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Old Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake Donuts

Old Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake Donuts

There’s nothing better than a cup of coffee and a good old-fashioned donut. Except if you add lemon to them. I usually have a lemon-themed dinner party in the summer, where I can showcase my lemon-covered tablecloth, homemade lemonade, lemon chicken, and of course these best-tasting old-fashioned lemon pound cake donuts.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 6 people


  • cups white sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp unsalted softened butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • cups sour cream
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 cups Bisquick


  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • ½ cup lemon juice



  • In a medium-size mixing bowl, mix three cups of confectioner’s sugar and one-half teaspoon of lemon zest together. Stir in one-half cup of lemon juice as needed until you reach a glaze-like consistency.Set aside until you are ready to use.
  • I prefer to use a stand mixer for this recipe. I find it easier to mix in the five cups of Bisquick.
  • In the bowl of your mixer, add one and one-quarter cups of white sugar, six large egg yolks, two tablespoons of unsalted butter, and one tablespoon of lemon zest. Mix for approximately three minutes or until well combined.
  • Add one and one-half cups of sour cream mixing again for another three minutes.
  • In a separate bowl sift together one tablespoon of baking powder, one teaspoon of salt, and five cups of Bisquick.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix on slow until incorporated. Do not over-mix.
  • Refrigerate the dough in a parchment-lined covered bowl for at least one hour.
  • Lay the dough on a lightly floured surface using Bisquick. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin, dusting the dough with Bisquick as needed. Roll out to a thickness of approximately one-half inch.
  • Use a round cutter to cut the donut shapes and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Heat frying oil to 340 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lower the donuts into the oil, cooking until each side becomes golden brown. This usually takes one and a half to two minutes for each side.
  • Remove the donuts from the oil and let cool on a paper towel.
  • While the donuts are warm, dip the tops into the glaze.
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