Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts

Homemade fried yeast donuts featuring a warm strawberry cheesecake center and a graham cracker crumb coating.

Strawberry Cheesecake Donut Recipe from

I have a really bizarre mix of things to talk to you about today. They truly don’t belong in the same post at all… beach vacations and donuts. See? Totally polar opposites, but I’m going there.

This year is our 10 year anniversary… crazy and we’re hoping to go away for some us time. We got super scientific (or mathematic?) tonight, creating one of those pen and string compasses to create our travel zone, which unfortunately ruled out all of Europe unless I’m willing to spend a little longer on a plane. Trust me, it’s high on my list for places to visit, I’m just not sure if this trip will be the time for that but I will get there eventually.

I started to poke around at possible locations in the Caribbean, because being on the East coast that’s much easier to get to and in a much shorter time than say… Hawaii which is also on my list of someday maybes. What kills me is the layovers. Some of them had 3-4 hours between flights. I’m not sure I could handle that. I’m one for quick stops or no stops at all.

Of course what I really want to know from you is… what are your absolute favorite locations in the Caribbean? And I’ll even extend that out to Belize because that’s in there as an option. I need to do some major research. Help! Give me your input. Our honeymoon was in Aruba so that’s definitely on our list of considerations.

Strawberry Cheesecake Donut Recipe from

I imagine donuts will basically become non-existent in the coming months so I can comfortably lounge on a beach in 8 months time… so we’re going to go ahead and indulge this week in some super sinful and totally amazing fried donuts. I realize many of you may have kicked off New Year’s diets, so save the delicious recipes coming your way this week for down the road because you absolutely will want to indulge in these… if not now, soon.

When I agreed to take part in a week long celebration of donuts, I knew at least one of them had to be stuffed with something… whether it be cream, jelly or something else. It was just plain necessary. In the end, I dreamed up an over the top cheesecake donut. A soft pillow-y donut, filled with sweet strawberries and cream cheese, finished off with a coating of sweetened graham cracker crumbs. The ultimate cheesecake donut.

Stay tuned for even more donuts later in the week! You don’t want to miss these…

Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts

Homemade fried yeast donuts featuring a warm strawberry cheesecake center and a graham cracker crumb coating.
Prep Time1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Donut
Servings: 6 plus



  • 3/4 C milk heated to 115°F
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp shortening
  • 1 large egg


  • 3 Tbsp cream cheese softened
  • 1 C strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar


  • 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter melted


  • In a glass measuring cup, combine warm milk, yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Allow to yeast to proof for 5-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer add flour, salt, remaining sugar, shortening and egg. With mixer running on low, slowly add proofed yeast mixture. Mix, increasing speed as needed, until dough pulls together. Dough may be sticky. Lightly grease your hands and a large bowl with baking spray. Shape dough into a ball and transfer to prepared bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location until doubled in size or roughly 45 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine strawberries with lemon juice and sugar. Cook until strawberries are softened, 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. When strawberry mixture has cooled to room temperature, combine with cream cheese.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with a lightly greased piece of parchment paper. Prepare a cooling rack with a sheet of parchment paper. Add topping ingredients to a small bowl, set aside.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured workspace to between 1/4 and 1/2-inch. Cut out circles with a large round cookie or biscuit cutter. Add a small spoonful of strawberry filling to one circle of dough, then top off with an additional circle of dough. Using a slightly smaller round cookie or biscuit cutter, press down to cut and reseal the edges. Transfer to prepared pan. Repeat process with remaining dough.
  • Heat 2-inches vegetable oil in a large stockpot to 325°F (use a thermometer for accuracy). Fry 2-3 donuts at a time for 3 minutes, flipping halfway through or until deep golden in color. Immediately coat in graham cracker crumbs. The heat and moisture from the donut will help them to stick. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining donuts.


Recipe yields roughly 6-12 donuts.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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60 Responses to “Strawberry Cheesecake Donuts”

  1. #
    Kim C — January 13, 2014 at 7:26 am

    grand cayman is very nice beaches We have been on 2 cruises I would avoid Belize if I were you.. Aruba was awesome as well as Cozumel whereever you choose to go ENJOY!! or consider a cruise

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      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      I’ll definitely take that into consideration. Thank you! :)

  2. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 13, 2014 at 8:08 am

    1) Cozumel is AMAZING! Go there. It rocks.
    Me and the hubs are coming up on our 1 year anniversary next month (ya, you beat us!) and are thinking of doing a cruise trough Barbados. That would be nice too!
    2) I can’t speak. Donuts. With strawberry cheesecake filling. AND GRAHAM CRACKERS?
    This is potentially everything I will ever need to eat in life every again.

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Cruises scare the bejeezus out of me. I wanted to go on one once upon a time, but it’s definitely not high on my list of things to do these days lol.

  3. #
    Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons — January 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Holy amazing!

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Haha! Thanks Jenn :)

  4. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — January 13, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Insane! When I cut loose to indulge these donuts will be popping into my mouth.

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Norma! I sure you hope try them :)

  5. #
    kita — January 13, 2014 at 8:22 am

    cheesecake filled anything… be still my heart

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Kita ;)

  6. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 13, 2014 at 8:42 am

    The graham cracker coating has me drooling.

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      It was necessary ;) Thanks Carrie.

  7. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    No, WAY! Um….one bite and I would be in heaven!

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Then you must try them ;)

  8. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 13, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Wow…just wow. :)

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks Gerry :)

  9. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — January 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I was obsessed with strawberry cheesecake anything as a kid. These are like my childhood dreams come true :)

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Relive your childhood! ;)

  10. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — January 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Oh man! I can’t even imagine how good these are….the filling sounds out of this world!

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks so much Haley :)

  11. #
    Laurie @ FrostingAndASmile — January 13, 2014 at 10:44 am

    These are resolution breakers for sure!

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      I totally agree. Thanks Laurie :)

  12. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    you KNOW my fav place in the Caribbean so I don’t even have to say it twice!! These donuts are INSANE. I seriously LOVE that you stuffed them like this. Holy crap. This is so creative!! Love love

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      I know. I know… and it IS a possibility.

  13. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — January 13, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I love the graham cracker crumbs… they totally take these over the top.

    As for Carribbean travel destinations, I love St. Martin; Antigua was also really nice.

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren! And thanks for the suggestions too!! :)

  14. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — January 13, 2014 at 11:58 am

    GIRRRRRRLLLLLLL! These are GENIUS! Wow. Just wow. I’m officially moving next door to you.

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      That’d be big trouble in the making :)

  15. #
    Laura @ Laura's Baking Talent — January 13, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    I can’t help you with the Carribbean destinations, but these donuts look AMAZING! Totally drooling.

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks so much Laura!

  16. #
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — January 13, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    never been to those destinations but i will take these donuts and enjoy my time here with a large coffee. Hope you find your destination soon, sounds so fun.

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Yes… a big cup of anything would be an amazing addition :)

  17. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 13, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    These would be the perfect way to start and end the day! Love strawberry!

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren :)

  18. #
    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — January 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I seriously love these donuts! Don’t mind if you pass me a dozen or two!!

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Be careful what you ask for :) Thanks Layla!

  19. #
    Claire Gallam — January 13, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Oh i Love these!!!

    • #
      Rachel — January 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Claire!

  20. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — January 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Oh god. You’re killing me. WANT. NEED.

  21. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 14, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I just died. Seriously. These look AMAZING!!

    • #
      Rachel — January 14, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Thanks so much Stephanie :)

  22. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — January 14, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Ok, first of all I love a whole week of donuts. Homemade donuts are actually on my list of to makes this week! Second…we went to St. Maarten a few years ago and absolutely loved it! It was by far the best place we went. Very relaxed and fun! We rented a car and spent the days just driving to new beaches each day. Seriously the best…we are hoping to go back again soon!.

    Third…these donuts! Oh my word! So yum! I mean strawberry, cheesecake, and fried? Come to mama!!!

    • #
      Rachel — January 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      You’re going to fall in love with homemade donuts. There’s really no going back. Your vacation sounds amazing! I’ll definitely keep that in mind. :)

  23. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — January 14, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Goodness gracious! Belize or not- I need more of this donut in my life!!

    • #
      Rachel — January 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      hahaha! ;)

  24. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 14, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Yay for vacations! We’re headed to Cozumel, Belize, Hondoras, and Playa Maya (I aplogize if I’m spelling these incorrectly) this weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m totally drooling over these donuts. I want them so bad!

    • #
      Rachel — January 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Have fun! And please do keep me posted :)

  25. #
    Emily {Jelly Toast} — January 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Cheesecake filled doughnuts?! I am in awe of the creativity here – these look so sweet and delicious!

    • #
      Rachel — January 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks so much Emily :)

  26. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Holy cow Rachel those are amazing!

    • #
      Rachel — January 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks Erin! :)

  27. #
    Shawn @ I Wash You Dry — January 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Wow! That’s what I’m talkin about!

  28. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — January 15, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I LOVE cheesecake stuffed donuts. When my boss got married she had a donut “cake” instead of a traditional cake and they had an amazing cheesecake stuffed donut as well. I also love how you stuffed it before frying…I wouldn’t have thought of that! Now about this anniversary trip. I know Hawaii is far but there is a straight flight (12hrs.) from Newark, NJ. Although I’m assuming that is a bit of a haul from NH. I have always been a fan of cruises as well. You get to travel to lots of places with zero limit on baggage and no flying :)

    • #
      Rachel — January 16, 2014 at 8:55 am

      That’s seriously such a fun wedding cake and very non-traditional ;) Yeah Hawaii is probably a no go this time but I still would love to go someday.

  29. #
    Lauren — January 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    We have been to St. Maarten and St. Lucia and love them both! St. Maarten has Dutch culture on one side and French on the other, with completely gorgeous beaches. The mountains on St. Lucia are stunning, but they’ve also got the beaches. You can’t go wrong with Aruba, though :)

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      Rachel — January 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      I think Aruba still tops the list simply because we’re familiar with it BUT change would be nice. Thanks for the recommendations :)

  30. #
    Jocelyn — January 28, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Have you tried making these in the oven instead of fried? I’m thinking of trying that tomorrow but don’t know if a) it will work and b) what temperature to put the oven…possibly 350.

    • #
      Rachel — January 28, 2014 at 7:24 am

      No I have not. Good luck!

  31. #
    Sudana — September 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    You fry them in what kind of oi?

    • #
      Rachel — September 7, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Vegetable or canola oil should be used for frying.

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