Ricotta Doughnuts Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
4 from 2 reviews

Breads and Muffins

Cook time Cook time: 20 minutes

Last updated on June 18th, 2021 at 04:10 pm

Ricotta Doughnuts Recipe is a must try, with vanilla glaze, pistachios and graham cracker crumbs, and ready in 30 minutes.

I love donuts, and I have documented a collection of them here. Like the Panda Donuts, Chocolate Cake Donuts and Dunkin Donuts French Cruller.

Ricotta Doughnuts

This Ricotta Doughnuts Recipe is easy to follow and ready in minutes. Also, there is no crazy technique involved. The secret ingredient is the ricotta cheese, that makes these donuts rich, a little chewy and very delicious. These Ricotta Doughnuts are so perfect for busy families, and are fun to make with children. Also, 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. Because all you have to do is mix the ingredients in a bowl, roll, cut the doughnuts, fry and enjoy.

This donuts 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. On contrary, 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.

Why You’ll Love These Ricotta Doughnuts

  • First, they are rich and puffy and are a show stopper dessert.
  • Also, easy to find ingredients and minimum prep work and dishes to clean.
  • Perfect for brunch parties and for bigger crowds.
  • In addition, perfect for special occasions like Valentine’s Day.

Can you store and freeze donuts?

  • Yes. On average, freshly baked donuts (not cream-filled) will last for about 1 to 2 days at normal room temperature. However, cream-filled donuts should be stored in the refrigerator as the cream should not be exposed too long without refrigerating.
  • To freeze the donuts: wrap them tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in heavy-duty freezer bag.
Ricotta Doughnuts Recipe

Ricotta Doughnuts Recipe

Ricotta Doughnuts Recipe is a must try, with vanilla glaze, pistachios and graham cracker crumbs, and ready in 30 minutes.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


For the Doughnuts:

  • 1 lb ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour (plus extra for the working surface)
  • 3 vanilla beans (cut in half and seeds removed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup canola oil

For the Glaze:

  • 2 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 vanilla beans (cut in half and seeds removed)


  • 1/2 cup pistachios (grinder )
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • sprinkles


For the Doughnuts:

  • 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.
  • Sprinkle a little flour on a working surface, form the dough in a ball, place on the working surface and roll into a 1/2 inch disk.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Repeat with the rest of the doughnuts and doughnut holes.

For the Glaze:

  • 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.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1.6mg
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Wanderlust + Sweets

Whoa! Those look delicious!


Thanks Melanie!


Kelly - Life Made Sweeter

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 :)


Yes Kelly, they were a big hit, everyone loved them :) including the kiddos!



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 ;) 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 http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/


Love your blog too, followed :)


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


Yeah, the ricotta is the magic ingredient!


My Dish is Bomb

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!


They are so easy to make, that you have no excuses :) try them :) you will love them!



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.


Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

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


Nicole, they are gorgeous and delicious and it will take you 30 minutes to make them and enjoy as many as you want :)


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