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No Knead Vanilla Ricotta Doughnuts Recipe

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Very easy, ready in 30 minutes, these ricotta doughnuts recipe is a must try, with vanilla glaze, pistachios and graham cracker crumbs.

How are you guys, are you ready to eat some doughnuts? I am asking because this Vanilla Ricotta Doughnuts recipe is ready in minutes, there is no crazy technique involved, the secret ingredient is the ricotta cheese, that makes these donuts rich, a little chewy and very delicious.

No Knead Vanilla Ricotta DoughnutsThese are so perfect for busy families, they are fun to make with children, and hey they are loaded with calcium from the ricotta cheese, so don’t feel that bad serving them for breakfast. You don’t even need an electric mixer for these, all you have to do is mix the ingredients in a bowl, roll, cut the doughnuts, fry and enjoy.

No Knead Vanilla Ricotta Doughnuts


My baby was invited to a picnic party, and obviously I had to make/bake something. These donut recipe is very popular in Eastern Europe and as well Italy. The ricotta cheese adds some texture, so they are not airy like the regular western donuts, they are chewy, and by the way you can’t taste the cheese, it just adds lots of texture.


I have topped the donuts with a vanilla bean icing, crushed graham crackers and grinded pistachios, the combination of flavors is irresistible, they totally melt in your mouth, and I just love how easy they are to make. They are definitely a sweet treat that can be done during the week, so busy moms take a note and save this recipe.

Traditionally in Eastern Europe these ricotta doughnuts are not topped with icing, they are served naked with sour cream and jam, so if you want to try the traditional version go ahead, I prefer mine dressed up with icing, you can add a handful of chocolate chips to the icing for a chocolate glazed doughnut. The doughnut holes were also fried and rolled in vanilla glaze, graham crackers and pistachios, for a sweet little bite.

No Knead Vanilla Ricotta DoughnutsIf you are a donut lover you have to add these bad boys to your collection, this ricotta doughnuts recipe is the perfect one to start with, its easy to follow, and you can dress up your doughnuts the way you want, if you want to go a little crazy add some mini chocolate chips to the dough, the chocolate will melt in delicious puddles of goodness, and well, chocolate makes everything better, even doughnuts!

No Knead Vanilla Ricotta Doughnuts

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30 Minutes No Knead Vanilla Ricotta Doughnuts Recipe
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Very easy, ready in 30 minutes, these ricotta doughnuts recipe is a must try, with vanilla glaze, pistachios and graham cracker crumbs.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 10
  • For the Doughnuts:
  • 1 lb ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour, plus extra for the working surface
  • 3 vanilla beans, cut in half and seeds removed
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • For the Glaze:
  • 2⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cups whole milk
  • 3 vanilla beans, cut in half and seeds removed
  • Optional:
  • ½ cup grinder pistachios
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • sprinkles
  1. For the Doughnuts:
  2. In a large bowl using a fork, mix together until just combined ricotta cheese, eggs, vanilla seeds and sugar. Add the baking powder, baking soda and flour. Mix with a fork or spatula until combined.
  3. Sprinkle a little flour on a working surface, form the dough in a ball, place on the working surface and roll into a ½ inch disk.
  4. Using a water glass, dip it in flour and cut circles, using a shot glass, dip it in flour and cut holes in the circles.
  5. Place a large skillet on the stove over medium heat, when the skillet is hot add the oil, and wait for the oil to heat up, about 1 minute. Place doughnuts into the hot oil and cook until they start to have a golden, light brown color, turn on the other side and cook until light brown (about 1 minute on each side), watch them carefully as they can be burned quickly. Remove and place on paper towels to absorb extra oil.
  6. Repeat with the rest of the doughnuts and doughnut holes.
  7. For the Glaze:
  8. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together sugar, milk, and vanilla. Glaze should be heated through, but doesn't need to come to a boil. Remove glaze from heat and start dipping the doughnuts, place them on a wire rack and immediately garnish with sprinkles, pistachios and graham crackers crumbs.

mmmmm, hi beauty:

No Knead Vanilla Ricotta Doughnuts

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23 comments on “No Knead Vanilla Ricotta Doughnuts Recipe”

  1. These donuts look gorgeous, Katalina! And I’m loving the fact that they’re no-need and filled with such amazing flavor! Sounds delicious!

  2. These donuts look amazing, Katina! I love the ricotta cheese! It makes me feel better about indulging. Pinning.

  3. I love how simple you’ve made this recipe – quick and no kneading required! Plus such great flavors!! YUM!

  4. These donuts look wonderful! I am all about simple so these are right up my alley. And those flavors are fantastic!

  5. Love how simple these doughnuts are to make! The ricotta cheese sounds wonderful! I can just imagine what a hit they were at the picnic šŸ™‚

  6. I am so excited you stopped by my blog, girlie, and that I came over to yours and wow, I love it!
    Being a foodie, this is just divine! Thanks for sharing!
    Following you on Bloglovin’ right this second šŸ˜‰
    You can find me there as well, if you would like to keep in touch: https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/miel-mint-14349829
    xox Nadia

  7. No knead? this is GENIUS!! It must be the ricotta that’s the secret?? Sharing!

  8. That’s so interesting that in Europe these doughnuts are served with sour cream and jam! I kind of want to try that now. These look amazing and I bet they were great at the party!

  9. Can these by any chance be baked?

    • Hi Alicia, I have never tried to bake them, I am sure they can be baked, just need to be placed on a pan with parchment paper and oiled a little, and they will have to be turned on the other side mid baking, I cant advise on baking time, you will have to watch when they turn golden brown, but I would estimate 15 minutes on each side at 375F.

  10. I’m having a SERIOUS moment with doughnuts right now, and these, these are SO gorgeous and I want one now. Like right now.

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