Recipe: Sour Cream Doughnuts

Homemade doughnuts take a bit of work, but the results are well worth the extra effort. These doughnuts, with a hint of sour cream, are so much better than store-bought, you'll need to make a double batch!


  • 2-1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or lard
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Lard or neutral-flavored oil, for frying


  1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together until well-mixed. Add egg yolks and mix until blended.
  3. Add dry ingredients and sour cream alternately to the butter mixture, ending with flour, and mixing well between additions. The dough will be sticky.
  4. Cover bowl and chill for 1 hour.
  5. On a floured board, roll the chilled dough out to about 1/2-inch thick. Use a doughnut cutter or two differently sized biscuit cutters to cut out the doughnuts, dusting the cutters in flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  6. Pour the lard or oil into a heavy-bottomed pot to at least 2-inches deep. Heat oil to 325°F.
  7. Add the doughnuts to the heated fat a few at a time, being careful not to overcrowd the pot. Fry on each side about 2 minutes, but watch to make sure they don’t burn. Remove from pan and drain.
  8. Dust the warm doughnuts in cinnamon sugar or sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Cool before serving.

At A Glance

PREP: 1 hour, 30 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 2 hours