Sally Ann Doughnut Day Recipe

by British Columbia
Categories: Blog, Events

From the battlegrounds of war to the front lines of poverty, The Salvation Army is known for giving hope in a time of crisis. National Doughnut Day, held on the first Friday of June, honours the 250 volunteers from The Salvation Army who travelled to France to boost the morale of soldiers during the First World War. These volunteers served baked goods, provided letter-writing supplies, and mended clothes for the soldiers.

A favourite treat of the soldiers was the famous Sally Ann doughnuts, which were often cooked in oil inside the helmets of American soldiers. These doughnuts became in instant hit and in 1938 the first ‘National Doughnut Day’ was celebrated as a fundraiser to help those in need during the Great Depression. Today, the doughnut represents the wide-range of social services, such as shelter, meals, emergency disaster relief, addiction rehabilitation and life-skills development, which The Salvation Army provides.

This year, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, National Doughnut Day celebrations will look a bit different. Rather than hosting events with free doughnuts, some Salvation Army centres will be delivering doughnuts to the front-line heroes of today—transit workers, nursing-home staff, child-care providers, firefighters and grocery store employees, to name a few.

If you’d like to join us in recognizing the volunteers of the past and the heroes of the present, the recipe for The Salvation Army’s doughnuts used during the First World War is below.


The Famous Salvation Army Doughnut Recipe

Follow this recipe to make your very own ‘Sally Ann’ doughnuts! This simple and delicious recipe will create four dozen doughnuts for you to enjoy with your loved ones.


5 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
5 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
1 3/4 cup Milk
400 ML Vegetable Oil


  1. Combine all ingredients (except for vegetable oil) to make dough
  2. Thoroughly knead dough
  3. Roll smooth
  4. Cut into rings that are less than ¼ inch thick
  5. Drop the rings into the vegetable oil making sure the oil is hot enough to brown the doughnuts gradually. Turn the doughnuts slowly several times.
  6. When browned, remove doughnuts and allow excess oil to drip off
  7. Dust with powdered sugar
  8. Let cool and enjoy
  9. Take a picture and tag us @thesalvationarmybcdivision to share your creation!