There’s something undeniably comforting about homemade doughnuts, especially when they come from a cherished family recipe. Granny’s Doughnuts, a recipe passed down through generations, is more than just a sweet treat; it’s a nostalgic journey back to childhood. The aroma of these doughnuts frying is like a warm hug, and their taste—slightly spiced with nutmeg and irresistibly sweet—is a delightful trip down memory lane. Whether enjoyed on a lazy Sunday morning or as a special treat, these doughnuts always bring smiles and fond memories.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 cup sour milk (see note below)
  • 6 cups flour
  • Oil for frying


  1. Mix sugar, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, eggs, sour milk, and shortening in a large bowl.
  2. Gradually add enough flour to the mixture until you can roll out the dough on a floured surface.
  3. Cut out doughnuts using a doughnut cutter.
  4. Heat oil to 375 degrees F and fry the doughnuts, turning several times until golden brown.
  5. Drain on soft crumpled paper.
  6. Cool and dust with powdered sugar, granulated sugar mixed with cinnamon, or drizzle with the white doughnut glaze (see below).

Note: To sour milk, add 1 Tbsp vinegar to 1 cup of fresh milk.

White Doughnut Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 Tbsp milk

Mix powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk to desired consistency. Adjust thickness with more powdered sugar or thin it with additional milk.

Serving Suggestions

These doughnuts are best served fresh and warm. They’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a sweet snack.


Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will keep for a couple of days, but are best enjoyed fresh.


Q: Can I bake these doughnuts instead of frying?
A: This recipe is specifically for fried doughnuts, and baking might not yield the same results.

Q: Can I use a different type of milk?
A: Yes, you can use any kind of milk, but sour milk gives a unique flavor.

Q: What if I don’t have a doughnut cutter?
A: You can use two different-sized round cutters or a glass and a bottle cap for the center hole.

Q: Can these doughnuts be frozen?
A: Yes, freeze them without the sugar coating or glaze, and thaw and reheat when ready to serve.

Q: Can I add other flavors to the dough?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with other spices like cinnamon or vanilla extract.