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No Knead Drop Doughnuts

Batterway Drop Doughnuts
Easy, no knead bite-sized fried yeast doughnuts.
Yield 4 dozen doughnut holes



  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 cup water (110-115°F)
  • 3/4 cup milk (110-115°F)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Granulated sugar for coating


  • In a stand mixer bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water; let sit 5 minutes. Add warm milk, sugar, salt, shortening and spices. Using a paddle attachment, mix to combine. Add 1 1/2 cups flour and eggs. Beat 2 minutes medium speed until smooth. Add the remaining the flour; mix until smooth, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Scrape down batter from sides of bowl. Cover. Let rise in warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
    (For hand mixing: following above steps, mix ingredients in large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or dough whisk.)
  • In heavy pot, fill with 2 inches of vegetable oil; heat to 350-375°F. Use a candy thermometer to check temperature.
  • Beat down raised batter in about 25 strokes. Drop batter from teaspoon or small cookie scoop into hot oil (see note). Using a slotted spoon, flip doughnuts when edges show color, frying until golden brown, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Set on paper towel to drain. Roll in sugar while still warm.


When scooping doughnuts into fryer, keep hands moist with water, or spray hands with baking pan spray to help prevent dough from sticking to hands. If using a cookie scoop, dip scoop in water before scooping dough.
Keep temperature at 350°- 375°F. Too hot fat forms crust before doughnuts cook through; too cool fat means doughnuts will soak up fat.
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Review & Comments

Deena Stutts | Reply

Do you have a cake donut with the above ingredients minus the yeast? I had one when I was a young bride but it was lost in one of many military moves. Thank you’ Deena

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Deena,
All our recipes use yeast, as we are a yeast company :). Give these a try, I know you’ll love them!

Happy baking!

Evie Bee | Reply

Can I use butter instead of shortening in the dropway donuts…?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Evie,
Yes, you can use butter in place of shortening.

Happy baking!

Jasmine Knight | Reply

If you use the quick yeast, do you eliminate the water?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Jasmine,
You will need all of the liquids listed in the recipe. Just add the water with the milk, mix your yeast in with 1/2 of the flour and follow the rest of the recipe as written.
I hope you will find this information helpful.
Happy baking!

Ramon | Reply

With the popularity of Air”Fryers”, is there any way to modify this recipe to work with one?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Ramon,
I have not used an Air Fryer. Give it a try and let us know how they turn out!

Happy baking (or air-frying)!

noraffezan | Reply

5 stars
I really Loved to make bread and doughnut from REDSTARYEAST

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