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Classic Old Fashioned Donuts

Blossom Lady
Feb 16, 2021 07:53 AM
Classic Old Fashioned Donuts

Golden brown on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside, these Old Fashioned Donuts are made with simple ingredients and NO yeast! Perfectly fried with nooks and crannies to hold the sweet vanilla glaze!

This donut recipe can be broken down into many parts, but there are two main ones; making the dough, cutting/frying the dough. I promise, it’s much easier than you think it is. Plus, no worries if they’re a bit (or a lot) rustic in shape, no matter how they go into the oil, you’ll end up with some amazing tasting donuts! There are many variations of this recipe to try! For example, if you’re not feeling the glaze, or would rather not make it, you could roll these donuts in some granulated sugar and ground cinnamon when they’re fresh out of the oil.

These Old Fashioned Donuts are such a fun breakfast treat, and SO delicious!

Old fashioned donuts, or sometimes called sour cream donuts, are so perfectly golden and crisp on the outside, with that amazing crackly texture… yet so soft and fluffy inside, like a cake. Seriously hard to resist! Leftover donuts should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container and consumed within 2 days.


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks (yolks only)
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream full fat works best
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch (optional - gives the donuts a softer texture inside)
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar sifted or whisked to remove any lumps
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Prep Time:
30 minutes
Cook Time:
3 minutes
Total Time:
33 minutes
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