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Molasses Doughnuts

Yield about 2 1/2 dozen


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 5 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Combine egg and sugar in a large mixing bowl; beat well. Add molasses, buttermilk, and butter; mix well.

  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices. Add to molasses mixture, blending well. Cover dough, and chill at least 1 hour.

  3. Divide dough in half. Working with one portion at a time, place dough on a floured surface; roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured doughnut cutter.

  4. Heat 3 to 4 inches of oil to 375°; drop in 3 or 4 doughnuts at a time. Cook 1 minute or until golden brown; turn and cook other side. Drain on paper towels. Repeat cutting and frying procedures with remaining dough.

  5. Combine sugar and cinnamon; stir well. Roll doughnuts in cinnamon mixture until coated, if desired.

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