Amish Light-As-A-Feather Donuts


Amish Light-As-A-Feather Donuts

These delicious Amish donuts are the ultimate weekend treat.

Amish Light-As-A-Feather Donuts
Amish Light-As-A-Feather Donuts

This Amish donut recipe is inspired by those delicious pastries that you can buy in Amish bakeries, or perhaps during outings to a farm or apple orchard. These donuts are fluffy, crispy, and covered in a gooey glaze that will have you asking for an extra napkin. We love making these for a special weekend treat. Everyone enjoys the process of watching the dough rise, and there's nothing more satisfying than watching the pastries fry to golden perfection. Make these Amish donuts the next time you need something delicious on your weekend menu. You're going to love them!

Preparation Time2 hr

Cooking Time20 min


  • 3 eggs
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • For the Glaze
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot water

Amish Doughnuts Recipe


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 2 cups of warm water.

  2. Add eggs, flour, salt, sugar and lard to yeast mixture.

  3. Mix well.

  4. Cover with a tea towel and let rise until doubled.

  5. Roll out to 1/2" thick, cutting with a doughnut cutter.

  6. Let rise again, 30-45 minutes.

  7. Fry until golden on one side then flip and do the other side. This takes just a few minutes per side.

  8. Drain on paper towels and dip in glaze.

  9. For the glaze: Mix corn syrup, vanilla, powdered sugar and 2 T. hot water together.

  10. If consistency is not thin enough, add the other tablespoon water.

  11. Roll doughnuts in glaze while still warm.

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These look delicious to me. I like that they are supposed to be light and airy. That's what I want in a doughnut. I don't like them to be heavy at all. I think I'd like to try a chocolate glaze . The one in the recipe does sound good and would be my vanilla loving family members preference. I appreciate the video. It makes it easier to see the process. Thanks!

Maybe it's just me, but don't you think all Amish recipes look and sound amazing? The idea of light and airy donuts sound wonderful but do you think they can be baked instead of fried? I prefer my donuts without the glaze, and definitely no corn syrup for me please...but a light sprinkle of powder sugar mixed with some cinnamon would be perfect! AuntKarolyn, I noticed you mentioned the donuts baking up light and airy...does this mean you baked them, and if you did what temp did you use and for how long did they bake?

Just what I needed...a donut recipe that is easy to make, with ingredients I always have on hand, that bake up light and airy, and are absolutely yummy. These Amish Light-As-A-Feather Donuts are the perfect snack, desert, or treat to keep on hand (if you can resist eating the whole batch). I live in a senior community and I have a reputation among the grandchildren of my neighbors as the lady that always has a sweet treat for them. These Donuts are a great addition to my repertoire.

I made these doughnuts last week and practically ate them all in one sitting. They're addictive!

These were really good. I would definitely devour them again.

I've been trying to eat healthier, but I also love doughnuts. It's okay to have a cheat day every once and a while... right?


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