Celebrate National Doughnut Day, June 5, 2020

National Doughnut Day is a real thing! And we may as well enjoy every bite of it. We’ve rounded up a collection of our favorite independent donut shops and bakeries throughout the Twin Cities – many of which are offering sweet specials – including FREE DONUTS! – on Friday, June 5, 2020. You don’t have to wait until next year to enjoy doughnuts – use this as your go to list for Twin Cities Doughnut Shops year round!. Or, this is great time for Ice Cream!

History of National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day actually started with the Salvation Army. During World War I, Salvation Army’s Doughnut Lassies, nicknamed “Donut Girls,” made fresh complimentary donuts for the American soldiers in France. They served them daily from a hut that would draw the homesick and hungry soldiers. In these huts, they also provided a clothes-mending service and writing supplies and stamps.  To honor these brave women, the Salvation Army created National Donut Day on the 1st Friday of June.

The first National Donut Day was a fundraiser during the Great Depression. Since then, it’s become a way to honor soldiers and the Donut Girls who served them. You can learn more about the story at Donutland, a pop-up art event at Rosedale Mall June 7-9.

Celebrate National Doughnut Day with specials at our Favorite Bakeries

Minneapolis & St Paul

Bogart’s Doughnuts, Minneapolis, 3 locales

Cardigan Donuts, Minneapolis

Glam Doll Donuts, Minneapolis, 2 locales
Special: First 100 customers get a free donut Friday, June 7

Mojo Monkey Donuts | St Paul
Special: FREE donuts for the first 300 customers Friday, June 7. Shop opens at 6am. Plus $1 bottomless coffee everyday!

Mel-o-Glaze Bakery, Minneapolis

PJ Murphys Bakery, St. Paul
Special: 75¢ glazed ring donuts while supplies last, doors open 6am.

Sarah Jane’s Bakery, Northeast Minneapolis

Sleepy V’s, Minneapolis
Special: 1/2 off Mini Donut Lattes on Friday, June 7. Doors open at 7am.

North Metro

Donut Hut, Little Canada
Special: Kids get a free donut Friday, June 7

Grandma’s Bakery | White Bear Lake, 2 locations

Hans’ Bakery, Anoka

Heights Bakery, Columbia Heights

South Metro

Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery, Bloomington
Special: Get a free Raised Glazed Donut with every purchase Friday, June 7

Granny’s Donuts, West St Paul

Puffy Cream Donuts, Eagan

Sunrise Doughnuts, Bloomington

East Metro

Duck Donuts, Woodbury
Special: Sweet Summer Beach Bash Friday, June 7 – get a free classic donut

West Metro

YoYo Donuts & Coffee Bar, Minnetonka
Special: One free single donut Friday, June 7

Valley Pastries, Golden Valley

More FREE Donuts

Grab 1 FREE donut per person at Twin Cities Walmart locations & at Twin Cities Dunkin’ Donuts locations with a beverage purchase.

Big doughnut on a table

Celebrate National Doughnut Day by Making Doughnuts

Original Salvation Army Donut

Keyword: doughnut
Author: Salvation Army


  • 5 C flour
  • 2 C sugar
  • 5 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ‘saltspoon’ salt 1/4 tsp.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 C milk
  • 1 tub lard



  • Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.
  • Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out donut circles, be creative. Salvation Army Donut Girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)
  • Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the donuts gradually. Turn the donuts slowly several times.
  • When browned, remove donuts and allow excess fat to drip off.
  • Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.
  • Yield: 4 dozen donuts


Yield: 4 dozen donuts

Check out more National Donut Day Day articles by Twin Cities Frugal Mom and Thrifty Minnesota.

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