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