While heading over to a friend's house for a birthday party, my partner and I stumbled across Holtman's Donuts. We went to their Oakley location, but they also have a shop in OTR and three other Ohio locations. We were driving around town late at night for something to bring to the party and were surprised to find Holtman's still open with plenty of donuts for sale. We grabbed a dozen donuts for the birthday girl.
History of Holtman's and why they're special
Holtman's began as a family business in May of 1960, originally launched by Charles Holtman. The first shop was located in Newtown, Ohio. The locations spread out across Cincinnati as more family members opened branches of the business. The OTR branch was opened in 2013, and the Oakley one is relatively new, having been launched in 2020.
The business has been run by three generations of the Holtman family and is a long-loved local favorite. The donuts are made from scratch every single day and they specialize in old-fashioned cake donuts and yeast donuts.
Our favorite donuts - a baker's dozen
First, a disclaimer: we had a bumpy car ride and the donuts got a bit jumbled about. They were in perfect order when we left Holtman's. When we went to the Oakley location, there were two young staff members working and no one inside. It was late, but by the time we left, there were three other groups in line to buy donuts at around 8:30 PM on Saturday. You can see each locations' hours here.
We got their chocolate and vanilla glazed cake donuts, apple cider donuts, powdered jelly donuts, and a heavily frosted, non-glazed donut. My favorite by far was the jelly donut, and it was incredibly messy as par the course. The chocolate glazed was the most popular amongst our late-night birthday party group.
The donuts were incredibly affordable, with a mixed dozen costing $13.50. If you don't want the pressure of picking out your own donuts, you can order a pre-picked dozen online. They also have some amazing-looking cream-filled donuts on their website, but those were sold out in-store by the time we arrived. I'd imagine you have to get to Holtman's pretty early in the morning to snag some of those.
These were very yummy donuts. They tasted fresh and were unlike any donuts I've ever had before in terms of quality and superior texture. It is very obvious that they are homemade. Our friend was thrilled to have them for her birthday and we are looking forward to heading back to Holtman's in the future.