Italian Doughnuts

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
about 18 doughnuts
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

Pour equal parts of vegetable oil and olive oil into a large frying pan to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat the oil over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/2-inch thickness. Using a floured 2-inch cookie cutter, cut out doughnut rounds. Using a floured 1-inch cookie cutter, cut out a hole in the center of each doughnut. Gather the dough scraps and re-roll to cut out more doughnuts.

Whisk the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl to blend. Set the cinnamon-sugar aside.

When the oil is hot, working in batches, fry the doughnuts until they puff but are still pale, about 45 seconds per side. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the doughnuts to paper towels to drain. Cool slightly. While the doughnuts are still warm, add to the bowl with cinnamon-sugar and generously coat each 2 times with the cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm.

Alternately, cool the fried doughnuts to room temperature. Stir 3 ounces milk chocolate and 1/4 cup whipping cream in a heavy small saucepan over medium-low heat until the chocolate melts. Set aside until the chocolate sauce comes to room temperature but does not set. Dip 1 side of each doughnut into the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with finely chopped toasted almonds or crushed espresso beans and set aside until the chocolate is set.


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Pizza dough was on sale today at our grocery store for 49 cents a lb. I thought it was a good day to try this recipe. The quality of the donut was light and slightly crispy/chewy. They are very good and were gone in a few minutes. I made a glaze for mine out of confectioners sugar and dipped the warm donuts into the glaze. Next time I may try chocolate iced.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used Trader Joe's pizza dough as well and took these to a New Years celebration. They were all gone in 5 minutes. I will be making them again and again. I used cinnamon and sugar, but next time I may try chocolate. Brilliant and easy recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The cinnamon sugar donuts were a hit! I didn't have the cut outs so I just rolled them into mini doughnut balls and enjoyed them at movie night with the hubby. Thanks Giada for making it easy for the cooking challenged person. (smile) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used Trader Joe's prepared whole wheat pizza dough, I rolled it out to a 1/2 inch and it worked. I used mostly canola, corn, safflower and olive oil. I didn't want to use all of my olive oil but I'm going to save the oil and I will use it again in a couple of days. They were delicious. I didn't bother with the confectioners sugar and chocolate glaze but that will be for next time. I kind of burned myself dropping the holes in. I plan to transport them tomorrow, I noticed by other reviewers that they don't keep well so I suppose I will try them in the morning to see how they held up overnight. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made these today i didnt have any pizza dough so i made my own by following another recipe for doughnuts. After i cooked them they seemed pretty good. But i did notice that the center wasnt cooked, but most likely that was my fault..but like another reviewer said after they cool and you want seconds they are extremly too tough. They sure wasnt like any reg, doughnuts not light and ect. The cinnamon-sugar did compliment the doughnuts not lie.. i might give this another go with some pre-made pizza dough and see how that turns out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made my own pizza dough using a recipe on Fleishman's website. Let it rise the hour using quick active yeast, then I rolled them out and cut them with a glass and then used a melon baller to make the hole in the center. At first I rolled them too thin and they were not very good to handle, then I just kneeded the dough again and rolled them out thicker and they were just great at that point. The frying was easy and I used Crisco. My husband di d the frying part and the cinnamon & sugar part, and I cut them and put them in the shortening. They were so yummy. We can't wait to try them with the chocolate and espresso bean topping and the almonds too. Another great recipe from Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you don't like pizza dough try canned biscuit dough. They make great fried doughnuts everytime. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make and tasty, but....extremely chewy and they get more so the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Giadas donuts are the best cinnamon donuts ever. The cinnamon sugarpowder compliments the home- made donuts perfectly.They are indescrible!!!!DELISIOS!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never knew you could make doughnuts out of pizza dough! That was a lot of fun and easy. Be careful not to make your dough rounds too thick or it will NOT come out light and airy as its supposed to. You must eat them right away as leaving them sitting for a few hours makes them harden up and not tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They came out pretty good, I like the idea of prepared pizza dough, it makes if far much quicker. Thanks for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like a lot of Giadas recipes and am always cooking. But when I made these, I found the pizza dough to be too elastic. I had trouble rolling it out, it kept stretching back. They were o.k. when they were still warm, but don't dare try to save them. After they are cool, too hard to bite (my kids even said so, they had trouble biting them) I also made the chocolate glaze thats with the recipe, which never set. What a mess. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this Sunday night when everyone was craving something sweet. I had recently purchased pizza dough from the grocery store and used that to make the doughnuts. They were so easy to make and everyone loved them. The kids helped me cut them out and put them in a paper bag with powedered sugar and shook them. It was nice to be able to get the kids involved! Thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a few friends, never have tried it before and blew everyone away. They keep asking when I am making it again. I has surprised how easy it was and it definately a show stopper. Easy and delicious.. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw the show and wanted to make them that same day. It was easy fast and my 7 year old helped me cut and frost them so not only was it good it was fun to make and eat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were so easy to make and fun to do with the kids. Will make again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for my husband! It was trial and error at first because my thermometer broke so I just had to throw a few pieces of dough in before I got the oil just right. I did the cinnamon and sugar for my doughnut holes and the chocolate glaze for the regular. It's not something I would do on a normal basis but a great recipe to hang on to. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My girls and I tried this recipe, with disappointing results. I adore glazed raised doughnuts, but making the dough from scratch is just a little much for me. I loved the simplicity of the pizza dough idea, but the doughnuts turned out extremely heavy and dense. I did use a frying thermometer, so I know that oil temperature wasn't a factor. They did not puff up nearly as much as Giada's did, and since the dough had very little sweetness of its own, they still tasted salty, even with the sugar, chocolate ganache, or glaze. It is possible that the fresh dough I bought at the grocery store just wasn't quite right. I think I will try again with a different pizza dough, or maybe even Bridgeford bread dough - it might make them lighter in texture. I still love Giada, and appreciate her efforts to bring wonderful Italian-American inspired foods to American tables. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These little doughnuts were so simple and delicious! Everyone who ate them, loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great dessert for my nieces and nephew to make once we finished dinner and with all the varieties of toppings they had a ball. item not reviewed by moderator and published
GREAT DISH IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BUY YOUR OWN DOUGHNUTS item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very moist and had a great flavor. They were easy to make as well...just make sure you don't have the oil too hot or you will burn the outside and the inside will still be doughy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
very easy and good item not reviewed by moderator and published
You may as well just make twice as much as you need. Our plate didn't even make it til supper. These light little gems were simple and rewarding. Giada to the rescue! item not reviewed by moderator and published
excelente!! delicioso, and very easy to make. I've always made doughnuts by separating biscuit dough that comes in a roll, this dough is much much better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
made them with my daughter last nite and everyone loved them item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are just like home made doughnuts. They are just so good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I ran right out to get the dough - for my teen to enjoy preparing in the kitchen item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a "cook off" my sister and I had. Let's just say I won the contest thanks to these great donuts... :) They almost taste like churros. My only advice is make extra! item not reviewed by moderator and published
thank you giada u are great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
perfect and alot of fun item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick and easy...delicious. My 13 year old son made this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The doughnuts were soft on the out side and lightly crispy which i like. item not reviewed by moderator and published
SOUNDS/LOOKS TASTY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family went crazy over these doughnuts.Easy to make, great to eat and NO leftovers. I also dipped these doughnuts in choclate, my hubby loved them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think it's easier to just roll the dough into "holes," a la Dunkin Donuts Munchkins. So good! I made a glaze from confectioner's sugar, a bit of milk and a bit of almond extract. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so simple, delicious and fun! It's quick as the dough I buy only takes 5 minutes to rise and it's economical at only 39 cents a box. It is terrific for kids! Every time my daughter has a sleepover or my nephews spend the night we make doughnuts and the kids love it!! We have tried variations such as adding a little cocoa powder to the mix for chocolate donuts. I've also added some vanilla and/or almond extract for extra flavor. We melt chocolate chips for dipping and then sprinkle with crushed nuts, cake sprinkles and/or cookie sugars, too. It is a huge hit with the kids and adults both! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We used frozen bread dough and made these into big doughnuts and holes. came out great! very easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cooked this recipe twice per special request from my family. Chocolate covered is my favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delicious and easy. I used a pizza dough mix that I only had to add water to. I'm sure that each time I make these it will be easier and they will be yummier. My kitchen was a mess after I was finished, but it was my first time ever cooking with grease. Next time will be much smoother and cleaner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No one in my family liked the flavor of the doughnuts fried in Olive Oil, even though I mixed half-half with vegetable oil. If I make again, it will be without Olive Oil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i like this recipe. it is very good. after fowlloing these directions to make the italian doughnuts it has tasted very enjoyable! thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to do. Taste great. Teens can make them after school. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was stupendous!My kids and i loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love your recepi item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellant taste great i like them better than dunkin donuts... i spread a light layer of frosting on them and sprinkled jimmies on them all kinds and flavors. my grandchildren love them... item not reviewed by moderator and published
They are the best I have ever that I have tasted item not reviewed by moderator and published
These Doughnuts were sooooooo good. OH MY GOSH!!!!!!! They are so sweet and soft. It melts in your mouth. My son and i LOVE them. We have made them twice. And look forward to making them many more times. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, easy to make recipe. Need to be careful not to overcook. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This receipe was easy and fun. My nieces--6 and 4 years old--rolled the dough, cut into doughnut shapes, and added the cinnamon sugar. I only fried the donuts. We were enjoying donuts within 30 minutes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these doughnuts b/c they looked so easy and tasty and the great reviews. They were easy, but I didn't care for them at all. Neither did my parents. I just don't think the pizza dough worked at all. I was disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had used refrigerator biscuits to make dougnuts with before but not the pizza dough. These were excellent, but the pizza dough was so elastic that it is a little more difficult to work with than the refirgerator bisuicts, but I did like the way they cooked up. Much lighter than I expected. We used all three toppings, the cinnamon sugar, the powdered sugar and the chocolate topping. All were wonderful! Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the easiest food i ever made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i like home-made italian doughnuts. they are sweet & gooey. they remind me of being back in italy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first snack I tried to make and loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was GREAT item not reviewed by moderator and published
Making them was an absolute cinch! They cook in under 30 seconds and are unbelievably delicious. I'd recommend this recipe to anyone who is new to cooking and willing to start with Jump. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a very good to have the kids do because they could decrote the top of them however they would like. Like sprinkles and maybe some hot cholate or some whit chocolate. It is also very easy to make because all you need is some pizza dough and you can get that at the store or you can go to your favorite pizza shop and ask them for some pizza and if you are lucky they will give it to you but the would mean that you would have to pay for it. So enjoy it and be creative. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love cooking shows and collecting cookbooks. However, I do not like to cook as much as I have the interest in cooking. I like recipes that are simple, quick, has ingredients that I always have and tastes great. This recipe has all of the above. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! I imagine the quality of the doughnuts depends upon the quality of the pizza dough you buy. We bought the cheap Pillsbury type, and with that, it was still excellent. So I can only imagine how great they would be with a better dough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was going to use Pillsbury Italian breadstick dough (shame on me!), but was out. I was REALLY CRAVING the doughnuts... so I used the Grands can that I had. I just cut a circle out in the middle (they're already round, skip the rolling & cutting work!), and fried them in the deep fryer. They turned out great!!!! I will have to try it with pizza dough next... I was skeptical when I saw it, but they're fun and easy... way better than trekking over to the donut shop in pjs and bed head! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't know any other words. The recipe was simple and easy (like all fo Giada's recipes). It was just... amazing!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are one-of-the-best recipes I've tried from foodnetwork.com. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is the best doughnuts ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I buy a really good pizza dough at my neighborhood's italian market when I don't have time to make my own. I had some leftover and decided to make these for my family...they were eating them as I was frying and sugaring!!! I couldn't keep up with them, they loved them. Thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so delicious that we could not stop eating them. I used different cookie cutter shapes such as stars and hearts and they looked adorible. I loved that they didn't taste oily. Giada you are wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I say this show I just wanted to jump into the TV and eat them! They looked wonderful! When I made them the came out perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this show. I made these donuts the other day and my family loved it. I made them again, but instead of the sugar and chocolate, I made an Amaretto glaze, and a Rum glaze. It made the donuts so moist and tasty. I just melted butter and sugar together for 5mins, then I put it in 2 bowls. In one i added the amaretto and the other I added the Rum. I also used the mascaporne frosting and they were awesome. Another thing i tried was making them with out the donut holes and i made a simple custard from jello pudding to fill the donuts. They were awesome. If you want to the recipe give me a shout. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These came out so amazing. Everyone in my family loved them!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty darn good and FAST for a quicky! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy...so delicious...a huge hit!!! I added some sprinkles to my chocolate holes, nice chocolate on chocolate combo. You have to try this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS IS A WONDERFUL AND VERY EASY RECIPE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. PRISCILLA item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW!! How simple and absoulutely DELICIOUS these were!! I have always made my own pizza dough (my family loves this!) and this is what I did this morning and what a huge hit these donuts were at our Sunday breakfast! Who needs Dunkin Donuts with this recipe!! :) I saved half of the pizza dough to try Giada's "Pizzettes with Gorgonzola, Tomatoes & Basil" for dinner later on tonight. Thanks, Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these donuts from a package of pillsbury pizza dough. I used an avent baby bottle cap to cut my donuts and the back end of a cake decorating tip to make my little donut hole. It worked out pretty good. These cooked extremely fast. They are great served immediately after being sugared. I did not make the chocolate dipping sauce since the cinnamon and sugar sounded best for my taste. The dinut holes tossed in confectioner's sugar were also great. Martha Stewart made the little holes splrinkles with powdered sugar a few years ago on her show and they were way more complex than this recipe and never made her version. Store-bought pizza dough was just better suited for me. Highly recommended. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy to make and so awesome! My family ate them up like crazy. I just used the cinnamon sugar but next time I think I am going to go all out and decorate them with chocolate, nuts, sprinkles, etc. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have cookie cutters, so I just cut the dough into rough squares. They tasted delicious and were so simple! I will definately keep this in mind when I have company over and need something stress-free, but very tasty! I also used my leftover dough to make rolls to go w/ the meal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very easy & fun to make. The only problem, you need to eat these doughnuts as soon as they are done frying otherwise; they become very chewy. Still makes a very good fried doughnut... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought it was sinnful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
fast and easy !! great tasting item not reviewed by moderator and published
Making these easy donuts sure are a real time saver, (not like making typical donuts & using yeast, waiting for the dough to rise, etc.etc!).. I HIGHLY reccomend this recipe, for anyone who wants to make delicious donuts, in a snap. I melted some peanut butter and chocolate together for icing on the donuts, my family loved it.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
SOOOOOO wonderful...light, easy and oh so good! also great topped with softened nutella! I made homemade pizza dough because I love making yeast breads, but it also works fine with store bought dough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pizza dough doesn't work for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so easy it's ridiculous. The kids loved them. They are much better when they are warm, so eat quick!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Theese doughnuts are a fun to make fun to eat delight! item not reviewed by moderator and published
GREAT EASY FUN item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of the most easy recipes by Giada! The whole thing takes about ten minutes and the doughnuts come out tasting wonderful! Try this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was going to give this a 3-star, but then decided because of the toppings, to give it 4-stars. To be honest, I was looking forward to making them from scratch: flour sugar, egg, butter, etc like mia nonna taught me (but misplaced the recipe). It surprised me that she used pizza dough! But, I'll keep an open mind, & try it @ least once! :) I got to get back & try translating a recipe for Italian doughnuts in nonna's cookbooks she gave me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent and easy and looks great. A go for it idea item not reviewed by moderator and published

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