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Cinnamon Sugar Yogurt Doughnuts

Makes about 20 doughnuts

40 minutes

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These light, lemony doughnuts are our adaptation of a recipe for gogoși rapide from “Tava” by Irina Georgescu. She explains that they are a quick and easy baking powder-­leavened version of Romanian gogoși, doughnuts that are made with yeasted dough that is rolled out and cut. The batter requires only a couple bowls for mixing, then 2-tablespoon portions are dropped into hot oil and fried until deep golden brown. (The simplest way to portion the batter is with a spring-loaded ice cream scoop, but in a pinch, 2 soupspoons work.) The doughnuts are fantastic simply tossed with cinnamon sugar, but serving them with cherry jam and crème fraîche is a flourish that makes them similar to papanași, a Romanian dessert of fried cheese-­enriched dough topped with spoonfuls of fruit jam and smetana (a type of soured cream).

Makes about

20 doughnuts


Don’t substitute regular yogurt, or the batter will be too thin. Greek yogurt, which is thicker because it is lower in moisture, is the type to use. Also, don’t drop the doughnuts straight from the oil into the cinnamon sugar, otherwise the sugar will clump up. But don’t wait until the doughnuts are fully cooled, either, or the sugar won’t stick.

40 minutes


  • 325

    grams (2½ cups) all-purpose flour

  • 214

    grams (1 cup) white sugar, divided


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Vanessa J.
April 17, 2023
Best donuts ever!
I made two batches of these donuts; one as written and the second with a gluten free flour. The texture was no different between the two. The donuts are delicious and not heavy. I can't wait to make them again!
Keegan H.
February 26, 2023
Super easy and delicious!
This recipe was super easy to follow, and they turned out delicious! The cherry jam was a must, for sure!
Ahmad M.
December 24, 2022
So easy to make, it is now a Christmas Eve breakfast tradition.
Easy as pie (or donuts)! The addition of the lemon zest and almond extract make this so delicious - i also added some cardamom to the sugar mixture. Merry Christmas !