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.

Get the recipe for Vanilla-Glazed Yeast Donuts »
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.

French Crullers

Named for their twisted shape, these donuts get their airy texture from choux pastry. Get the recipe for French Crullers »
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.
Butter, milk, and half & half give these Portuguese-style donuts their distinctive richness and luscious texture. Get the recipe for Leonard’s Bakery Hawaii Malasadas »


SpudnutsTo ensure these potato-based donuts turn out pillowy and soft after frying, take care not to overwork the dough. Get the recipe for Spudnuts »

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.

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.

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. Get the recipe for Top Pot Triple Coconut Donuts »

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. Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts with Zebra Glaze »

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. Get the recipe for Powdered Sugar Donut Holes »
These classic cake doughnuts are fried at a lower temperature to produce their characteristic cracks and ridges. Get the recipe for Old-Fashioned Spiced Sour Cream Donuts »

Devil’s Food Donuts

These donuts puff up visibly when they are ready to be removed from the frying oil. Get the recipe for Devil’s Food Donuts

Blueberry Donuts

Fresh blueberries bolstered by jam make these donuts especially flavorful. Get the recipe for Blueberry Donuts »

Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts

This recipe is from Waylynn Lucas’ Los Angeles-based baked donut shop called Fōnuts. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Buttermilk Fōnuts »

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 »

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. Get the recipe for Gluten-Free Cake Donuts with Chocolate Glaze »

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 »