I’ve been making this Old Fashioned Donuts recipe for years now, with slight tweaks on the original version from Tastes Better from Scratch. I thought I’d share my version with you and I hope you love it!
For special occasions or birthdays a few times a year we love making donuts for a special treat to share with family and friends. Try glazed Old Fashioned Donuts for your next family celebration and start a new tradition!
Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts
Old Fashioned Donuts
- 4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg preferably fresh grated!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 c butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sour cream or thick yogurt
- Lard, or other oil for frying
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Old Fashioned Donuts
- You can use a stand mixer or a bowl with an electric hand mixer. Mix together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix melted butter, eggs and sour cream/yogurt together.
- Mix together both bowls until well combined, cover the bowl and chill for at least an hour (you can make the day before!)
- When youre ready to make the donut, first put on your pot of lard (or other oil) to start heating up. You'll need 2 inches of oil in a heavy bottom pot. I like to use a cast iron dutch oven pot as it holds heat well. Over medium, you'll want to heat it to 325F.
- While the oil is heating, get rolling out your dough! Roll the dough about 1/2 inch thick. Use a donut cutter or a canning ring with a water bottle top (I showed this method in my youtube video) Re-roll your scraps and cut out the rest. You should get around 2 dozen.
- Fry the donuts making sure they have space, in my 6 qt dutch oven I can fit 7 donuts comfortably. Too many and they won't fry well. Fry about 2 minutes each side, careful not to let them burn and check your oil temperature every few minutes.
- Take donuts out and place on paper towel. Flip them after a minute to soak up grease on the other side.
- When you're done frying donuts, turn off oil, and remember you can use it a few times!
- In a bowl mix the hot water, honey, salt, and vanilla.
- Whisk in the powdered sugar until well combined.
- To glaze the donuts dip the top in, let some excess drip off and place on clean tea towel or cooling rack, icing side up.
Kid-Approved Breakfast Ideas
Start your day off without a fight when you serve up one of these breakfast ideas with a no-complaining guarantee!
- My Mama’s Scones
- Dutch Baby Pancakes
- Sourdough Biscuits
- One-ish Hour Cinnamon Rolls
- Oatmeal Pancakes
- Overnight Cinnamon Roll Twists (I have a sourdough version too!)