Old Fashioned Donuts

Old Fashioned Donuts

Old Fashioned DonutsI’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 Donuts
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Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts

Fry up a special treat of glazed Old Fashioned Donuts for family and friends at your next family celebration and start a new tradition!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 donuts
Calories: 275kcal


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.


These donuts are terrific the first day, but the next day with a cup of tea and coffee is equally amazing.
You can also freeze them unglazed, thaw and “refresh” in the oven for a few minutes, then dip in freshly made glaze.


Calories: 275kcal

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