Craving warm, flaky donuts? We’ve rounded up some of the best donuts in the Twin Cities. These spots will have you coming back for more of these sweet, satisfying, hole-y treats.
Many believe that the best donuts are from small, family-owned businesses and Granny Donuts is proof. Maybe it’s all the love baked right into those delicious, flaky treats? Located in West St. Paul, we’ve previously listed this charming spot as one of our Favorite Neighborhood Gems and we stand by it. Their donuts are baked fresh daily, and come out light and fluffy—just the way we like it. Best-sellers include the lemon bismarks and Devil’s Food chocolate iced donuts but try the apple fritters, too.
5757 Sanibel Drive
Hours: 6 a.m-4 p.m. (Sundays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m.)
The donuts at YoYo are not only pillowy soft, they’re so pretty they are practically edible works of art. We love their cake and yeast-raised donuts but their specialty pastries (Maple Bacon Long Johns, Fresh Hot Caramel Rolls) also get rave reviews. Bring a box of these donuts to the office and watch them disappear in minutes. Their Dogwood Coffee Company coffee drinks go pretty well with these baked goodies. And enjoy their free Wi-Fi!
Mill City Farmers Market
704 2nd Street
(and other locations)
Are mini donuts more your thing? One of our Favorite Food Trucks, Chef Shack’s signature Indian-spiced organic mini doughnuts have been called by happy eaters and Web reviewers as “doughy balls of joy.” And we might just have to agree. Light, fluffy, and flavorful (the blend of cinnamon and spices give the donuts that kick without being too overpowering), these are the perfect snacks. The truck rolls into the Mill City Farmers Market and Fulton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, and the Kingfield Farmer’s Market on Sundays, so keep an eye out.
Sarah Jane’s Bakery
If you have a sweet tooth, Sarah Jane’s is paradise. Cookies, pies, cakes, cream puffs, rolls and other pastries are on the menu, but the donuts are the crowd pleasers. The glazed doughnuts (plain or chocolate) practically melt in your mouth, and the crunchy doughnut holes are a delight. No wonder this place has been a Minneapolis favorite for years.
A Baker’s Wife
4200 28th Avenue South
Hours: Tue-Sat 6:30 a.m; Sun 6:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
We included A Baker’s Wife in our list of Best Bread Shops in the Twin Cities, but this shop also gets a shout-out as one of our favorite places for donuts. Why? They’re just perfection in a doughy, sweet circle. The cinnamon and sugar donuts are our favorites. Freshly baked, dense and cakey, they’re also of the not-too-sweet variety. Even non-donut fans will be converted. Bring a box to a party or to the office, and you just might be getting grateful pats on the back.
What are your favorite places for donuts in the Twin Cities? Let us know in the comments section below.