The True Meaning of National Donut Day

Pink Lemonade Donuts

National Donut Day means free donuts – right? Well, it does but there is a much greater meaning behind the excuse for shops to hand out freebies. The official holiday began in 1938 as a fundraiser for the Great Depression by the Salvation Army. It quickly spread as a way to boost morale among the injured during WWI as well as with Red Cross volunteers. 

Pink Lemonade Donuts

I enjoy making special treats for my family and one of their latest favorites is my Pink Lemonade Donuts. We all love a balance between sweet and tart so I made the donuts sweeter while the glaze is tart! Check out my easy recipe and over 100 from some of the best bloggers!

Pink Lemonade Donuts

Try a sweet and tangy treat for National Donut Day!


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  • Zest of 2 Large Lemons
  • 4 tbsp Butter (softened)
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg (large)
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil (or Veg. or Canola)
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 1/3 cups Flour


  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp Lemon Juice
  1. Preheat oven to 425-degrees F.

  2. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, brown sugar, and lemon zest together. Set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter until light and fluffy. 

  4. Add egg and oil; mix thoroughly.

  5. Mix in sugar/lemon zest mixture and mix well.

  6. Using a spatula, mix in baking soda and powder. 

  7. Alternating, mix in milk and flour until just blended. Do not over-mix.

  8. Put mix in a piping bag and pipe into a pre-greased donut pan.

  9. Bake approximately 8 minutes or until golden brown.

  10. Let the donuts cool completely before glazing.

  11. Whisk powdered sugar and lemon juice together to form a slightly runny glaze mixture. 

  12. Drizzle over the donuts and enjoy!

Donut Celebrations – June 1, 2018

Krispy Kreme – 1 free donut of your choice

Dunkin’ Donut – FREE classic Donut with the purchase of any beverage


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