Classic Fried Desserts You Can Make at Home

Cannolis and cake donuts, anyone?


Glazed Cake Donuts

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Imagine a world in which you didn’t have to make a trip to the doughnut shop every time you craved a donut. Make that world a reality with this easy recipe. You’ll make a simple brown sugar and nutmeg-spiced dough, let it rest, then fry until golden brown. A fresh donut never tasted so good.

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Classic Cannoli

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Bring the flavors of Italy into your kitchen with these classic cannoli. They’re perfect if you’re hosting friends for the holidays—you’re sure to impress guests when you tell everyone they’re homemade. We love dipping one in pistachios and one in chocolate chips for a sweet-and-salty combo in every bite. Don’t forget to dust with powdered sugar.

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Churros with Chocolate Sauce

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Yes, you’ve likely had a cinnamon-sugar churro. But have you ever dipped a homemade churro in chocolate ganache? Well, now’s your chance. You likely have all the ingredients on hand: cinnamon, sugar, butter, salt, flour, and eggs is all you need for the churros. Plus, the chocolate sauce is made in the microwave, meaning you can whip these up on a weeknight.

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Fry Bread With Apples

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Our go-to dessert used to be cookies. But now that we’ve discovered fry bread, we’re re-thinking our priorities. We love how versatile it is: pair it with whatever ingredients are in your fridge or freezer, such as honey, maple syrup, jam, fruit, vanilla ice cream—the list goes on.

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Funnel Cake

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Thought you could only enjoy funnel cakes at the state fair or local amusement park? Think again! You can re-create the nostalgic dessert at home, and it only takes 30 minutes total. The easiest way to pipe the batter into the oil is with a squeeze bottle, but if you don’t have one, a large ziplock bag with one corner snipped off will do the trick.

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Sopapillas With Hot Honey

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Because they’re bite-sized, you can nibble on a few of these crispy, pillowy treats, which is exactly what you’ll be tempted to do. You’ll have fun rolling and cutting the dough, then watching them puff up as they fry. The spicy honey adds a kick, but if you aren’t a fan of heat, simply omit the crushed red pepper and warm up honey with a pinch or two of salt.

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