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  • Donuts
  • 4 cups cake flour
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups water
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 cups canola oil
  • Basic Donut Glaze
  • 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Food coloring


  1. Prepare Donuts: In large bowl, whisk flours, dry milk, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In separate large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat shortening and granulated sugar 2-1/2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks, eggs and vanilla extract 1-1/2 minutes; carefully beat in water. With mixer on low speed, beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, beating 1-1/2 minutes after each addition.
  2. Transfer dough to floured work surface; let stand 15 minutes. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper; spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle dough with flour; with rolling pin, roll out to about 3/8-inch thick. Cut out 12 donuts using a 3-inch donut cutter (or a 3-inch round cutter for outside and a 1-inch round cutter for inside); place on prepared cookie sheet and let stand 15 minutes. (Psst... save remaining dough to make delicious Donut Fries)
  3. Attach deep fryer/candy thermometer to side of medium saucepan; add oil and heat over medium heat to 380°. Gently add 2 to 3 donuts at a time to hot oil; cook 3 minutes or until evenly browned, flipping several times to prevent overbrowning. Transfer to paper towel-lined cookie sheet to drain; transfer to wire rack and cool 20 minutes.
  4. Prepare Basic Donut Glaze: In medium bowl, whisk powdered sugar, milk, syrup and butter until smooth. Divide into small bowls; stir in food coloring to create different colors.
  5. Dunk 1 side of donuts into desired glaze; top as desired.