It’s All In Your Pantry Donuts

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homemade donuts I know I know donuts are not healthy and these for sure were not!  But I think donuts now are at some obnoxious price point per dozen (I think about $6.99 a dozen and that does not include driving to the store) and they are easily made at home with some flour, lard, sugar, and more lard!  These cost about $1.00 for us to make but then again we have home-grown eggs!

I don’t recommend these for you to eat every weekend but hey sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind.  Sometimes you need a treat ever now and then!  I have to say I saw Mr. CBB’s post at Canadian Budget Binder about his potato donuts and I was like oh my goodness those look so delicious!  Once I read his post I could not get those donuts out of my mind…. but believe it or not I didn’t have a potato in sight which is extremely surprising so I pulled out one of my very old cookbooks and I tweaked the recipe and I had everything I need in my pantry which wasn’t surprising because I believe in having a prepared pantry.  These were sure worth it but I still plan on making his recipe soon too!    Oh and if you didn’t know I have a passion for old vintage cookbooks.

bottle cap donuts

These are easily made with everything that is already in your pantry and just think if you make them only every now and then they are special and a treat the whole family will enjoy!  I use a biscuit cutter and a bottle cap to make the donut shape and of course I use my vintage pastry mat.

donuts frying in the cast iron skillet

 It’s All In Your Pantry Donuts


  •  2 TBSP. shortening or lard

  • 2 TBSP. white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 C. of milk plus 1/8 C. of milk
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Fill a cast iron skillet about 2 ” high with lard


cast iron skillet filled w/lard


  1. Stir milk and vinegar together and set aside.
  2. In your mixing bowl mix together the lard/shortening and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the sugar mixture and while the mixer is running alternate with the vinegar and milk.
  3. Roll dough out on a floured surface to just a little bit thinner than biscuits. Cut into doughnuts using whatever you have on hand to do the job.  I used a biscuit cutter and a 2 liter bottle soda cap.  Let stand for about 5 minutes this is easy to do while the oil is heating up.
  4. Heat the oil in a large deep skillet  and then do the donut test throw in a little dough and when it starts to fry you know its ready.  Fry doughnuts in the hot oil until golden, turning over once. Drain on paper towels. Dust with confectioners’ sugar or cinnamon sugar  while they are still warm, and serve immediately.

Using lard in your frying is much healthier than shortening go to the Weston Price Foundation for more information.  I am not saying you need to eat donuts every weekend but if you do use real lard don’t use products made with hydrogenated oils that are bad for you and bad for your body.

We served these up on a very cold Sunday morning it was such a nice treat but like I said I don’t make these every weekend but would I make these on a dreary February morning again…..Absolutely because these were amazing!    Wishing everyone a beautiful early March!  Have a great week!



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5 thoughts on “It’s All In Your Pantry Donuts

  1. Yum 🙂 We used to make donuts like this when I was a kid. Hubs is not a fan of donuts (I know, right!) so I have not made them as an adult. Perhaps he would like some if I made them. 😉

    Thanks for sharing! They look delicious!

    I would love to have you share your Ol’ Saturday Homesteading Trading Post linky party on a new hop I’m hosting. It’s a great way to spread the word about your party!

    1. Thanks Lisa Lynn for the invite I will try to take you up on it when my life slows down and I get a little bit more blog time 😉 I hope you try the donuts if you do let me know what you think!

  2. Yummy! My mom used to make donuts with me when I was a kid! I haven’t had homemade donuts in year, but in an attempt to make all our goodies at home, these are going on the list!

    1. Becca these are the easiest donuts to make every. I’m kind of bummed my kids are all grown there is no way me and my hunny can eat all of these…although you have me thinking maybe it’s time to have the neighbors over for donutes lol….thanks for stopping in friend!

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