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Celebration Ideas and Fun Facts for National Donut Day

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Liza is a homemaker. She has an obsession with coffee and loves photography, baking, cooking, and writing.

National Donut Day is on November 5th. How will you celebrate?

National Donut Day is on November 5th. How will you celebrate?

Recently, I was baking some autumn-themed treats while binge-watching The Great British Bake Off. During the episode, the contestants had to complete a donut-making challenge, which reminded me that National Donut Day (celebrated annually on November 5th) was right around the corner.

Donuts are one of my favorite things (which is only fitting, as coffee is my absolute favorite thing, and the two go together like . . . well, donuts and coffee). I've made donuts countless times, but no matter how often I do, I never seem to get tired of them.

So in the scrumptious spirit of National Donut Day, I decided to put together this article, which includes celebration ideas, inspiration photos, a recipe, and even some donut-related trivia.

In This Article

  • How to Celebrate National Donut Day
  • A Gallery of Scrumptious Donuts
  • Fun Facts About Donuts
  • How To Say "Donut" in Different Languages
  • Raspberry Jam-Filled Donut Recipe and Photo Tutorial

How to Celebrate National Donut Day

There are many ways to celebrate this sugary snack, the easiest of which is probably to pick up already-made donuts at Dunkin', Krispy Kreme, Daylight, or your favorite local bakery. If you're feeling diligent, however, you can also make them at home and share them with friends and family (I've included my raspberry jam-filled donut recipe toward the end of this article below).

More Celebration Ideas for November 5th

  • Make donuts at home with your kids.
  • Support your local bakery by buying donuts and giving them to friends and family.
  • Buy a dozen donuts to deliver to first responders, a nursing station, or your favorite charity.
  • Take advantage of discounts and sales at your favorite donut shop or online.
  • Take a picture of a donut you made or purchased and post it on social media with the hashtag #nationaldonutday.
  • Enjoy a delicious donut with a cup of coffee, a latte, or a cappuccino.

Fun Facts About Donuts

  • There seem to be two National Donut Days in the U.S. The first is celebrated on June 4th, while the second takes place on November 5th.
  • In the U.S. alone, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year.
  • The Guinness World Record for donut eating is held by John Haight, who consumed 29 donuts in just over 6 minutes. Pretty impressive!
  • Doughnut or donut—which is the correct spelling? “Doughnut” is proper, but “donut” is acceptable. If you look in older dictionaries, you’ll only find “doughnut.” However, the Merriam-Webster dictionary now lists “donut” as a variant of “doughnut.”
  • January 12th is National Glazed Doughnut Day.
  • Donuts became popular in the United States during World War I. Volunteers served them to U.S. soldiers while they were fighting on the front lines, and many returned home with a taste for them.
  • The most expensive donut in the world was made by Krispy Kreme and sold for more than $1,000. It was filled with Dom Pérignon Champagne jelly and sprinkled with 24-carat gold leaf and edible diamonds. That's one very expensive dessert!
  • Hanson Gregory, an American, claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847 aboard a lime-trading ship when he was 16 years old.

How to Say "Donut" in Different Languages

  • Malay/Indonesian: Donat
  • Italian: Ciambella
  • German: Krapfen
  • French: Donut
  • Japanese: Dōnatsu (ドーナツ)
  • Dutch: Donut
  • Spanish: Rosquilla
  • Portuguese: Rosquinha
  • Korean: Doneos (도넛)
  • Arabic: Aldawnat (الدونات)
  • Afrikaans: Oliebol
  • Hungrian: Fánk
  • Slovenian: Krof

Raspberry Jam-Filled Donut Recipe

I bake all the time, so I've made many different donut varieties over the years, but for National Donut Day, I decided to go with a classic—raspberry jam-filled. Below, you'll find ingredients, instructions, and a photo gallery to help you follow along. Happy baking!


For the yeast mixture:

  • 1/2 cup lukewarm whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

For the dough:

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar for coating

For the filling:

  • 1 cup raspberry jam or any other jam you would like

Note: You can also use this recipe to make a regular donut such as original glaze.


  1. In a pitcher, combine the warm milk with sugar and active dry yeast. Stir lightly, and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes or until it's foamy. Set aside. This is your yeast mixture.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, butter, egg, salt, and sugar. Whisk the ingredients until they are combined.
  3. Add the yeast mixture into the flour mixture. Start to combine the mixture using your hands.
  4. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and continue kneading with your hands for another 10 minutes or until it smooth. Add a tablespoon of flour if the dough is sticky on your hands.
  5. Transfer the dough into a greased bowl and cover with cling wrap. Let it rest for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to your preferred thickness. Shape the donuts using a donut cutter.
  7. Let them rest for 30 minutes before frying. Fry for about 3 minutes on each side or until they puff and turn golden brown. Take the donuts out and place them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  8. Using a drinking straw, pierce a small hole in the side of each doughnut.
  9. Place confectioners’ sugar and/or some cinnamon sugar, if desired, into a plate. Add donuts, a few at a time, and toss until coated evenly.
  10. Fill a piping bag or resealable plastic bag (with the corner snipped off) with jam. Squeeze a small bit of jam into each donut.
  11. Enjoy the raspberry jam-filled donuts while they are still warm with a cup of coffee or tea.

© 2020 Liza


Liza (author) from USA on November 06, 2020:

My mother has the same issue. She has never been brave to make donut but other traditional Malay desserts and snacks. However, should you try to make one, I hope the recipe that I shared would work for you! Thanks for reading, Liz.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 06, 2020:

Donuts have always been a popular treat in our house. I have never been brave enough to try to make my own, but your recipe might be just the prompt that I need to have a go.

Liza (author) from USA on November 04, 2020:

I was amazed by the facts about donut too. I got the info from watching The Great British Baking Off (the earliest season). Donut such a scrummy sweet snack that I enjoy eating so much! I might have to work out the next day like crazy after eating them though, :) Thanks for sharing your little story about your mom's donut, Peggy.

Liza (author) from USA on November 04, 2020:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Linda. I know! I wonder how that donut tastes like!

Liza (author) from USA on November 04, 2020:

Thanks for commenting, Abby. Yes, I wish to taste a bit of that expensive donut!

Abby Slutsky from America on November 04, 2020:

This was interesting, especially your info on the most expensive donut. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 04, 2020:

Your recipe looks delicious, as always. I enjoyed reading the facts about donuts. Paying $1,000 for one is amazing!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2020:

I remember when my mother used to make donuts. We kids always liked eating the donut holes. (Smile) Thanks for all of this information about donuts, including the information about the soldiers in WWI.

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