Breads & Muffins Brunch

Old Fashioned Donuts with Blood Orange Glaze

February 1, 2020

You can make delicious homemade donuts with this quick and easy no yeast recipe. These old fashioned donuts with blood […]

You can make delicious homemade donuts with this quick and easy no yeast recipe. These old fashioned donuts with blood orange glaze are the perfect weekend treat!

I’m up waaayyy past my bedtime and have to be up at 5 am {!!!} to catch a flight out of town tomorrow. But I’ve been promising you all this recipe and I always keep my promises. I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because let’s face it….you’re really just here for the donuts. 

So let’s chat about these donuts real quick. Curious…do you call them donuts or doughnuts? No matter. What does matter is that these goodies are perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft and cakey on the inside. Light and fluffy, golden brown perfection. Better than anything you’ll taste from your neighborhood bakery. These old fashioned donuts with a sweet, pink, blood orange glaze are quick and easy, oh-so-delicious, and they’re just what the weekend ordered.

These pretty as can be, citrus glazed donuts are made without yeast and require no special equipment to make. Just make the dough, chill, and fry the donuts up in your very own kitchen. You don’t even have to change out of your pj’s. If that’s not a selling point, I don’t know what is! There is nothing, and I mean nothing, better than a homemade donut. Warm from the fryer, old fashioned donuts are my absolute fave and trust me when I say these donuts are ridiculously delicious. Blood orange season won’t last forever and I promise you don’t want to miss out on these donuts. Whip up a dozen or two for the weekend and thank me later!

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Old Fashioned Donuts with Blood Orange Glaze

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  • Author: Browned Butter Blondie
  • Prep Time: 80 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 22 mins
  • Yield: 20-24 1x
  • Category: Brunch


You can make delicious homemade donuts with this quick and easy no yeast recipe. These old fashioned donuts with blood orange glaze are the perfect weekend treat!



For Donuts

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • Peanut oil for frying

For Blood Orange Glaze

  • 4 TBSP blood orange juice, strained
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 TBSP whole milk


  1. In a medium bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter, sugar and egg yolks together at high speed until light and fluffy. About 2 minutes. Mixture will be pale in color.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture alternating with buttermilk in three additions. Mix until just combined.
  5. Remove dough from the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerator for at least one hour, or up to one day.
  6. Once chilled, roll dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness. Dip a 2 or 3 inch donut cutter in flour and cut dough. Reroll dough scraps and cut more donuts until all dough has been used.
  7. Place donuts on cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, fill a large stockpot with 3 inches of peanut oil. Using a candy thermometer (or deep fry thermometer), heat oil to 350 degrees.
  9. Remove donuts from refrigerator and fry two at a time for about 90 seconds per side, or until golden brown. Using a slotted spoon or basket tool, flip donuts over and fry the other side for 60-90 seconds.
  10. Remove from oil and place on a wire rack lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil.
  11. Before frying the next batch, be sure the oil is still at 350 degrees.
  12. Cool donuts completely before glazing.

For Glaze

  1. Sift confectioner’s sugar into a medium bowl.
  2. Add blood orange juice and stir with a whisk to combine.
  3. Add whole milk, one TBSP at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  4. If too thick, add more milk. If too thin, add more confectioner’s sugar.
  5. Once donuts are completely cooled, dip each side of donut in the blood orange glaze, allowing excess glaze to drip off over the bowl before placing on a wire rack to set.


Donut recipe adapted from The Bake Feed, Baked From Scratch, Vol. II
Store donuts in a cool, dry place for up to three days.

**Donut recipe adapted from The Bake Feed’s Bake From Scratch, Vol II.


  • Reply
    January 28, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Do you have to use peanut oil to fry the donuts or can I use canola oil instead?

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      January 28, 2021 at 9:49 pm

      Canola oil will work too. I chose peanut oil because it gives the donuts an ever so slightly nutty flavor that compliments the sweetness of the donuts.

  • Reply
    January 15, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Made these the other day and they were a HUGE hit! Everyone loved them and they were gone in 20 min. Definitely making these again.

    • Reply
      Heather Mubarak
      January 16, 2021 at 2:47 am

      So glad to hear that these were a big hit!!

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