National Donut Day Means 7 Perfect Fried Dough Recipes

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It's National Donut Day, which means this is the perfect occasion to pay our respects to the quintessential American breakfast treat, which is actually not so American after all.

The donut has its roots in Europe, and when American soldiers returned home from World War I, they created a demand for the dessert Salvation Army “Donut Girls” had served them. Thus, America's obsession with donuts began.

Since then, donuts have only gotten more delicious, more gourmet — and thanks to these seven baking bloggers, easier for you to bake yourself! Here are seven delicious recipes to help you celebrate this day.

by Savannah O'Leary

Caramel Glazed Turtle Donuts

These decadent chocolate donuts are not for the faint hearted; but what better way to celebrate? Brought to you by Something Swanky.

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Double Glazed Funfetti Donuts

If you fancy something festive, you can’t go wrong with these confetti sprinkled donuts, courtesy of Cookies & Cups.

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Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts

Brought to you by Brown Eyed Baker, these deliciously gooey donuts boast a thin, crispy crust. The recipe is a little ambitious, so try it when you have the time and patience to make it happen.

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Sour Cream Old-Fashioned Doughnuts

Back to the basics with this one, folks. The Messy Baker has proven that sometimes simple is best.

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Jelly Doughnuts

It would be a shame to neglect one of America’s most beloved varieties — the jelly donut. Recipe courtesy of Deliciously Yum.

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Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts

Do not be fooled by these apparently simple glazed donuts. What’s Cooking, Love? has created a recipe with an unexpected pumpkin spice, should you desire something a little more inventive.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Donuts with Vanilla Glaze

The Comfort of Cooking has transformed a lemon poppy seed loaf into donuts, which makes for a perfect tray of summery treats.

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