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top down view of glazed donuts on a cooling wrack about a parchment paper lined baking sheet

Homemade Glazed Donuts

Everyone loves this classic Glazed Donut Recipe! A simple yeasted dough that is formed into donuts, fried until golden brown and dipped in a sweet vanilla glaze. Pure heaven when enjoyed fresh and warm.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword donut recipe, glazed donut recipe
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 donuts plus holes
Calories 260kcal


  • dutch oven
  • candy thermometer


For the Yeasted Dough:

For the Donut Glaze


Make the Donut Dough

  • Into the bottom of a mixing bowl, stir warm milk, 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and yeast together. Set aside 10 minutes to bloom and activate. After 10 minutes mixture should look foamy. Add in remaining sugar, melted butter, half the flour and the salt.
    wet ingredients in a bowl
  • Knead mixture on low to incorporate flour. Slowly add in more and more bread flour 2 tablespoons at a time until dough gathers on the dough hook and cleans the sides of the bowl. Dough should feel tacky but not sticky and leave residue on your hands. Knead 5 minutes.
    dough hanging on a dough hook
  • Grease bowl and dough thoroughly. Cover with plastic wrap or clean kitchen towel and set aside to rise and double in size.
    dough resting in a metal bowl
  • After dough has risen, dump onto a floured work surface and roll out to be 1/2 inch thick. Using a 3 to 3 1/2 inch donut cutter, cut dough into donuts and accompanying donut holes. Set onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet that has been lightly dusted with flour.
    cut out donut dough
  • Cover gently with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Rise donuts 30 minutes or until nicely puffed but not quite double in size.
    risen donuts and donut holes

Fry the Donuts

  • Add vegetable or canola oil to a deep heavy bottomed pot fitted with a candy thermometer. You want at least 3 inches of oil in the pot. Heat over medium heat to get the oil to hold steady at 375 degrees F. Anywhere between 360 and 380 degrees F is fine, but keep in mind the oil temperature will go down with the addition of the donuts and you will have to adjust. Its better to be at 375-380, add the donuts and have the temp come down to 360. Add three or four donuts to the hot oil and fry 30 to 45 seconds per side or until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels.
    fried donut on a paper towel


  • While the donuts are cooling, whisk all the ingredients together for the glaze. Add the milk in bit by bit until the glaze is a little runnier than white school glue. Dip the top of each donut into the glaze and place on cooling rack to drip down. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
    glazed donuts on a cooling wrack about a parchment paper lined baking sheet


Nutrition facts do not include the oil.


Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg