Bourbon Cherry Filled Doughnuts

Bourbon Cherry Filled Doughnuts.

Bourbon Cherry Filled Doughnuts

Doughnuts are my jam. As good as Krispy Kreme doughnuts are (and yes I rack up my fair share of reward points – I just admitted doughnuts are my jam so it should not be a shocker) there’s something special about homemade doughnuts. Working with dough, it’s therapeutic to me. I will never not be amazed with dough. Is it hard? No. Time consuming? Yes. Making doughnuts from scratch takes time.

That glorious dough needs time to work it glutenous magic. This is a great recipe to tackle on the weekends when you have a little more time on your hands. Or you could make the dough the night before (which I actually prefer doing) and then just fry them the following morning once they’ve had a chance to rise again. As a non morning person this is a good thing for me.

Bourbon Cherry Filled Doughnuts

This year hasn’t been the easiest for me. If I’m honest, I don’t think any from here forward will be. I’m learning to find MY new normal and I’m trying to get back to that happy place in the kitchen. Where it’s not work , but love. Some days are better than others. Some days it comes back to me without much effort, other days I struggle to want to make anything besides a sandwich. I’m hoping that making things for ME now will help. Recipes that I WANT to make. Not that I HAVE to make. These doughnuts are just that. My Mom loved jelly filled doughnuts. She’d make them with her homemade preserves and they were some of my favorite. I don’t have any more of her preserves left. But I do have my memories and I’m holding onto those life a life jacket. So I’ve taken what I grew up loving and I’ve put a twist on it, because she raised a spirited and strong willed girl who just can’t help herself.

I’ve used my homemade DIY VANILLA SPICED BOURBON with cherry preserves to create the filling. It gives it a little pep and I can use all the pep in my step I can get right now. We’ve also used our DIY VANILLA EXTRACT. Keeping this homemade theme going here. It’s a great time of year to make a new batch with the holidays coming up. You’ll be using it more than ever.

Bourbon Cherry Filled Doughnuts

Now back to the dough. The thing about dough is it lets you know what it needs – you just have to pay attention to it. Too sticky? Needs more flour. A little at a time until it gets to the right consistency. Don’t want to be heavy handed here or overwork the dough.

When you’re ready to fry them, start out with just one. Frying can be a little tricky and the first one never comes out just right (at least for me). So instead of ruining multiple doughnuts and crying because I won’t get to eat all my hard work, I check the temperature and adjust if necessary.

If you don’t have piping bags and decorating tips. No worries. You don’t HAVE to any fancy equipment to fill these beauties. You can absolutely use your finger to make the hole (I find it easier actually), place the filling into a zip lock bag and just snip the tip off. Use what you have, it’s my motto.





Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit


Bourbon Cherry Filled Doughnuts

Bourbon Cherry Filled Doughnuts


  • 1 packet avice dry yeast
  • 3-4 cups all purpose flour - divided
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk - warm
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice - pulp free
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter - cubed
  • 8 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cherry preserves
  • 3-4 tablespoons DIY VANILLA SPICED BOURBON
  • powdered sugar - for dusting


  1. Into bowl of your stand mixer combine: yeast, 1 tablespoon flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, t tablespoon warm water. Let sit until yeast begins to foam. Approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk in: eggs, milk, orange peel, orange juice, salt, vanilla, 2 cups flour and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Mix on low speed with dough hook until combined.
  3. Add butter, 1 piece at a time mixing well between additions. Gradually add remaining 2 cups flour. NOTE: you may not need all of it. Mix until dough is soft, smooth and shiny. Continue kneading until no longer sticky. Approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Remove dough from bowl. Spray bowl with non-stick cooking spray. Return dough to bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel. Allow dough to rise until doubled in size. Approximately 1 hour.
  5. Roll dough onto a lightly floured clean surface until 3/4" thick. Using a round cutter (or a juice glass) cut our rounds of dough twisting cutter to release dough. Re-roll scraps and continue.
  6. Transfer rounds of dough to a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover with kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled in size . Approximately 45 minutes.
  7. Into a large heavy bottom pan heat oil over medium heat until it reaches 340 degrees. Working in batches fry dough until golden. Flip during frying to cook evenly on both sides. Transfer to a paper towel lined baking sheet to cool.
  8. Place cherry preserves and bourbon into blender. Pulse until smooth. Transfer filling to a piping bag.
  9. Using a pastry tip, gently poke a hole into the middle of each doughnut. Fill with cherry filling.
  10. Dust each with powdered sugar.


  1. 1

    Paula, I’m so sorry to hear that things have been tough this year, but you have the right attitude and doing things that make you happy, like making these amazing doughnuts, is the best way to get through it. Sending hugs your way!

  2. 2

    I love these! So decadent and I love that your getting back to what makes you happy, it takes time, and each day slowly gets a little better. Hugs and much love.

  3. 3
    Julie /

    These look amazing! How many donut holes will this recipe make?

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