Matcha Doughnuts

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups cake flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Vegetable oil (for frying; about 4 cups)
  • Matcha Sugar Topping, Sweet Matcha Powder, or Matcha Glaze (for serving)

Special Equipment

  • One 3¼-inch-diameter cutter, one 1¼-inch-diameter cutter, a deep-fry thermometer


  • Whisk granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and 2 cups flour in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add egg, buttermilk, and butter. Using a wooden spoon or a spatula, gradually incorporate dry ingredients until a shaggy dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a couple of times or so until no wet spots remain (be careful not to overwork or doughnuts will be tough).

  • Roll out dough to ¼" thick, sprinkling surface and/or dough with flour as needed to prevent sticking. Punch out as many rounds as you can with 3¼" cutter, then use 1¼" cutter to punch out center of each round. Gather doughnut holes and scraps and re-roll; repeat process until all dough has been used (3–4 times; you should have 8 doughnuts).

  • Fit a medium saucepan with thermometer. Pour in oil to come 4" up sides of saucepan and heat over medium until thermometer registers 325°. Working in batches, fry doughnuts until deep golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a wire rack lined with paper towels and let cool slightly. 

  • Toss still-warm doughnuts in Matcha Sugar Topping or Sweet Matcha Powder or dip in Matcha Glaze.

Matcha Sugar Topping

  • Whisk 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 Tbsp. matcha in a small bowl until no lumps remain.

Sweet Matcha Powder

  • Whisk 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp. matcha until no lumps remain.

Matcha Glaze

  • Whisk 1 large egg white, 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tsp. matcha, a pinch of salt, and 1 Tbsp. water in a small bowl until smooth.
October 15, 2015 by Staff @ BaristaUnderground
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Elaine Fields

Elaine Fields said:

Looks delicious. Might make these donuts for Chanukah. However, what is matcha,where do I buy it and does it come in colors other than green?

Jake Weiser

Jake Weiser said:

Hi Elaine,

Great questions! Matcha is delicious and has become very popular recently. Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves, which is why it is characteristically light green in color. It could be used in multiple ways, such as donuts, ice creams, specialty beverages, etc.! We sell Matcha through our website and use two companies: Mighty Leaf and TeaPigs. You could buy it by the pound with Mighty Leaf, or you could buy it in 80g tins with TeaPigs. Or, if you’d like a quick on-the-go matcha beverage, TeaPigs sells flavored matcha teas! Thanks again!


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