How to Make Classic Old-Fashioned Donuts

Old fashioned donut

I have tried several varieties of donuts in my life, but there is something special about these old-fashioned donuts. I mean, I cannot get enough of them. Apart from their amazing taste, these sour milk or buttermilk donuts are quite easy to make.

The best things I like about these classic donuts are their texture, flavor, and vibes. So, are you ready to read the quick and easy old-fashioned donuts? Let’s get started then.

Making Old-Fashioned Donuts

Making these classic donuts might seem like a daunting task, but trust me, it is simple, and you will have fun making them at home. Although frying them to golden perfection might take some time, once you get ahold of this, which you will in a short time, everything will seem easy to you.

Ingredients Required

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar (I prefer organic cane sugar)
  • 7 cups of flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ cups of thick buttermilk or sour milk
  • ¼ cup of soft shortening
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Equipment Required

Step 1: Mix All the Ingredients

Grab the eggs, add them to a large bowl and beat. After this, put shortening and sugar into it. Next, stir in the buttermilk or sour milk and add all the dry ingredients into this mix. Stir well.

Step 2: Divide and Roll Your Mix

Once you have mixed the dough well, divide it in half. Flour your kitchen counter where you want to roll it and lightly flour the dough balls too. Roll them to 1/3 inch thick using a rolling pin.

Step 3: Let it Rest

Once you have rolled the dough, let it rest for about 20 minutes.

Step 4: Prep Time

After 10 to 15 minutes of leaving the dough to rest, start heating up your oil in a skillet. Heat it to 380°F (for preciseness, you might need a food thermometer). Once the oil has reached the desired temperature, fry one donut to test.

Step 5: Frying

Once you have fried the test donut and it goes well, place all the donuts in the oil using a wide spatula. Place as many as you can, depending on the size of your skillet. When the donuts rise up, turn their side. The recommended frying time is about 2.5 to 3 minutes or until they get golden all over. Take them out using a spider strainer.

Step 6: Drain

Place the fried donuts on a paper towel, so the excess oil is drained.

Step 7: Serve Fresh

Finally, glaze, frost, or sugar your donuts the way you like and serve fresh to your loved ones!

Step 8: Coffee Time!

After all the hard work you did to make these classic old-fashioned donuts, you deserve a cup of piping hot espresso!

How to Store Donuts?

Have you made more donuts than you can eat? No problem. You can keep them fresh in an airtight container for one to two days. Although they can last longer than this, they will become dry and stale after some time. And you won’t like to eat a dry donut, right?

If you want to keep them fresh for up to a week, grab a sandwich bag, put them into it and store them in the freezer.


  • Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Frying Time: 2.5 to 3 minutes
  • Wait Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 33 to 38 minutes
  • Servings: 24