Have a serious craving for fritters, crullers, cake donuts, fried donuts, or donut holes? Homemade donuts are easier to make than you think—you probably have all of the donut ingredients on hand already, from sweet vanilla to powdered sugar and your favorite assortment of sprinkles.

Staff Picks

Baked Cake Donuts

While cake donuts are traditionally fried, they're just as delicious baked in the oven, with far less cleanup. Toss in powdered sugar or finish with a simple glaze and sprinkles or toasted coconut -- you can't go wrong!

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

Rating: 4 stars 680
These Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins capture the essence of doughnuts with their cakelike interior and sugar-coated exterior. Flavored with pumpkin puree, they take on the feel of fall.

Hanukkah Sufganiyot (Jelly Doughnuts)

Rating: 3.5 stars 151
These deep-fried Israeli delicacies symbolize the miracle of the burning oil lamps in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem celebrated during Hanukkah. Plump up each doughnut with your favorite fruit jam. For a wintry effect, sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar.

Glazed Yeast Donuts

Leavened with yeast and gently fried in hot vegetable oil, these donuts are puffy, golden, and light as a feather. Give them a quick dip in our lemon, strawberry, or chocolate glaze -- you can't go wrong!

Jelly Donuts

Fill these golden, light-as-air yeasted donuts with your favorite strawberry or grape jelly and shower with powdered sugar before serving to oohs and aahs.

Lemon Cake Donuts

Lemon juice and zest brighten these rich, dense buttermilk donuts. They're dipped in a lemon glaze and sprinkled with more zest before serving.

Jelly-Filled Doughnuts

These fluffy doughnuts are filled with a fruit jam, then topped with a simple glaze for a deep-fried sweet that is simply irresistible. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 602.

French Doughnuts

Choux pastry puffs up wildly when fried. Poppy seeds, a lemon glaze, and candied lemon zest give these doughnuts lots of flavor.

Martha's Beignets

Louisiana made the beignet their official state doughnut. They're a treat for both breakfast and dessert--just make sure they're served hot and fresh. Martha made this recipe on Martha Bakes episode 602.

Vanilla Cake Donuts

Vanilla bean and extract perfume these buttermilk donuts that are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Finished with a simple vanilla glaze, they're utterly irresistible.

Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts

It might not be traditional to bake donuts, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't! Cocoa powder and chocolate chips enrich the batter for these baked beauties, and each one is finished with chocolate glaze and sprinkles or more chocolate—in the form of shavings.

Gruyere-and-Parmesan Beignets

Rating: 3.5 stars 185
This delicious beignet recipe is courtesy of chef April Bloomfield.

Inspiration and Ideas

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Baked Pumpkin Donuts

Pumpkin puree flavors these dense, cakey buttermilk donuts that are baked in the oven, not fried. Rolled in cinnamon sugar and ground pepitas, they're just the thing for a fall party.