Official Donut Recipe of the Salvation Army


• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 level teaspoon baking powder
• 1 tablespoon shortening
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1/4 level teaspoon salt
• 1/4 level teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/4 level teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 cup milk
• 1 egg
• Cooking oil for deep frying


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Ease of Preparation: Intermediate
Yield: 15 donuts

Reserve 1/4 cup of the flour for the board. Combine the remaining flour with the baking powder and set aside.

Cream the shortening, 1/2 cup of the sugar, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Add milk and well-beaten egg and stir. Then add the flour-baking powder mixture.

Work into a soft dough and roll onto the floured board into a 1/4-inch thick sheet. Cut into the desired shape and fry in the oil, heated to about 375 degrees F. Turn donuts frequently while frying. The fat should be hot enough to give the donuts a rich golden-russet color in 3 minutes.

While hot, roll donuts in remaining sugar.