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Easy Homemade Yeasted Donuts

With Love, Melissa. Adapted from Food52
A simple and amazing donut recipe that you can decorate any which way you want.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 4 mins
Proofing Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Donuts


  • Deep Fryer



  • 1 ½ Cups Light Coconut Milk
  • Cup Water
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 2 Eggs
  • 5 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 6 Cups Avocado or Coconut Oil, for frying*

Thin Glaze

  • ¾ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Light Coconut Milk
  • ½ Tsp Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Icing**

  • 3 Tbsp Dairy Free Butter, melted
  • 1 ½ Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Light Coconut Milk

Chocolate Icing**

  • ¾ Cup SemiSweet Chocolate Chips (Dairy Free)
  • 3 Tbsp Dairy Free Butter, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Water


  • Fruit Jam/Jelly of your choice
  • Pastry Creme
  • Frosting of your choice


  • Combine the milk, water and butter in cup and microwave until the butter is melted and the mixture feels warm, but not hot. If you have a thermometer, it should be between 100°F and 110°F. Pour into stand mixer and mix in the yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes until the yeast is bubbly.
  • The stand mixer should have the dough hook attachment on. Add in your eggs and mix until incorporated. Then mix in your flour and salt until a sticky dough is formed. It should take a few minutes. Once the dough is formed, place it in a large greased bowl and cover with a damp towel. Let it rise in a warm, dry place for an hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • Liberally flour your work surface. Cut the dough in half and place one half to the side. Roll out the first half until it's about ½ Inch thick. Using a donut cutter, cut out donut rings and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Do the same thing with the other half of dough. You should have about 2 dozen donuts. Use the last bit of dough to make a twisted donut if you can't get it in a circle shape.
  • Let the donuts rise for another 30 minutes. In the meantime turn on your deep fryer and get the oil up to about 350°F-360°F. Make the toppings of your choosing. Get a large plate ready with paper towels on top.
  • Cut the parchment paper the donuts are on into squares so there is a square of paper under each donut. Depending on how big your fryer is, place 2 to 4 donuts in at a time. Fry on each side for about 2 minutes, until they are a golden brown and then place on the paper towel plate to let excess oil drain off.
  • Dip the donuts into the icing or glaze of your choosing and top with sprinkles. Store in an airtight container. These are best to eat the day of.

Thin Glaze

  • Combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a bowl and mix until smooth. Place the donut on a cooling rack and put a bowl or plate underneath to catch excess glaze to use over again. 3-4 minutes after frying the donut, pour the glaze over the top and let it drop down the sides. Let it set before touching it, it'll harden slightly and won't be too sticky anymore.

Vanilla Icing

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth. At least 5 minutes after frying, dip the top of the donut into the icing bowl and flip over onto a cooling rack. Let set.

Chocolate Icing

  • Combine all ingredients in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds and mix together until it starts to look glossy. If there's still some chunks of chocolate, microwave for another 10-20 seconds. At least 5 minutes after frying, dip the top of the donut into the icing bowl and flip over onto a cooling rack. Let set.

Filling Donuts

  • Fill a baking syringe/injector (or a piping bag fitted with a round tip) with the jam, frosting, or custard of your choice. Take a small knife and poke a hole in the side of the donut into the center. Insert your syringe or piping bag and fill the donut with about 2 tablespoons of filling.


*If you don't like coconut flavor or smell, I would recommend using avocado oil. The coconut smell can linger on the donuts. 
**I got the chocolate and vanilla icing recipes from Sally's Baking Addiction. I love her site, and her recipes are tried and true.
Keyword Dairy-Free, Donuts, Doughnuts, Fried Food