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Jelly Doughnuts

There's no need to run to the bakery for delicious jelly doughnuts! These sweet treats are lighter than air. I've been fixing them for 25 years for my husband, our two daughters and their families. They disappear almost as fast as I make them. —Kathy Westendorf, Westgate, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    16 doughnuts


  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons jelly or jam
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • Oil for deep-fat frying


  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine milk, butter, 1/3 cup sugar, egg yolks, salt, yeast mixture and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (do not knead).
  • Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead about 10 times. Divide dough in half.
  • Roll each portion to 1/4-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round cutter. Place about 1/2 teaspoon jelly in the center of half of the circles; brush edges with egg white. Top with remaining circles; press edges to seal tightly.
  • Place on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry doughnuts, a few at a time, 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Roll warm doughnuts in remaining sugar.
Nutrition Facts
1 doughnut: 270 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • imamarshmelloww
    Jul 28, 2018

    Super fun to make!

  • Debbie
    Mar 25, 2018

    My first-ever attempt at jelly donuts and I was so happy with the results!! The recipe was easy to follow and the end result was so light and fluffy, I could eat a dozen! Thank you for a great recipe, it’s a keeper!Just wondering, on the off chance there are any leftovers, what’s the best way to store them?

  • adamscook
    Oct 9, 2016

    This was the first time i've tried making doughnuts, and they turned out perfect! They were absolutely delicious! I will definitely be making these again!

  • brc077
    Nov 30, 2011

    You do not say when/how to use the jelly

  • AmyCharles
    Feb 5, 2011

    I have tried several doughnut recipes over the years, and these are by far, the easiest, tastiest ones ever! Plus, the recipe doesn't make a huge number, so it's perfect for my family. Thank you!

  • jacikamerman
    May 12, 2010

    This was my first attempt at making doughnuts and it was a smashing success!! So tasty and light and fresh...they were wonderful!

  • Jessica
    Jan 31, 2006

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