Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts

A (copycat) Krispy Kreme Donut Recipe. So soft and Fluffy just melts in your mouth with a delicious vanilla glaze. Just as good as the real deal from Krispy Kreme.

This is one of our families guilty pleasures, every time we in the area where there is a Krispy Kreme we must stop by. We currently live in an area where there isn’t any Krispy Kreme near by, so I decided to start making them at home. What can be better than having your entire house smell like a donut shop.

Feeding people is definitely my love language, A busy and a messy kitchen is a sign of a happy home in my opinion. If you can get the entire family involved helping out making donuts that’s even better. These are the memories they will cherish forever.

My youngest always asks if there is any dough leftover for him to play with, its a great replacement for plato or slime.

Some people might be frightened with working with dough and might think its very difficult to make or takes up too much time. I’m here to tell you that it’s so much easier than you would think. If you have a stand alone mixer such as Kitchen Aid it will be a breeze, your mixer will do all the hard work for you.

One thing for sure is the quality of the ingredients what truly makes the difference in all you’re cooking and baking. Such as; good quality flour, good quality butter and active yeast. Sometimes cheaper ingredients are going to be just that cheap and the result of your baked good might not be up to your satisfaction. Definitely read where and how everything is made before purchasing to make sure there is no hidden alternative ingredients in your butter for example or flour.

Why is it important to first bloom your Active Dry Yeast?

Blooming is used to test the yeast, especially if yeast has been stored for some time. Yeast is alive. When it’s stored, yeast gradually die. Testing the yeast insures that yeast is good and alive before mixing into the dough.

This is the part where you mix your warm milk , water, some sugar and yeast. If the yeast is good it will create some what of a foam layer.

Also want to make sure you do not use too hot of a milk or water, it will kill yeast instantly. Yeast likes warmth but not hot. Best way is to just stick your finger into the milk, you should not feel any burning.

How long to mix the dough?

I always mix the dough from anywhere from 7-10 min. The best way to tell your dough is ready by pressing on it, if the indented area fills back quickly, you’re good to go. if it stays looking like a deep dimple continue kneading or mixing.

Trick to making the best Glaze!

It’s a very simple trick hot milk and butter. Adding hot milk instead of cold milk turns your glaze to a whole other level. You will no longer have that powder sugar aftertaste. Also lets not forget about butter, it adds more richness and enhances your glaze flavor.

Where is the best place for your dough to rise?

Best place to keep your dough while its rising is inside the oven. The oven is off but you can fill a bowl with warm water and place it on one of the racks, this will create a warm humidity for your dough and it being inside the oven its a smaller area and easiest way to have even temperature all around. I always say don’t focus as much on the rise time as much as on the progress of how much your dough has risen. Dough should be doubled in size.

What is the best oil for Frying?

You want to look for oils that can withhold high heat. It will often say on a bottle if it can or not recommend. Also stay away from flavored oils or colored oils. For example green oils such as Grape-seed , Avocado oil or Olive oil with change the color of your donuts and effect the taste. For me personally I like to use Sunflower oil or sunflower/ coco oil for frying, its a little bit a better alternative to canola oil or vegetable oil.

Here is a link where you can purchase your oil for frying.

Krispy Kreme Glazed Donut Recipe

Best Copycat Recipe of Krispy Kreme Donuts
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12 Donuts


  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk warm
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsps Active Dry Yeast
  • 5 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 piece Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 stick Butter Softened
  • None- Flavored Oil For frying


  • 1 stick Butter
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 4 cups Powder Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract


  • Combine luke warm 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk with 1/4 cup Water, 2 tsp Sugar and 2 1/4 tsps Active Dry Yeast . Mix well and set aside for 15 min for yeast to activate and bubble up.
  • In a stand alone mixer add 5 Cups All Purpose Flour, in a separate bowl lightly whisk and add 2 piece Eggs . Also add 1/2 cup Sugar and 1 tsp Salt.
  • Set your mixer to low speed and slowly pour your yeast mixture.
  • While everything is getting mixed in the mixer, cut 1 stick Butter (softened) into small cubes and add one cube at a time while dough is getting mixed.
  • Knead the dough in a mixer with dough hook for 10 min. The mixer bowl should look clean with no dough sticking to the sides of the bowl.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer your dough into a bowl coated each side of the dough in oil. This will make it easier for the dough to rise and prevent it from drying out. Cover your bowl with plastic wrap or a thin cotton kitchen towel. Set in a warm area to rise.
  • Dough should rise for one hour or until doubled in size, this will all depend on the temperature of your home.
  • Roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut out circles and a hole in the center.
    Transfer your cutout donuts onto parchment paper, cover with towel and let them rise for additional 20-30 min until almost doubled in size.
  • In the mean time you can heat your None- Flavored Oil for frying. This would be great if you have a cooking thermometer to heat it to 375-380 degrees. If your oil is too hot id will burn the outside of the donut before cooking the inside and if your oil isn't hot enough, the donut will absorb too much oil while frying. Its always great to test the oil with one donut if you don't have a thermometer. If its browning too fast, just turn your temperature down and wait few min for it to cool down before cooking the rest.
  • Transfer all the fried donuts onto a cooling rack for any access oil to drip off.
  • Heat 1 stick Butter with1/2 cup Milk. Pour over 4 cups Powder Sugar and 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract. Mix well together till all the powder sugar is dissolved and silky.
  • Dip each donut into the glaze while warm and place onto a cooling rack for any access of glaze to drip off. Give the donut to cool completely before storing them together.
  • Hope you enjoy!
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