Homemade Donut Recipe from ILikeBigButtons.com Kitchen June 03 2022

🍮 I Like Big Buttons! Homemade Donuts 🍮

From: Gena Bee’s Kitchen

There are two ways to approach this recipe, the easy way and the almost as easy way; one requires a bread machine and one a trip to the store.

Ingredients for Bread Machine:

  • 1 cup of Water
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 1/4 cup of Bread Flour (yellow bag usually)
  • 1/4 cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 3-4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon of Rapid Rise Yeast (for bread machines)

Big Daddy Fryer or Medium, Heavy-Bottomed Pot on Stove:

  • Crisco or Vegetable Oil (We use a fryer so I use Crisco because it sets back up and can be reused a few times before it needs to be replaced.)

Bread Machine Directions:

My bread machine has a quick dough option. It takes about 45 minutes to knead and mix and warm and knead it again or something like that. I usually walk away :). When it is done, I leave it in the bread machine for 15 more minutes and let it rise to make the yeast more relaxed and easy to roll.

***Alternative: 1 frozen loaf of Rhodes bread, thawed and rolled out will do the same thing.  :)


  1. Plop the dough on a lightly dusted counter and roll it out to about 1/2" to 3/4". Using a donut cutter, or in a pinch, a large cup or the lid for a canning jar and a small cup about an inch in diameter to cut the center out. I often leave the center slightly attached. This helps it to hold more frosting when you are frosting them to eat. :)
  2. Place the cut out donut blanks on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I also toss all the scraps on the sheet, my kiddos love the tidbits as much as the full donuts.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 45-60 minutes until they double in size.
  4. Heat up the Big Daddy Fryer or a medium, heavy-bottomed pan with about 2-3 inches of oil to 375 F.
  5. Carefully lower 2-3 donuts into the oil and cook on one side for 1-2 minutes, or until golden. Then cook on the other side for 1 minute or less, until golden.
  6. Drain fried donuts on a wire rack set over a large tray or on paper towels.
  7. Once they have cooled, you can embellish them however you like. 

I Like Big Buttons! Kiddos Favorite Frosting Options:

  • Granulated Sugar (Roll in)
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Coconut Pecan Frosting (German Chocolate Cake Frosting)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting with Sprinkles