Nutella-Filled Donuts {A Cindy + Megan Adventure}

by Megan on January 16, 2012

Cindy totally came over this weekend. I’m just so glad she moved to Michigan. We have tons in common.

For example, below is how these donuts came to be:

C: Maybe we should make something Saturday.
M: Sure! What’s something we both want?
C: I always want everything.
M: Me too.
C: Maybe we should fry something?
M: I’m looking at a donut recipe right now.

So there you go.

These donuts are divas. The dough chills in the fridge for hours and it takes awhile to rise since there’s so much butter in them, but can I just tell you that all those hours are worth it? While these were were rising on the counter Cindy and I went to Paper-Source and Anthropologie. It turns out that buying valentine paper, a dress, beer, and pickles is just the amount of time it takes for these to rise.

So whip this dough up at night! And fry them up with a friend after shopping together. It’s a bonding experience. For realz.

P.S. These donuts aren’t the only thing we fried up over the weekend.

Check out Cindy’s post here!

Nutella Filled Donuts
Recipe from Buns in my Oven via Erica’s Sweet Tooth


  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm, not hot, milk
  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 t salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 7 T butter, at room temperature
  • canola oil for frying
  • Nutella for filling
special equipment –
  • candy thermometer
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a wooden spoon, a large bowl, and some muscle, combine the yeast and milk and allow to dissolve for a minute. Add 3 1/2 cups of the flour, 1/3 cup of the sugar, salt, and eggs and mix on low for about 4 minutes until the dough comes together.
  2. Add the butter, one tablespoon at a time, and continue mixing for 5-6 minutes. Sprinkle with up to 1/2 cup more flour and knead into the dough a bit until it’s more manageable instead of super-buttery. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (6-15 hours).
  3. After the dough has chilled, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a sprinkling of  flour. Sprinkle a clean surface with some more flour and roll the dough out until about 1/2″ thick. Cut out using a 2″ biscuit cutter to cut out the donuts. Place on the prepared baking sheet and cut out the rest of the donuts, using all the dough.
  4. Cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place to rise for 2-3 hours or until puffy and about doubled in height.
  5. When ready to fry, heat 3″ of oil in a large pot to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with layers of paper towel and place the remaining 2/3 cup of sugar in a small bowl.
  6. Add the donuts to the hot oil, being careful not to crowd the donuts. Fry on each side for about 3 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Remove donuts with tongs and transfer to the paper towel lined baking sheet. When cool enough to handle, toss in sugar to coat and return to tray to cool completely.
  8. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip with Nutella. Poke a hole in each donut with a chopstick and fill with the Nutella.
Oh! These would be super-good filled with homemade jam or made into donut holes and dunked into Nutella or jam.
Thanks for the socks, Cindy! You’re right, they totally match my phone.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy January 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

we totally already ate the rest of those donuts! donut teamwork is the best kind of teamwork!


Megan January 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Yes! These donuts totally make up for the donut we left at that tavern… 🙂


Robyn {Planet Byn} January 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

you guys are awesome. i would drive from toronto to michigan to hang out and fry things with you! p.s. do you know if there’s a trader joe’s close to the detroit/windsor border?


Megan January 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Robyn! That’d be so fun! We should plan a meet-up.

And I don’t think there are any Trader Joe’s right by the border. There’s one in Royal Oak, and that’s the one I go to, but that’s not super close to Detroit.


Kimberly January 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Friends who fry things together are friends for life!

Robyn should drive to Michigan for Trader Joes! It’s reminiscent of the times I had to drive to Canada for Ikea when we didn’t have one in Michigan.


Robyn {Planet Byn} January 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm

ummm it’s my dream in life to go to trader joe’s and smuggle groceries across the border!!! i think i’m gonna do it in the spring!


Megan January 17, 2012 at 11:15 am

True that, Kimberly! Best Fry Friends (BFF).

And totally! Do it Robyn! If you do, send me a message and we can get lunch or something.


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen January 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I just clicked over from Cindy’s blog to tell you how crazy delicious these look! Frying is probably my least favorite thing to do in the kitchen (I always manage to pop myself with oil and make a huge mess) but I think I need to get over it and make some homemade donuts!


Megan January 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Thanks, Maggie! Frying is totally tricky, but man-0-man, donuts are totally worth the oil-drama.


NicoleD January 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I still don’t have the guts to fry things, but fresh donuts are the only thing that will change my mind! And Nutella? Sold!


Megan January 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

Oh, I have total confidence that you can fry things, and well, I can’t stop thinking about your Bleu Cheese Tomato Soup… I think I’m going to need to make it this weekend. <3


beti January 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm

thank god you decided to make them like this, the nutella filling is simply delicious


Megan January 18, 2012 at 11:45 am

Thank god for real! I miss these donuts already…


Olivia January 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

This is fabulous for my nutella obsession. you guys sound so fun!


Megan January 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

I don’t understand anyone who’s not obsessed with Nutella. And thanks! It’s totally fun to fry things with friends. 🙂


Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life January 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

These look divine!!!

Just found your blog via Spoon Fork Bacon and I must say it’s pretty fab.


Megan January 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm

<3 Thanks, Heather!


Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen January 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Whoa these look delicious. I’m digging the socks, too.


Megan January 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Thanks, girl! I wish I had 87 pairs of these socks, for realz.


Ashley January 18, 2012 at 10:49 pm

As odd as it sounds coming from a formerly 300-pound person, I’ve never fried anything.

I am so in love with all of your photos! Ahh! You have the best eye for styling.


Megan January 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm



loui January 19, 2012 at 12:11 am

Hi Megan,it’s the first time I leave a comment and you all seem to be worth it!!The doughnuts,the blog and of course the writer!I ”met” your blog through ”the hungry girl por vida’s” post with these-can’t describe their amazingness- doughnuts!!
I have one question though,just to know,could they also be prepared in the oven??


loui January 19, 2012 at 5:57 am

*the first time commenting on a blog generally.. 🙂


Megan January 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Whoa! I’m so lucky to have you comment on mine! Thanks!

And these guys could maybe be baked, but I’ve never done it so I’m not 100% sure how it’d turn out. You could give it a shot, and bake them at 350F for 15-20 minutes…or here’s a link to a recipe of totally for real bake-able donuts:

You could just roll them in sugar and dunk them in nutella if you were totally hungry for it. <3


louiza January 21, 2012 at 4:52 am

Actually I’m lucky I found your blog!!Thanks for answering and for answering so quickly..!I’ll try to do both recipes as they are 🙂
Megan congrats for your creativity and talent..Each and every one of your posts is beautiful and tasty.!Thank you once more for the time 🙂


Nik February 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

You girls rock. Simply, awesomely.


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