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
Original Salvation Army Donut
- 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