National Doughnut Day Recipe

Traditional Amish-Style Doughnuts

From the Amish Community Cookbook

In honor of National Doughnut Day (and one of our favorite holidays at Fox Chapel Publishing), we are whipping up these Amish-Style Doughnuts. Fox Chapel Publishing is located in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Lancaster is well-known for its Amish Community. So today we are paying homage to our roots! Celebrate with us and make your own.

You will need:

  • 2 packages of yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 6 cups flour

For the Glaze:

  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cream1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Hot water


Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. Scald milk. When cool, mix with beaten eggs, salt, sugar, and yeast. Add flour and butter to make a soft dough. Let rise in a warm place until double in size. In the meantime, mix glaze ingredients together. Add enough hot water to make a thin glaze; set aside. Roll out the dough and cut into doughnuts. Let rise again until light and puffy. Fry in hot oil (365°F). Dip in glaze while warm. Add your own flair with sprinkles, chocolate chips, fruit, etc!

For more Amish-Style Recipes, check out the Amish Community Cookbook. 

Amish Community Cookbook

Amish and Mennonite food is often thought of as good old-fashioned, stick to your ribs comfort food.  The recipes, handed down through generations, come from a time when families were closely connected to their land and reliance on fresh, natural ingredients. Filled with hundreds of recipes, the Amish Community Cookbook overs and an endless array of traditional appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, casseroles, breads, and all kinds of desserts. One taste and you will understand why these Amish-Style cookbook is bringing families together.

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