Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts (Copycat)

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The Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts you know and love and now you can make them at home and eat them fresh!

Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts you know and love and now you can make them at home and eat them fresh without braving the lines or drive-thru.Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts areΒ the original glazed yeast raised doughnut that made Krispy Kreme famous. I’ve been known to make the detour when the “HOT” sign is on at Krispy Kreme but since I can make them at home I’ve become immune to the pull of the brightly lit signs.

If you’ve ever looked up doughnuts on Pinterest you’ve likely seen many Krispy Kreme copycat recipes. I tried 4 of them off Pinterest and was less than enthusiastic. The dough wasn’t fluffy enough, the glaze didn’t harden to a point where it was thin and shattered upon being bitten into. Those qualities are what make Krispy Kreme so special. So I ditched Pinterest and dug a whole lot further. I found a recipe from the Chicago Tribune that they tested and retested six times until it was the flavor we all know and love.

It works! With just a couple of adjustments, these Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts are a GREAT copycat, not perfect mind you as part of the magic lies in their air pressurized extruders, but if you are looking to make this recipe at home, you need to go no further.Β Β These doughnuts are best right after the glaze dries!

To get ahead of the questions:

  1. Yes I totally made these in vegetable shortening (I use Spectrum), that is authentic to Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts. You can absolutely substitute with canola oil if you prefer. Just know the more you change the less “authentic” to expect it to be.
  2. I used my trusty cast iron skillet with a frying thermometer to maintain the perfect temperature. If you eyeball it instead of using a thermometer you may end up with burnt/raw donuts or oily ones if your oil is too hot or too cold. If you are going through the process of making these definitely grab the tools to make it right.
  3. You can make any shape you need. I pictured the classic shape, but I also made bars and experimented with maple bars (I failed on that glaze. Don’t worry I will keep trying, purely for scientific reasons of course πŸ˜‰ )
  4. These are glazed when warm and eaten within minutes of the glaze hardening. I am also sometimes guilty of eating them before the glaze even hardens. Messy but DELICIOUS.

Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts you know and love and now you can make them at home and eat them fresh without braving the lines or drive-thru.

Recipe

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Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts

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  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Course: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American
Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts you know and love and now you can make them at home and eat them fresh!

Ingredients

  • Doughnuts:
  • 2 packet yeast 1/4 ounce packets
  • 1/4 cup warm water 105-115 degrees
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk scalded, then cooled
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable shortening or vegetable oil if you would prefer for frying
  • Glaze:
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup I make my homemade corn syrup in my [url:2]Caramel Popcorn recipe[/url]

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

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  1. Add water and yeast together in a your stand mixer and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Add in the milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and 2 cups of the flour.
  3. Turn the stand mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, then add in the rest of the flour and mix until just combined.
  4. Take the bowl out of the stand mixer and cover with a clean towel to let it rise for an hour.
  5. When you can push down on the dough and your fingerprint stays you're ready to move on to the next step.
  6. Working with half the dough at a time, roll it to 1/2 inch thick on a floured surface.
  7. Dip your doughnut cutter in flour and cut out a dozen doughnuts with each half of the dough and out onto wax paper.

  8. Let rise, covered, in a warm spot for 30-45 mins (I did 45)
  9. In a cast iron pan or other deep saucepan, heat the vegetable shortening to 375 degrees.

  10. Please use a thermometer to measure the temperature as this is a critical step.
  11. Fry the doughnuts on each side for 90 seconds.
  12. Drain on a cooling rack until you finish cooking them all then dip into the glaze.
  13. To make the glaze, add the powdered sugar, milk and corn syrup to a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
  14. Most importantly, eat with reckless abandon.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 servings, Amount per serving: calories

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Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts you know and love and now you can make them at home and eat them fresh without braving the lines or drive-thru.

Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts you know and love and now you can make them at home and eat them fresh without braving the lines or drive-thru.
Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts you know and love and now you can make them at home and eat them fresh without braving the lines or drive-thru.

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      1. This recipe did not come out for me at all. The result brought me to tears. The dough did not rise even after sitting for 3 hours trying to fry them was a disaster they never cooked all the way through I’m beyond upset at the horrible recipe

        1. Wow, I am so sorry to hear that. Could you email me so we can troubleshoot? The recipe is based on a heavily tested recipe and I’ve made it many times without fail. Would love to see if we can figure out where it went wrong together. Maybe the yeast wasn’t active? Let’s work on it. contact @ dinnerthendessert.com

          1. I would say she used the wrong type of flour…usually..that is what happens or the yeast is old.

        2. I think your yeast didn’t activate. Either your water was too cold and didn’t activate the yeast or it was too hot and killed it. Heat the water in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds. Don’t add the yeast to the water until you dip your pinky nuckle into the water and it feels warm to the touch. If its too hot for your finger then it’s too hot for the yeast. When you combine the warm water and yeast also add a tablespoon of sugar for the yeast to feed on. Don’t add salt yet as it tends to hinder yeast’s development. I suggest leaving out the step of adding the cup of flour and letting it sit for an hour before adding everything else. Just do this to activate the yeast (make sure the yeast/water mixture looks foamy and/or bubbly, if you can see all the yeast granules floating or it all sunk and there’s no foam then it didn’t activate and try again, altering the temp of the water). Then just add all the rest of the ingredients at once and mix. I personally melt the butter. Make sure all the liquids you add are not cold and aren’t too hot. You want them to be warm too for the yeast to flourish. I hope that extremely long reply helped somehow πŸ™‚

        3. Possibly your yeast was too old….or….you killed the yeast by adding TOO WARM (hot) water to the yeast in the first step of dissolving the yeast. I always make sure the yeast is ‘alive’ by….adding warm water to dry yeast, waiting about 5 mins to see if yeast becomes bubbly…if so its alive, if not…its dead.

        4. This happened to us the first time round too – however, we came back to the recipe the next day with more patience and freshly bought yeast – and this time the result was out of this world.

          Amazing Recipe πŸ™‚

        5. My guess is that your yeast was bad also HOWEVER you all who hated this recipe may have interpreted the yeast amount wrong it is TWO 1/4 oz pkgs yeast (standard size packets) NOT 2 1/4 ounces which would have been 9 packages of yeast! Obviously not that amount if you are even a basic baker…

          1. Yes, it is definitely 2 (1/4 ounce) packets. I feel awful if the wording of it was confusing for people, I will edit the recipe to make it perfectly clear. Thanks Cindy!

  1. Donuts are a serious weakness of mine. We don’t have krispy kreme here in Canada but we do get prepackaged ones in our stores.. These are the type we have here and they are SO good.

  2. Oh my family would be excited for this on Christmas morning! I’d be excited that I didn’t have to leave bright an early to enjoy them! πŸ˜€

      1. Sabrina, please I need help!! I made the dough and it didn’t rise, I made all the steps , left it for 2 hours and in the refrigerator overnight but it isn’t rising!! In the making the yeast was bubbly as you said! Please help me

        1. Sorry this totally got snagged in my spam filter and I just saw it. Yes, you could or you could knead it by hand too. It would just be more elbow grease.

  3. I have never had one of these doughnuts but they look great! I would love to also win this money which would be especially helpful this time of year!

    1. Tested it with less sugar and it wasn’t as authentically krispy kreme. Wish I could’ve ditched some sugar though, it is a lot. Also, regular all purpose flour πŸ™‚

  4. How long do you mix dough for? I have an electric kitchenaid stand mixer, I mixed for 6 minutes..dough never really “hugged” paddle, but gluten was definitely activated. I allowed dough to rise for 1 1/2 hours, and it didn’t seem very risen like bread dough does, but more elastic in texture. Any suggestions on how long approximately to mix dough?

    1. Hi Rachel! My first thought is perhaps the flour was a little light if it didn’t quite stick to the paddle. You added the one cup of flour in earlier and the remaining 3 1/2 cups before mixing correct? My gut is saying it probably needed a bit more flour, but I am happy to do some more troubleshooting with you via email. I have a couple of questions about how it went up to that point to be able to give you my best ideas to correct it. πŸ™‚

    1. I have kept them for a couple of days. They are never as good as the morning of, but a 7 second zap in the microwave gets them almost back to fresh πŸ™‚ (PS the 7 second thing was a tested exact time. You can tell I have made these too many times! Haha).

    1. My apologies, I need to change that as it is confusing since cream is a food product. I meant it like cream the ingredients together. I changed it to reflect that. The shortening is actually melted for frying…but you can also substitute vegetable oil for that if you would like.

  5. my wife and I just made these in africa.there’s no krispy kreme here. They came out great even though we didn’t have a thermometer, a mixer or a rolling pin, we just use the beer bottle to roll it out and used the donut holes to test to get the temperature right and of course a wooden spoon and a tired arm. thanks for the excellent recipe.

    1. Fantastic! And I love that all it took was a beer bottle! Thank you for coming back and letting me know you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  6. Hello.. Please do not try this recipe. It IS an waste of resources.. I always make donuts using my moms homemade recipe and though they come out nice they never taste like krispy kreme..
    These donuts did not rise at all. They were heavy and dense and very much raw after frying at the specified temperature.. Sadly i will have to keep searching for a copycat krispy kreme donut recipe.

    1. Hi Katherine,

      First, I am so sorry the recipe did not pan out for you. Speaking from personal experience we have not encountered the same issues you did and the recipe was adapted from http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-10-17/entertainment/0110170040_1_krispy-kreme-doughnuts-glazed the Chicago Tribune who did extensive testing to ensure it was as close a copy as promised. I would be happy to try troubleshooting with you if you are interested. With yeast dough sometimes it can be one little thing that can cause the recipe to fail. Would love to help you end your search here. πŸ™‚

    2. The recipe on Instructables worked a lot better for me. I followed this recipe to the T and it was, as some have indicated, heavy dough. I refrigerated over night cut them out and waited for them to rise. They only came up a little so I waited longer, about 80 minutes. My family still enjoyed them but to me they were much more like cake donuts than glazed donuts. I’ll not be spending time with this recipe again. The recipe on Instructables is a lot lighter and takes much less time to complete.

        1. Hiya, I am a Krispy Kreme fanatic. I think my problem was the yeast. I had fresh yeast but i think the water I used was way too hot. The donuts rose and were very tasty but were not the actual Krispy Kreme taste and consistency. The outside of the donut was not as light as the originals. Mine were more crispy and had a thicker crust on the outside, so the meltiness of the actual Krispy Kreme was lost. I used canola oil which could’ve been a problem with the frying.
          Still my family Loooooed them. I was the critical one lol but they also eat anything. . I’ll try them again with the right temperature water with the yeast, different oil and a cast iron pan.

          1. I’m sure your family won’t mind you experimenting as long as they get to eat yummy donuts, lol!

  7. I love copycat!!! I think this recipe was beyond them all! I’m so glad I no longer have to buy expensive donuts as often (no offense Krispy Kreme)

  8. Is the dough supposed to be sticky? I just wrapped my first attempt in plastic and put it in the fridge, but it seemed very sticky?

  9. good recipe doughnuts came out well, i found that 375 was to hot for the oil as although cooked it left the doughnuts very dark on the outside but i could play about with the temp in the future. thanks

    1. I’ve had pretty successful frying at 375 but I’ll give it a shot at 350 and report back! Thanks for the feedback. πŸ™‚

  10. My donuts were delicious! A little more cakey than Krispy Kreme, but still very good. I will second the comment related to color- my donuts were very dark and I can only attribute that to the oil temperature- next time I will fry at 350. It’s also very tricky to get the donuts off of the parchment/wax paper before frying. Thanks for a great recipe!

  11. We do not have Krispy Kreme nearby..AND I’m eating gluten free. Can I use Bobs Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free baking flour to make these? Any way to make theses gluten free?

    1. Hi Christine, I’m so sorry I can’t comment on making them GF and knowing if they are still delicious/will work well. I don’t want you to try them and feel let down. I do love a GF blog called dishingdelish.com I would highly recommend though.

  12. Tgank goodness they tasted great, because they looked horrible. They totally stuck to the pan and was too loose to pick up after the last rise. What a bummer. So much work.

    1. I’m glad they at least tasted great! I would be happy to trouble shoot more with you and try and figure out what happened. You can contact @ dinnerthendessert . com ?

    1. From what I’ve found, Golden Syrup seems to be a good substitution or others have suggested boiling 2 parts sugar and 1 part water to a syrupy consistency. Once you try, come back and let me know how they turned out!

  13. Hi,
    I am trying yo make the donuts. Upon the second rise (after adding the foamy yeast + flour to eggs, sugar, butter), it is not rising hardly at all. I regularly make bread dough and pizza dough from scratch (weekly), so I am not unfamiliar with yeast and rising. Is is just not supposed to rise much?? I even activated more yeast and also added some gluten (1 tsp), in case that was the issue.
    Any thoughts would be appreciated!
    Thank you!

    1. I’ve been working on this recipe since the posting. Some people find it works well while others have had issues with rising. Because of that I did more testing with alternate recipes and have updated this one. I am so sorry, I realize that does not help you given the fact you’ve already made the dough, but I can assure you that if you try the newly updated version it works quite well and with no issue rising.

      1. I’ve updated the recipe in the recipe card. The updated recipe has been tested by 5 friends who have never made doughnuts before with success!

          1. I was finally able to update the recipe card so the way it is written is the update πŸ™‚

          2. I haven’t tried it because I was wanting to keep it more authentic to the original. If you do try, I’d love to hear how it worked out for you.

  14. I believe your recipe may be short 1 cup of flour. If everyone is commenting that it’s a sticky mess then we’re all having the same problem. I added exactly 1 more cup of flour before it finally stuck to the paddle and came out clean when pressing with a finger.

    1. I’m so sorry it took me so long to respond, it went into a spam folder. After some testing, I was able to update the recipe. I realize this doesn’t help you at this point but unfortunately this post isn’t allowing me to update. If you’d like to try again, the edited version is in the above comments.

  15. Making the now
    Getting ready to put them in fridge overnight
    Well I had the same problem with it not rising everything was just bought. But it takes s little more flour then it says and it was alright then.

  16. Tried this recipe for a superbowl party. Not good results. Can’t figure out what went wrong. New yeast, new flour. The dough was thick and sticky and never really got a good rise. The instructions could be a little more clear on what the dough consistency should be. I might try these again to see what went wrong. It won’t be for a while…I need to get my blood pressure down.

    1. I’m so sorry you had issues with it πŸ™ If you would like to troubleshoot I would be happy to discuss it further. Email me at contact @ dinnerthendessert.com

  17. Hi Sabrina, I would like to make these doughnuts but first, I would like to know if you used oil or solid shortening for the recipe. Can’t wait to try them.
    Thanks

    1. I used vegetable shortening but you can absolutely substitute with canola oil if you prefer. Just know that it will be less “authentic”. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  18. I’m a little nervous here. ? I currently have the dough rising (45 minutes left, and it seems to be rising nicely!). However, my dough was *very* wet/sticky. It’s almost more like a thick batter than a yeast dough. Is this normal? I’m an experienced baker, and I’ve never worked with such a wet dough. My concern at this point is that when I go to roll them out, I’ll have a gooey, sticky mess on my hands (literally, lol). I plan on flouring the counter heavily, so I’m hoping that will help. The only substitution I made was to use softened butter instead of shortening. Help!!

    1. Forgot to add that I ended up adding one additional cup of flour to the dough. It helped somewhat, but it’s still very sticky. I’ve just read through the comments and it seems that others have had this problem as well. I was hesitant to add more for fear that the dough would be tough. That’s the beauty of Krispy Kreme’s–they’re like a mouthful of air. πŸ™‚ I know when baking bread, a wetter dough gives a fluffier loaf of bread, so I’ll just flour the counter heavily and hope for the best, lol

      1. Your question was stuck in my spam file πŸ™ So sorry about that. My suggestion would be to add more flour. The dough shouldn’t have been wet or sticky. Hopefully they turned out well for you.

  19. Hi, I tried your recipe today and while I needed to add about an extra cup of flour, allow the dough to rise for around 3 hours and didn’t find the outcome anywhere near the class of Krispy Kreme, it will be a recipe I’ll hold on to as a fabulous home-made doughnut, perhaps with a simple cinnamon & castor sugar coating. I just wanted to bring to your attention, that in the instructions, point 7 says to cut out a dozen doughnuts from EACH half of the dough, implying 24 doughnuts in total, but right at the beginning of your recipe, it states 12 servings. I managed to get 27 doughnuts from the mixture, but as I said, i added extra flour and my cutters were smaller than yours.Thank you for sharing. πŸ™‚ AlwaysM.

    Rating: 4
    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the doughnuts and thank you for your suggestion but to clarify, I am assuming that most people will eat 2 doughnuts in one serving…or more if you’re me πŸ™‚ So 12 servings would be around 24 doughnuts. Hopefully this helps with any confusion.

    1. I’m so sorry, it looks like your question was caught in my spam filter. I used 1/2 cup shortening instead of butter. Hope this helps clear up any confusion.

  20. HelloI would like to first thank you for posting your recipe. I did use it and was happy as it tasted great but the only problem was my donuts didnt come out like yours did. My donuts seemed a lil wrinkley the best i can describe them, they were not so plump as yours were or as all donuts normally are i dont know why that would of happened i would like to give em another try but am worried the same thing will happen which made the donuts look a lil dull. If you could help would be very appriciated.Hope to hear from you soon.

    Rating: 3
  21. I made a batch of these and they were so easy and tasted amazing!!I only had to cook the doughnuts for 60 seconds each side.I didn’t have a doughnut cutter either so I used a cup and then poked and pulleda hole into the middle. Best cooked up fresh, as soon as the dough is ready. I put half the dough in the fridge and fried some more the next day, not so good.Thank you for sharing this recipe, it’s a keeper! πŸ˜€

    Rating: 5
  22. Great recipe even though I can’t follow instructions. Frying without a thermometer, I ended up with raw dough inside the donuts. Put them back and fried until they were dark brown, making the outside too crispy. In spite of this, they were great. Half the dough I shaped as flattened, round balls and filled them with jelly. The recipe is so good that I bought a frying thermometer and will making them again tonight. And following instructions.

    Rating: 5
  23. Awesome recipe Sabrina!

    I have a question. How you make the donut so round. Mine after cutting with donut cutter and proofing turn out to be more squarish on sides :(.

    1. Hmmm, it sounds like maybe they were crowded and that’s why they took on a more squarish shape. I made sure to give mine plenty of room.

  24. I’m a cook & pastry baker. I have made this recipe over & over again. Lost count. People at work & home always requesting them. Some say better than Krispy Kreme & some say best they ever had. Tried others but this is my favorite. After my favorite Krispy Kreme donut store went out of business I went on the copy cat Krispy Kreme donut hunt…. Tried a few including this one but your recipe is the by far the best. I never post comments but after reading all the negative comments…It was a must!!!! Thank you soooo much for this recipe.Β 

  25. I made these, though I fried mine in a deep fryer and cheated by using a bread machine to help me mix them and used it through the first rising. I then rolled them out and cut about 1/2 size because I wound up with 24 doughnuts. They are wonderful !! Thank you so much !

    Rating: 5
  26. Hi just wondering if you are able to make the donuts in advance the day before frying them? Will they keep in the fridge? I’d like to fry them first thing in the morning but don’t want to have to wake up at 3am to start the recipe! Any tips or suggestions would be great as I love this recipe. They taste sooooo good!!

  27. Hi I absolutely love this recipe! It’s a definite crowd pleaser! I’m just wondering if there’s any way to make the dough in advance to be able to fry the donuts the next day? Ultimately I’d love to be able to wake up and fry the donuts before midday without having to start the recipe extremely early. Is there any way they can be refrigerated overnight? πŸ™‚

    Rating: 5
    1. I’m so sorry but this recipe isn’t able to be made in advance. πŸ™ I know it’s a labor of love and not exactly fun to wake up extra early for but it’s really the only way it works.

  28. These were delicious! I Made these vegan by subbing the milk with soy milk and the egg with flax seed egg white (boiled flax seeds until gelatinous, then strained). They were a hit. Definitely worth making again as a treat, once my waistline recovers.

    Rating: 5
  29. Best recipe ever. First time and it was fantastic. I think the yeast quality makes a huge difference. It’s a keeper.

    Rating: 5
  30. I made these for my family, they loved them. I used the thermometer to heat my oil in cast iron pan. So easy to make and stayed soft until the last one was gone next day.

    Rating: 5
  31. I concur with Gwen! I made these donuts for the first time last night. The dough was soft and silky. It was very sticky; I just floured my surface and hands, turned dough out on to same, shaped into a ball and place in oiled bowl to rise. They came out picture perfect!!! Note: I fried donuts in 325- 330 degree oil, not 375 degree as stated. Practice and patience makes Perfect!!! Thank you for this fantastic recipe!!!

  32. Mine came out perfectly. Followed the recipe, i had no shortening so I used butter, and i fried in canola oil. Had no thermometer so i burnt the first 4 and even those were delicious. Thank yiu for such a great recipe.Β 

    Rating: 5
  33. This copycat Krispy Kreme recipe is to dye for thank you so much Sabrina for sharing – Easy to make – Easy to cook and the glaze just tops it off YUMMO DELISH can’t stop munchin these. So air light soft doughnut just devine. Thank you so much….

    Rating: 5
  34. Do you think I could I use this recipe to make the Krispy Kreme raspberry filled doughnuts? How long would I cook them for? My fiance loves the raspberry filled ones but I can’t find a good recipe for them and the closest Krispy Kreme is like 2+ hours away.

  35. I’m dying to try this! Although I have a very big pack of active dry yeast. How many tablespoons should I put in?

  36. I made this recipe today and LOVED it!!! I even used yeast I had in the fridge for a while and it still worked awesome. I did use butter in the actual donut instead of shortening and it still worked great. And I only had two cups of veg shortening to fry them so I added veg oil to top up the pot. They turned a beautiful golden colour. I will 100% make this my go-to from now on. Thank you!!

    Rating: 5