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Glazed Yeast Donuts

Learn how to make donut shop style glazed yeast donuts at home! These donuts similar to what you would find in a Krispy Kreme and are light and fluffy and covered in a sweet glaze! 

Stacked glazed donuts with cup of coffee and newspaper

Glazed Yeast Donuts Overview

Do you call them donuts or doughnuts? I go back and forth on this. I can’t ever decide. I feel like doughnuts sounds more old fashioned (which is an obvious pull for me) but donuts sounds more causal and I think fits the feel of these babies more. Thoughts?

When I first learned to make enriched dough, I was so excited to learn that it could make so many things! Over the years I have perfected my recipe for enriched dough which I use to make yeast rolls, cinnamon rolls, and these donuts! 

Have you ever had a fresh Krispy Kreme donut? These are just like that! Fluffy and soft and covered in that sweet glaze!

GIF of Donuts Proofing

How to Make Glazed Donuts

To make yeast donuts, we are going to start with my basic enriched yeast dough. If you are intimidated by working with yeast, I promise it is easy. I will walk you through it step-by-step. Be sure to check out my video tutorial for even more tips! 

Step 1: Hydrate the Yeast

Warmed milk and yeast in measuring cup

You want to start by warming up the milk slightly to about 110-120 degrees F (43-48 degrees C). If you do not have a thermometer, make sure it is slightly warm but not hot. 

Pour the dry yeast into the milk. You can use active dry or rapid rise (instant) yeast. This is called “proofing the yeast and will give the donuts a little jump start. 

Step 2: Mix the Dough

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the butter and sugar. Once combined add the eggs and stir until incorporated. 

At this point the yeast/milk mixture should look bubbly/frothy. If it does not then likely your yeast is not alive and you need new yeast. If it is active, stir it into the mixing bowl with the other ingredients. 

Add the flour into the mixing bowl and stir to combine. The dough will be sticky and shaggy at this point. 

Step 3: Knead the Dough

Dough before its kneaded on counter with extra flour on top and surface

You can knead the dough in a stand mixer with a dough hook or by hand. If kneading by hand, lightly flour a work surface and knead the dough for about 8 minutes until smooth and elastic. Add more flour, little by little, as needed. 

If kneading in the stand mixer, mix at medium-high speed for about 5 minutes. Stop and scrape down the bottom of the bowl as needed and add slightly more flour if the dough is not pulling away from the sides. 

Step 4: Ferment the Dough

Kneaded dough ball in bowl wrapped in plastic wrap

Transfer the dough back to the mixing bowl and cover with plastic wrap to ferment. At this point the yeast in the dough will begin feeding and creating carbon dioxide gas which will leaven the dough. 

Step 5: Cut the Donuts

Dough rolled out on floured counter, donut cutter makes donut holes and donuts

Once the dough has fermented, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out to about 1/2″ thick and then use a donut cutter to cut out donut shapes. If you do not have a donut cutter you can use a very sturdy glass to cut them out. (Note: make sure the glass is sturdy and not fragile or it might break. Learned that the hard way!)

Step 6: Proof the Donuts

Raw donuts and donut holes on parchment lined tray with a piece of plastic wrap on top

Transfer the cut donuts onto a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. This resting time is called “proofing” and will allow more gasses to build up in the dough so that they are nice and fluffy. 

Step 7: Set up the Fry Station

While the donuts are proofing, set up your fry station. I like to use a skillet with high sides, but you can also use a wide pot. Fill it with about 2 inches of oil and set up a fry thermometer or candy thermometer on the side of the pan. 

You will also need a cooling rack positioned over a sheet pan to drain the donuts on. To handle the donuts, a spatula and tongs will be helpful as well. 

Step 8: Fry the Donuts

To fry the donuts, gently transfer one onto a spatula or slotted spoon and gently lower it into the hot oil. You don’t want to overcrowd the donuts. I usually fry about 3 at one time. Check the oil temperature and turn the heat up or down as the donuts fry to keep it around 350 F (177 C). 

Fry on each side for about 1 – 1 1/2 minutes before flipping. Use tongs or chop sticks to flip. Be gently so you do not deflate the donut as you flip them. 

Step 9: Glaze the Donuts

Donut being fully dipped in glaze

While the donuts cool slightly you can prepare the glaze. Dip the donuts in the warm glaze and turn to coat both sides. Transfer the glazed donut onto the cooling rack to allow the glaze to set for several minutes. 

Stacked glazed donuts with cup of coffee

Glazed Yeast Donuts

Yield: 12-14 Donuts
Prep Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Donut shop style classic glazed yeast donut recipe. Use the basic sweet yeast dough master recipe so that you can have hot fresh donuts right at home! 



For the Donuts

  • 1 cup (237 ml) whole milk (lower fat milk can be substituted)
  • 1 package (7 gr, or 2 1/4 tsp) active dry or quick rise yeast
  • 1/3 cup (67 gr) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (73 gr) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 tsp (6 gr) Morton kosher salt or table salt (use 2 1/2 tsp if using Diamond kosher)
  • 4 cups (480 gr) all-purpose flour + more flour for kneading
  • frying oil (canola, peanut, vegetable)

For the Glaze

  • 3 1/2 (420 gr) cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1/2 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 7 TBSP (103 ml) milk


For the Donuts

  1. Hydrate the Yeast: Warm the milk to about 110-115 F (43-46 C). This can be done on the stove top or in the microwave. It should take about 30-45 seconds in the microwave. If you do not have a thermometer to check, make sure the milk is warm but not hot or you risk killing the yeast. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and stir it together.
  2. Combine the Fat & Sugar: In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the cooled butter, sugar, and salt with a spoon or a rubber spatula.
  3. Add the Eggs: Stir in the eggs into the mixing bowl with the other ingredients until fully incorporated.
  4. Add the Milk/Yeast: Stir in the milk/yeast mixture.
  5. Add the Flour: Stir in the flour until it is all hydrated. The dough will be shaggy and sticky at this point.
  6. Knead: This dough can be kneaded by hand or with the dough hook of a stand mixer. If kneading by hand, lightly flour a work surface and knead the dough for about 6-7 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. The dough will be very sticky to start, but will become less sticky as it is kneaded. Add more flour little by little if needed, but try not to add too much. If kneading in the stand mixer, knead at medium/high speed for about 5 minutes, stopping about halfway through to scrape the bottom of the bowl.
  7. Ferment: If kneading by hand, place the dough back in the mixing bowl and cover the bowl with a towel or plastic wrap. Let it ferment at room temperature until double in size. This will take about 30-45 minutes if you used quick rise yeast and 1 hour-90 minutes if active dry yeast was used. A warm spot will speed up the fermentation time.
  8. Roll Out Dough: On a lightly floured clean work surface with a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/2" thickness. Use a donut cutter or a large and small circular cookie cutter to cut out donut shapes. Be careful not to twist the cutter when you are cutting out the donuts or it will seal the edges and they will not rise as high. Place the donuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to rise. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise. The donut holes need about 20 minutes and the donuts will need about 45 minutes for quick rise yeast and 1 hour for active dry yeast.
  9. Fry: Heat about 2" of frying oil in a shallow pot to about 350ºF (177 C). A fry thermometer or candy thermometer is very helpful here. Set up a cooling rack over a baking sheet. Gently slide the donuts into the oil (you can use a slotted spoon for this) and fry for 1- 1 1/2 minutes, until lightly browned, before flipping once and cook for another 1- 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from the oil and allow to cool slightly on the cooling racks before glazing. Use either a slotted spoon, tongs, or chopsticks to flip and remove from the oil. Be very gently if using tongs so you do not deflate the donuts.

For the Glaze

  1. Sift the powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl and whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, stopping and whisking after the first 30 seconds.
  2. Dip the slightly cooled donuts into the glaze, turning to coat both sides. Return the glazed donut onto the cooling rack set up over the baking sheet. Allow the glaze to set for about 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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71 comments on “Glazed Yeast Donuts”

  1. These look fantastic! I’ve made plenty of baked donuts, but never fried. I guess I’ll have to try this soon! (PS: I LOVE that gif of the donuts rising!)

  2. Wow! Lovely gift! I was hipnotized at the screen! Thank you for the recipe.

    • Thanks Sandra! My husband couldn’t understand why I had my tripod set up taking a picture every couple of minutes. I just kept saying, “just trust me.” Haha.

  3. OH. MY. GAWWWWD!!! LOVE that gif! And these donuts serrrriously look perfect. i reaaaally really reeeeeeeeally want some NOW!

  4. Hi Bettie,

    These look delicious! So much so that I’m making them for my boyfriend for his birthday.

    Have you every made these without cutting out the donut holes, so that they can be filled? If so, did you change the frying time at all? Any suggestions you can offer would be great.



  5. My question is a bit late but what’s the purpose of chilling the dough? Is it necessary?

    I also keep having trouble finding the sweet spot with the final proof. It’s either not enough and they’re too dense or too much and they deflate as soon as they’re handled.

    • Chilling this type of dough (soft, and buttery) makes it easier to handle. You won’t need to use as much flour rolling it out.
      As for rising time – for me, it’s just an experience thing; eventually you learn to eyeball it. 30-40 minutes is probably a good target for these.

  6. They were delicious!!! I substituted regular milk for almond milk and still they were light fluffy so delicious.

  7. Just made a batch of these — they are awesome. A dedicated fryer really makes this easy too…3 at once at 350′ for 2 minutes per side was perfect for us.

    And that’s even after making them vegan (vanilla almond milk, grapeseed margarine, and egg replacer — plus an extra 1/3 cup of milk or so) for my better half. Still awesome…doesn’t always work out that way.

    I love Shipley’s locally here, and I think these were better.

    With some of the leftover cuttings we made logs, and twisted them into something like bear claws… Added some cinnamon into the glaze just for those. The extra denseness worked well with them…nom.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

  8. I’m living abroad, and they only have the cake-type donuts here, which are okay, but not as good as the American donuts I love so much. I made this recipe with little hope of getting that same shop-style taste and fluffy, chewy texture, but I was SO wrong. These taste just like the donuts you buy at a shop and I am very thankful that you shared this recipe!

  9. Hello! I’ve tried to make this recipe twice now, but each time the dough does not rise. I checked to make sure the yeast was still active and the milk was the right temperature. The second time I added a tbsp. of sugar to the milk/yeast mix to try and activate it. This second time the yeast/milk mixture did produce a thin filmy “foam”. Yet, after mixing it with the other ingredients and waiting for the 1.5 hours, the dough has not risen. Any suggestions?


    • Is your kitchen very cold? That could definitely make a difference. That is a common problem in the winter. I suggest turning your oven on for about 2 minutes to heat up slightly, then turn it off, then put the dough into the oven with the door shut to try and jump start it. If your yeast is getting foamy then it definitely should be active.

    • I live in a cool climate so I warm my oven on the lowest setting for a few minutes then turn it off and turn the oven light on to keep it slightly warm with no trouble rising my yeast doughs.

  10. fantastic text, recipe and pix…when i get in a donut frying mood, i’m going to try my hand at these…very nice!!

  11. My dough also didn’t rise! I think the real problem was that simply sprinting the yeast on top of the milk doesn’t work unless you have a container big enough for the yeast to spread out. I used a glass measuring cup, and it didn’t have enough space for the yeast to evenly sprinkle. Therefore, the yeast on the sides of the measuring cup proofed fine, but the yeast in the middle stayed unaffected.

    Very disappointing when there is a small caveat about a recipe that is important to know, but isn’t included.

    Oh well!

    • But, after I read the comment about it possibly being cold in my kitchen, I put it in the oven to rise. Dough rose nicely, and the end result is absolutely delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

  12. Can you double this recipe?

  13. Thanks for this recipe. I have it bookmarked, and it’s become a tradition to make Baker Bettie’s donuts when it’s somebody’s birthday 🙂

    Greetings all the way from Mexico.

    – Connie M.

  14. I have bookmarked this recipe too. This was the first time I’ve ever made doughnuts and they turned out great!

  15. hello..i would like to ask if i need to make half the amount of donuts can i just devide the quantities? what about the yeast

  16. Hi. Do you reckon you could do them with hole in centre and turn them into jam doughnuts?l by piping in some Jam after cooking?  

    • Hi Kylee! I have never made filled donuts that had a hole in them. You could use this same dough to cue out donuts without a hole and fill them. Or you could definitely try piping in some jam to these with a hole in the center after they are cooked, but I think it might be difficult to get it all round the whole donut. Let me know if you try it!

      • Sorry, i did mean to say fill them without the hole!!! Reporting back i did this and it worked perfectly. just cut them into rounds, cooked them and after cooking pushed a hole into the side with a chopstick and piped the jam, then rolled in sugar, it was a hit! Also did some heart-shaped ones (using heath cookie cutters)  and put the jam in them too, super cute. Also did some just likw yours with the holes and the glaze. They were all fab. The glaze was a crowd favorite, but i just love a jam doughnut, Thanks for the great recipe!

  17. I am an amateur baker and full time professional lover of donuts. I come from Southern California and grew up eating donuts a few times a week as snacks before and after school, after water polo training, and after late night parties. Donuts are simply the best. I have experimented with many recipes and this recipe is the real deal!! I now live in northern Germany where the donuts are nowhere near as delicious as the ones we have back home. I have been looking for a certain taste and structure and these donuts nail it on the head!!! Also my German girlfriend who has never experienced real donuts is addicted. Thank you so much!!! This will be my forever go to donut recipe. Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I made a half batch with a simply glaze but for New Years we are going to make a huge batch with all kids of toppings and sauces. 

  18. Can I make these without a standup mixer

  19. Hi! I tried making these donuts last night but they came out dense and not fluffy at all. I am thinking the yeast didnt rise properly since I live in a colder climate. So I am going to try warming my oven as I saw suggested in the comments to proof 🙂

    I was wondering which thermometer you use also. Mine didn’t seem to accurately measure my oil temp and yours looks much easier to use!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe, I love your site 🙂

  20. Why my dounts turns out like having layers.. These are not turn out smooth.

    • Hi Wardy! This is likely because the dough was not smooth when it was rolled out. If there are any creases in the dough when you roll it out this can happen. Make sure your dough is in a smooth piece before you roll it out!

  21. After checking that I had all ingredients on hand I got to work! I must say it’s WORTH IT!!! These doughnuts are AMAZING!!! Light n fluffy! Just the right amount of sweetness and I will definitely be making them again!!! Thank u for this recipe! 

  22. Hi, I was wondering if you can use bread flour in place of all purpose flour?

    • Hi Andi! You can, but I personally prefer to use all purpose flour for any enriched yeast dough to keep it more tender. I save bred flour for lean yeast doughs, like a baguette or ciabatta, where more chew is desirable. But you can use bread flour if you like but keep in mind the donuts won’t be quite so tender.

  23. I made these tonight and my family couldn’t stop raving about them. This was my first time ever making donuts. The instructions were very clear and the flavour was spot on. I glazed mine both in the classic vanilla glaze and a lemon glaze. They loved them both. Definitely bookmarking this recipe!

  24. I made these yesterday and while the texture was soft and fluffy the taste wasn’t the best. The dough was not sweet enough. If I were to make these again I would increase the sugar. Because one recipe made so many I ended up making extra sweet frostings and glazes to balance out the flat bread taste. Definitely needs more sugar other than that they fry up nicely.

    • Hi Bee, I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy the sweetness of the dough. This is a very standard ratio of sugar in a classic yeasted donut recipe. Typically the dough is only slightly sweet to balance the very sweet glaze. You can definitely increase the amount of sugar in the dough though if you prefer.

  25. Krispy Kreme donuts are nasty. It really isn’t worth the effort unless they are better than that.

    • Hi Myra, of course these are better. My comment about Krispy Kreme is to make the reader understand the style of donut and to capture a google search. Many people are googling “Krispy Kreme style donut recipe” because they don’t know it is called a yeast donut. And many people don’t know the difference between yeast and cake donuts. But if you compare to Krispy Kreme then they understand what you are talking about. It is also an unpopular opinion that Krispy Kreme are nasty. Most people love them. So try the recipe if you like! It is one of my most popular one.

  26. So two things…Firstly, I want to thank you for all the time and effort you put into providing us with your delicious recipes and explanations of the science behind it.
    Secondly, can I use this same recipe to bake the donuts? If so, do you also have any tips for baked yeast donuts?


    • Hi Maddy! I’m so glad you find my articles to be helpful! I haven’t made these as baked donuts, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. This is the same dough I use for cinnamon rolls and yeast rolls, so I know it bakes up nicely. I would make the dough the exact same all the way up to the frying part. Then I would brush them liberally with melted butter and bake them at 350 F for 12-18 minutes (not quite sure on timing so check them at 12 and then go form there). Then you can glaze them the same way you do the fried ones. Let me know how it goes!

  27. I’m sorry if this question was answered somewhere that I missed, but can this dough proof overnight in the refrigerator?

  28. After cutting them out can you reroll the scrap dough out and make more or would that mess up the dough

  29. Hi there , great recipe is it possible to make half of the recipe? Or can you store the dough thanks 

  30. Just made some and I had alot of dough leftover Can the dough be put in fridge for another day

  31. I just made these doughnuts and I love how you actually went through each step on detail, ot was my first time working with yeast and they turned out perfect, thank you so much, a new fan always

  32. Excellent. 5 stars

  33. This is a delicious recipe. Thank you. My donuts came out a bit dark. Any pointers?

  34. Look yummyyy. i must try it..

  35. Can you bake these instead of frying?

  36. So delicious how long do they last?

  37. Can I use instant yeast for this recipe and can I make these the night before and refrigerate dough until morning?? 

    • Yes, you can use instant (quick rise) yeast! After kneading the dough you can place it in the fridge overnight. And then in the morning let it sit out at room temperature (or a warm spot in your house) for an hour or two until the dough has about doubled in size.

  38. hello! can you halve the recipe or will that mess it up?

  39. Is 4 cups of flour correct? I tried this and it is a very dry, stuff dough. Not sticky at all. I did it over with only 3 cups of flour and I feel this came out better. We will see after proofing.

    • Hi Andrea! Yes, 4 cups of flour is correct. Make sure you are measuring your flour properly if you measure by volume instead of weight. You want to stir the flour up and lightly spoon it into your measuring cup without packing it in at all, then level it off. It is very easy to pack too much flour into your measuring cup. If you are measuring that way, do you live somewhere very dry? That could also be the issue. Or also possible your measuring cup is off. This is very common. They aren’t really very accurate. Which is why I always encourage using a scale. But I have made this dough 100s of times and use it in all of my bread classes, so the measurements are correct. Let me know how it went!

  40. Great recipe. Can these the dough be made ahead of time, then freeze it to cook later? I don’t have a lot of time, so I wanted to make ahead and do the final rise and cook later.

  41. These turned out absolutely perfect – light and fluffy! Saved and will definitely be making again.

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