One of the best tricks I learned when making donuts for family and friends is that some companies have mixes you can use to save time. My absolute favorite mixes to use when I want to make donuts, but don’t have enough time to measure out all of the ingredients is the William Sonoma mixes. They come in double chocolate (with a pouch of ingredients for the chocolate glaze on top) and a cinnamon donut mix (with a pouch of cinnamon sugar to coat the donuts in). They are a bit expensive (14.95 for a mix) but can save an immense amount of time in the baking process.
These donut mixes also make a really great base for a lot of other donuts. In the past, I have used the double chocolate donut mix, added caramelized pretzels and caramel drizzle to the top for a “chocolate salted caramel pretzel” donut! I have also used the cinnamon donut mix in my blueberry pie donut and my cannoli donut when pressed for time (recipes for those coming soon!)