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Lemon Pistachio Donuts

Chopped Pistachios add a salty crunch to these decadent cake donuts. Perfect for a weekend breakfast!
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 Donuts


  • 2 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Grapefruit or Orange Juice
  • 2 tsp Lemon Zest
  • 2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • Canola Oil for frying
  • 2 Cups Pistachios Roasted & salted finely chopped

Lemon Glaze

  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter melted
  • 2 1/2 Cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon or orange juice
  • 3 tbsp. hot water plus more as needed
  • 1 tsp lemon zest



  1. For the Donuts:
  2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt
  3. In a stand mixer or large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until creamy and pale. Add half the flour mixture and beat until just mixed.
  4. Add the milk, zest, melted butter, vanilla and almond extract and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the rest of the flour mixture, and mix until just combined and dough is soft.
  6. Cover and refrigerate the dough until firm, 30 minutes to an hour.
  7. Line a large baking sheet with parchments paper & lightly spray with cooking spray.
  8. In a large pot, heat at least 2 inches of oil over med-high heat until oil reaches 360 deg F.
  9. On a generously floured surface, roll out the dough into a 10 inch circle, and cut out donuts using a circle cutter. Using a smaller circle, cut out the donut holes.
  10. Carefully lower 2-5 donuts or holes into the hot oil. Cook on one side for 1 1/2 minutes then flip and cook one more minute. Once golden brown, remove and drain on paper towels.
  11. Once all of your donuts are cooked and cooled, glaze with the lemon glaze and top with chopped pistachios.
  12. Enjoy immediately.

For the Glaze:

  1. Ina large bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Add more water as needed, until desired consistency is achieved.
  2. Glaze donuts and top with pistachios.