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Homemade Glazed Donuts are melt in your mouth soft and fluffy with a perfectly sweet glaze. They come together so easily, these donuts will become a weekend staple!

Glazed donuts on a cooling rack

There is a serious love affair with donuts going on in this house. Jelly filled, sprinkles, fritters, holes, or glazed. It doesn’t matter what you call them or what they look like. We love them all equally. Well, that might be an overreach. Have you ever had a dry donut? Not enough jelly filling? Subpar glaze? Ugh. It’s a sad day when you go in with high expectations only to be let down by a mediocre donut. Don’t fret though, because we are coming at you with an amazing glazed donut recipe today that aims to please. 

These donuts are everything you ever wanted out of a traditional glazed donut. They are oh so soft and practically melt in your mouth when you bite into them. The glaze has just the right amount of sweetness to keep you coming back for more. Trust us, these are about to become your new favorite donuts. No driving to the store required! 

Yeast Options for Homemade Glazed Donuts:

This recipe calls for instant dry yeast. It allows you to add it in with all of the other ingredients at once, no proofing required. If you want the quick and easy method, we recommend sticking with instant dry yeast. 

Only have active dry yeast on hand? No worries, it will still work! Active dry yeast simply requires proofing time. Add your yeast to the 1/2 cup warm water and let it dissolve and get bubbly. Once it has proofed about 10 minutes it is ready to pour in and add to all of the other ingredients. 

Frying Oil Options:

Instead of frying in vegetable oil, you can also use vegetable shortening instead. You’ll need approximately 2 cups of shortening. 

Can I substitute with bread flour?

We call for all purpose flour in this recipe to make the most soft dough and fluffy donuts. Bread flour produces a very tough donut, so it is not recommended in this recipe. 

Chocolate Glaze Recipe:

We know that some of you love a good chocolate glaze. If you would rather use a chocolate glaze rather than the traditional glaze given in the recipe below, this one is for you!

Stir together 3/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa powder in a small bowl. Add in 2 tablespoons of water and stir until combined.

A stack of glazed donut with a bite taken out of one

Storage Instructions:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They should last 1-2 days at room temperature, or 3-4 days in the refrigerator. If your donut has gone a bit stale, you can always pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds to soften it up a bit.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious donut and sweet bread recipes:

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTubeFacebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Glazed donuts on a cooling rack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rising Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes

Basic Donut Dough

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water approximately 100 degrees
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil

Donut Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons water
  • Combine the yeast, water, sugar, evaporated milk, salt, shortening, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer. Pour in 2 cups of the flour and knead on a medium-low speed with a dough hook until well combined. Slowly add in the remaining flour until a smooth dough ball forms. Dough should be wet, but should not stick to your fingers or the sides of the bowl.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly greased mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap or a clean dish towel, and let rise 1 1/2 hours.
  • Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. Use a drinking glass or round cookie cutter to punch out 12 donuts, re-rolling the dough as necessary to get a dozen donuts and use almost all of the dough. Let rise another 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, pour vegetable oil into a large pot, enough for the oil to be 1-inch deep. Heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the frying oil is coming to temperature, make the glaze in a medium-size mixing bowl by whisking together melted butter, powdered sugar, pinch salt, 2 tsp evaporated milk, and vanilla extract. Add in water 1 teaspoon at a time until it is just thin enough to dip something in easily. It shouldn't be runny, but it shouldn't be thick either.
  • Fry the donuts a few at a time until golden brown, flipping halfway through. It is helpful to do a test donut to ensure that the donut gets cooked through. Transfer the donuts to a wire rack covered with a layer of paper towels. Let cool for 1 to 2 minutes then dip the top of the donut into the glaze and place it back on the wire rack.
Instead of frying in vegetable oil, you can also use vegetable shortening instead. You'll need approximately 2 cups of shortening. 


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Glazed Donuts
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