We Might Be Late to the Party, but Here’s a Foolproof Recipe for Milky Cheese Donuts

August 9, 2020

Every few weeks, a new food trend comes along. We gotta admit, it’s pretty hard to keep on top of it all. But for your sake, we’re gonna do our best. And if we can’t promise to get to stuff on time, we can at least make sure that we come out with damn good recipes—so here’s our take on those Internet-famous milky cheese donuts.

milky cheese donuts

Milky, cheesy, lemon squeeze-y. (No lemons here though, just a caption.)

These donuts exceed expectations. They take three of everyone’s favorite ingredients (cheese, powdered milk, and powdered sugar) and serve them in a vessel of comfort: donuts. If at this point you’re thinking that it sounds, er, too indulgent, don’t worry. These donuts are baked, not fried. And we think that’s ought to count for something in the these-aren’t-that-bad scale.

Milky Cheese Donuts

  • Serves: 4-6 people
  • Active time: 1 hr
  • Total time: 3 hrs
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Special tools: Stand mixer



  • 4 cups bread or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. instant yeast
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup butter


  • 1 8oz block Eden or Quickmelt cheese, cut into 12 sticks


  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted


  1. To make the donuts, combine flour, salt, sugar, yeast, and powdered milk into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook.
  2. Start on low speed until dry ingredients are well combined.
  3. Add the water then turn mixer to medium speed and run for 3-5 minutes or until a rough dough forms.
  4. While still on medium speed, add the butter by the tablespoon and continue to work the dough until smooth and elastic, about 15 minutes total.
  5. Remove bowl from mixer and cover in plastic wrap.
  6. Let dough rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  7. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and punch out all the air.
  8. Cut the dough into 12 equal pieces.
  9. Roll each piece into a ball and cover the pieces with plastic wrap.
  10. Working one piece at a time, flatten the ball into a log and place a piece of cheese in the center.
  11. Gather the edges of the dough, sealing the cheese inside.
  12. Roll into a log until the seam is tightly closed.
  13. Repeat with all remaining pieces of dough.
  14. Once all 12 pieces are stuffed with cheese, transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment leaving space in between each piece, and cover with a clean towel.
  15. Let rise again for 30-35 minutes or until doubled in size.
  16. Preheat oven to 350F.
  17. Bake donuts in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until set and very lightly browned.
  18. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
  19. When donuts are baking, stir together powdered milk and powdered sugar in a bowl, then place melted butter in a separate bowl.
  20. Take each donut and coat in melted butter.
  21. Roll the coated donuts in the sugar and powdered milk mixture then set aside.
  22. Repeat until all donuts are coated, then serve.​
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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