Festive Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts

We’re pulling out a well-loved treat aka Sour Cream Donuts. An oldie and certainly a goodie!


Well, hello there, Friday! I had to check my calendar twice today. Can’t believe the weekend is already here, which is, of course, a fabulous thing. And it just so happens that we’re talking donuts today. It was meant to be!

Not that I actually wait until the weekend to enjoy a donut or two. Every day is more than appropriate to savor one of my all time faves ;). But celebrating the weekend makes it that much more special.


Also, a recipe that delivers on flavor, brings back memories and all those happy feelings without a whole lot of work deserves a special spotlight. There’re no scary yeasty experiments happening here. No long waiting time and minimal donut making skills required as well. A great one for beginners and experienced donut lovers alike.

What’s not to love?!


I am so glad I gave this recipe a go. I’ve been wanting to make old fashioned sour cream donuts for what seems like forever now and finally jumped at the chance when I had some much needed distressing time in our little kitchen.

The thing that intrigued me the most was the fact that they are said to be a cinch to prepare. And I am here to let you know just how easy these are to make.


Once you prepare the dough, you’ll let it chill in the fridge for an hour or so. Roll out the dough, cut out donut shapes and fry each one for 3-4 minutes. Once dunked into the simple glaze and you will be in full-on donut bliss. I finished them in under 2 hours (which included the chill time). And that, my fellow donut fans, is not bad at all for homemade donuts ;).


I am blaming the “festive” look on Michael Bublé’s Christmas songs I was listening to while whipping up the dough. I only make red food coloring exceptions for Christmastime and Valentine’s Day. It’s so pretty and gets me in the mood for the most wonderful time of year. You do whatever makes your little heart happiest.


Hope you give them a go! And have a joy-filled weekend in the meantime. XOXO.

Festive Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts
Yields 12
Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts can be made in the comfort of your home in no time. They are even better than you remember!
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For the Donuts
  1. 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  5. 2 tablespoons shortening
  6. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  7. 2 large egg yolks
  8. 2/3 cup sour cream
  9. red food coloring
  10. all-purpose flour, for dusting
  11. canola oil, for frying
For the Glaze
  1. 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  2. 1/4 cup milk
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. 1. Sift together, cake flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
  2. 2. To the bowl of your stand mixer, add shortening and sugar. Using the paddle attachment, mix until fully combined. Add the egg yolks and beat until just incorporated.
  3. 3. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the sour cream to the wet ingredients in the bowl, starting and finishing with the dry ingredients. Dough should be slightly sticky. If desired, cut dough in half. Place one half back into the bowl and add food coloring until desired red shade is achieved, I added about 8 drops total. Place dough or dough halves into separate bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. 4. Meanwhile, fill a cast iron skillet with 2 inches of canola oil and heat to 325 degrees F, using a thermometer.
  5. 5. Flour your work surface and roll out dough, until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Using a donut cutter, cut out 12 donuts. You can reroll the dough if necessary. Place 2-3 donuts at a time into the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes per side or until golden. Meanwhile, line a plate with paper towels. Once donuts have finished frying, place on the prepared plate to get rid of excess oil. Transfer to wire racks to cool slightly.
  6. 6. While the donuts are cooling, prepare the glaze by whisking together all of the ingredients in a heatproof bowl. Once glaze is formed, place in the microwave and heat for 15-20 seconds. If glaze is slightly warm, it will cause the "cracks" in the glaze when you take a bite. Dip each donut into the glaze and return to the wire racks. Let glaze set for a couple of minutes before enjoying donuts.
  1. Donuts are best when eaten on the same day, but can be kept in the freezer for up to one week.
Adapted from peachesplease.com
Adapted from peachesplease.com
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8 thoughts on “Festive Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts

  1. Hello! I love this recipe and too am a lover of donuts & doughnuts. Have you tried to bake this recipe? I’m trying to cut back on fried foods but love all kinds of recipes and am nuts about the sour cream old fashioned. Love the site I will be pinning regardless cause like I said it’s my favorite all time donut have a nice day☺. Keep up the good work.

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