For many years, I’ve wondered about the proper spelling of my favorite treat, donuts… or doughnuts. I’ve gone back and forth and have even taken issue, at certain points, with the doughnut spelling, because, well, I grew up on Dunkin’ Donuts and they must be right. Right? Well for National Doughnut Day (can you see where this is going?) I’ve decided to find out, once and for all, how to spell the ring shaped cake we all love so dearly.

Given that all it took was a quick Google search, I’m a little embarrassed that I’d hadn’t done this before. (All those wasted years of wondering!) Either way, the proper spelling, even here in the United States, is doughnut. Although, apparently, donut dates back to the 1800’s and became popular in the late 20th century with the rise in popularity of, you guessed, Dunkin’ Donuts.

So we’re all right? Who cares. Let’s just eat some already.


Baked Cereal Milk Donuts: A fun and easy treat for National Doughnut Day—and beyond! | Cool Mom Eats

Given that I’m obsessed with doughnuts and also cereal, these Baked Cereal Milk Doughnuts that we recently whipped up are the ultimate treat. And given that National Doughnut Day falls on a Friday—giving you all weekend to celebrate—I say that you should skip the lines for free doughnuts and make these instead. Okay, or maybe both. Free doughnuts today, these tomorrow?


Salted Caramel Donuts for the win on National Doughnut Day! | Monday Morning Donut

Salted Caramel Baked Donuts | Monday Morning Donut

If you’re down with my plan for free doughnuts today, homemade over the weekend, then you should also check out these 8 easy doughnut recipes that we rounded up. They’re all baked, so no worries about messy frying. And they’re all delicious, so no worries about stale leftovers. There won’t be any. The Baked Strawberry Donuts that we spied on Cooking Classy are perfect for the season but, then again, you can never go wrong with salted caramel.