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Classic Sugar Twist Donut Recipe

Sprinkled with a sweet sugar coating, this classic homestyle twist donut dessert recipe will quickly become a family favorite.

Overhead view of sugar twist donuts.

Making Twisted Donuts at Home

Nothing beats warm, freshly made donuts at home; which is why we previously shared these bite-sized donuts and our Croatian fritule recipe. This latest recipe for making twisted donuts is also a Croatian tradition in our home. Deep fried to a perfectly golden crust with a soft moist center, the sprinkled sugar coating is simply icing on the cake.

a hand holding a sugar twist donut that has been partially eaten

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 2 cups warm milk; divided
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 cups flour + 5 tbsp flour divided
  • 4 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar

Sugar Coating Ingredients:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
close up of a single sugar twist donut on a plate

Sugar Twist Donuts Recipe

Combine yeast, 1 cup warm milk and and 2 tbsp granulated sugar in a cup and put aside for a few minutes.

In the meantime, combine flour, yogurt, egg, salt and vanilla sugar in a mixing bowl. Add an additional 3 tbsp flour and mix.

Add the yeast mixture.

Start mixing with the hook attachment and slowly pour the other cup of warm milk. Continue mixing for 6-7 minutes until well blended. If you find the dough too sticky, add a bit more flour.

Keep in a mixing bowl, sprinkle with flour and cover with a clean dish cloth or paper towel. 

Leave for 30-40 minutes. Place the bowl in a large pot or sink half full of warm water. 

Remove dough and knead by hand for 2 minutes on a floured surface.

Roll the dough out to ½” thick and cut into rectangular stripes about 2″ wide x 4” long.

Cut a slit up the length of the rectangles with just the top section attached. Twist the dough and put aside while preparing the remaining dough.

Deep Frying the Twist Donuts

Add canola oil to a cooking pot and set the temperature to med-high heat. The pot needs to be filled with enough oil for the donuts to be fully submerged. They will float to the top while cooking.

Test that the oil is ready for frying but drpping a small piece of dough into the hot oil. If it sizzles, it’s ready to cook. Alternatively, if using a thermometer, ensure the heat reaches 170C.

Tip: frying donuts at too low of a temperature will result in a tough crust and greasy, hard doughnut texture so be sure to reach optimal temperature.

Put a few donuts in the pot at one time and cook for 4 minutes until sides turn golden. Flip with fork and cook the other side.

Remove from oil and place on paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with sugar coating.

More Homemade Donut Recipes

We’ve previously shared a few other homestyle donut recipes here on the blog so be sure to check out these dessert recipes as well:

Sugar Twist Donut Recipe

Jane and Sonja
Make your own classic twist donuts with this homestyle dessert recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Croatian

Equipment

  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 2 cups warm milk divided
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 cups flour + 5 tbsp flour; divided
  • 4 tbsp plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar

Sugar Coating

Instructions
 

  • Combine yeast, 1 cup warm milk and 2 tbsp granulated sugar in a small bowl. Put aside for a few minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, plain yogurt, egg, salt and 2 tsp vanilla sugar.
  • Start mixing with hook attachment.
  • Add another 3 tbsp of flour.
  • Add the yeast mixture and combine.
  • Warm another cup of warm milk and slowly pour the milk into the dough mixture.
  • Continue mixing for 6-7 minutes until well blended.
  • Keep dough in bowl and sprinkle with flour. Place the bowl in a large pot or sink half full of warm water. Cover bowl with a clean dish cloth or paper towel and leave for 30-40 minutes.
  • Remove dough from bowl and knead by hand for 2 minutes on a clean floured surface.
  • Roll dough out to ½” thick.
  • Cut into rectangular stripes about 2" wide x 4” long.
  • Cut a slit through the length of the rectangles with just the top attached. Twist the dough and put aside while preparing the remaining dough.
  • Add canola oil to a large cooking pot on med to high heat.
  • When oil is hot enough, carefully place prepared donuts into hot oil.
  • Put a few donuts in at one time and cook for 4 minutes until sides turn golden. Flip with fork and cook the other side.
  • Remove from oil and place on paper towel.
  • Sprinkle with granulated sugar and vanilla sugar mixture.
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