National Doughnut Day!

It’s National Doughnut Day. Today is one of my favorite “made up days”. National Bacon Day (12/30) come to a close second. Doughnut shops all over the states are giving away free doughnuts today. Krispy Kreme, Duck Doughnuts, and Dunkin Doughnut just to name a few. 

Speaking of Krispy Kreme. I must say, “I have NOT had a Krispy Kreme Doughnut since 2015”. That was 50 lbs ago! They are my most favorite doughnuts of all and therefore I have to stay away from them. Me going into a doughnut shop is like an alcoholic going into a liquor store. It doesn’t end pretty. 

My daughter got me a doughnut pan for Christmas. It was something I had been wanting. I have not made any “real” doughnuts yet but I have made some using muffin mix, cornbread mix and.....[Drum Roll 🥁🥁🥁].... Pancake mix! Yes! 

Just whip up a batch of your favorite pancake mix and pour into a doughnut pan. Then bake at 325 degrees for 15minutes. 
Wahhhlaaaah. Simple right??? 
Perfect for a light breakfast or snack as they are baked instead of fried.

I had fun mixing up the toppings. I did a couple with chocolate frosting, sprinkles, powder sugar and cinnamon. For breakfast, I’m going to have one of these sweet bites with a side of a scrabbled eggs and a cup of coffee.

I remember momma used to make mini doughnuts and we would eat them before they could hit the plate. They were so good. I may have to borrow her doughnut recipe soon. I just need to take it easy or I will ruin my diet. 

Do you know where National Doughnut Day comes from? Well here are a few interesting facts about this special day.
  • The Salvation Army established National Doughnut Day in 1938
  • to raise money for people in need during the Depression.
  • It always falls on the first Friday in June.
  • The first National Donut Day was in Chicago in 1938.
  • Doughnut Day was also to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I.
  • These women were called "donut lassies"
  • American soldiers returned home with the nickname "dough boys"
  • Journalist are guided to spell it "Doughnuts" not "Donuts"
  • The original doughnut did not have a hole in the middle. They just used a nut shape of dough
  • that's where the word "nut" comes from. The dough resembled a walnut.
  • Doughnut holes are actually a reverse back to what a doughnut started out as.
  • They started putting a hole in doughnuts because the middles stayed soggy.



  1. Very cool fun facts on this "sweet" day and LOVE your recipe for making them at home!! So easy and who knew!!? Enjoy you beautiful babe!! I'm off to get a free one at our local Grocery which has the BEST bakery!

  2. Oh yummy !! I have never seen a pan like that. It would be perfect for my granddaughter Ema. She would enjoy making her own donuts at 14 years of age. :):) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  3. Wow such interesting facts!! I seriously never knew there was a national day for donuts and If I did I would just think it was a hoax haha but there you have it, you made it legit for me. I'm so glad I don't care for donuts because your pictures make them look really tasty. My down fall is dark chocolate, I can't even take a taste with out spiraling down into the dark chocolate hole.
    Have a nice weekend!!!

  4. Didn't know it was doughnut day. I just might have to walk back to the bakery in town and get one.

  5. Well, aren’t you ever so clever using a doughnut pan and pancake mix? I love how you think outside the box!
    Louis Dean has a weakness for doughnuts........

  6. What a great idea with the pancake mix! I'll have to try it. Thanks :)

  7. I don't have a doughnut pan. Do you think a muffin tin would work?

    1. I have seen where people use a ball of aluminum foil in the center of each muffin to create a hole and it looked good. I tried that once and it was not pretty.

  8. I am obviously outvoted but I am not a doughnut fan. Or bacon. Glad you could find alteratives which better suit your diet though.

  9. Thanks for the history lesson. I didn't even know there was a national donut day. Many years ago there was a doughnut factory in Dallas called Alex's. They were every bit as good as KK's, but evidently the owners did not know how to expand.
    But today KK is tops, and it has been months since we have had one. But then the 'funny thing is' one doughnut costs more than the fifty cents Alex sold a dozen for. But that is inflation for you. I made 75 cents an hour then. hahahaha

  10. The doughnuts you made look delicious. I'm still trying to find a good doughnut recipe that doesn't contain anything in it I'm allergic to!

    1. Thanks. For the record, they were not so good the next morning. Haha. I need to break down and use a real doughnut recipe.