As a kid, it was always a treat to get donuts. We'd usually get them at the local grocery store bakery or even on the rare occasion, my mom would make them at home. Nothing fancy, but delicious.
Today's donuts seem extra fancy compared to my 1980's childhood, but my kids still gravitate toward the basic frosted or sprinkle donuts. While our kids don't really care where their sprinkled donuts come from, we have found some really great donut shops in Hendricks County.
Reds Donuts in Danville, IN
Reds Donuts opened in May 2016 and is located on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville, IN. It's a family-owned and operated donut shop.
They make cake and yeast donuts from scratch on site! They recently did a little remodel and have great seating options where you can sit and enjoy your treat.
We stopped by early one morning when it was pouring rain. Our 3 year old chose the blue and purple marbled frosted donut. In true toddler fashion, she only ate the frosted top, which is usual for her. But, she loved it.
They offer coffee and a small coffee bar with a variety of creamers. They also have a cooler full of drink choices.
We grabbed a chocolate milk and while I'm usually not a milk fan, this was so smooth and delicious. When I asked Reds about it, they said they've starting using Freshly Dairy from Lizton as their supplier. I love that they're using such a local (and delicious) dairy.
Reds Donuts is open 6 a.m. to noon Wednesdays-Sundays. They're closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Hilligoss Bakery in Brownsburg, IN
Hilligoss Bakery is a locally-owned, full-service bakery in Brownsburg that has been open since 1974! For almost 50 years, they have made delicious donuts as well as other baked goods.
It's more of a grab-and-go spot. There's no seating inside, but they do have tables available outside. So, on nice days you can enjoy your treats outside.
They have great donuts, donut holes and other baked goods. I picked up some basic sprinkle donuts that were St. Patrick's Day-themed which was fun.
Insider tip: It's a pretty popular spot, and they are often sold out before the end of the day. So, if you want to ensure you'll get what you want, get there early to enjoy all of the options!
Hilligoss Bakery is also a great place to order dinner rolls for holiday meals!
Hilligoss Bakery is open seven days a week, but check their Facebook page during the holidays for closures.
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Al's Donuts in Plainfield, IN
Al's Donuts has been a staple in the Plainfield community since the 1960s. Located in historic downtown along Main Street or U.S. 40, you can find this small shop just east of the Oasis Diner.
I kept hearing about Al's so I knew I had to try it out! The building is also home to the "Welcome to Plainfield" mural by Kylin Brown which I've seen often as I drove by and a big food donut mural by J.D. Bills around the back of the building.
Al's Donuts is no frills but has all of the flavor! They have new owners and new hours.
Ed and Miley Price recently bought the business but they are not new to the food industry. They have been owners and operators of Lazy Jay's Kettle Corn food cart for years. You can find them at the Hendricks County 4-H Fair and a lot of the area farmer's markets.
They've kept the original donut recipes but adjusted the hours and payment methods. They are now open at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They now take debit and credit cards, which is a big change!
Their menu consists of cake donuts, yeast donuts, bismarks, pecan rolls, long johns and many more delights! They have drip coffee and a few drink options. We enjoyed a few cake donuts and chocolate milk. I bought some to take home and didn't even realize I hadn't chosen any yeast donuts. But Ed made sure to throw one in so we could try that one at home. All were delicious!
Al's Donuts, 311 W. Main St., is open 4:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Saturday. Check out their Facebook page for more information. Cash Only.
A Few Extra Places to Check Out
There are a few donut shops I want to include that aren't local only to Hendricks County, but they are some of our favorites!
Rise'n Roll Bakery in Avon opened during the pandemic, and they have quickly become a favorite. They have fresh donuts daily as well as pies, cookies and other baked goods. They also have canned items like pickles and jams and lots of indoor seating.
Pana Donuts in Avon is a newer donut shop in Avon but they have a few other locations around the Indianapolis area. They have coffee and boba tea which is a fun addition to a donut-shop outing.
Jack's Donuts is a local franchise with locations in Brownsburg and Plainfield. We frequent the Brownsburg location. While there isn't a lot of seating options, they have a great little kids table supplied with coloring sheets, crayons and a TV that plays Disney shows. It's a nice touch to create spaces for kids to enjoy as well.
You can't go wrong at any of these Hendricks County donut shops! Just make sure you get there early!