Homemade Crullers

Homemade Crullers My little 3 year old has started playing guessing games with us. She gives us clues and we guess. I gave you an example on Facebook yesterday so here are a few more:

What is purple and green with a tail?

What is pink with a funny tail?
A Pig.

What is white with spots and a tail?
A Cow.

Who is bald?

Who is nice and my Mommy?

We’re working on expanding this game beyond family members, things related to halloween, singing dinosaurs and animals. So far, we’ve had a 7% success rate. I’ll keep you posted on her progress. :)

Anyways, I have a precisely 4 doughnut recipes on my blog. 3-Ingredients Nutella Doughnuts {as easy as they sound}, Red Velvet Coconut Doughnuts {crazy good}, S’more Doughnuts {have mercy}, Cranberry Orange Cake Doughnuts {addicting little devils}.

Today, I’m adding a 5th and it’s a doozie. Friends, meet my Homemade Crullers. Is it Crew-ler or crul-lur? Informal poll.

Fresh doughnuts right out of the grease and glaze are basically what makes my world go round. Gord and I going to voodoo doughnuts was like a spiritual experience. Doughnuts are holy, holy things in this house. Always have been; always will be. So when my sissy-pants came for a visit {that’s sister for all your normal folk}, we were planning on eating our body weights worth in Boston Cream Doughnuts and Maple Bacon Bars at voodoo. Well, at some point before leaving, we decided it would be better to make our own, so here lies our decision on your computer screen. Sweet, crispy, tender, hot out of the grease Crullers. These are so not the typical doughnut {yeast-risen} but are so delicious in their own way. If you’ve never had a cruller, go get you one. You’ll thank me later.

The thing I happen to love about these doughnuts is you can have the entire batch done in about an hour! No down time waiting. SCORE. The time thing is what REALLY made me fall in love with these little buggers. You mean I can shove 14 of these into my mouth in an hour instead of 3? SOLD!

So without further ado, lets make some crullers:
Crullers 1 Start by boiling some water and butter together in a pot.

Crullers 2 Once it boils, stir in some flour and salt.

Crullers 3 Stir vigorously until a dough comes together. Remove from the heat and cool a few minutes.

Crullers 4 Now we’re going to stir in these eggs one at a time until a thinner, smooth batter comes together.

Crullers 5 Something like this is good. If it’s hard to pipe, that means it’s too thick and you should stir in another egg.

Crullers 6 Pipe the batter into circles onto some parchment paper and place into the freezer.

Crullers 7 While those are freezing, stir together your glaze and start heating your vegetable oil.

Crullers 8 You want your glaze thick but still a little runny. I tried to show you a middle ground with this photo. I realize that this photo probably tells you nothing about the glaze viscosity so……you’re welcome.

Crullers 9 Once your oil is hot and you can peel your frozen crullers off the parchment paper in one piece, give those babies a hot bath! You want the oil somewhere between 325 and 350 degrees, so these little guys can get crispy and delightful. I don’t use a thermometer cause I’m a rebel like that but you can know your oil is hot enough when you drop a cruller in and bubbles sizzle around it and floats. All in all, these should be done after a minute and at max 2 minutes.

Crullers 10 Once they’re lovely and golden on both sides, remove to paper towels to drain.

Crullers 11 And then dunk into some glaze.

Crullers 12 OR if you’re sassy, dip them into some lemon glaze. OH YEAH. Those were the bomb.

Actually, they all were the bomb. I had approximately 42 of these before I stopped myself and dropped the rest off to my husband at work. Hallelujah for hungry coworkers.

Here’s the printable:

Have a great Wednesday!

Homemade Crullers

Yield: 24 small


1/2 cup butter
1 cup water
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
vegetable oil, for frying

for the glaze--
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract {optional}


Bring butter and water to boil in a small pot. Once mixture comes to boil, stir in flour and salt until combined. Remove from heat and cool 3 minutes. Crack eggs into a small bowl. Mix eggs into warm mixture one by one until completely batter is completely smooth. Transfer to piping bag with large fluted tip and pipe into circles on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Place into freezer for 30 minutes. Pour vegetable oil into large pot with high sides so there's at least 3 inches of grease. Heat oil to be between 325-350 degrees. While oil is heating, stir all ingredients together for glaze until smooth and runny...but not too runny! Drop frozen crullers one by one into hot oil and fry about 1 minute per side or until lightly golden. Remove to paper towel to drain and then immediately coat in glaze. Place onto cooling rack to let excess glaze drip off. After 40 minutes or so, the glaze should harden onto the crullers. Best served warm, immediately out of the glaze.

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64 Responses to “Homemade Crullers”

  1. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — August 29, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I could totally go for about a dozen of these right now! Yummy!!


  2. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — August 29, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Yum! these look incredible! your daughter is SOOOO cute!


  3. #
    Blog is the New Black — August 29, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Wow. Wowwwwww.


  4. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 29, 2012 at 4:25 am

    wow! never realized this was so easy. and we are SO going to voodoo when me and megs come down! yes?! yes.


  5. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 29, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Wow – I’ve never even heard of a donut called a cruller but now I want to make them!


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    Cookbook Queen — August 29, 2012 at 5:56 am

    These are my husband’s FAVORITE donuts…I definitely have to make them for him!! (Probably on a day that I need him to hang pictures for me or lift heavy stuff)


  7. #
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — August 29, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Oh wow. I could probably get rid of a dozen of these right this second. Love homemade donuts like no other!


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    Emily @ A Very Sweet Life — August 29, 2012 at 6:24 am

    Those sound fantastic! I can’t wait to give them a try (even though I try to stay away from making fried foods at home!). I also can’t wait to check out those other 4 doughnut recipes you have. YUM!


  9. #
    Stacy — August 29, 2012 at 7:06 am

    These look so good, I haven’t had the nerve to make homemade doughnuts yet. I’m afraid I might actually eat them all!


  10. #
    Fredi — August 29, 2012 at 7:28 am

    These look so good–I loooooooove crullers! Is it possible to bake these? I avoid frying since I have poor ventilation and it makes all my stuff smell disgusting.


  11. #
    Julia — August 29, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I would have failed the quiz on the first question. I applaud her 7% success.
    OK, and these donuts, wow, incredible!


  12. #
    Charlene — August 29, 2012 at 8:31 am

    My husband who worked at a bakery said they are ‘crew-L-ers’ just in case you were wondering for future purposes! :) This is totally heavenly looking! I am making some right now! Thanks for sharing!


  13. #
    Rebecca — August 29, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Ok, yeah, these are going on the must make list.


  14. #
    Stephanie — August 29, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Crullers are my mom’s favorites! I’ve got to show her this recipe. =)


  15. #
    JulieD — August 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

    These look amazing!!


  16. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — August 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    These seem so easy for how fancy they look! And I will take lemon glaze any day of the week, thankyou.


  17. #
    Marge Burkell — August 29, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    OMG these sound so yummy! Any idea if they would work with an alternative flour? Like say almond flour? While they sound so good I am afraid, like you, I would want to eat and eat and eat some more! Not good on a low-carb diet! LOL!


    • Lauren — August 30th, 2012 @ 6:09 am

      Never tried it….give it a whirl and let me know!


  18. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — August 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    I am too afraid to fry anything in hot oil on the stove, as I am scared the oil will splash all over … does this happen to you?

    I was going to make your red velvet donuts yesterday (for the 4th or 5th time) and had all the dry ingredients in the bowl and then went to find my donut pan and it is gone!? I threw a little fit and searched my house high and low, and still can’t find it. Now I guess I have to buy a new one – weird hey!?


    • Christine Hansen — February 19th, 2014 @ 11:10 am

      I use a deep frying pan and these didn’t splash or splatter at all.


  19. #
    Jen — August 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I didn’t need to know they were *that* easy to make… Crullers are my Achilles heel in the donut world!


  20. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — August 29, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Definitely Crew-lers. That glaze step just makes them so ridiculously irresistible.


  21. #
    Cathy @ Noble Pig — August 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Died andgone to heaven…mama mia.


  22. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I could eat these at alarming speeds right now. Love it!


  23. #
    Rina — August 30, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I want these right now for breakfast! What a great recipe.


  24. #
    Erin — August 30, 2012 at 4:05 am

    These look perfect and delicate and beautiful!


  25. #
    Kristen — August 30, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Oh those are so awesome – and on my to make list ASAP!


  26. #
    Melissa // the faux martha — August 30, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Those are beauties Lauren! (who is nice :)


  27. #
    Carla @ Carla's Confections — August 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I can’t get over how easy these look and I can just imagine how good they are! Can’t wait to try some :)


  28. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    My all time favorite donut!! I can’t freaking wait to make these!


  29. #
    Megan — August 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I always pronounce it as “crul-lers” as opposed to “crew-llers”. Either way, they are delicious!! hahaI can’t get enough of dounts, so keep the recipes coming! Thanks!!


  30. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — August 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Well, who knew I needed a Cruller? I guess you did 😉


  31. #
    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — August 30, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Mouth is watering!


  32. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — August 31, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    These look awesome! I’ve never been a huge doughnut eater, but I love them when I make them at home!


  33. #
    Elizabeth - SugarHero! — September 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    These look RIDICULOUS–in the best way! I need to figure out a way to justify making and eating these, ASAP. Gorgeous!


  34. #
    Cath — December 26, 2012 at 3:42 am

    My crullers never looked as pretty as yours. :(
    Now I’m jealous. How can a mommy of an adorable 3 year old who seems busier than a single woman who’s employer is herself make a BETTER looking and perhaps BETTER tasting crullers like this?

    Oh well, I have the year ahead to try this out! Love your photos!


  35. #
    Ann GG — February 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Made these this weekend and OH MY GOSH! totally amazing. The kids and hubby were gobbling them up as fast as they could be made. Wonderful recipe, thanks for sharing :)


  36. #
    Heather @ French Press — February 13, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    oh beach body be damned, I need a cruller


  37. #
    Thinkdammit — February 16, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Oh yum!!!!


  38. #
    Rebecca — February 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    same recipe for churros, just roll them in cinnamon sugar right out of the fryer.


  39. #
    Rj Miller — February 17, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    What did you use to squeeze it out of?


    • Lauren — February 18th, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

      1M Wilton pastry tip + bag.


  40. #
    Christine Hansen — February 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I made the dough last night and left them shaped in the freezer until morning where I just had to pop them in the oil to fry them. SOOOOO YUMMY!!!!!!! I love that this uses a lot of eggs because we have chickens and have lots of extra eggs most of the time.


  41. #
    Ellysheva — February 21, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Please send me your newsletters. Thanks


  42. #
    Star — February 23, 2014 at 12:06 am

    They sound super, but I would like a baked donut recipe, please…don’t like to fry. Thanks!


  43. #
    Joann — March 10, 2014 at 5:56 am

    I made these this morning using Better Batter (a gluten free flour mix). They are HEAVENLY! I also did not have lemon extract but I did have maple extract! They really were easy and wonderful to make and I made them gluten free so I had a special treat!! Thanks for the recipe!


  44. #
    Lisa — June 5, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Can I bake instead deep fry?


  45. #
    Sabah — June 6, 2014 at 3:23 am

    This looks great. What can be used to replace eggs?


  46. #
    Tracy — June 28, 2014 at 6:22 am

    What did you use to pipe them into rings? Regular frosting bag or a cookie press? They look great! Love your site and follow your pins!


    • Tracy — June 28th, 2014 @ 6:23 am

      Sorry just back tracked nd saw my answer. Thanks


  47. #
    heidi @ a week from thursday — September 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Crullers are my favorite and I’ve never thought of making them at home. But yum! I’ll have to try these. Thanks for sharing.


  48. #
    Maheen Zafar — September 9, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Yummy recipe good job thanks 4shareing this.stay blessed


  49. #
    Marce — September 10, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    We also call these yummers,, tractor wheels,, I worked front of a Tim Horton’s, a little guy(4.5/5 years old) comes in and shly asked for ‘doughnut like a tractor wheel ‘


  50. #
    Farah.F — September 16, 2014 at 8:07 am

    OMG these look divine. I need to try these asap. Thanks a bunch.



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