Snow Day Doughnuts {+Recipe}

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Yesterday it snowed (though a rather disappointing amount), and Mom decided to make snow day doughnuts with us! She and her sisters used to make them on snow days with their mom when they were girls.

It was a lot of fun to do, and it wasn’t actually that hard – just time consuming. Make sure you plan ahead before making doughnuts because it takes most of the day to let the dough rise the two or three times required.

After mixing up the dough, Mom rolled it out fairly thick.

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Since we, ahem, didn’t actually have a doughnut cutter (which my mom noticed a little too late XD ) we used a round measuring cup for cutting out the doughnut and a bottle cap for cutting out the hole. It actually worked quite well!

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We put the cut out doughnuts on an extra table board which was big enough to hold them all but still portable.

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Don’t worry, we made more than this. 😉

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We didn’t forget the doughnut holes!

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Next we needed to fry them – the fun part! Make sure to slip the doughnuts into the hot oil very, very carefully to avoid getting splattered: don’t plop them in! Watch the middles of the doughnuts and flip them over every so often to see if they’re getting browned. You have to be quick because once they’re done, they’re all done at once.

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This is what an unglazed doughnut looks like. Pretty tempting, huh?

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But take a look at these! YUMMY! Let the doughnuts cool and drain on some paper towels for just a bit, then take a knife and fork and coat them in a delicious glaze.

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Yikes, this isn’t the best picture ever, but oh well. 😛

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Never forget the poor yummy doughnut holes!

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Let them dry on a metal rack, like we did, or hang them from a wooden dowel, and then DIG IN! Ohhh they taste so good! This recipe made about 50 doughnuts for us, so we froze the extras in Ziploc bags to have for Sunday morning breakfasts. Mmmmm!

Okay, are you ready for the recipe now? The doughnut recipe was handed down from my Grandma and the glaze recipe is from Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets (but we always call it Esther Shank’s). Mom and Dad grew up Mennonite, so we use this cookbook a lot! It has a lot of great, classic recipes as well as some more unusual ones, and it also has plenty of tips and tricks for cooking your best. If you’d like to see the Amazon listing, click here.
(*Sigh* Since I’m not a food blogger, I therefore don’t have the fancy “Print this Recipe” button. 😦 XD )
Doughnut Recipe:
  • 1 c. Crisco, butter or other shortening
  • 4 c. milk
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 4 packages of dry yeast (4 tablespoons)
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tsp. salt
  • 14 c. flour (add to desired consistency)

Heat milk. Dissolve yeast in warm water and mix into warmed milk. Add 3 cups of flour to mixture and beat until smooth. Set back and let rise about 2 hours.

Cream butter, sugar, and salt, then add eggs. Add to yeast mixture. Stir in the rest of the flour and let rise until dough doubles in size.

Roll out the dough, cut, and let rise again. Fry in fat or oil at 375 degrees. Glaze (see below).

Glaze Recipe:

  • 1 lb. powdered sugar (3 1/2 cups)
  • 6-8 tbsp. boiling water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix until smooth. Pour into small, deep bowl and dip the fried doughnuts with a fork and knife. They should be well covered with a thin coat of glaze.


And there you have it! The perfect snack to go with your snow day. (Or any day, actually.)

Do you like doughnuts? (Hint: the answer is yes.) Have you ever made doughnuts before?

I hope you enjoyed this post, and thanks for reading!


P. S. True, it was a disappointing amount of snow, but I actually got quite a few fun snow/ice pictures, if I do say so myself. 😀 Stay tuned!


64 thoughts on “Snow Day Doughnuts {+Recipe}

    MOOOMMM WE NEED TO MAKE DONUTS!!! Yes, it is 90 degrees, but still…. Donuts. O_O
    You knew it was coming, didn’t you? XD

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    1. Ohhh no… HERE COMES JACLYNN! *ducks* XD XD XD But oh my goodness, that was so funny! XD I know, like when you’re in a store and you’re so hungry you could buy it all… yeah, that’s not good. XD
      And oh my WORD! It’s 90 degrees where you live?! WUT?
      Heh heh, they ARE! The moral of the day is “Never forget the doughnut holes.” 😀 😛
      NOOOOOOOO come baaaaacckkk!
      Hee hee, I love your comments, Jaclynn. ♥ 😀

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      1. YES! It’s been 90 the past few days, but today it’s gonna be 84…. Still hot. -_- I live in California so you know…. We have like three summers. XD
        *revives self* OKAY, SINCE YA ASKED! 😂😂
        Awe, I’m glad!! XD


  2. This is so fun! They look amazing!
    Yes! I sure do like doughnuts; but no, I’ve never made them before! However, I remember once going to a chuck wagon event and seeing someone fry doughnuts (I’m pretty sure I got a sample, too 😉 )
    I feel like these would be fun to give to neighbors, since it makes so many!

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    1. Thank you, Gracie! It was!
      Mmmm, yess! Oh yeah, that’s a great idea to give them to neighbors! (Our neighbors are pretty much all relatives, but that’s all the more reason, right? XD )


  3. Oh, yummy! We should try this if it snows. Where I live, we didn’t get any, but the cities north of us did. Or I’ll just do it Saturday XD. (donuts tend to make me sick, but non-generic ones should be fine)

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  4. AHHH! I NEED SOME! *rushes into kitchen to see if we have all the supplies* YAY WE DO. Now to convince my mom to spend a couple of hours making doughnuts in the middle of a school day. XD XD

    -Clara ❤

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  5. You’re so lucky to get even a little snow! In Texas where I live, we don’t get any. XD And oh my gosh! Those donuts look D E L I C I O U S! I can’t believe you made them yourself! XD


  6. I’m so mad I didn’t see this sooner, I had a double snow day from school yesterday and the day before! XD Mmm, those donuts are making me hungry. *licks screen*


  7. EEEEEAHHH!!! *reaches towards screen*, gimme donuts!!! 😛 Ha-ha-ha! I ❤ donuts!! I've never made them before though, but my family doesn't fry so I wouldn't be able to. 😦 Hmph.

    Looks yummy!!!


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