recipe”, but alas, I do not.

    Cake flour is not cheap…neither is real vanilla extract, so if you value your hard-earned money, DO NOT try this recipe. It’s a waste of time and money.

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    Juanita — February 9, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    P.S. I believe the recipe poster is creating fake accounts and posting comments to give this recipe more positive comments, because the TRUTH is that this recipe is awful.

  224. #
    Lily — March 4, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I had my first sour cream donut at Krispy Kreme a couple weeks ago and it instantly shot up to my favorite kind of donut! I love to bake, so whenever I try something yummy, I take it as a challenge to make the homemade version. I’ve always been afraid of frying- the grease and high temperature felt intimidating, but today was a snow day, and it felt like the perfect opportunity to give sour cream donuts a shot!

    I know I wasn’t supposed to, but I went ahead and used all purpose flour, sifted three times. They turned out beautifully: tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. The glaze seemed a little thick, so I added a tiny bit more water so it would coat the donuts more easily.

    My mom and bother told me they were better than Krispy Kreme, and I have to agree 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe!

  225. #
    Kim — March 7, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    These old fashioned sour cream donuts are absolutely AMAZING and my family and friends cannot get enough!! Thank you!!

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    Samantha, executive chef — April 5, 2019 at 8:19 am

    These are perfect! I like to cut mine a little thicker …but recipe and flavors are great

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    Shiloh Walton — April 7, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Made the dough for your chocolate ones this AM! Will be the 3rd doughnut recipe I’ve tried and hopefully one that’s finally satisfying. Any thoughts on using strong black coffee for the glaze instead of hot water?

  228. #
    Katie — April 7, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Can you keep prepared dough in refrigerator overnight?

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    Chan — April 13, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    These are the most perfect sour cream doughnuts I have ever seen in my life. I am from Southwest, PA and these are a staple around here (along with apple cider doughnuts) I totally agree when making doughnuts a smidget of nutmeg does make the difference. Your pictures are so awesome that I want to climb through the screen and grab one of your melt in our mouth doughnuts right now. Your technique is impeccable.

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    Mary — April 15, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    I made these and was disappointed in them.
    The recipe says the dough would be sticky and it wasn’t. I was careful to measure the flour correctly. The flavor wasn’t what I was expecting. Won’t make them again.

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    Drew — April 20, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I love this recipe & have always baked old fashioned using yeast until Now!!! I will always use this hence forth!!!

    Though an Old post – axel @ intoxicology you sexest pig! Get off your lazy fucking ass Andrew cook them your damn self – for the MRS!!!


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    Jess — April 22, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Honestly, the best donut I’ve ever eaten in my life. Thank you for the recipe!

  233. #
    Heather — June 9, 2019 at 7:33 am

    While I did not have the texture issues some mentioned, these donuts had zero flavor. No lingering sour cream tang, no buttery richness. They fried up beautifully, cracked and all for catching glaze, looking like they would be tasty. But, they tasted like nothing more than the oil they were fried in…canola at 325 as called for. Texture was ok, but simply disappointing. Definitely not worth the effort. And yes, the recipe was followed to the “t.”

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      Tessa — June 10, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Hi Heather – did you use fresh nutmeg for this recipe? Also, could your oil be “off?” Those would be my two suggestions to improve flavor. Hope that helps 🙂

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    Sarah — June 13, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    These were just alright in my opinion. I’ve definitely had better.

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    Tammy — June 18, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I just made these and they came out ok. I used cake flour as directed and only 1/2 tsp nutmeg. I usually don’t weigh my ingredients but for this recipe I did. After refrigerating for the hour the dough was super sticky so much so that I could not roll it out very well or cut out the doughnuts. I think I needed more flour? The doughnuts themselves were good but the icing was way too sweet, I think maybe there was too much on the doughnuts. Next time I will and use a bit more flour and more water in the icing as to not leave so much on the doughnut. Also I will not let the donuts cool before dipping in the icing. I used a deep fryer at about 340°, 2 minutes on each side and they seemed a little oily.
    I did not have a paper bag so I drained them in the fryer basket and then on paper towels. If anyone has made these and has some suggestions I am open to them. Old fashion donuts are my fav but these just didn’t seem right to me, maybe it is just me Idk.

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    Betty — July 1, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I found your recipe for sour cream cake and I read the comments. I am going to try and make these. What pot os the best to fry the donuts in. Thank you.

  237. #
    Carol — July 17, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Is it possible to do a baked version of these?

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      Tessa — July 18, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      No, I’m sorry. The ridges that are so distinct to this style of doughnuts only happen when the dough hits the hot fry oil. It’s just not the same when baking!

  238. #
    Tina — August 6, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Can you use applesauce to substitute for the eggs? My daughter is EXTREMELY allergic to eggs and we haven’t had good luck with yeast style doughnuts.

  239. #
    Diedree Johnson — August 13, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Can these donuts be made whole without the hole in the middle? I’m wanting to make ice cream sandwiches out of them?

  240. #
    Nature Picture — August 17, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Thanks for your tips

  241. #
    Caylin — August 25, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I’m trying to figure out where i went wrong, my donuts are flat and hard they did not get cake like more like a dense cookie. Any thoughts?

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      Tessa — August 29, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      Did you weigh your flour? Use cake flour? Was the oil the correct temp?

  242. #
    Floranet — September 5, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Now, that’s what called Perfection. Keep up!!

  243. #
    Michael — September 15, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    These were amazing. The best doughnut recipe I’ve ever tried. The flavor is incredible. Great balance with the nutmeg, sweetness, and fried outside.

  244. #
    Jane Zumot — September 27, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Hi can we baked them instead of frying? Thanks

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    Rachel S. — September 29, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I was so suprised that these turned out so well! They really do taste like they’re fresh from the bakery. I made these for someone’s birthday and so I colored the glaze. 100% would recommend.

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    Brenda — October 4, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Great recipe, they turned out pretty good

    Question, what do I need to add if I want chocolate donuts? Just cocoa powder? Melted chocolate? How



  247. #
    Dave — October 12, 2019 at 10:21 am

    There is something seriously wrong with the measurements in this recipe. There is no way you can take about the same amount of flour you’d use for a single pie crust and magically make it roll out into a ½” thick 9 x 12 rectangle. I found the results very Meh! Even rolling it as directed to ½” (and getting about ⅓ of the indicated donuts), the results were bland and flavorless. There was no tanginess and nutmeg is the wrong spice here. Cardamom is what these donuts usually contain.

    I bake a lot, so I weigh everything, my oil temperature was correct (digitally AND analog monitored), fresh baking powder, ingredients at room temperature, tried both cake, pastry and AP flour, etc, and this produced the same bland results 3 times, that were nothing like bakery donuts.

  248. #
    Heidi — October 13, 2019 at 9:18 am

    For those who had dry batter it could also be your altitude and where you live. I have made these in both high altitudes and low altitudes and had different results each time….

  249. #
    Tammie — October 23, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    How many days are the donuts good for? Trying to see how many days in advance I can make them.

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    Tiffany — November 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    I made these tonight and I dont know what I did wrong but they didnt rise.. they stayed very thin.. what would cause that?

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    Scarlet — November 22, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    I love doughnuts but I have never tried making the old-fashioned kind. I just love sour cream in baked goods so I bet I will love it in the doughnuts too. Thanks for the recipe!

  252. #
    Thomas Lee — December 8, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Best darn donut recipe in the world

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    Safiyyah Mather — December 15, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I made smaller versions of these which yielded+-24. The size was perfect not too small however one can easily end up over-eating these babies.

    I added more boiling water to the glaze as i found it to be too thick, in future i would omit cornsyrup from the glaze ingredients as I found that the flavor of the glaze was not what I’m used to, this was also the first time I’d used cornsyrup In a glaze.

    I did not find the nutmeg to be overwhelming at all in the recipe

    Overall, this recipe was flop-proof and a winner for the family

  254. #
    panda — February 12, 2020 at 11:47 am

    these r my favorite

  255. #
    Jen — February 25, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    If I use my air fryer , do you know how long is cook it and what temp?

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    Goldidea — March 3, 2020 at 9:25 am

    oh, it look amazing!

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    Dianne — March 17, 2020 at 8:19 am

    This recipe was VERY good. We did use the substitute for cake flour (-2T per cup flour +2T corn starch) and I imagine it would be even better with cake flour! We just wanted to use what we had on hand. I ordered cake flour and will make it again with cake flour to compare. This was pretty much exactly what I would expect a sour cream doughnut to taste like and the texture was very good, a little on the dry side, not at all greasy. I want to try again with the cake flour to see how the texture changes. I can tell you actually perfect your recipes, unlike many things I have made online. Thanks!

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    Stephanie — March 23, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    This recipe looks great and I’m so excited to try it out! Given the current circumstances, we are a bit limited with our supplies. What are your thoughts on substituting Greek yogurt for the sour cream?

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    Sabrina Wheeler — March 25, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Hello I’d tried this recipe too the letter tried to fry them they fell apart but on the other hand they turned out to be a great tasting cookie though.

  260. #
    Wade — March 26, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Just waouuuh ! Thank you.

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    Marki Swick — March 29, 2020 at 7:48 am

    My husband and I made these this morning! We had all purpose flour and whole fat Greek yogurt instead of cake flour and sour cream. The donuts were delicious! We dipped some in a sugar/cinnamon mix after we glazed them, which I personally liked even more than just the glazed. I’m sure ours were more dense than they were supposed to be, but delicious nonetheless.

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    bridgette wood — April 1, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    If I don’t have a mixer, can I do this doughnut recipe by hand? thank you.

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    Charlotte — April 3, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Hello! I made the dough for these and it was a bit too dry and crumbly so I added some milk, do you think they’ll be okay?

  264. #
    Barbara — April 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Is the sour cream “cultured” sour cream, like you put on baked potatoes, or a liquid cream that has soured?

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    Halla — April 10, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    It turned out awesome. But the recipe didn’t include Vanilla extract, I added 1 TBSP but the smell of the egg, didn’t disappear completely . How many TBSP shall I add?

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    Dre — April 11, 2020 at 4:30 am

    I have just made these and am about to fry them! Ive been looking for a recipe since trying old fashioned donuts at mister donut in japan this year!

    I followed the recipe to a tee but concerned how they will turn out because the mixture was quite dry and firm and it was very hard to put together with a hand mixer !

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    Stephanie Lewis — April 11, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Made it this morning with great success. I had to sub allspice for nutmeg (discovered mid-process that I was out) but that will make them even better. Thank you!

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    Fatima — April 11, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Loved this recipe but I should have put the full amount of nutmeg. I read reviews that said it was too strong so I only put the 1/4 tsp. Otherwise, it was delicious! Will definitely make them again.

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    kisha — April 13, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I want to make these tomorrow, but I don’t have a stand mixer readily available (it’s put away…somewhere). Anyhoo, can I mix these by hand and get the same results?

  270. #
    Irene — April 13, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Can you an air fryer for these?

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    Anne — April 14, 2020 at 4:39 am

    I made a double batch of these. I have been cooking and baking for years and followed the recipe exactly, making sure to use cake flour as well. These crumbled in the fryer and didnt have much taste. Im so disappointed that I wasted my time and ingredients.

  272. #
    Hailee Hagen — April 14, 2020 at 8:37 am

    Is there anyway that I could substitute the buttermilk with regular 2%?

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    Abigail Scott — April 14, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    First time ever frying donuts and making them from scratch, and WOW were these delicious and the consistency was great! I didn’t have nutmeg so I used, 1/4 tsp of Cinnamon, 1/8 tsp of ground ginger and 1/8 tsp of all spice – I would highly recommend this especially if you don’t like nutmeg. Came out lightly spiced and not overpowering. I didn’t have a thermometer so I had to guess how hot my oil was, but used the donut hole dough to test before putting the whole donut in. All around amazing recipe, I have already passed it to multiple friends! I will definitely be making again soon.

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    Grace — April 14, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Has anyone tried it with all purpose flour? I’m in a baking mood but due to covid-19 lockdowns, I don’t have grocery store access…

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    Monica — April 18, 2020 at 3:44 am

    I followed these instructions really carefully, but the donuts still drank up oil.

    I don’t have a deep fat fryer so maybe that’s the problem, but I used a pan and a thermometer.

    After the first batch I abandoned the deep frying and tried pancake style. They didn’t rise well, but at least aren’t sponges of oil, and will be eaten.

    I’m new to donuts, and this is my second attempt, second recipe, second fail.

  276. #
    Mike — April 18, 2020 at 4:42 am

    It says salt, I’m assuming it is table salt and not kosher salt.

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    Aaron — April 19, 2020 at 8:19 am

    I’m in the middle of this recipe, dough just went in the fridge for an hour. However I’m worried the dough isn’t sticky enough. I’d categorize it as kind-of dry but still a little sticky. I’ve double-checked all my quantities and everything checks out. Do you have any advice? Warm water? More sour cream? Forget about it and press on? Thanks!

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      Jillian — April 30, 2020 at 4:22 pm

      I had a similar issue and added more sour cream. They came out delicious!

  278. #
    Susan Brandt — April 19, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Has anyone ever tried non gluten flour such as Pamela’s gluten free all purpose flour, artisan blend for this recipe. Thank you.

  279. #
    Alex — April 20, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Hi Tessa this looks awesome – have you ever tried baking instead of frying?

  280. #
    Ashley — April 21, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Can you use another cooking oil to fry the doughnuts?

  281. #
    Joanna Ripple — April 21, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    I was wondering if your reader who used the air fryer gave you any instructions? I would like to try that? Thank you.

  282. #
    Roni — April 22, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Can you use an air fryer instead of frying in oil?

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    KC — April 22, 2020 at 11:40 am

    I have the dough in the refrigerator right now. It was very crumbly until I mixed it with my hands. My butter was at room temperature. I am assuming my room was not warm enough. We shall see. Well, mine were awful. They still were too dry. 325 seemed too hot and they burnt. I have NO idea what went wrong. The icing was the only flavor and I’m not sure it was a good one. I may try again. I had no intention of rating but I can’t post unless I do so I went middle of the road! Any advice would be appreciated!

  284. #
    Karen — April 23, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Can I use another oil to fry these doughnuts?

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    Leah — April 25, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    I had similar problems as most other prior low-rated posts: flat doughnuts, very dense that they resembled a shortbread cookie, etc. After having great success with a yeast doughnut recipe (from another site) I figured I would try a cake doughnut, but ended up running into a numerous problems. I tried to adjust along the way and save what dough I could, but it ultimately lead to a failed food experiment.
    The first problem I noticed was I sifted and weighed 255g of cake flour, but this was only 1.5 cup’s worth (this is 0.75 c off of the measured amount) so I was immediately skeptical. I continued on regardless weighing all ingredients and chilled the dough. Second problem – I found the dough way too sticky to work with after chilling that I added the additional 0.75c of flour. Third problem – I initially rolled out the dough to yield 12 doughnuts but they were about 1/8inch thick. I tried frying one doughnut this thick and it ended up resembling a cookie. So I amalgamated the remaining dough, rolled it to 1/2 inch thick which yielded ~5 doughnuts. Fourth problem – I had an analog thermometer to fry the doughnuts at 325F but found the 1/2inch doughnuts were raw. At this point the recipe was just a guideline and I was trying everything (i.e. cooking for >2min at 325F, cooking for ~2min at 400F) all of which lead to a very heavy doughnut and not thoroughly cooked.
    I may try this recipe again in the future and try working a “sticker” dough, but I can’t say that will be =soon. It would be great to understand what was the problem here as they look delicious in the photo.

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      Topher — July 24, 2020 at 2:27 pm

      My experience is exactly the same. I weighed all dry ingredients and found the weights off from the measurements (I expect this to some degree, but the difference was a little concerning). I followed this recipe exactly, and I am not stranger to baking. Rolling out the dough, I thought there would be no way I’d yield 12 donuts at the 1/2″ thickness. So I rolled enough to get 12, which I did in the end. They fried up rather flat, and I adjusted to a lower time in the oil to account for being a bit thinner.

      I can’t say the taste is is anything like a good old fashioned sour cream donut. I even find the glaze to just taste like wet powered sugar. I had such hope for these (and was craving them), but it’s a complete let down.

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    Elliott — April 26, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    donuts ended up fairly dry in the middle. recipe didn’t really yield 12 1/2 inch thick donuts.
    probably wouldn’t make this recipe again. the flavour of the donuts themselves were bland. Glaze was fairly decent.

    a resounding “meh” all around

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    Deborah L Eck — April 27, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    How long do I mix ingredients if I do not have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment? Thank you!

  288. #
    Deborah L Eck — April 27, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    How long do I mix ingredients if I do not have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment? Thank you!

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    Sara — May 4, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Yum! I have been craving these, and live on an island without this kind of bakery. I did used the cornstarch and all purpose flour substitute for cake flour, as we don’t have that either. I went by weight measurement, and am glad I did, used about a half cup less flour than I had measured due to humidity. They were perfect! Added in some freeze dried raspberries. 2nd batch I scooped into donut holes only and froze uncooked. This way we pull a few out at a time and cook them fresh. Thank you!

  290. #
    Clara — May 13, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Do you have a good recipe for jelly filled donuts? I can’t find them in the store.

  291. #
    Kelly — May 14, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Is it possible to exclude the nutmeg?

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    Barb — May 16, 2020 at 9:27 am

    These didn’t taste the greatest to me but I didn’t weigh everything. They were easy and the looked really good. I will try them again though. Thanks for the recipe. Maybe my tastebuds are off.

  293. #
    Diane — May 23, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Made these delicious old fashion sour cream donuts. For us, the glaze was a little too much. I think the next time I make them, I will drizzle the glaze rather than dunk the donuts. Otherwise they turned out great.

    This is the first of your recipes that I have tried. I am going to do the liege waffles next. Thanks for all the great food science tips.

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    Clara — May 31, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Amazing and SO Easy! Dealing with oil is always the biggest headache for me, but don’t let it scare you away from trying this recipe! Since childhood I have been a true lover of old fashioned and cake doughnuts, preferably unglazed. I did use a bit less nutmeg as noted, but think it would have been fine with the full amount (grate it from the pod, newer/fresh spices make a real difference). In the future I will test freezing the dough, pre-shaped, as well as air-frying. I’d post a photo, but don’t seem to have the option.

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    V.williams — June 1, 2020 at 4:54 am

    I followed this recipe to the letter (except with the temperature) including using a scale to measure the ingredients (where indicated). They are very tasty doughnuts. I do not think a typical everyday person will complain. However, I personally thought the doughnuts seemed a bit dry and dense. The icing was too watery for me so I added two additional coats. My mom, who also is a sour cream doughnut expert said, “you should add nutmeg.” Lol. I told her I added nutmeg to the recipe. So, based on that comment, I would actually add more nutmeg. I might if possible add more butter. I would add more vanilla to the glaze and make it thicker. Perhaps I would make a glaze with butter, as I have seen some recipes do. The main issue I had was trying to maintain an even heat which may have affected my results. My heat continued to increase. Of course it did not take me just two hours to make, but much longer. This was my first attempt so… Nevertheless, my mom and I had fun making them on my birthday. I just had one for breakfast and it was good. It definitely tastes like a sour cream doughnut

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      V williams — June 1, 2020 at 5:08 am

      I wanted to add to my comment that my dough was sticky and the doughnuts kept form and rose beautifully in the grease bath.

  296. #
    Kassidy — June 7, 2020 at 8:45 am

    These look amazing! I was wondering if you knew if you could use AP Flour instead of Cake flour? And how different the textures would be? Thanks!

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    Emma — June 13, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Super recipe … followed to a T and they came out remarkably well, considering this is the first doughnut I’ve ever made. They are a tiny bit less sweet than the Doughnut Shop variety, but that’s a good thing! Was thinking next time I might try a lemon glaze. Five stars!

  298. #
    Steve — June 28, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    The dough was so sticky they would not maintain their shape, except the first three. More flour or more and longer chill?

  299. #
    Cecilia — July 1, 2020 at 6:12 am

    Hey Tessa! Can you air fry these doughnuts or do they have to be made with oil?

  300. #
    Jill — July 10, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Any way I could make these at home, freeze them and bust them out while on vacation next week?