The Ultimate Step-by-Step Handbook for Homemade Donuts and Kolaches

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Written By Charlotte Miller

Making treats at home holds a special place in our hearts. There’s just something about the smell of freshly baked goods that makes our mouths water. If you’ve ever wanted to recreate the magic of a bakery in your kitchen, this step-by-step guide is perfect for you. Indulge in the sweet and savory delights of homemade donuts and kolaches. 

These beloved pastries are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a delightful snack any time of the day. This comprehensive handbook will take you through the process of crafting these delicious creations with easy-to-follow steps, helpful tips, and a sprinkle of creativity.

So, put on your apron and get ready for a culinary adventure like no other that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

Gather Your Ingredients

Ingredients For Donuts:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil

Ingredients For Kolaches:

  • Active dry yeast
  • Warm water
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Fruit preserves or other desired fillings

Gather Your Equipment

  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheets
  • Pastry brush
  • Donut cutter or round cookie cutter
  • Piping bag (for kolaches)

Donut Method

Preparing the Donut Dough

Begin by combining the dry ingredients for the donut dough in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry mixture, stirring until a soft dough is formed. Gently knead the dough, then roll it out and cut out your donuts using a cutter.

Frying the Donuts

Heat the vegetable oil to 350°F (175°C). Carefully add the donuts and fry each side until they turn a lovely golden brown. Take them out and let them drain on some paper towels.

Glazing and Topping Your Donuts

Make a glaze by mixing powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Dip each donut into the glaze and let them set. You can also add delicious toppings such as sprinkles, chopped nuts, or shredded coconut.

Kolache Method

Making the Kolache Dough

First, dissolve the yeast in warm water and let it sit for a few minutes. In a separate bowl, mix warm milk, sugar, salt, and melted butter together. Add the yeast mixture and gradually stir in the flour until a soft dough forms. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth, then let it rise.

Shaping the Kolaches

Divide the dough that has risen into portions and shape them into round shapes. Put them on a baking sheet and create a hollow in the middle of each round for the filling.

Filling Your Kolaches

Put your chosen fruit preserves or fillings into the wells you made. Don’t be too generous, though, because the dough needs space to expand.

Baking the Kolaches

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake the kolaches until they turn a beautiful golden brown and the filling starts bubbling.

Serving Your Creations

Donuts taste the best when they are fresh out of the oven, so make sure to serve them as soon as they are glazed and topped. Kolaches are great because you can serve them warm or at room temperature, making them a versatile treat for any occasion.

Experimenting with Flavors

Now that you’ve learned the basics, feel free to get creative. Experiment with various glazes, fillings, or even try savory versions of kolaches. The options are limitless, and your taste buds are the only thing that can hold you back.


These delicious treats will not only impress your loved ones but also bring the joy of a bakery into your own home. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t worry if your first batch isn’t flawless. Keep experimenting, and soon you’ll become an expert in making mouthwatering donuts and kolaches that everyone will love. Enjoy your baking journey!