Cream Filled Doughnuts

Cream Filled Doughnuts

The Spruce / Yana Karin

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Rising Time: 75 mins
Total: 2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 36 servings

These cream-filled doughnuts are what coffee break dreams are made of. They are soft pillows with a super easy cream filling. The yeast doughnuts are deep-fried to perfection and then the filling is piped inside for a delightful treat. 

For a bit of a shortcut, use instant vanilla pudding. Feel free to fill them with homemade vanilla pudding or homemade pastry cream. Rich chocolate pudding or thick jam would be excellent in the doughnuts as well. Or fill half with one filling and half with another for some variety.

Ingredients

  • For the Doughnuts:
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 6 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (approximately)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Optional: confectioners' sugar (for topping)
  • For the Filling:
  • 4 cups cold milk
  • 2 packages instant pudding (3.4 ounces each)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cream Filled Doughnuts ingredients

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  2. Scald 1 1/2 cups milk in a medium saucepan. Stir in the granulated sugar, salt, and butter. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.

    Scald milk in a saucepan, and stir in granulated sugar, salt, and butter

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  3. Measure the warm water into a large mixing bowl; sprinkle the yeast over the water, and then stir the mixture gently until the yeast has dissolved.

    sprinkle yeast over the water in a bowl

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  4. Add the eggs and half of the flour and beat until smooth.

    Add the eggs and flour to the yeast and beat until smooth

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  5. Stir in the lemon zest and remaining flour to make a soft dough; mix well.

    dough in a bowl

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  6. Turn the dough out onto the floured surface and knead for about 8 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.

    dough on a floured surface

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  7. Place in a buttered bowl, turning to grease all sides. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place, free from drafts, for about 45 minutes, until doubled in bulk.

    dough in a bowl covered with plastic

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  8. Punch the dough down and turn out onto the lightly floured surface. Divide it in half.

    punch the dough in the bowl

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  9. Roll out half into a large round about 1/2 inch thick.

    roll out dough

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  10. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter with the center section removed so that it's a whole circle (or use a biscuit cutter).

    donuts cut out of dough with a donut cutter

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  11. Place the doughnuts on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining half of the dough. Cover with a lightweight kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes.

    donut dough pieces on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

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  12. Heat oil in a deep, heavy, large pan until 365 F. Once the dough has risen, fry the doughnuts, several at a time, until golden brown, turning once to brown both sides.

    donuts frying in oil

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  13. Drain on paper towels and repeat with the remaining dough. Cool the doughnuts thoroughly before filling.

    donuts frying in oil, donuts on paper towels

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  14. While the doughnuts are cooling, pour the cold milk into a deep bowl. Add the pudding mix and beat until well blended and thick, about 1 minute. Refrigerate for at least 5 to 10 minutes.

    cold milk and pudding mix in a bowl

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  15. Spoon the pudding into a pastry tube with wide nozzle and pipe it into the cooled doughnuts.

    pipe cream into doughnuts

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  16. Sift confectioners' sugar over the filled doughnuts. Keep them refrigerated until serving time and store leftovers in the refrigerator.

    Cream Filled Doughnuts with powdered sugar on top

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Tips

  • Lukewarm should feel slightly warm on your wrist, or about 100 F.
  • Pick your choice of filling from the vanilla pudding that's in this recipe to jams, chocolate pudding or whatever you'd like for a filling.