Classic Long Johns Recipe
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Classic Long Johns Recipe

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“I came across the recipe for these wonderful raised doughnuts many years ago. I remember Mom making some similar to these. You can frost them with maple or chocolate glaze, then top with chopped nuts, jimmies, toasted coconut or sprinkles.” —Ann Sorgent, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Cook: 5 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Cook: 5 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon maple flavoring
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 long john: 203 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the cream, sugar, shortening, egg, salt, nutmeg and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down; divide in half. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll each half into a 12-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Cut into 3-in. x 2-in. rectangles. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry long johns, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
  5. For maple frosting, combine brown sugar and butter in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in cream and maple flavoring. Add the confectioners' sugar; beat for 1 minute or until smooth. Frost cooled long johns.
  6. For chocolate frosting, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients. Spread over cooled long johns; let stand until set. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Classic Long Johns in Taste of Home April/May 2011, p48

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Katilee3 User ID: 5501158 195571
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"The dough did not turn out. It was flat and didn't taste good."

khull2 User ID: 6107567 212654
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"Thought this recipe was good. They didn't rise as much as I thought they would. The nutmeg is something you have to get used to. It's a different taste."

cmartinoni User ID: 5933009 193956
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"The best"

tracy977 User ID: 885345 112239
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"Mine didn't rise hardly at all, but they still turned out pretty good! The nutmeg gives it a pleasant yet unexpected taste. We preferred ours plain or dusted with powdered sugar rather than w/frosting."

vrstein User ID: 3380322 185180
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"I made these this evening, and I used Crisco shortening to Deep Fry them in. They were really good. I would make these again, they didn't seem greasy at all.Thanks for the great recipe. You don't know how long I have wanted a good donut recipe. I will be making them again. Thanks, Viv"

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