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The Salvation Army Famous Donut Day Recipe Image

The Salvation Army Famous Donut Day Recipe

The Salvation Army is known for many things, emergency disaster services, feeding the hungry, and red kettles during Christmas, but did you know that we have a famous donut recipe?

During World War I, the Salvation Army workers served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches. Rations were poor so the doughnut idea was conceived as a means of bringing the soldiers cheer. Salvation Army workers provided spiritual aid and comfort to the American soldier and his allies, becoming a link with home and family.

The Salvation Army Donut Lassie Recipe

Yield: 4 doz. doughnuts

  • 5 cups flour

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 3/4 cup milk

  • 5 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tub lard


  1. Combine all ingredients (except for lard) to make dough.
  2. Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out doughnut circles, be creative! Salvation Army doughnut girls used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)
  3. Drop the rings into the lard, making sure the fat is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.
  4. When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess fat to drip off.
  5. Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

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