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How to make Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts
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Sour Cream Cake Donuts

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts made at home with simple ingredients! Easy donut recipe from scratch with no yeast & no rise time! Delicious, tender sour cream doughnuts with a vanilla glaze on top! 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Chill Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts
Servings: 18 donuts
Calories: 289kcal


Donut Dough

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • canola oil for frying


  • 2 1/2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In another bowl, mix the sugar, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla until pale and thick.
  • Pour in the melted butter. Stir until combined. Add the sour cream in and whisk to just mixed.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently fold in using a spatula.
  • Turn the dough out onto plastic wrap and wrap it up tightly. Place in the fridge to chill for at least one hour.
  • Once the dough has chilled, remove it from the fridge and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Use a rolling pin to roll to about 1/2" thickness and use a donut cutter to cut out donuts (save the donut holes).
  • Transfer cut out donut shapes to a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and return to the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  • Fill a Dutch oven at least 2-3" deep with canola oil. Once the oil has reached 350-360°F, remove donuts from the fridge and transfer donuts or donut holes in the oil, just 3 a time. The donuts will float to the top. Then cook another 1-1 1/2 minutes and then use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove them from the oil and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. The donuts should be a nice golden brown.
  • To prepare the glaze, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  • Dip the warm donuts into the glaze and then transfer to a cooling rack to allow the glaze to set.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 218IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg