Drunk Driver Donuts

This recipe was created as a sort of homage to my sister who works as a police officer in Orange County, California. Her job is truly a public service, and I thought, what better gift to surprise her with than donuts!

We named them Drunk Driver Donuts after she had a particularly tough night arresting a drunk driver and needed some cheering up. You can find out more about driving driving and law enforcement, or you can continue reading and check out this week’s featured recipe: Drunk Driver Donuts.

Drunk Driver Donuts Recipe


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large room temperature egg
  • 2 tbsp water
  •                                                          2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup warm whole milk (110°)
  • 1 tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (½ cup is for dusting)
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 10 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp unsalted, melted butter


Step 1. Mix 2 teaspoons of sugar, your milk, and yeast. Let sit for approximately 10 minutes until foaming. Whisk your water, egg, and vanilla in a separate mixing bowl while your first mixture sits. 

Step 2. Combine the rest of your sugar, nutmeg, salt, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, in a mixer. Mix on low while slowly adding your yeast mixture, egg mixture, and melted butter until fully combined.

Step 3. Switch the speed on your mixer to medium and beat the mixture until it becomes a ball of dough. This may take as much as thirty minutes, depending on the strength of your mixer. 

Step 4. Butter the inside of a large bowl and place your dough inside. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 

Step 5. In the morning, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then coat it with your non-stick cooking spray.

Step 6. Place a small amount of flour on a hard surface in your kitchen and take out your ball of donut dough. Knead and roll your dough until it is ¼ inch thick. Using a round cutter, first cut out the rounds of the donuts and then, using a smaller round cutter, cut out the donut holes. 

Step 7. Place your cut donuts on your prepared baking sheet and cover with a second piece of cooking spray-coated parchment paper. Allow your donuts to rise for one hour in a warm kitchen. 

Step 8. While rising, make your donut topping by combining ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of salt and a ½ cup of granulated sugar together in a bowl.

Step 9. Once your donut dough is ready, heat up your vegetable oil until it reaches 375°F. Before placing your donuts in the frying oil, you should line another baking sheet with parchment paper so you can lay out the finished donuts as they are done cooking.

Step 10. Slowly lower a couple of donuts into your oil at a time. You don’t want to crowd the pot. 

Step 11. Once golden brown, remove from the oil and place on your baking sheet. Let sit for two minutes before rolling in your donut topping mixture.