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Easy Homemade Jelly-Filled Doughnuts

Easy Homemade Jelly-Filled Donuts | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

In case you happened to miss National Doughnut Day last week, have no fear: National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day is here!

While we’re sure that the celebration of this sugar-dusted, sweet-injected confection is simply a marketing ploy for us to consume more doughnuts, what can we say? We’re taking the bait…er…bite!

Out of the 10 million doughnuts consumed by Americans every year, one of the most popular ones is the jelly-filled doughnut, oftentimes called a Bismark. But if you’re not American, you might know this fried treat by a different name: They’re known as Berliners in Germany and Central Europe, Pfannkuchen in Berlin, Krapfen in Italy, and Fanks in Hungary. 

While we’re totally nostalgic for fresh, hot doughnuts—jelly-filled or otherwise—from some of our favorite classic doughnut chains like Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Tim Horton’s, we decided to try our hand at frying up some of our own in honor of National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day.

National Jelly-Filled Donut Day | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

And we have to say, with a recipe as quick and easy and fun as this one—one that guarantees a perfect sugar rush in a matter of minutes, we’ll happily whip these up not just today, but any day.


Easy Homemade Jelly Filled Doughnuts


  • 1 can of large refrigerated biscuits (non-flaky type)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • Powdered sugar
  • Strawberry or raspberry jelly (or whatever kind you prefer!)


  1. Over medium high heat, heat a large bottomed pot with ½ inch of oil.
  2. Fry a few doughnuts at a time for about 1 to 2 minutes, then flip over. Fry both sides till golden brown.
  3. Scoop jelly into a pastry bag or baster and insert tip into the side of the doughnut. Squeeze a small amount of jelly into the center of each.
  4. Pour powdered sugar into a bowl and dip all sides of each doughnut into the powdered sugar.
  5. Enjoy! 🙂


And if you’re in the mood for a different kind of jelly-filled treat, you might want to check out Oreo’s newest flavor, Jelly Donut. The cookie was a runner-up in last year’s Oreo Vote program, which pitted Oreo flavors against each other in a head-to-head tournament. Though the flavor lost to Cookies and Creme, fans loved it so much that Oreo decided to sell it anyway. You can grab a pack at your local Wal-Mart for a limited time.


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22 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Jelly-Filled Doughnuts

  1. Yummy! Kind of nostalgia and sadness, because it was my granny who made the best donuts. Now she is seriously ill and although I tried many times to make donuts according to her recipe, they haven´t been as good as hers!

  2. Wow, these really do look easy and I think my kids would like trying different kinds of fillings. Might be a fun summer morning project!

  3. Donuts!!!! These look totally mouthwatering! I wish I had this recipe for National Donut Day but I think I will continue to celebrate donuts with this fabulous recipe! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. These look delicious! Now, I’m going to have to grab a donut in the morning to tide me over until I can make these lol.

  5. Jelly donuts are my favorite!!! I have never tried my own version at home but I really need to! I’m thinking raspberry jelly will be absolutely delicious!

  6. O-M-G yes!!! I always grab the jelly ones, who doesn’t like that little explosion of fruit jelly when biting into the softness of a donut?? Yum yum! And I love how easy they are to make, this could be dangerous…

  7. OH YUM! This looks great. I never thought to use biscuit dough for donuts. I’m vegan and that can be hard to make but looks really worth the try. I love jelly donuts more than I should.

  8. I almost didn’t want to read this, because if my husband knows I can make these, he’s going to want them, haha. But they’re so easy! So I know I’ll be trying them out.

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