Colourful doughnuts cooking on a rack.

Snacks & Treats

Make Homemade Doughnuts For Father’s Day

Jun 5, 2017

Making homemade doughnuts for Father’s Day is a great way to start the day or end a meal. These easy two-ingredient doughnuts — presented with a little fanfare and a lot of love — will make a sweet impression!

Using a cookie cutter in doughnut dough.

From experience, I know my own dad, and husband, Mike, enjoy a sweet treat. My son Sam and I have made lots of fun memories in the kitchen so a commemorative occasion like Father’s Day is the perfect time to make some more. Mike loves it. Sam loves it. I love it. It’s a win-win-win!

Several doughnuts in dough ready to be pressed out.

Aside from the amazing taste, what makes these doughnuts so great is how easy and economical they are. It doesn’t get any simpler than two ingredients.

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You don’t need a special doughnut pan or even a doughnut cutter. I used my three-inch cookie cutter and the back side of a piping tip but you could use a glass and poke a hole in the middle with your finger, if need be.

Dipping doughnuts in bright blue glaze.

Topping the doughnuts with glaze is optional, but it’s a basic sort of frosting that adds to the celebration. Want to add even more wow? Add some cute sprinkles.

Child adds rainbow sprinkles to doughnuts.


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose baking mix (biscuit/pancake mix)
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 bottle canola oil (approx. 900 ml, for frying)


  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp melted butter
  • 4 tsp water
  • dash of vanilla


  1. Pour oil into Dutch oven and preheat to 375°.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir in baking mix and buttermilk until just combined.
  3. Turn out onto a clean surface and work dough into a ball. Roll out to ½ inch thick.
  4. Use 3-inch cookie cutter to cut out round and a piping tip to cut out the center.
  5. Once oil is heated to temperature, place doughnuts into oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  6. Place on paper towel to drain.
  7. Make glaze by adding vanilla and butter to powdered sugar. Stir in water, one tablespoon at a time until it's a pourable consistency.
  8. Dip cooled doughnuts into glaze, or pour over top.

To make coloured glaze, add a drop of food colouring. Add sprinkles if desired.

Plate of colourful and sweet-looking doughnuts.

The sweet sentiment of a plateful of doughnuts, and a hug around the neck might be all you need to let the dads in your life know they’re special.

Article Author Stephanie Keeping
Stephanie Keeping

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Stephanie Keeping is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a superhero costume to the grocery store and take naps in your rubber boots. She hangs out at Spaceships and Laser Beams where she blogs about crafts, recipes, parties, travel and family life.

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