Nothing screams comfort like fried dough. When done right the simple combination of flour, eggs and sugar grant a delicious escape from your everyday woes. The most satisfying pastries have the perfect dough consistency, just enough icing and decadent flavor blends. And with fall underway, no weekend is complete without apple cider donuts. I scouted the area for the most incredible Long Island donut shops. Indulge in your little bit of heaven.
House of Donuts, Hicksville
Brunch enthusiasts will love House of Donuts. This quaint delicatessen offers everything from cheese pies to egg salad and burgers. But the donuts are in a league of their own. Try the slightly crispy chocolate cake donut filled with a dark tender interior for the ultimate pick-me-up. Go.
The Dough Hut, Long Beach
Donuts are always in season at this Long Beach staple. Think chocolate peanut butter pretzel, maple glazed bacon, cookies and cream and salted caramel. Pair the pastries with the ever-popular cold brew coffee, which unlike regular iced coffee never gets heated up. Rather, a filter bag with five pounds of coffee grinds is soaked in cool water for 14 hours. It’s worth the wait. Go.
Create-your-own pizzas, burritos and yogurts are old news. At Doughology, patrons craft their own donuts. Inventive toppings range from real Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to Oreos and bakery-grade fruit pie fillings that dance on top vanilla or chocolate dough. French toast, churro and apple strudel flavors also line the shelves for a dulcet twist on breakfast essentials. Go.
Stella Blue, Huntington
Head back to basics with cinnamon and powdered sugar staples. At Stella’s, the mini-donuts are made to order by the dozen and are ideal for an after-lunch treat or family party dessert. Go.
Sweet Surrender Bake House, Levittown
Don’t even bother putting up a fight. Sweet Surrender Bake House’s signature pastry, the Crannoli, rolls a croissant, donut and cannoli all into one. The treat is infused with cream and topped with a colorful layer of frosting and pieces of crunchy cannoli shells. Delectable versions of the original include jelly, rainbow, caramel, red velvet, chocolate mousse and coconut. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced its wonder. Go.