Cooks need a stand mixer with a dough hook, a doughnut cutter and a large, heavy pot to make doughnuts. A candy thermometer is also essential tool for successful doughnut making.
A stand mixer ensures even blending of the flour into the doughnut mix. Cooks can use hand mixers if they don't have stand mixers. Doughnut cutters provide the traditional shape and allow cooks to cut out large batches of doughnuts quickly. A heavy pot that holds approximately 1.5 quarts of oil in the bottom, such as a Dutch oven, ensures consistent temperature when frying. A candy thermometer is necessary to maintain the oil temperature.