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