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Buttermilk Doughnuts

Yield: makes 13-15 doughnuts



  • 3 1/2 cups (15 oz/420 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (5.25 oz/150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs + 1 large yolk, whisked together
  • vegetable shortening or vegetable oil, for frying

Cinnamon Sugar Coating:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon


  • Attach candy thermometer to a large heavy bottomed pot (cast-iron or Dutch oven, preferred). Fill pot about 3-inches deep with shortening or oil. Set over low-medium heat to 375 degrees. Prepare dough while oil heats.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine 1 cup of flour with sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add buttermilk, melted butter, and whisked eggs. Mix on low speed until smooth. Add remaining flour and continue to mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Scrape down bowl as needed.
  • Transfer dough to a floured work surface. Dough will be rather sticky. Lightly flour the top of dough and pat or roll dough to a thickness of 1/2-inch. Using a floured 3 1/2-inch doughnut cutter (or round cookie cutters), stamp out doughnuts. Transfer doughnuts and doughnut holes to baking sheet. Gather scrape dough, knead together, and re-roll to stamp out more doughnuts.
  • Brush off any excess flour from the cut doughnuts. Carefully place about 3-4 doughnuts at a time into hot oil. Do not overcrowd the pot. Cook for 1 minute on each side, until golden in color. Cook doughnut holes for about 45 seconds on each side. Drain cooked doughnuts on wire rack or paper towel lined baking sheet. Keep an eye on candy thermometer and adjust head accordingly to maintain a constant cooking temperature.
  • While doughnuts are still warm, toss in cinnamon sugar mixture. Enjoy immediately.


  • Use a candy thermometer to maintain proper cooking temperature.
  • Use this 3 1/2-inch doughnut cutter, or a 3 1/2-inch round cookie cutter paired with a 1-inch round cookie cutter.
  • Frying in shortening with result with a crispier doughnut. Cooked doughnut will also feel less greasy than oil fried doughnuts.