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Dunkin Donuts Donuts Recipe
Dunkin' Donuts Donuts
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Bread
Calories: 180
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Recipe Rating: 2.3 (3 reviews)
As he worked long, hard days at a shipyard in Hingham, Massachusetts, during World War II, William Rosenberg was struck with an idea for a new kind of food service. As soon as the war ended, Rosenberg started Industrial Luncheon Services, a company that delivered fresh meals and snacks to factory workers. When Rosenberg realized that most of his business was in coffee and donuts, he quit offering his original service. He found an old awning store and converted it into a coffee-and-donut shop called The Open Kettle. This name was soon changed to the more familiar Dunkin' Donuts, and between 1950 and 1955 five more shops opened and thrived. The company later spread beyond the Boston area and has become the largest coffee-and-donut chain in the world.

Today, Dunkin' Donuts offers fifty-two varieties of donuts in each shop, but the most popular have always been the plain glazed and chocolate-glazed yeast donuts.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes" by Todd Wilbur.

One 1/4-ounce package active dry yeast
2 tablepoons warm water (98 degrees)
3/4 cup warm milk (30 seconds in the microwave does the trick)
2 1/2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 egg
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups vegetable oil

5 1/3 tablespoons (1/3 cup) margarine or butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup hot water

Chocolate Glaze
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. In a medium bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water.

2. Add the milk, margarine or butter, egg, sugar, and salt, and blend with an electric mixer until smooth.

3. Add half the flour and mix for 30 seconds.

4. Add the remaining flour and knead the dough with flour-dusted hands until smooth.

5. Cover the bowl of dough and leave it in a comfy, warm place until the dough doubles in size, about 1 hour. You can tell that the dough has risen enough when you poke it with your finger and the indentation stays.

6. Roll out the dough on a heavily floured surface until it's about 1/2 inch thick.

7. If you don't have a donut cutter, and don't intend to buy one, here's a way to punch out your dough: Empty a standard 15-ounce can of whatever you can find--vegetables, refried beans, even dog food. Be sure to wash out the can very well, and punch a hole in the opposite end so that the dough won't be held inside the can by a vacuum.

8. When you've punched out all the dough (you should have about a dozen unholed donuts), it's time for the holes. Find the cap to a bottle of lemon juice or Worcestershire sauce, or any other small cap with a diameter of about 1 1/4 inches. Use this to punch out holes in the center of each of your donuts.

9. Place the donuts on plates or cookie sheets, cover, and let stand in the same warm, comfy place until they nearly double in size. This will take 30 to 45 minutes.

10. Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Bring the oil to about 350 degrees. It is easily tested with scrap dough left over from punching out the donuts. The dough should bubble rapidly.

11. Fry each donut for about 30 seconds per side, or until light golden brown. Cool 5 minutes on paper towels.

12. For either the plain or the chocolate glaze, combine the margarine or butter with the powdered sugar in a medium bowl and blend slowly with an electric mixer. Try not to get too much air into the mixture, or your glaze will thicken and turn white. If this happens, warm up the glaze in the microwave for 30 seconds.

13. Add the vanilla and hot water. Mix until smooth.

14. If you're making the chocolate glaze, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds. Stir, then microwave another 30 seconds and stir again until completely melted. Add to the plain glaze mixture. Blend until smooth.

15. When the donuts have cooled, dip each top surface into the glaze and then flip over and cool on a plate until the glaze firms up, about 15 minutes.

Make 1 dozen donuts

You can also make "donut holes" as they do at Dunkin' Donuts by cooking and glazing the holes you've punched out the same way you prepared the donuts.

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Submitted on: 08/06/13
This recipe does not work, like the other commenter I followed the recipe to the letter. The donuts did not rise enough, tasted yeasty, and are nothing like a dunkin donut. I make donuts a lot and try different recipes all the time.
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Aldo Pesquera  
Submitted on: 07/31/13
I have made the recipe several times and I have no problem at all, plus, DELICIOUS!!!! Same as you can find them in DN. Thanks for the recipe.
Submitted on: 03/25/13
I did everything according to the recipe, unfortunately the doughnuts didn't rise(I used bread machine yeast) and the doughnuts tasted like sweet pretzels, we did the recipe 3 times, using different yeast, all came out the same, I had high hopes for this recipe