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Favorite Doughnut Recipes

Spiced, glazed, frosted, or cream-filled, doughnuts are a beloved treat in New England. Here are some of our favorite homemade doughnut recipes.

By Yankee Magazine

May 29 2018

Potato Doughnuts

Maine Potato Doughnuts

Photo Credit : Heath Robbins

Sure, it’s easy enough to pick up a batch of delicious doughnuts from a bakery, but there’s just something satisfying about creating the tasty baked good from scratch — smelling the delightful aroma, biting into a doughnut while it’s still warm, and sharing what you’ve made with friends and family. Doughnuts come in all flavors and varieties, from plain to glazed to dripping with chocolate frosting. Below are some of our favorite doughnut recipes, including classic New England flavors such as the Vermont apple cider doughnut and the Maine potato doughnut.


Maine Potato Doughnuts

This recipe for Maine potato doughnuts first ran in 1937, and when we tested them, we were pleased to discover they’ve stood the test of time.

Potato Doughnuts
Maine Potato Doughnuts | Favorite Doughnut Recipes
Photo Credit : Heath Robbins

Vermont Apple Cider Doughnuts

It’s a cider maker’s tradition to use some of the freshly pressed juice to make lightly tangy, apple-scented doughnuts like these. The cider adds more than flavor, though; its acidity makes the doughnuts more tender.

Favorite Doughnut Recipes
Vermont Apple Cider Doughnuts | Favorite Doughnut Recipes
Photo Credit : Aimee Tucker

Chocolate Chip Doughnuts

Classic cookie meets tasty doughnut in this recipe that’s perfect for special occasions, breakfast, or a midafternoon snack with a glass of milk.

Homemade Doughnuts with Blueberry Compote

A delicious recipe for lemon-scented homemade doughnuts with blueberry compote from chef Jason Williams of the Well at Jordan’s Farm.

Favorite Doughnut Recipes
Homemade Doughnuts with Blueberry Compote | Favorite Doughnut Recipes
Photo Credit : Amy Traverso

Easy Homemade Jelly-Filled Doughnuts

Here’s our go-to recipe for homemade jelly-filled donuts. Ideal for any occasion, they’re sure to be a family favorite.

Favorite Doughnut Recipes
Easy Homemade Jelly-Filled Donuts | Favorite Doughnut Recipes
Photo Credit : Amy Traverso

Old-Fashioned Cake Doughnuts

The very soft dough in this recipe makes terrific doughnuts, though the first batch or two may fall somewhat short of perfection. (Doughnut making is a slowly learned art, but even “failures” are usually much tastier than store-bought.) The dough must be refrigerated overnight, so plan accordingly.

Do you have a favorite doughnut recipe?

This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated. 

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