Raspberry Doughnuts

These fluffy raspberry doughnuts are made with enriched dough and homemade raspberry jam. A simple and delicious flavor combination.

side view of jelly doughnuts.

These doughnuts use my simple fried dough. It’s lightly enriched with two eggs and a little butter. It’s not as rich as brioche doughnuts, but it still has enough added fats to make it tender and full of flavor.

I stuff them with homemade raspberry jam. You can use store-bought raspberry jam, but I think homemade tastes more like real raspberry. I use frozen raspberries, so it’s easier on the wallet, and you can make it all year round!

You can make everything all in one day, or make the dough and the jam the day before and let the dough proof overnight in the refrigerator. Then they can be shaped and fried the next day.

halved doughnut with jelly.


  • Stand mixer. The dough is easiest to make in a stand mixer. If you don’t have one, you can knead it by hand but it’ll take some elbow grease!
  • A round cookie cutter. I cut mine in circles with a 3-inch cookie cutter.
  • A large pot and candy thermometer, or a deep-dryer. If you’re not using a deep fryer, a candy thermometer to gauge the oil temperature is helpful.

Here’s how to make them

  1. I usually start with the dough.
butter added to dough.
  1. Mix the dough ingredients except the butter into a dough – then add the butter in a few cubes at a time.
mixer with dough.
  1. Mix for around 10 minutes until strong and glossy and it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
dough rising,
  1. Add to a large bowl or container and cover to rise until doubled in size. This can also be done overnight in the fridge.
stirring raspberries in a pot.
  1. Meanwhile, start the raspberry jam on low heat first so the raspberries release their juice.
bubbling jam.
  1. Once it’s all juicy, you can turn the heat up a bit and let it simmer for around 15-20 minutes.
spoon with a streak of raspberry jam.
  1. It’s ready when you can draw a line through the jam on a metal spoon, and it doesn’t run into the middle.
spatula pushing raspberry jam through a sieve.
  1. Push the jam through a sieve to remove the seeds.
spoonful of thick raspberry jam.
  1. Then let it cool to room temperature, then chill in the fridge
risen doughnuts.
  1. Cut and rise the doughnuts.
frying doughnuts.
  1. Then deep-fry until golden brown.
hand filling a doughnut.
  1. Once the doughnuts have cooled, roll them in sugar and pipe in the raspberry jam.
bird's eye of doughnuts.
  1. They are best served the day the are made.

More filling ideas

Doughnuts like this are perfect to fill with all sorts of delicious things! Try these:

bird's eye of raspberry jam doughnuts.

Raspberry Doughnuts

Elien Lewis
These fluffy raspberry doughnuts are made with enriched dough and homemade raspberry jam.
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Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Proofing time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 292 kcal


  • 7 g instant yeast or active dried yeast
  • 25 g granulated sugar
  • 180 g whole milk lukewarm
  • 405 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 45 g unsalted butter softened

Raspberry Jam

  • 370 g raspberries fresh or frozen
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • 1-2 quarts neutral oil enough to fill the pot around 3" deep.


  • 100 g superfine sugar


  • Add the warm milk and stir in the yeast and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. If using active dry yeast, let this sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy.
  • Add the eggs, flour, and salt to the milk mixture. Turn the mixer on low speed or use your hands to combine until it forms a sticky, thick dough. Mix this dough for around 2 minutes to begin developing the gluten.
  • Add the softened butter. Turn the mixer on medium speed until the sticky dough strengthens and comes together. In the mixer, it should pull away cleanly from the sides of the bowl. Mix the dough for at least 10 minutes for the best gluten development. The dough should feel smooth, soft, and strong.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and place it into a large bowl. Cover the bowl tightly and let it proof in a warm spot until doubled in size. You can also proof the dough in the refrigerator overnight for extra flavor.

Raspberry Jam

  • In a medium saucepan over low heat combine the raspberries, sugar, lemon juice and salt. Stir while the raspberries begin to release their juices.
  • Once a lot of the liquid has been released, turn the heat up to medium and bring to a boil. Let the jam simmer for 15-20 minutes until thickened, stirring regularly. Test it's ready by dipping a metal spoon into the jam. Let it cool a bit, then run a finger through the middle. If the jam doesn't run back into itself it's ready.
  • Pour into a fine-mesh sieve and push the jam through to extract as much of it as you can, and leave behind the seeds. Take your time doing this so you get all the jam you can.
  • Pour the jam into a bowl and let it cool completely. Chill in the fridge until needed.


  • Punch down the dough and pull it from the bowl onto a lightly floured surface. If it is refrigerated, it will be stiffer.
  • Form it into a mound and lightly flour the top. Then roll it into a ½ inch/ 1.3cm thick rectangle.
  • Use a cookie cutter or jar lid to cut out round donuts about 3 inches /7.5 cm in diameter. Place each donut on parchment paper.
  • Any dough scraps can be kneaded back into a ball and rolled out again. Leave the dough scraps to rest for a few minutes before rolling out again. This allows the gluten to relax again so the dough doesn't spring back when rolled.
  • Let the donuts rest for 30-60 minutes until they are puffy. If drying out, lightly brush the tops with a little water. Use kitchen scissors to cut around each donut on the parchment paper so each donut is sitting on an individual piece of parchment.


  • When nearly ready to fry, pour the frying oil into a deep fryer or a deep pot and heat it to around 340°F / 171°C – 347°F / 175°C.
  • Carefully drop 1-2 donuts into the oil and remove the parchment paper with tongs. Fry the donuts for 2 minutes on one side, flip them, and fry for 2 minutes on the other side. Ensure the oil in the pot stays hot, but don't let it surpass 350°F / 177°C, or the donuts will burn before they can cook in the middle.
  • Remove the fried donuts with a slotted spoon and let them drain for 20-30 seconds before placing them on paper towels to abosrb any excess oil.
  • When the doughnuts have cooled, toss them in superfine sugar.
  • Fill a piping bag fitted with a round top with the raspberry jam. Make a small hole in the side of the doughnuts with a knife and pipe in the raspberry jam.


Calories: 292kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 119mgFiber: 3gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 173IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 37mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Donuts, raspberry, raspberry doughnuts
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