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Selfish Mama {Recipe: Homemade Yeast Doughnuts}

Homemade Doughnuts Donuts

I’m not always the most giving mom. I mean, I know that there are people out there who would do anything for their kids… who want the best of the best for them. Of course, I want what’s best for my kids and I want them to do well in life and to succeed. I love them dearly and I would do almost anything for them. Almost…

When it comes to food, I just can’t seem to sacrifice the best for them. The best piece of steak would be gobbled down and not appreciated for it’s flavor by a 4 year old. My 9 year old is only concerned with how much he can get into his mouth in the shortest amount of time… he barely even tastes what he puts in there.

Homemade Doughnut Holes

Why am I sharing this with you today? Because when it comes to doughnut holes from our favorite Daylight Donuts shop up the road, I always peer into each bag before handing them out and save the best of the best for myself. The doughnut holes that are perfectly cooked… not too done, still warm, and soft and fluffy. Most mom’s would probably give those to their kids, taking the doughnut holes that aren’t as stellar. But, I’m selfish and if I am going to spend any calories on doughnuts, those little gems need to be the best of the best to make it worth it!

My kids and I decided to make homemade doughnuts and doughnut holes this past weekend. They helped with cutting the dough and dunking the doughnuts into the glaze. Luckily, almost every single doughnut was the best of the best, so I didn’t have to be selfish mama. We could all enjoy soft, tender, warm doughnuts and doughnut holes without my inner struggle regarding my un-willingness to sacrifice the best doughnut holes for my kids.

Homemade Yeast Doughnuts

Recipe: Homemade Yeast Doughnuts & Doughnut Holes for the Bread Machine ABM

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

For the glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  1. Place the first 8 ingredients into your bread machine in the order recommended in the users manual (Mine suggests all liquid first, sugars next, flour and yeast last). Turn on and set to dough cycle setting.
  2. Once the dough cycle is complete, turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Using a floured doughnut / biscuit cutter, cut into desired shapes.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess.

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  1. Oooh! Delightful. Homemade pasta and now homemade doughnuts? That’s it. I’m moving in.

  2. Amy we can share a room…….I’m moving in to Kristen’s too!!

    This is NOT a post I should be looking at at 6am! now I’m craving donuts! Wish I still had my bread machine :-(

  3. Girl, I could shove every one of these delectable yummies down my pie-hole (or doughnut-hole) this very second! :-) Lisa

  4. And… Print!
    I am so making these – all for me!
    Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  5. Love that you cooked with the kids.. and made such a fun delicious food!! Can I be your kid??? :)

  6. I think moms should get to be a little selfish every once in a while, go ahead enjoy the best doughnut holes, you deserve it!

  7. Such a cute post – love your honesty here! I agree – if you are going to spend the calories on a doughnut, it should be an awesome donut and these look fantastic.

  8. They look better than any doughnut I’ve ever eaten from a doughnut shop. Doughnut holes are my absolute favorite!

  9. The doughnuts look perfect!

  10. I totally just pictured your kids going “Oh, that’s what they’re supposed to taste like.” LOL

    This will have to go into my “things to do with my kids” pinterest board.

  11. Kristen, I am so impressed! These doughnuts look as if they came from a bakery. Come teach my class how to do these. They look so yummy!

  12. Kristin, I knew there were so many reasons I love you. I too would dig frantically through that bag until I found the perfect donut. Then I would proceed to beg them for theirs ;) Thanks for this recipe – my kids would love me more if I made these. xo

  13. These look fantastic. I can understand why you save some for yourself. I like your combination of ingredients for the glaze. Gotta give it a try!

  14. KRISTEN!!!!!

    Did you know donuts are my all time favorite food?? These look AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. We also have a Daylight Donuts in town…best donuts ever. But these look better!! I want some. NOW.

  15. I’m not sure I’d have the willpower to stay away from these while on WW. This from the girl who is making pancakes for breakfast this AM. Daily struggle. Food is too good, isn’t it?? These look like some great donuts.

  16. I don’t blame you one little bit! Too many moms always put the kids first. Moms need to come first in their own lives at least some of the time, and ESPECIALLY when it comes to something like fresh donut holes!

  17. YUM!! I always say I will share anything EXCEPT my food… lol. And of course, you make some good points about kids not really knowing how to appreciate some foods!

  18. Donuts is something we have been wanting to make but they always seem so….annoying? (with the frying and all) You’ve inspired me to give it a try.

  19. I’m adding these to my “things I can make from the dough cycle on my bread machine”. I’ve been obsessed lately with it and these are perfect. Fun post!

  20. Wow, your doughnuts look incredible! I can’t wait to try these!


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