First-Prize Doughnuts Recipe
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First-Prize Doughnuts Recipe

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"One year I entered 18 different baked goods in the county fair and all of them won a ribbon. Here is my favorite prize-winning doughnut recipe. I have been making doughnuts since I was a bride 58 years ago!" —Betty B. Claycomb, Alverton, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons water
  • Colored sprinkles and/or assorted breakfast cereals

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 270 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 129mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the milk, sugar, shortening, 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 the 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 fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
  5. In a shallow bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and water until smooth. Dip warm doughnuts in glaze; decorate as desired with sprinkles and/or cereals. Yield: 20 doughnuts.
Originally published as First-Prize Doughnuts in Taste of Home February/March 2010, p66

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kevjen User ID: 2549380 219688
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"Final product was a hit! Although, I found at 375 degrees, the doughnut wasn't cooked through and the outside was too done. My success came at about 315 degrees - of course, I was deep fat frying the old fashioned way in a pot on the stove with a thermometer. A recipe keeper for sure!"

Spiffy64 User ID: 5125460 158006
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"I have tried making donuts many times before and found some okay recipes. But by far this one was the best. They are a little more time consuming as they are a yeast donut, but they are so worth it. Much better than the other donut recipes I have tried. Really good with a maple glaze too, mmmm! :)"

farmerswife75 User ID: 1803597 107175
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"Served these for a Moms Night Out in the form of doughnut holes! Never saw a plate be emptied so fast! Yummaroo as m four year old would say."

TiffanyH User ID: 2584774 89375
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"these were actually pretty easy, and i had so much fun making them!!! YUMMY-NESS"

TTTY User ID: 1810069 174274
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Can I use a bread machine to begin process?"

Bleugerman User ID: 4133955 160298
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"These might have been greasy because you didn't have your oil hot enough. Mine were not greasy at all."

Bleugerman User ID: 4133955 101411
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Very good. Will definitely be making these again."

jdaclc04 User ID: 1301509 178814
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"The doughnut tasted way too greasy. Is there anyway that you can fry something without it tasting greasy? Has anyone tried baking the doughnuts instead of frying."

Sugarbearchef User ID: 4480824 158003
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2010

"These are super! Better than Krispy Kreme. Making these at home with the healthier oil of my choice is great, and my kids and husband love them."

mcrenshaw User ID: 2509728 107174
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"What a perfect recipe! Finally, after trying MANY different recipes, SUCCESS! These rose well, fried beautifully and were delicious."

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