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Glazed Donuts Recipe (VIDEO)

Homemade Glazed donuts are fluffy, airy, and melt-in-your-mouth soft. Think of these as gourmet Krispy Kreme donuts.

We love homemade donuts and pastries from Baked Jelly Donuts to Italian Zeppole Donuts. If you are a fan of doughnuts, this Glazed Donut recipe is a must-try! Watch the easy video tutorial and you’ll be on your way to enjoying the best donuts.

Fluffy Glazed donuts stacked

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Homemade Donuts are the Best!

Making donuts is easier than you think with very little active time, and you’ll love the simple vanilla glaze. You can’t beat the flavor and texture of a donut that is still warm and super fresh.

These glazed donuts are so much more enjoyable than the ones at a donut shop because they are made from scratch and you are using real and natural ingredients (no shortening, or ‘hydrogenated soybean oil’). Plus, when you make them at home, you aren’t frying hundreds of batches in the same oil.

homemade glazed donuts resting on rack

Ingredients for Glazed Donuts

  • All-purpose flour – be sure to measure correctly. If you add too much, the donuts will be dense.
  • Granulated sugar – we add just 1/4 cup for lightly sweet dough.
  • Salt – balances the sweetness
  • Instant Yeast – also called rapid rise, or quick-acting yeast and will make your dough rise faster.
  • Milk – for the softest donuts, scald milk in a saucepan until it reaches 180˚F or is steaming then cool until it’s 115˚F before using.
  • Egg yolks – we use yolks only for a richer and smoother dough.
  • Vanilla extract – adds flavor that compliments the glaze
Ingredients for Fried donuts with rapid rise yeast, flour, milk, eggs, oil

Secret to the Fluffiest Donuts

The secret to the fluffiest homemade donuts is in using scalded milk. I’ve tested both ways and the old fashioned method of using scalded milk created the airiest dough inside. 

  • What is scalded milk? Scalded milk is milk heated to a near boil at 180˚F, then cooled. 
  • Why scald milk? Scalding milk denatures the whey protein in the milk which can hinder gluten formation in the dough. The gluten strands will form easier resulting in fluffier and springier donuts.
Center view of fluffy donut

How to Make Donuts

  1. Scald milk and set aside to cool to 115˚F.
  2. Proof yeast: In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 pocket yeast and 1/4 tsp salt. Add scalded and cooled milk, oil, egg yolks and vanilla and whisk to combine. Cover and rest 10-15 minutes until bubbles form on top.
  3. Knead dough: Stir in remaining flour (make sure to measure correctly with the fluff, spoon and scrape method) then knead by hand 5 minutes in the bowl. Dough should be soft and slightly sticky.
  4. Proof dough: Cover and let dough rise in a warm place 45 minutes or until doubled.
  5. Roll dough with a rolling pin to 1/4″ to 1/3″ thick disk. Cut out 11-12 donuts, re-roll scraps if desired.
  6. Let donuts rise: Cover and let dough rise in a warm place 20 minutes.
  7. Fry donuts: Heat oil to 375˚F and fry donuts 2-3 at a time for about 60 seconds per side until deep golden in color then immediately dip in glaze one at a time.
Step by step how to make donuts

Pro Tip: Set up your work station to make your frying and dipping work flow easier. From left to right: proofed donuts, fryer, bowl with glaze, cooling rack over a baking sheet (line baking sheet with paper towels for easier cleanup). I also have my chopsticks ready for frying and more chopsticks for dipping in glaze.

Frying station setup for fried donuts

The Easiest Donut Glaze

  1. Combine – 1 lb or 4 cups of powdered sugar with 5-6 Tbsp water and 1 Tbsp of vanilla extract.
  2. Stir until smooth – whisk the glaze until completely smooth without any lumps. Add more water if needed to get a thinner drizzly consistency.
Ingredients for Donut Glaze

How to Glaze Donuts

Dip hot donuts into the glaze as soon as they come out of the batter. I love using chopsticks or large wooden skewers to flip them in the glaze and lift them out without crushing the donut.

Step by step how to dip and glaze donuts

Can I skip the glaze? The dough itself is very lightly sweet so adding glaze is nice, but you can also roll them in cinnamon sugar when they come out of the oil or dust with powdered sugar after they cool.

Common Questions:

Can I bake these donuts?

Check out our baked donuts recipe and video tutorial for instructions on baking.

Can I Substitute Active Dry Yeast?

Using instant yeast will make your dough rise faster. If substituting with active dry yeast, you will need longer rising/ proofing times.

Can I scald milk in the microwave?

Put 2/3 cup milk in a microwave-safe measuring cup and heat on full power for 60-75 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds until it reaches 180˚F and is steaming hot.

What is the best oil for frying?

We use peanut oil which is a high heat oil that’s perfect for deep frying. Vegetable oil or canola oil also work well.

What can I use to cut out donuts?

Use either a donut cutter or round cookie cutters. If you don’t have the cutters, you can use any circular-shaped item like a drinking glass for the outside and shot glass for the center. It helps if you have a sharper edge, like the lid of a cooking spray can.

Donut cutters and options for cutting out donuts

Make-Ahead:

  • Refrigerating Overnight: Instead of letting the donuts rise in step 6, cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, let them rest covered at room temperature until they have puffed and nearly doubled then fry as directed.
  • To Reheat: Just like reheating a Krispy Kreme donut, place a donut on a plate and set it in the microwave for 7 to 8 seconds on high power then enjoy.
Fried and glaze donuts top view on a rack

I hope you love these “gourmet” Krispy Kreme copycat donuts. These homemade fried donuts really are next level and they disappear fast so consider yourself warned.

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Glazed Donuts Recipe (VIDEO)

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Glazed donuts stacked
Homemade Glazed donuts are fluffy, airy and melt-in-your-mouth good. Making donuts is easier than you think with very little active time, and you’ll love the simple vanilla glaze.
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Keyword: glazed donuts
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 229 kcal
Servings: 12 donuts

Ingredients

Donut Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour divided, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 packet instant yeast quick acting or rapid rise (about 2 1/4 tsp)
  • 2/3 cup milk scalded and cooled to 115˚F
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil or vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 2 egg yolks room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Donut Glaze:

Instructions

  1. Scald milk: Pour milk into a small saucepan over medium/low heat, stirring constantly to prevent film from forming. Once milk reaches 180˚F, or you see milk steaming, remove from heat and transfer to a measuring cup to cool to 115˚F on a thermometer.

  2. Proof dough: In a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 packet yeast and 1/4 tsp salt, and whisk to combine. Add 2/3 cup warm milk, whisk in 1/4 cup oil, 2 egg yolks, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and whisk to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature 10-15 minutes or until some bubbles form on the surface (this indicates your yeast is active).

  3. Knead: Use a firm spatula to mix in the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, adding just enough flour until dough holds together and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough in the bowl by hand for 5 minutes. If dough is really sticking to your hands, dust lightly with flour then continue kneading. Dough should be soft and slightly sticky.

  4. Let dough rise: Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set in a warm 100˚F oven for 45 min or at room temp for 1.5 to 2 hours until doubled in size.

  5. Roll and cut donuts: Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Roll dough with a rolling pin to 1/4” to 1/3” thick and use a donut cutter to make 11-12 donuts and donut holes. Gently press together scraps and re-roll to get another donut if desired.

  6. Let donuts rise: Place donuts and donut holes on a parchment lined baking sheet, with just enough space so they are not touching. Cover with a tea towel and let donuts rise again in a warm place for 20 minutes or at room temperature for 45 minutes until puffed.

  7. Make glaze: combine all glaze ingredients in a bowl and stir together until sugar is dissolved then set aside.

  8. Fry Donuts: In a dutch oven with clip on thermometer or in a deep fryer, Heat oil to 375˚F. Once donuts have puffed, fry 2 donuts at a time for 45 to 60 seconds per side until golden on each side, flipping once.

  9. Glaze donuts: Remove donuts from the oil one at a time and Immediately dip both sides in glaze then transfer to a wire rack.

  10. Fry donut holes: Fry and glaze the donut holes in 2 batches. Serve donuts as soon as the glaze is set.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition label is an approximation since it is difficult to accurately calculate the oil in fried recipes. 

Nutrition Facts
Glazed Donuts Recipe (VIDEO)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 57mg2%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 69IU1%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Alishia
    June 10, 2021

    WOW! These were really good. Can you make something to tell us all about frying oil, like how to know what temperature to fry oil, how to know when oil is hot, etc please? I don’t know a lot about heating oil, or how to know which temperature to heat oil to, so i have my dad heat the oil in the recipes. So can you make up something that will tell us all about oil please? Thanks! 🙂 Love this recipe and will be making it again! 🙂 😀

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 10, 2021

      Thanks for your suggestion. I’ll try to do more of those how-to videos and blog posts in the future.

      Reply

      • yasmin saravia
        June 19, 2021

        can i bake these how much and for how long

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          June 19, 2021

          Hi Yasmin, I haven’t tried baking this, but I bet that could work. You can try these baked donuts here.

          Reply

  • Harnie
    June 9, 2021

    Hi Natasha, can I store the dough overnight? will it go bad?

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    • Natasha
      June 10, 2021

      Hi Harnie, please see the section titled “make ahead” for details on making this in advance.

      Reply

  • Angelina Boby
    June 9, 2021

    My donuts came out too brown but it wasn’t over cooked. How can I get it to the famous light brown color. It just doesn’t look as good.

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    • Natasha
      June 10, 2021

      Hi Angelina, if your oil is too hot, they will brown too quickly and they change color pretty fast. Also, if you have the temperature correct, you can pull them out once they are that light golden brown color and they will be done

      Reply

  • Cindy
    June 6, 2021

    Hi Natasha. How do you dispose of the frying oil? Thank you for all you do!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 7, 2021

      Hi Cindy, locally where we live, used fryer oil (maximum of 5 gallons) can be dropped off at any household hazardous waste collection site or facility.

      Reply

      • Cindy
        June 8, 2021

        Thank you! I made these donuts yesterday and they were absolutely delicious. So soft and airy and it rivals Krispy Kreme donuts!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          June 8, 2021

          That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

          Reply

  • jana
    June 4, 2021

    can you make sticky buns

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 4, 2021

      Hi Jana! Thank you so much for that suggestion!

      Reply

  • jana
    June 3, 2021

    can you make sticky buns your recipes are really good and i wish if you can do it

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 3, 2021

      Hi Jana, that’s a good suggestion. Thanks for the idea, I’ll try to add that to our list.

      Reply

  • Ronisha
    June 1, 2021

    The donuts came out just perfect… Followed the recipe to the t and it was so easy. Donuts vanished in minutes…

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 1, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Ronisha! These vanish way too quickly in our house too!

      Reply

  • Luna
    May 31, 2021

    What is medium/low heat?

    Is it: Medium OR low heat?

    Or is it…..what you said…which is medium/low heat? ( Even tho I don’t have a clue what that is! 🙁

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 31, 2021

      Hi Luna, it is the setting between low and medium.

      Reply

      • Luna
        June 2, 2021

        Ok…still kinda don’t get it but I will figure something out

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    • Vanessa
      June 3, 2021

      It’s in the middle. In between medium and low heat. These are the bet donuts I have ever had Natasha! Great job! As a suggestion I am vegan and I was wondering if you could think about vegan recipes?

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        June 3, 2021

        Thanks for your good comments and feedback, Vanessa. I’m really happy that you enjoyed these donuts. Thanks for your suggestion, here are also some vegan recipes that you can try.

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        • Vanessa
          June 10, 2021

          Thanks! Since I can’t eat eggs, dairy, or meat it’s been kind of hard to find recipes. Your recipes are added to my collection of good recipes! Thanks for all you do Natasha!

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          • Natasha's Kitchen
            June 10, 2021

            You are very welcome, Vanessa. Thanks for your appreciation and great feedback!

      • Luna
        June 10, 2021

        Thanks Vanessa! I am kinda new to cooking and I am still learning.

        Reply

  • Ann
    May 30, 2021

    I love watching your videos !
    I can’t wait to make these and watch my husband wrap his lips around them. lol
    This a winning recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 30, 2021

      Haha, that sounds like a good plan. I hope he loves it!

      Reply

  • Rosetta
    May 29, 2021

    Hi Natasha! Great recipe. I don’t know if you have already saw it but someone replied on another recipe of yours: Can you make a recipe for Copycat Cheesecake Factory spicy chicken sandwich, cheesecake factory nachos, their oreo cheesecake, their mac and cheese balls and their pumpkin cheesecake recipe please? Thanks! 🙂 Me and mom went to Cheesecake Factory yesterday and we got the same order. Please, please, please, please make these recipes. Can you make the next recipe a Cheesecake Factory spicy chicken sandwich recipe please? I NEED these recipes because the food was so darn good! PLEASE, I AM BEGGING YOU TO DEATH!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE. THANKS NATASHA I LOVE YOU AND YOUR RECIPES!!!! Keep the recipes comin.’

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 30, 2021

      Hi Rosetta, thank you for your good suggestions. I’ll try to add these recipes on our list.

      Reply

  • Janice
    May 29, 2021

    Could the dough be made in a bread maker?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 29, 2021

      Hi Janice, I haven’t tested this in a bread maker to say it will work or not. If you happen to try that, I’d love to know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Sharron Biccum
    May 29, 2021

    Can you bake these instead of frying

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 29, 2021

      Hi Sharron, I haven’t tried baking this but I bet that could work. You can try these baked donuts here.

      Reply

  • Laila Trevathan
    May 29, 2021

    Can you substitute melted butter for the oil?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 29, 2021

      Hi Laila, it needs to be fried in oil. Butter simply can’t handle the heat; it will brown and burn before you reach deep-frying temperatures.

      Reply

  • June
    May 29, 2021

    Hi Natasha. These look amazing! I’m wondering if I can fry these in the air fryer instead of frying in oil? Thanks 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 29, 2021

      Hi June, I haven’t tested that but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

    • PB
      June 1, 2021

      The texture will not be the same. It will be dense and bread-like. 🙃

      Reply

  • Brenda
    May 29, 2021

    even tho I didn’t make yet, I’m giving 5 stars-I know it’ll be fantastic, as all your recipes are. My question is: is there a reason I can’t use my mixer to knead the dough? I have bad arthritis in hands and it’s easier-otherwise I can’t make this. I use it for all my bread making kneading. thanks in advance

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    • Natasha
      May 31, 2021

      Hi Brenda, because it is a small batch, it may be difficult to knead especially in a larger stand mixer (we have a 6 quart). A stand mixer will work for kneading and I definitely would recommend that if you have arthritis. Almost any recipe can be made in a stand mixer versus by hand.

      Reply

  • June
    May 28, 2021

    Hi Natasha. These look amazing! I’m wondering if I can cook these in the air fryer instead of frying in oil? Thanks 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 29, 2021

      Hi June, I haven’t tested that in an air fryer to advise. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

    • GG
      May 31, 2021

      I made those in air fryer yesterday, came out good, kids liked them.

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        May 31, 2021

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

        Reply

  • Kara
    May 28, 2021

    I added a tiny pinch of nutmeg to the dough. They turned out amazing, and my kids are already asking me to make them again! Dangerously yummy!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 28, 2021

      Yummy! Great idea, thank you so much for sharing that with me, Kara!

      Reply

  • Valentina
    May 28, 2021

    This is my new favorite glazed donuts recipe! The donut batter is so soft, fluffy, and EASY to work with! Truly a simple and amazing donut recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 28, 2021

      Hi Valentina! Thank you for your lovely comment! It’s my favorite too – the perfect treat!

      Reply

  • April
    May 28, 2021

    These were worth every second spent making them. Better than Krispy Kreme!

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    • Natasha
      May 28, 2021

      I am so happy to hear you loved these homemade donuts even more than Krispy Kreme. That is quite a compliment!

      Reply

  • Karen
    May 28, 2021

    These look amazing! My kids love helping me make your baked jelly donuts. I think we are ready for the next challenge of fried donuts. Thank you so much for all your awesome recipes!!

    Reply

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