18 Doughnut Recipes from Around the World

From gulab jamun to malasadas, how to make the world's best fried dough at home

Everybody loves doughnuts, even if sometimes they come in unfamiliar shapes and guises, from twisted French Crullers, oblong Long Johns, baked Fōnuts, and simmered-in-ghee Gulab Jamun. Here's how to make 18 of the world's best.

Vanilla-Glazed Yeast Donuts
Vanilla-Glazed Yeast Donuts
Clarified butter and evaporated milk give the vanilla glaze on these donuts a satiny consistency.Todd Coleman
Long Johns
Long Johns
The trick to piping custard into these bar-shaped confections is to use a wooden skewer to carve out a channel in the donut before filling it.Todd Coleman
French Crullers
French Crullers
Named for their twisted shape, these donuts get their airy texture from choux pastry.Todd Coleman
Gluten-Free Oat Old-Fashioned Donuts with Rum Raisin Glaze
Gluten-Free Oat Old-Fashioned Donuts with Rum Raisin Glaze
Earthy oats pair with sweet raisins and a potent rum glaze in this gluten-free donut. Ingredients such as the tapioca starch and xantham gum can be purchased at your local Whole Foods Market or natural foods store.Todd Coleman
Leonard's Bakery Hawaii Malasadas
Leonard's Bakery Hawaii Malasadas
Butter, milk, and half & half give these Portuguese-style donuts their distinctive richness and luscious texture.Todd Coleman
Spudnuts
Spudnuts
To ensure these potato-based donuts turn out pillowy and soft after frying, take care not to overwork the dough.Todd Coleman
Cardamom Syrup-Soaked Donuts
Gulab Jamun (Cardamom Syrup-Soaked Donuts)
Khoya, a rich curd made by reducing milk for several hours, forms the base for these syrup-soaked confections.Todd Coleman
Jelly-Filled Donuts (Berliners)
Jelly-Filled Donuts (Berliners)
If piping the jelly into these donuts proves challenging, use a paring knife to hollow out the side of the donut, making a cavity for the jelly.Todd Coleman
Top Pot Triple Coconut Donuts
Top Pot Triple Coconut Donuts
Coconut milk gives these donuts from Seattle's Top Pot donut shop a super-moist interior and a gratifying crust.Todd Coleman
Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts with Zebra Glaze
Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts with Zebra Glaze
With a dense, moist interior and slight crunch of an old-fashioned cake donut on the outside, you won't miss the flour in these rich chocolate donuts.Todd Coleman
Powdered Sugar Donut Holes
Powdered Sugar Donut Holes
The secret to the snowy dusting on these donut holes is to toss them with far more confectioners' sugar than you would think necessary.Todd Coleman
Old-Fashioned Spiced Sour Cream Donuts
Old-Fashioned Spiced Sour Cream Donuts
These classic cake donuts are fried at a lower temperature to produce their characteristic cracks and ridges.Todd Coleman
Devil's Food Donuts
Devil's Food Donuts
These donuts puff up visibly when they are ready to be removed from the frying oil.Todd Coleman
Blueberry Donuts
Blueberry Donuts
Fresh blueberries bolstered by jam make these donuts especially flavorful.Todd Coleman
Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts
Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts
This recipe is from Waylynn Lucas' Los Angeles-based baked donut shop called Fōnuts. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts »Todd Coleman
Cottage Street Bakery Dirt Bombs
Cottage Street Bakery Dirt Bombs
The crust of muffin-like donuts, a specialty of Cottage Street Bakery in Orleans, Massachusetts, is achieved by double dipping them in melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Get the recipe for Cottage Street Bakery Dirt Bombs »Todd Coleman
Gluten-Free Cake Donuts with Chocolate Glaze
Gluten-Free Cake Donuts with Chocolate Glaze
Creamy with a yellow hue, millet flour is the basis for this decadent, gluten-free version of a classic chocolate-glazed cake donut.Todd Coleman
New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts
New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts
A simple glaze of boiled-down apple cider, butter, and confectioners' sugar makes for a great donut dip. Get the recipe for New England Cinnamon Sugar-Cider Donuts »Todd Coleman