Favorite Doughnuts

Tender and light - a favorite with everyone. And don’t forget to fry the “holes” as a special treat for the children.


  • 3⅓ cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk


  1. Heat fat or oil (3 to 4 inches) to 375 degrees in deep fat fryer or kettle.
  2. Measure 1½ cups flour and the remaining ingredients into large mixer bowl.
  3. Blend ½ minute on low speed, scraping bowl constantly.
  4. Beat 2 minutes medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally.
  5. Stir in remaining flour.
  6. Turn dough onto well-floured cloth-covered board; roll around lightly to coat with flour.
  7. Roll dough gently ⅜ inch thick.
  8. Cut with floured doughnut cutter.
  9. With wide spatula, slide doughnuts into hot fat.
  10. Turn doughnuts as they rise to surface.
  11. Fry 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.
  12. Carefully remove from fat; do not prick the surface.
  13. Drain.
  14. Serve plain, sugared or frosted.

*If using self-rising flour, omit baking powder and salt.


  • Buttermilk Doughnuts: Decrease baking powder to 2 teaspoons, add 1 teaspoon soda and substitute buttermilk for the milk. (Do not use self-rising flour.)