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Buttermilk Doughnuts

Delicious doughnuts made with buttermilk

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep 30 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Total 1 hour
Servings 10 doughnuts and 15 doughnut holes
Calories 683 kcal
Author Michelle


For the Doughnuts:

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the Vanilla Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

  • cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. 1. Make the Doughnuts: Line one baking sheet with parchment paper and another baking sheet with two layers of paper towels.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  3. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, and sour cream until combined. Add the melted, cooled butter and whisk again.
  4. 4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the liquid ingredients into the well. With a rubber spatula, slowly fold the flour into the liquid center until the mixture forms a sticky dough.
  5. 5. Turn the dough out onto a work surface lightly dusted with flour. Sprinkle the top of the dough with flour and pat it out until it is about ½-inch thick. Use two round cutters (3¼-inch and 1½-inch). Dip the large cutter in flour and press out the rounds. Dip the smaller cutter in the flour and cut out the center of each dough round. Arrange bough doughnuts and doughnut holes on the parchment-lined baking sheet, pat the dough scraps back together, and use them to make as many more doughnuts and doughnuts holes as possible. Chill the dough while you heat the oil.
  6. 6. Pour enough oil into a deep skillet to make a layer approximately 1 inch to 1½ inches deep. Slowly heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is 365 to 370 degrees F.
  7. 7. While you are waiting for the oil to reach temperature, make the toppings.
  8. 8. Make the Chocolate Dip: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium wide-mouthed bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the cream until it is just about to boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate and wait 1 minute. Whisk until smooth. Whisk in the butter. Keep the mixture warm.
  9. 9. Make the Vanilla Glaze: In a medium wide-mouthed bowl, whisk together the sugar, the milk, and the vanilla extract.
  10. 10. Make the Cinnamon Sugar: In a medium wide-mouthed bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon.
  11. 11. Fry the Doughnuts: Once the oil reaches temperature, gently lift the large doughnuts off the baking sheet and place them in the hot oil. Do not crowd the skillet - make no more than 3 doughnuts at a time. Once they have browned on one side (this takes 2 to 3 minutes), turn them over with tongs or a slotted spoon and continue to cook for another minute or just until browned (they can overcook or burn rather quickly). Using a slotted spoon, transfer the doughnuts to the paper towel-lined baking sheet and continue to fry the rest of the dough until finished. The doughnut holes will cook faster (only about 1 minute on each side) and can be made in two or three batches after the doughnuts are done.
  12. 12. Assemble the Doughnuts: Once you have finished frying, work quickly to dip the doughnuts in the chocolate or vanilla glaze, or the cinnamon sugar. If you like, decorate the chocolate or vanilla doughnuts with sprinkles. Serve immediately.
  13. Note: Each topping makes enough for one batch of doughnuts. If you want to use more than one topping for your batch, reduce the amounts by half or by two-thirds, accordingly.
Nutrition Facts
Buttermilk Doughnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 683 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 336mg15%
Potassium 280mg8%
Carbohydrates 106g35%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 67g74%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 515IU10%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.