Donuts are such a funny phenomenon to us. People will travel across the city just to seek out the best doughy bite. They’ll bring back round chocolate, vanilla or glazed treats on airplanes across borders. We cart along cardboard boxes full of cinnamon sugar for board meetings and pack to the locker rooms after the game. The versatility of donuts is truly astonishing.

Served air fried in 5 star gourmet restaurants to street vendors rolling fried dough in sugar, we all seem to crave a donut now and then! It’s ok to admit, we won’t tell anyone. What is it about donuts that makes us all a bit crazy?!? You may not even seem to realize how many donuts are actually around us until you can’t have a bite from one again at the local shop. We knew we had some work ahead of us to seek out exactly what make’s a donut’s composition so worthy of a trip across town or a flight across the country. Creating a gluten-free donut worthy of such praise became our goal. To bring people together with smiles on faces, creating pure bliss from a single sugary bite.

Our donuts can be either baked, fried, or even air fried depending on how you prefer it’s end result. Or maybe an air fried donut helps us all just feel like we’re eating something a little healthier? LOL. Whatever cook method is up to you! Life is short. The odd treat is needed in our books. Especially when fun snack day at school is comprised of the local bakery bringing donuts, and you bring them a gluten-free donut. This is your chance to shine as the super hero in someones life!

Mix it all in one bowl. Seriously, let’s keep this easy. Let’s get baking these amazing donuts!!

Once mixed, squeeze the batter into the pan. We like to use our piping, or icing bag to do this. Using an extra large tip, fill your bag with batter and squeeze away.

That’s it! Into the oven and within minutes, donuts will be ready to frost. You can immediately turn the donuts onto a cooling rack and continue to fill your donut pan with more batter.


Recipe by cutcookingCourse: DessertDifficulty: Moderate


Prep time


Cooking time (baked, air fry and deep fry different) See directions below



Worthy of a drive across town, the flight on an airplane as carry-on, a vested stop before a board meeting, a gift in the locker room after the game. These HOMEMADE donuts will definitely have you being the super hero in someone’s day. This incredibly delicious recipe can be either baked, fried or even air-fried. It’s absolutely incredible if we dare say so!


  • 2 cups CUT flour

  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup sour cream

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

  • 3 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • You can either bake, deep fry or air fry these donuts.
    If BAKING – preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Combine all above ingredients into mixer. Stir on low-medium speed, but be careful not to over mix.
  • BAKING – lightly spray donut pan. Fill each “ring” approximately half full with better using a piping bag with extra large tip.
    AIR FRYING – Line cooking trays with parchment sheets and “pipe” a swirly round donut. Approximately 3″ in diameter.
    DEEP FRYING – Heat oil in frying pan on medium heat to 360°F – 375°F. Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature of your oil and ensure that oil is approximately 1″ deep. We suggest using a canola oil for deep frying at home.
  • BAKING – Bake in preheated oven for 13 minutes. Remove donuts from pan immediately when finished baking on cooling rack. Continue to bake the rest of your batter.
    AIR FRYING – The Pampered Chef Air fryer worked beautifully for these incredible donuts. Air fry a total of 10 minutes, 5 minutes a side, flipping in between. Once finished, cool on rack.
    DEEP FRYING – Once your oil has reached the desired temperature, use a piping bag and squeeze the batter in a swirl donut ring directly into the oil. Fry until edges begin to brown slightly and then using a flipper, gently turn the donut and fry again the other side in the oil. We found this took approximately 3-4 minutes a side for a total of about 6-8 minutes.
  • Once your donuts are finished cooking (however you decided to cook them!), you’re ready to glaze or frost them! We recommend using our Chocolate Ganache recipe ( ) or a simple icing sugar glaze.
  • Share the donut love! Stacey and Meg

Young or old, we guarantee that whoever you share a CUT donut with may have a little tear. Ha, Stacey did when we perfected this recipe and donuts were never usually on her radar. They’re that delicious. Seriously, this recipe can be cooked whatever method is preferred. The recipe does not change. The only thing you get to decide is what you dip it in. Chocolate or Vanilla?!!