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

Hanukkah Sufganiyot (Jelly Doughnuts)

Rating: 3.66 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.

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: 3.75 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.


Rating: 3.33 stars 115
Because they are fried in oil, these jelly doughnuts are a traditional dessert for Hanukkah.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boston Cream Donuts

Everything you love about Boston cream pie but in fried form! Airy yeasted donuts are filled with silky vanilla custard and finished with a decadent chocolate glaze.

Gruyere-and-Parmesan Beignets

Rating: 3.29 stars 185
This delicious beignet recipe is courtesy of chef April Bloomfield.

Cider Donuts

An apple cider reduction and plenty of warming spices transform a batch of cake donuts into everyone's favorite fall treat. They're rolled in cinnamon sugar for good measure.

Inspiration and Ideas

23 Delicious Ways to Serve Donuts at Your Wedding
These fun reception desserts are a creative alternative to classic wedding cake.

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.