The scrumptious (though somewhat fattening) treats known as donuts are beloved by nearly one and all, young and old. Over the years, the proliferation of this sweet indulgence has yielded a plethora of recognized chain brands including Dunkin Donuts, Mister Donut, Winchell’s and the beloved Krispy Kreme, each boasting its own family of fans that return not only for their almost infinite selection of donuts but for fresh, always-brewed coffees, iced coffee and tea drinks and more.

While these chains indeed boast an undeniable magnetism, there’s something so charming about smaller, more locally-oriented donut shops that make the experience of indulging in melt-in-the-mouth donuts that much more enjoyable. In Woodland Hills, a select handful of these types of businesses are definitely worthy of mention, so the next time you’re in town and that gnawing sweet craving sets in, consider some of the best donuts in Woodland Hills…

Baking what fanatical customers call “good, solid, sweet donuts,” Blinkie’s Donut Emporium at 4884-86 Topanga Canyon Boulevard has routinely been referred to as the best place to get donuts in the Valley – if not the entire L.A. region. From a sweeping selection of traditional donuts to specialties such as buttermilk bars, chocolate chip-covered cinnamon rolls, quadruple-layer vanilla cakes with chocolate fudge filling and icing and blueberry cinnamon rolls, Blinkie’s is nothing if not variety-happy.

K’s Donuts, located at 22776 Ventura Boulevard, offers fresh donuts served by friendly staff as well as breakfast specialties such as ham, egg, bacon and cheese sandwiches. This family-run business goes beyond your standard donut-and-coffee shop by radiating a shopkeeper’s charm and hard-to-beat prices, a quirky and almost throwback-esque atmosphere and memorable service. If it’s hot, fresh and tasty donuts you’re after, look no further than K’s Donuts.

Known for offering the original potato flour donut, Spudnuts, with a location at 8225 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Canoga Park but boasting other locations throughout L.A., has been a national favorite since 1946. The donuts here are lighter and fluffier than more traditional raised donuts, created with a special potato flour recipe that has won the hearts of donut enthusiasts all over the country.

RING Baked Tofu Donuts, located at 6800 Owensmouth Avenue Suite 130, was established in 2013 in Hollywood, California and offers Japanese-style baked tofu donuts made by an experienced Japanese pastry chef. The establishment uses organic ingredients sourced from local suppliers whenever possible, its donut creations bursting with such examples as tofu and soy milk, flour, sugar, eggs, yogurt, honey, butter and matcha green tea from Japan. Further, all of RING’s donuts are gluten and GMO-free and are freezer-friendly and microwave safe.

USA Donuts and Croissants, located at 7041 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Canoga Park, is often called the finest donut and bagel locale in the Valley, with fast and friendly service plus honest-to-goodness quality. Soft and warm donuts are complemented by ham and cheese croissants, sausage/ham/egg/cheese croissants, maple bars and much more, making USA Donuts and Croissants the kind of place that asks you to put your Weight Watchers routine on hold for a day or two.

There is something intrinsically patriotic about eating donuts. Perhaps it’s been subconsciously embedded into our brains from endless episodes of The Simpsons, or maybe it has more to do with the way the police officers that protect us day in and day out find an affinity for these often round, sugar-coated bits of fried dough. Irrespective of what it is, this roundup of some of the best donuts in Woodland Hills is reflective of what the American people want: Delicious donuts, pastries and coffees prepared fresh throughout the day.