Sunny Morning Doughnuts Recipe
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Sunny Morning Doughnuts Recipe

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I love, love, love doughnuts but buying them can get expensive. This recipe is economical and so delicious. It beats any store-bought doughnut. —Sherry Flaquel, Cutler Bay, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 249 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 214mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, combine 4-1/2 cups flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Combine the eggs, milk, oil, orange juice and peel; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface; roll to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. doughnut cutter.
  4. In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Dust warm doughnuts with confectioners’ sugar.
  5. To freeze, wrap doughnuts in foil; transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
  6. To use frozen doughnuts, remove foil. Thaw at room temperature. Warm if desired. Dust warm doughnuts with confectioners’ sugar. Yield: 20 doughnuts.
Originally published as Sunny Morning Doughnuts in Taste of Home April/May 2009, p43

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Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

"These were very good and easy to make with ingredients on hand. Not overly sweet. Perfect with a cup of coffee. Thank you for the recipe :-)"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"I really liked these doughnuts, they had a lot of flavor."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2011

"my husband and i tag teamed this recipe this morning, it was our first time making doughnuts ever. we didn't want to make 20 doughnuts so we just cut the already mixed dry ingredient amounts in half. (and stored the half dry mix for a later use) it was pretty easy to make, except when we were done the batter looked really soupy (more like a really thick pancake batter!) I acused my husband of forgetting to cut the liquid indgredients by half... but he reassured me that he didn't forget. I jumped online and read the reviews; seeing that a couple of reviews said that the batter was too sticky... we decided to toss in an additional 1/2 cup of flour... still runny, so we decided to toss in a 1/2 cup of the dry mix from the other half of the dry ingredients. this time it actually formed a ball like dough- though still really sticky.

we stuck it in the fridge for an hour, and i pulled it out tossed a bunch of flour on a large cookie sheet, tossed a bunch of flour ontop of the sticky mess.. and rubbed a ton of flour into the rolling pin. it rolled out ok, but if i hadn't had all the dusting of flour it would have just been a mess... so we cut out our first doughnut fried it up and it was really good, really fluffy, tasted a little like a lemon cake!?!? it was missing somthing though... we tossed on some powedered sugar and it was "eehh" but still missing something... so while my hubs finished frying up the rest of the doughnuts i started working on a orange glaze i zested and juiced a med. orange and tossed it in a bowl with some powdered sugar(about 1/2 c)... too sweet and too hard to mix, so I stuck the glaze mixture in my magic bullet, put in a dash of rum (about 1.5 t),and a dash of milk (1 T) turned on the blender until it was smooth... put a doughnut on a rack and spooned a little glaze over it... AMAZING! the glaze was sweet and orangey, and just finished the doughnuts off nicely... hubby loved it and wanted all the doughnuts glazed... erally happy with this recipe, can't wait to make it again with different flavors (nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, etc.)
i gave it 4 instead of 5 stars b/c the dough didn't turn out right, and its not a humidity thing either, it is 45 degrees outside and our forced air heating has done a fantastic job of drying everything out in the house (next purchase-a humidifier...)"

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

"Love this recipe, but the dough is much easier to work with if you refrigerate overnight. I've added vanilla and cinnamon for nice variations."

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"this was my first time making doughnuts and it was pretty easy! I had no problem with the dough at all, although I forgot to add the oil and had to put it in later. I used vegatable oil. I actually put the oil in a skillet and fried them on my stovetop and they were good. Not dry at all, although I wish they were alittle fluffier."

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