Homemade Amish Donuts While Quarantined

We made homemade Amish donuts this week while being quarantined.

Seriously though — what a time of life. I never expected in my lifetime I would be living in a pandemic. We are finishing up week 3 of a worldwide shut down, and I’m sometimes at my wits end to come up with ways to keep my kids occupied.

My mom was visiting yesterday and we decided to make homemade Amish donuts with the kids. They are absolutely delicious and worth every involved step of the recipe.

I found a small deep fryer at Aldi several months ago and we used it for making these. You can however use a regular pot full of oil, or fry in a large skillet.

This recipe does include several steps and takes time due to letting the dough rise, so if you are running low on patience today, I don’t recommend making it with your kids haha.

These donuts make delicious donut holes as well, or you can roll out and make cinnamon rolls.

Here’s the recipe.

Amish Donuts



• 1 1 /2 cups (367g) whole milk, heated

• 1 /2 cup (100g) sugar

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 /2 cup (113g) unsalted butter


• 1 1 /2 cups (355g) warm water

• 2 teaspoons sugar

• 2 packages of active yeast, about 4 1/2 teaspoons


• 2 large eggs, room temperature

• 9 cups (1,125g) all-purpose flour