Colourful doughnuts cooking on a rack.

Snacks & Treats

Easy Two-Ingredient Doughnuts

Jun 5, 2017

My son Sam and I have made lots of fun memories in the kitchen, and we'll use practically any occassion to make some sweet treats together. This time we made doughnuts, and since we're a doughnut-loving family, this one was a big hit!

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. We 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 that way your kids can get into decorating them with cute and colourful 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.

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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