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PB&J Donuts

Julie Nolke

Julie turns a classic comfort food into a delectable dough dessert.

PB&J Donuts


  • For the dough:

  • 3/4 cup of lukewarm milk

  • 1/4 cup of sugar,

  • 3 teaspoons of dried yeast

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 3 1/2 ounces of melted butter

  • 2 1/2 cups of plain flour, plus extra

  • Vegetable Oil for frying

  • Filling:

  • 1 cup Vanilla Custard

  • 1/3 cup Peanut Butter, melted

  • 1/3 cup Grape Jelly, melted

  • For the glaze:

  • 6 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter

  • 6 tbsp Grape jelly

  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted

  • 4 Tablespoons confectioners sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Combine the milk and a pinch of the sugar into a large sized bowl. Sprinkle over yeast and set aside for 5 to 6 minutes or until foamy. Stir in the remaining sugar, egg yolks and melted butter until combined. Add the flour and stir until a rough dough forms.

  2. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until a smooth dough forms. Place into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.

  3. Punch down the dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 12 equal portions and roll each into a ball and then flatten slightly. Place onto a greased tray and let rise covered with a tea towel for 40 to 50 more minutes. They won't quite double in size.

  4. For the filling, combine the custard, melted peanut butter and jelly. Stir to combine and set aside.

  5. Heat oil in a large pan to 315 degrees F. Cook the doughnuts in batches for 8 minutes, turning once half way. Transfer onto a plate lined with paper towel to cool.

  6. Using a small knife, cut a hole into each donut for the filling. Put the filling into a piping bag or large freezer bag. Push the nozzle into the side of the donut and squeeze the filling into each.

  7. For the peanut glaze combine the peanut butter with 2 tbsp melted butter, 2 tbsp icing sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir until smooth and dip each donut.

  8. For the jelly glaze, combine the remaining butter and icing sugar with the jelly. Place in a piping bag with a fine nozzle and drizzle over the donuts.

PB&J Donuts




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- Today's recipe is a really fun one. We are doing PB and J doughnuts with a peanut butter and jelly mousse kind of custardy filling, and then of course peanut butter jelly glaze. Starting off, though, we are gonna make some homemade doughnuts. Now, I have got a doughnut dough here that I've already prepared. It's fairly simple. I'll make sure you guys have the recipe. We're gonna portion this out. So this dough will make about 12 doughnuts that you can fill, but if you were gonna do the doughnuts with the hole in the middle, it'll make maybe 14 to 16 of those, so totally what you want to do. This dough is good for anything. So what I like to do, I've let it rise, I'm gonna remove the plastic wrap. So I just wanna get a small, little ball in my hand, and what I like to do is I kind of like to fold it underneath so that it has a nice smooth top like that. The thing I've learned about this dough, and all doughnuts, for that matter, is the shape that you put them in right now to do that final rise is basically what they're gonna look like, or close to, once they're done baking. So you kind of have to like it. I like it when it's nice and smooth on top like that. I'm just gonna press it down and flatten it a little bit, 'cause it is gonna rise and it's gonna puff up in the fryer oil. I'm just gonna place that on my board here, to rise. We're gonna repeat that with the rest of our dough, and then these gonna rise with a towel over top for another 50 minutes. All right, the next thing I want to work on is the filling. Now, I wanted a smooth, custardy filling that has both PB and J flavors. When I was little and I made PB and J sandwiches, I used to actually put both the peanut butter and the jam in a big bowl, stir it, and then put it on my bread. So that's kind of what we're doing here. It's all the same flavors. It's gonna be delicious. What I've got here is a premade custard. I just made it really quick. You can get that, like, quick and easy instant box custard, or you can make it from scratch with some egg yolks and milk and whatnot. Super easy. Now, the next thing I have is some melted peanut butter. I wanted to melt it so it incorporated well with the custard. And I have some melted grape jelly/jam. Whatever you prefer. So you want to combine them all together and then set that aside until we're ready to fill our doughnuts. Okay, so our little doughnuts are ready. They look so cute, like little pillows. Okay, so these are ready to go in some hot oil I have set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. They're gonna go for about four minutes each side till they're nice and golden brown and I know that they're cooked through. Let's do it! All right, our doughnuts are cooked and cooled, and I cut a hole into each one of them so we can get our filling in there. Now, I've placed my filling in a piping bag. I know you're probably wondering about the color. That is, you know, the cost of doing business when you put PB and J together and combine them. They do kind of turn a weird color, and I'm not fussed by it. But if you were, like, ooh, really not a fan, I would probably mix the custard with the peanut butter separately, and then you can, like, maybe marble the jam through it, or just not include it. Your call, if it's an aesthetic thing that bugs you. All right, so I'm gonna just trim my piping bag, and we're gonna get it into each one of these doughnuts. Make sure they're nice and full, so you get a good bite of that delicious filling. All right, now that they are filled, it's time to get them glazed. So I have two pretty simple glazes. I have one that's got some peanut butter, melted butter, a little bit of icing sugar, and some vanilla. I stirred that all together so it's the perfect consistency for dipping our doughnuts, and then I've got a jelly glaze, which is a super-simple recipe. It's just jelly, a little bit of icing sugar, and some butter, melted those together in the microwave, and then stirred them. And I put 'em in a little bag, because I'm gonna drizzle those over top. So let's decorate our doughnuts. All right, that's all folks. I hope you enjoyed this recipe for PB and J homemade doughnuts. Thank you so much for watching. I hope you get a chance to make 'em. And I will see you next time.