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How to Make Boston Cream Donuts at Home


  • 1 can refrigerated biscuit dough 8 biscuits
  • 2 cups vegetable oil or other neutral cooking oil
  • For the filling:
  • 1 package instant vanilla flavored pudding mix 3.4 oz
  • 2 cups heavy cream or half & half
  • For the glaze:
  • ½ cup Nutella or other chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove and separate biscuits and place them an inch or two apart on the parchment.
  2. Pour the cooking oil into a medium or large pot and heat over medium to medium high heat until the oil reaches a temperature of 350 degrees F.
  3. Carefully lower one or two biscuits into the oil to begin frying.
  4. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the underside of the donuts are golden brown.
  5. Flip donuts with a fork or pair of tongs and repeat cooking 1-2 minutes on the other side.
  6. Remove donuts and place on a paper-towel lined plate to drain the oil.
  7. Repeat frying one-two donuts at a time until all donuts are cooked.
  8. While the donuts are cooling, make the filling:
  9. In a mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix and heavy cream until smooth and set aside to thicken. It will become very thick!
  10. Next, make the glaze:
  11. In a small, microwave safe bowl, heat the Nutella for about 20 seconds or until softened, but not hot. You should be able to stir it easily with a spoon.
  12. Sift the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl, then add the Nutella, salt, and milk.
  13. Mix with a whisk until smooth and combined.
  14. Fill and top the donuts:
  15. Fit a piping bag with a Bismark tip or cream piping nozzle, and fill the bag with the pudding mixture.nsert the piping tip into one edge of each donut and squeeze gently to fill the donuts with the pudding.
  16. After filling the donuts, gently dip each one into the Nutella glaze and allow the excess to run off.
  17. Set the glazed donuts on your prepared baking sheet and serve immediately.


Don’t worry if your jello mixture isn’t perfectly smooth. Some little lumps are fine. They will become custard-like upon sitting. Alternatively, if you want the filling to be super smooth, mix with a hand mixer or stand mixer to eliminate lumpiness. If you like, you can double or triple dunk your donuts in the glaze for a thicker topping. Allow the glaze to rest for a few minutes before each dunk. These donuts are meant to be served immediately or the same day. You can refrigerate leftovers and eat them the next day, but they will likely not be as soft and pillowy after the first day.

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