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Doughnuts with Cranberry-Orange Glaze Recipe

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A sweet cranberry-orange glaze is the perfect topping for these fluffy doughnuts. Friends and family request a batch of these treats of a birthday present! —Shirley Johnson, Warrens, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1-1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • GLAZE:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange extract


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, butter, sugar, eggs, salt and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; roll out to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  5. In a shallow bowl, combine glaze ingredients until smooth; dip warm doughnuts. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Feather-Light Doughnuts in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p156

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Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"whoops! I researched it. Spelled Fastnacht, it is made the Tues before Lent."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"Excellent, easy, so glad I tried this of Fat Tuesday. This is Faschnaut Day! Most people don't know what that is. I guess it Penna. Dutch custom. Day before Ash Wed. I didn't have cranberry juice. Sugared and or glazed them. Years ago I would stay up past midnight to make donuts to take along to work. Plus make my four children happy!"

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