Old-Fashioned Doughnuts

The tangy cake and crisp crust of the old-fashioned doughnut, plain or glazed, makes it an American favorite.

Serves: 14Hands-on: 40 minutesTotal: 3 hours 40 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 14


  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 5 cups canola oil


  • Beat together butter and 1 cup sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and add to butter mixture alternately with sour cream. Chill dough for 3 hours.
  • In a heavy, high-sided frying pan, heat canola oil to 350°F. Turn out dough onto a floured surface, knead briefly, and using a rolling pin, roll to 1⁄2 inch thick. Cut into doughnut shapes and fry in hot oil, 1 to 2 minutes on each side, until evenly browned. Drain on paper towels. While hot, dredge in remaining sugar.