Homemade Donuts, The Soft Recipe

Soft american donuts recipe - lilie bakery

A recipe for gourmets, the recipe for Homemade donuts very soft! To decorate with dark or white chocolate, or simply sprinkled with icing sugar, they are totally customizable.

Who hasn't dreamed of tasting the donuts that we often see in American TV series? It is quite possible to make them at home with this very easy donut recipe. An extra snack to treat yourself!

What you'll love about this donut recipe

  • they are soft and fluffy !
  • we decorate them like one wants
  • the ingredients are simple like those of a brioche
  • easy to prepare in family

What ingredients for this donut recipe?

These are the classic ingredients of a brioche dough : milk, butter, sugar, salt, flour, baker's yeast, vanilla, eggs. I advise you to place the ingredients at ambient temperature at least 30 minutes before starting the recipe. This optimizes the end result.

You also needhuile de friture, since this is how donuts are cooked "on the spot".

Donuts recipe - Lilie Bakery

How to make homemade donuts?

Once the dough is kneaded, it is left to rise for 1 hour 30 minutes so that it doubles in volume. Then, we lower this dough on the work surface and we use a donut cookie cutter. The shapes are thus cut very easily.

At this stage we let stand again for 30 minutes and we can fry our donuts! They are placed one by one in a pan with frying oil to sear them approximately 1 minutes each one then drained well.

NB: the complete list of ingredients and the detailed recipe are given at the bottom of the page.

How to decorate donuts?

We use white chocolate pastry and dark chocolate pastry which are melted separately (in the microwave or bain-marie). Just dip the tops of the donuts in it, and presto you have frosting.

Right after, when the chocolate icing is not yet dry, we add small additional decorations : vermicelli of all colors, sugar confetti, praline etc… Everything is possible, treat yourself!

You can also taste the homemade donuts plain, or just sprinkled with icing sugar…

Homemade donuts recipe - Lilie Bakery

How to store homemade donuts?

Once made, whether decorated or not, you can keep your donuts at room temperature for up to 2 days. To keep their freshness and their taste, I advise you to place them in an airtight container, away from direct sunlight and heat. Before putting them in a container, let them cool well.

Other recipes to try

If you like this kind of delicacies, I also advise you to take a look at these recipes from the blog:

If you make this recipe, don't hesitate to tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your cute donuts!

Donuts recipe - Lilie Bakery
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4.8 on 76 votes

Homemade Donuts, The Soft Recipe

Like in the USA, to decorate as you wish!
Prep time30 minutes
Cook time5 minutes
Total35 minutes
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, French
Yield: 15 donuts


  • 240 ml milk
  • 50 g unsalted butter
  • 1 cs baker's yeast (the one for the buns)
  • 65 g granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 0,5 cc natural vanilla extract
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 500 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 liter cooking oil
  • Dark chocolate pastry
  • White chocolate pastry
  • Decorations: praline, chocolate sprinkles etc.


  • In a saucepan, heat the milk, melt the soft butter. Let cool.
  • Once the milk has cooled, pour it into a container and add the baker's yeast, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, whole eggs, and the flour in several batches.
  • At this stage we abandon the whisk to take the dough with the hands! This dough should be kneaded for about 5 minutes. Do not hesitate to add more flour if it is too sticky.
  • Let the dough rest (and rise!) In its container, covered with a cloth for 1h30 (ideally in a warm place). It must double in size.
  • On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to a height of 1cm using a rolling pin.
  • Use the donut cookie cutter (link to my material above) to form the 15 donuts. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rest for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  • Prepare a saucepan / sauté pan with the cooking oil. Heat over medium heat (the oil must not be too hot, otherwise your donuts will burn!).
  • Gently place each donut in the oil, fry 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. Then drain on absorbent paper.
  • Allow donuts to cool before frosting with melted dark chocolate and melted white chocolate (double boiler or microwave). It's up to you to add the small decorations afterwards.
Did you make this recipe?Tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see the result :)



  1. Reply


    6th October, 2012

    I love donuts! They are very successful! Looks like the Simpsons;)

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      Lilie bakery

      7th October, 2012

      Thank you LeeYaa, indeed, it was the Simpsons donuts that inspired me :-)

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    7th October, 2012

    they are superb, very appetizing =)

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    7th October, 2012

    They are too beautiful your donuts !!!! on I will try this recipe !!!! they make me salivate too much !!!!!

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    7th October, 2012

    Ah great, I always wondered how to do it exactly :)
    And they are beautiful :)

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    7th October, 2012

    superb !!! both in terms of the preparation of the recipe and the quality of the photos !!!

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    7th October, 2012

    OMG donuts… !!! I love it but frying often turns me off! Yours are perfect, you don't have one left by chance :-D

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      Lilie bakery

      7th October, 2012

      Thanks Emilie! But sorry these donuts didn't last long! My advice: double the quantities ...

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    Bake a Cupcake

    7th October, 2012

    They are magnificent !! I want white and dark chocolate: p it tempts me !! Will have to try one day! And aren't you tempted to try baked donuts ??

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      Lilie bakery

      7th October, 2012

      Thank you! Donuts baked in the oven? Ah I had not seen this possibility! The recipes all mention oil, but don't be afraid of the result, you don't smell the oil, just the softness of the donuts.

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    7th October, 2012

    ahlalalala the donuts I love it! it's a long time to do but we are hugely rewarded at the end ^^ yours are beautiful :) Kisses

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    7th October, 2012

    I'm discovering your blog and I'm not sure it's a good thing for my greedy mind!
    Everything is so beautiful, everything looks so good !!
    And these donuts then !! Crazy!

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      Lilie bakery

      8th October, 2012

      Thank you for your passage Deborah, "greedy spirit"? So we have one thing in common! See you soon!

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    8th October, 2012

    AIE Aie Aie ! What give me ideas to taste it! All I need is the baker's yeast (and with a crossroads right next to it, it's not going to be easy not to crack) Yours are very beautiful!

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    9th October, 2012

    They are superb, it's funny yesterday while placing a hard order Halwatishop I put the donut cookie cutter in my basket but took it out telling me next time. I'm starting to regret ...

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      Lilie bakery

      9th October, 2012

      Ah it's a shame indeed! Considering the price (4.90 € I think), I didn't hesitate, especially since it greatly facilitates the cutting work… @ soon!

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    Pouce's blog

    10th October, 2012

    They are very beautiful. It makes you want to start ...

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    15th October, 2012

    they look soooo good, in any case they are really beautiful.
    Piss off I don't have the cookie cutter ^^

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    Zelittlekitchen (@Zelittlekitchen)

    18th October, 2012

    I know one who likes it! it's Monsieur Zelittlekitchen !! Donuts are his sweet tooth and yours are beautiful :)

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    pizza directory

    24th October, 2012

    It tempts me your American-style pastries, I am more used to traditional pastries like pie / cakes.

    I see that you like to highlight the aesthetic side of your achievements, it's very successful!

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    19th February 2013

    hi, I love your blog and I congratulate you on all these gourmet recipes, and I also thank you for these good donuts, we all had a great time with them, I published your recipe on my modest blog with a link to the yours, good evening and see you soon I hope ...

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    April 5th

    Thank you for this recipe, which I have successfully made, I am delighted and with my children, we thought we were in Springfield

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    pearl gold

    14th October, 2013

    Hello ,

    today decide to make your recipe wait to see what it gives I will give you my verdict;)

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      Lilie bakery

      14th October, 2013

      Hello Perledor, I'm waiting for your verdict then :-)

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    December 22, 2013

    Hello Lilie, I find your cooking magical and delicious. I am a big fan of oreo (which has nothing to do with this donut recipe) and I think you should make the next season of the best pastry chef. You have all your luck !!!!! ; P :);)

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      Lilie bakery

      December 25, 2013

      Thank you Ellie for these compliments, it touches me a lot! See you soon!

  20. Reply


    14th January 2014

    Hello, I have fresh baker's yeast in a cube of 42G, how many grams does it take to be equal to a tablespoon like in your recipe ???

    Thank you

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      Lilie bakery

      22th January 2014

      Hello Florent, very good question, mine being in powder, I measured out in tablespoon… I believe that one tablespoon is equivalent to 15g. @ soon.

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    Blois haberdashery

    8th February 2014

    Its seen that they are successful! It really is a very appetizing recipe, always better than the industrial cakes in stores.

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    31th January 2015

    what a treat! I tested the recipe yesterday to taste it and there are already more
    I plan to redo some today and post the photos on my blog, with a link to your blog of course
    thank you for this delicious sharing!

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    December 4, 2016

    BIG SHIT I wasted my afternoon your donuts are bread !! Your recipe is not even right !! WHEN WE DON'T KNOW WE DO NOT OFFER RECIPES.

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      Lilie bakery

      December 9, 2016

      If the other readers were successful and you didn't, check for the error. PS: profanity is not tolerated on this blog.

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    September 15, 2017

    The super successful donuts. . I recommend 100% .. enjoyed it all… thank you very much.

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    Do it

    10th May 2018

    Hello thanks for the recipe. Can we make this donuts with frosting and store it?

  26. Reply


    July 4, 2018

    Do you think it is possible to freeze? History of being able to have sweets in advance ☺️

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    July 6, 2018


    They seem your appetizing ... your photos are beautiful!
    Can I prepare them the day before? Will they be soft? Is it possible to freeze them?
    Thank you

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    September 28, 2019

    Hello ! It's going to be soon 1 hour that I'm looking for a recipe for donuts! Your recipe looks superb based on the comments and the pretty photos. Thank you ;)

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    25th October, 2019

    Hello, I am shocked that people can speak so badly on a post (I am talking about the insults of 2016) which is moreover unjustified. On Saturday I made my first donuts and it tasted so good that I didn't have time to dip them in chocolate! My husband jumped on it barely out of the oil and the children with Icing sugar…. I hope my batch today will finally be chocolate. They are perfect, nothing should be changed. I opted for 15g of fresh yeast. Thank you ...

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    March 16, 2021

    5 stars
    Super good ! I made as specified the white chocolate icing with chocolate sprinkles it looks like real American donuts, thank you for the recipe

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    September 24, 2021

    Is it possible to make the donuts the day before for the next day? Do they stay also soft?

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      Lilie bakery

      September 24, 2021

      Hello Laura, it's not as good the next day (you know like the ones we buy at a fairground - they are better eaten immediately). But you can optionally cool them in the microwave the next day to see if they suit your taste.

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    December 24, 2021

    Hello very good recipe I have just tried my family loved it thank you.

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      Lilie bakery

      December 24, 2021

      Hello Precillia, that's very nice, but suddenly I don't understand the rating you gave to my recipe: 3/5…

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    March 24, 2023

    5 stars
    I was able to make about 19 donuts with this recipe. We had to add a lot of flour because after adding the 500 grams, the dough was still too sticky, almost liquid. I was afraid of missing the recipe. In the end it went well.

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      Lilie bakery

      March 30, 2023

      Thanks for your return !

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    September 20, 2023

    5 stars
    Excellent donuts!!! A clear and simple recipe that will give you very soft donuts.

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      Lilie bakery

      September 20, 2023

      Thank you very much Sofia! See you soon :)

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    18th October, 2023

    5 stars
    First test for us concerning the donuts and we were very satisfied! Little dough for a lot of donuts!! THANKS !

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      Lilie bakery

      19th October, 2023

      Thank you very much Delphine! See you soon :)

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    4th November 2023

    Hello, I tried the recipe but failed, the donuts did not rise, so they were heavy and doughy. Where could I have gone wrong? I used baking yeast powder (1 sachet), the dough did not rise during the break, nor during baking. I added flour because the dough was sticky. What could be wrong with me? THANKS!

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      Lilie bakery

      6th November 2023

      Hello Laure, so if your dough hasn't risen = problem with your yeast, that's for sure. I advise you to change it, and read on the box if it requires rehydration or not before use. If this is the case, you must leave it alone in the lukewarm (not hot) milk-butter for 10 minutes before continuing with the recipe. See you soon :)

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    20th February 2024

    5 stars
    Hello, it is with this recipe that I discovered your blog, and I can tell you that from now on I will make many others because they are all appetizing ;)
    For the moment I have already made this one as well as the Neapolitan and both were a success!
    Bravo to you for this very interesting blog and the recipes you offer, which are very explicit.
    I congratulate you because the explanations are very clear.

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      Lilie bakery

      March 4, 2024

      Hello Aurore, and thank you very much for your message! I'm delighted that you like the donuts and the Neapolitan in any case :) I try to be as precise as possible in my explanations so that everyone can succeed :) I'll see you soon for the next recipes!

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    15th May 2024

    Well, I love donuts and I like to make them at home with my family but mine are not as soft as yours would seem to be, they become hard after frying but I do them exactly as the recipe indicates. How do I make my donuts soft please, I need help

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      Lilie bakery

      21th May 2024

      Hello Fatima, thank you for your message! If your donut dough has risen well before cooking (very important), and after cooking they seem dry, it is because you have cooked them too long in oil. Try changing this setting, and you will see the difference. See you soon :)

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    30th May 2024

    5 stars
    I tried the recipe and it was a success, thank you very much!

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      Lilie bakery

      1th June 2024

      Thank you Lynda for your feedback! See you soon :)

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