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 the first Friday in June.
Don’t just enjoy doughnuts once a year – use this as your go to list for Twin Cities Doughnut Shops year round!
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 the Minnesota Salvation Army website.
Celebrate National Doughnut Day at Local Bakeries
MINNEAPOLIS & ST PAUL BAKERIES
- Bogart’s Doughnuts | Minneapolis, 3 locales
- Cardigan Donuts | Minneapolis
- Glam Doll Donuts | Minneapolis, 2 locales
- Mojo Monkey Donuts | St Paul
- Mel-o-Glaze Bakery | Minneapolis
- PJ Murphys Bakery | St. Paul
- Sarah Jane’s Bakery | Northeast Minneapolis
- Sleepy V’s | Minneapolis
NORTH METRO BAKERIES
- Donut Hut | Little Canada
- Grandma’s Bakery | White Bear Lake, 2 locations
- Hans’ Bakery | Anoka
- Heights Bakery | Columbia Heights
SOUTH METRO BAKERIES
- Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery | Bloomington
- Granny’s Donuts | West St Paul
- Puffy Cream Donuts | Eagan
- Sunrise Doughnuts | Bloomington
EAST METRO BAKERIES
- Duck Donuts | Woodbury
WEST METRO BAKERIES
Find FREE Donuts
Our two favorite go-to local blogs for Twin Cities deals both have annual National Donut Day Day articles. Find out who is giving out FREE and cheap donuts from Twin Cities Frugal Mom and Thrifty Minnesota.
Celebrate National Doughnut Day by Making Doughnuts
- Doughnut tin or 2
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 egg large, at room temp
- ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 Tb unsalted butter melted
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1-2 Tb buttermilk
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Sprinkles, if desired
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a doughnut pan with non-stick spray.
To make the doughnuts:
Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Set aside. Whisk the egg, brown sugar, milk, and yogurt together until smooth. Add the butter and vanilla, whisking until fully combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix. The batter will be pretty thick.
You may spoon the batter directly into the doughnut rings. For an even easier way to get them in the pans, spoon the batter into a large zipped-top bag, cut a corner off the bottom of the bag and pipe the batter into each doughnut ring, fill about ¾ full.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow to cool for about one minute and tip onto a wire rack set on a large baking sheet or waxed paper (this is to catch the icing drips)!. Bake the remaining doughnut batter. Let doughnuts to cool down until you can handle them.
Ice the doughnuts:
In a small bowl, mix confectioners sugar, buttermilk, vanilla and salt until smooth (add more or less buttermilk/sugar to make a nice smooth icing), Dip the doughnuts in the icing, and place back on the rack and sprinkle with sprinkles. Let set. Leftovers keep covered tightly at room temperature for up to 2 days.
More Twin Cities Treats:
- FFTC’s Guide to the Best Ice Cream Shops in the Twin Cities
- Cozy Up and Play at These Kid-Friendly Twin Cities Coffee Shops/Cafes
- 8 Twin Cities Chocolate and Candy Shops To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
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