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Homemade Jelly Donuts

Homemade yeast donuts are surprisingly straightforward. These fluffy golden treats are all the more scrumptious knowing they're made and filled with love.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Heartland
Servings 1 dozen


  • 2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk, warmed between 105 F and 115 F
  • 2 Tsp butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1 cup jam, jelly, or preserves
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Vegetable oil, for frying


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast and warm milk. Let rest to proof about 10 minutes.
  • Add in the egg yolks while the machine is running and eggs are combined. Add in butter.
  • In a separate bowl combine the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Add gradually to the wet mixture. Switch to the dough hook and knead the dough on low speed until elastic, about 6-7 minutes. This can also be kneaded by hand on a floured surface.
  • Transfer the dough to a clean oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Let rest in until almost doubled in size, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Once the dough is ready, prepare two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Roll the dough 3/4 inch thickness on a floured work surface. Using a round cookie cutter or water glass cut out the donuts. Reroll scraps or (you can even make little doughnut holes with the scraps).
  • Place the donuts on the baking sheets and let rise in a warm place for fifteen minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat canola oil in a dutch oven about 3-4 inches to 360F. Place paper towels under a cooling rack on a baking sheet near the deep-frying station. Once the oil is hot, add doughnuts, making sure not to overcrowd. You can do this in batches as well.
  • When golden brown flip donuts and cook, about 4 minutes total on both sides. Remove the donuts from the hot oil with a slotted spoon and place them on the cooling rack to drain. Repeat with remaining donuts. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Fill the doughnuts by filling a piping bag with your favorite jam. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy with a napkin or two.


If you're looking for a #lifehack, try using canned biscuits instead of making the dough from scratch. They're not quite the same, but it's a good substitute in a pinch!