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These easy ricotta doughnuts are soft and tender and require 0 rising time!

Ricotta Doughnuts on Taste and Tell

Photos Updated Sept. 2014

My husband is really funny about gifts. If he gives me something as a gift, he wants to make sure that it is used – and used often. Several years ago, he gave me a pair of silk pajamas for Christmas. They are very nice, but there are a few problems. First of all, I can only wear them in the winter, because they are long pants and long sleeves, so they are much too hot in the summer. And since they are silk, if I don’t have freshly shaven legs, they just are not comfortable – sticking to my legs like crazy. But the biggest reason I don’t wear them often is because usually when I get home from work, I change out of my work clothes. This usually means putting on my “comfy” clothes – an old t-shirt and a pair of cotton pants or shorts. And that is usually what I end up sleeping in. But I can’t very well wear these silk pajamas around all evening. It’s just not do-able. So call me lazy, but they don’t get worn very often. And I’m reminded about it quite often by my husband. It usually comes in the form of “you don’t like the gift I got you, do you?” I then have to reassure him that yes, I do like them, but I don’t wear them often because of this and this and this. He usually doesn’t believe me.

So in the last couple of years, I’ve gotten smarter, and I make sure to regularly use whatever gifts he has given me. (And I make sure he notices whenever I do!!) One weekend, I was going through the fridge and realized I had some ricotta that was getting close to it’s expiration date. Then I see my deep-fryer that my husband gave me for Christmas last year, and I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to use one of my husband’s wonderful gifts.

Ricotta Doughnuts in Cinnamon Sugar

Do you remember back when Peabody and Helen held their “Time to Make the Doughnuts” event? I made some yeast doughnuts, but I had mentioned in my post that there was a ricotta doughnut that I wanted to make, but my husband’s vote of the yeast doughnuts won out. Well, this time, it was my choice. And I think I made the right choice, because not only were these doughnuts easier, but they were soooo delicious.

Seriously, as long as you are ok with frying, these will be the easiest doughnuts you will ever make. It takes literally minutes to mix everything together. No waiting for raising or shaping – these are ready to go before your oil is even hot enough to start the frying. And I was really pleasantly surprised at the texture of the doughnuts. I didn’t really know what to expect, but they were light and fluffy on the inside. Some of the best doughnuts I have ever had, much less made myself!!

Now I know that as long as I continue to turn out delights like these, my husband won’t complain that the fryer is not getting used!!

Easy Ricotta Doughnuts in Cinnamon Sugar

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Ricotta Doughnuts
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These easy ricotta doughnuts are soft and tender and require 0 rising time!
Serves: 16-24 doughnuts, depending on the size.
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • 2½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Heat a large pot of neutral cooking oil (such as vegetable or canola) over medium heat until it registers 350ยบF.
  2. While the oil is heating, stir together the eggs, ½ cup sugar and ricotta cheese until mostly smooth. Add in the flour and vanilla and stir just until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Using a small ice cream scoop, drop the batter into the hot oil, about 1 tablespoon of batter each. Fry until golden brown and cooked though. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate for a few minutes, then transfer to the bowl with the cinnamon sugar. Toss the doughnuts in the cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat. Continue to cook the doughnuts in batches until all of the batter has been used.

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44 Responses to Ricotta Doughnuts

  1. Liz says:

    They look delicious!

  2. Melanie says:

    Since I happen to LOVE fried doughnuts, I will be trying these soon!

  3. Mandy says:

    Deborah, the doughnuts look really delicious! You make me want to buy a deep flyer..:p

  4. Katie B. says:

    Yum! I love ricotta-based treats! Your donuts look delicious!

  5. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Those doughnuts must be gorgeously fluffy and smooth! A real treat!



  6. glamah16 says:

    Oh yumm. I need to do something about my night time wardrobe amd try to look more elegant. But I love my t shirts and sweats. My CS knows any kitchen gifts will beused over and over.

  7. Tartelette says:

    I work in either chefs pants or workout pants depending on the day:I do not know what “regular” clothes are anymore!!
    On a other more important note, these donuts were the first one I spotted in that book! Glad they turned as perfect as these!

  8. PheMom says:

    ROFL about the silk pjs – I have had that exact same conversation with my husband too! He has learned now though (after 10 years I guess) to just find out exactly what is on my wishlist and let me get that.

    These doughnuts look awesome!

  9. Dawn says:

    I am so making those, very soon. I would love to stuff a little bit of raspberry jam inside those bad boys too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Brilynn says:

    A deep fryer is on my list of ‘wants’… even though I certainly down’t need one…

  11. Paula says:

    I want one with powdered sugar please!

  12. Susan says:

    These are adorable. They remind me of zeppoli.

  13. Becky says:

    how cute!! i don’t have a deep fryer though. bummer.

  14. Gigi says:

    These look really good. I do love a good doughnut. Great pics!

  15. Katerina says:

    One more reason I need a deep fryer. I just can’t decide whether it would be the worst idea ever to buy a deep fryer or the BEST.

  16. Colloquial Cook says:

    Wow look at those ricotta babies! I bet they taste fabulous.

  17. Emiline says:

    Oh, man! I’ve been so hungy for doughnuts lately. These look so good. AND I love ricotta.

    I have to wear a bowtie and suspenders at work (ha ha- I know), so I can’t wait to change when I get home. Cotton shorts and T-shirts are my friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Peabody says:

    Oh my, I am soooo loving these!!! I love fried anything as you know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Sylvie says:

    I’m sat here drooling! They look and sound wonderful.

  20. noble pig says:

    ounds like the perfect reason to pull out the deep fryer to me!

  21. Katie says:

    oh yum these look and sound amazing

  22. Grace says:

    computer-free days are super challenging but such a good idea. ๐Ÿ™‚ also a good idea–ricotta doughnuts. and doughnuts in general. good stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. April says:

    These doughnuts look delish! I love this book that the recipe came from too. Do you think that these doughnuts would be fillable?

  24. Kristen says:

    Oh delicious!
    And my hubby gave me a pair of silk pj’s a few years back too, and I have the exact same issues. They just aren’t very practical!

  25. Kate says:

    These remind me of beignets – but the recipe looks so much easier to deal with! I’m going to file these away for a tasty, lazy weekend brunch attempt. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Whooooaaaaa those looks soooo naughty! I could so go for one right now! Anything with ricotta is good for me!!!

  27. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I’m not afraid of frying at all – most Brazilians aren’t. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love the idea of making doughnuts with ricotta. And you made me laugh with the pajama story – my husband does things like these sometimes. And the worst thing is that he tells me I really wanted that gift. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. kamailesfood says:

    These sound easy to make and look delicious!

  29. Kevin says:

    I like the sound of ricotta doughnuts and they look great!

  30. The Downtown Boutique says:

    Oh yummy! I have NO problem with frying! You could tell too, if you saw me. Anyway, these remind me of some Ollie Bollens that my mom always made at Christmas time. I would LOVE to try these too!


  31. Zooey53 says:

    These look incredible. I’ll have to have some people over….

  32. bakingblonde says:

    These remind me of my grandma’s recipe that I used to eat by the dozens when I was little! YUM!

  33. Shandy says:

    These doughnuts look delicious and I can’t believe the recipe is so fast to put together! With it being summertime, what a great idea for a dessert treat =D

  34. Jenny says:

    Mmmm, who could ever pass up one of these beauties! They look great!

  35. KJ says:

    Wow these look great. I can almost imagine how they must taste – delicious!!

  36. Dhanggit says:

    oh deborah the title alone is enough to make me salivate!! i cant wait to taste this doughnuts, i’ll bookmark it ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Ann says:

    Your donuts (we’d call them zeppole here in NYC) look perfect!

  38. Elle says:

    What a great idea! They look fantastic, Deborah!

  39. Elle says:

    Delish donuts..too bad frying is off my list of things for right now…but good that you used your hubbies’ gift. Tell him to buy you jewelry…it can be used often ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. eatme_delicious says:

    Excellent use of your husband’s gift! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The doughnuts look great. I can imagine how tender and moist the ricotta makes them.

  41. Craft Fairy says:

    You’ve convinced me. I’m going to make them too.

  42. Kerri says:

    i made these with a pot of hot oil, and was very unsuccessful. i think a deep fryer is definitely a better option! thanks for the recipe, though, i’ll have to try it again when i have a deep fryer!

  43. Bozรณt says:

    Hi. Just found your blog in the blogosphere by chance ๐Ÿ™‚

    These donuts are a big surprise to me, as the same recipe with grits(cream of wheat, etc) substituted for flour and the balls boiled in water and rolled in roasted breadcrumbs, is a typical Hungarian dish!

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