10 Best Homemade Doughnut Recipes

By Kristen Schryver
Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

It’s always a good day when the topic in question is doughnuts. Or is it donut? It seems that these two words are often used interchangeably these days, but I wanted to figure out the story behind the variations on the term for this sweet, sticky, scrumptious treat. After some light reading and research, I found that both words are correct, but the original version, as well as the only accepted dictionary spelling of the word is ‘doughnut.’ So, being the rule-follower and grammar-lover that I am, I have decided to go with ‘doughnut’ throughout this post (and for my personal use of the word forevermore!). But, feel free to use any version of the word that best suits you because, after all, that doughnut will still taste darn good, no matter how you spell it!

Today, I’ve found the top 10 best homemade doughnut recipes that will be much too hard to resist for your next brunch or holiday gathering. From breakfast to midnight-snack, these doughnuts would be good any time of the day, and I can guarantee that your friends and family will be singing your praises for days to come once you whip up any (or all!) of these recipes.

In case you haven’t heard, Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City has just released its famous recipe for the ever-popular cronut. If you’re feeling extra ambitious this weekend, here’s a bonus eleventh doughnut for you to spend the next three days baking up. Enjoy!  

featured image from Pastry Affair




St. John Bakery Doughnuts from Not Without Salt


Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Doughnuts with Roasted Pecan Crunch from How Sweet It Is

Apple Fritters from Bakers Royale


Peanut Butter Cheesecake Doughnuts with Salted Chocolate Bourbon Caramel from Half-Baked Harvest


Strawberry Glazed Buttermilk Doughnuts from The Kitchy Kitchen

Baked Brown Butter and Pistachio Doughnuts from Joy the Baker


Chocolate Doughnuts from Better Homes and Gardens Delish Dish


Blackberry Jam & Custard Doughnuts from The Sugar Hit


Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts from Pastry Affair

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts from Camille Styles