Introduction: Krispy Kreme Donut (Doughnut) Recipe

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I am about to reveal how you can easily make Krispy Kreme donuts (doughnuts?) AT HOME (and make you the most popular person in the neighborhood). Kiss your diet goodbye, because once you try this super easy recipe, you're going to be hooked. It's the time you put in to the double rise, and the added ingredient of evaporated milk to the glaze that really make this recipe sing!

So if you're addicted to Krispy Kreme donuts (like me), but don't have one near you (like me) or just want a fun project to do (like me!), you're going to love this Krispy Kreme Donut Recipe.

p.s This was my first time making donuts, and it was a huge success!

p.p.s. I recently updated this recipe to include suggestions from the community :D

Step 1: Ingredients

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This recipe makes 3 baker's dozen donuts (that's 39!). You can scale it down - or up - as you need!


3 (1/4 ounce / 7g) packages yeast (3/4 oz / 21g total) - I used "Rapid Rise" but traditional is fine too - it just affects the rising times
1/2 cup (120ml) water (105-115F / 40-46C)

2 1/4 cup (530ml) milk, scalded and cooled
3/4 cup (169g) sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup (113g) shortening
7 1/2 cups (940g) all-purpose flour
canola oil for frying


3 cups (375g) powdered sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
6 -9 tablespoons (90-135ml) water

Special Tools

Mixer - I love my Kitchenaid stand mixer, but a hand mixer will work as well
Donut Cutter
Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer
Cooling rack

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Step 2: Time to Make the Donuts!

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Proof your yeast by adding it to the warm water. Mix it up and let it rest.

Scald the milk in your microwave or on top of your stove, and let cool. I learned from a baker that the reason you scald the milk is because regular milk has an enzyme in it that will kill the yeast. If you don't scald it first to kill the enzyme, your donuts won't rise.

Combine yeast, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and 3 cups (375g) flour.

Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. I used a Kitchenaid stand mixer, but a handheld mixer will work too.

Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.

Carefully (not like me), stir in remaining flour until smooth.

Cover and let rise until double, 30-60 minutes, depending on the yeast you used. I went the full 60, and you can see in step 4 what happened! (I would do it again, they were great!)

Step 3: Shaping the Donuts

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After the dough has risen, turn dough onto floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour.

Gently roll dough 1/2-inch thick with floured rolling pin.

Cut with floured doughnut cutter. Separate donuts and holes, as they take different frying times (but are equally delicious). Save your scraps - they are both great to test your fry time and to snack on while you're making the rest!

Cover and let rise until double, 30-40 minutes.

**If you want to make these donuts for breakfast, let the donuts rise in the refrigerator overnight!***

Step 4: Make the Glaze

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I like to make up the glaze at this point because it can sit at room temp until the donuts are fried and ready to be dipped.

Melt the butter and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.  

Add milk (or water) until desired consistency is reached.  

*** to make chocolate glaze, melt 6 ounces of chocolate along with the butter!***

Step 5: Fry Time

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Use a deep pan to heat the oil.   I used a shallow one to be able to take better pictures, but this provides a real fire hazard.  So be safe!

Heat your oil to 350F (180C).  A thermometer makes this part fool-proof, and you can monitor the heat to make sure it stays in this prime frying range.

I like to use a scrap of donut first to test different frying times.

Even after you take the donut out of the oil, the remaining oil on it is hot enough to continue cooking it!

Carefully place the donuts in the oil.  Cook on each side for about one minute.  Use chopsticks to flip the donuts and remove them from the oil.

Place donuts on a rack or paper bags or paper towels to drain.

Step 6: That Sweet Sweet Glaze

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Now is the time to take your donuts into a magical dimension.   Dip them in the glaze and set them on a rack to dry.  I dipped both sides of my donuts in the glaze (obviously!), but you can just do one if you would like.

These donuts are simply amazing.  Once you try them, you're going to want to make them again and again.  In fact, I woke up the next morning craving them, and I can assure you, they're still good the second day.


readicculus (author)2013-12-19

this is a good recipe but speaking from experience (5 years working at krispy kreme baking) I can tell you that the dough is too heavy, it definitely has the right flavor but milk might be the issue, there was no milk in the recipe for the shop. Does anyone know if changing the mill measurements to water would work? That I think might lighten the dough up. Also the glaze recipe is wrong and basically fat fat fat! The actual glaze recipe is much simpler just powdered sugar vanilla and water, no need for butter or milk of any kind. other than that you got super close to the original just need a little tweaking!

CraigH23 (author)readicculus2017-07-20

I know from making bread dough, different types and different brands of flour respond differently. Some absorb more liquid than others. With any recipe, don't put all the liquid ingredients in, go by the texture of the dough adding the last liquids bit by bit.

itsmescotty (author)readicculus2017-07-04

Ya gotta love the experts, 'the I know, I was there, the ones that know the secret recipe. . . '.

This commenter probly worked the counter and never ev saw the flour.

This is going in/on my bucket list for a quick resolution

do you know what the actual recipe is and the amounts, if so can you tell us


TaylorDIY (author)readicculus2015-08-10

fat fat fat! that sounds about right...for all of it!

JenniferA122 (author)TaylorDIY2016-06-02

If you're worried about fat, why would you be interested in donuts?

Are all the measurements correct just change milk to water

scoochmaroo (author)readicculus2013-12-20

AMAZING! I'm so glad you commented here! I am going to try this out with your recommendations. Swapping water for milk is no problem. And powdered sugar + water is the glaze my mom always uses for everything, so I thought it was too simple! Thank you for weighing in with this.

Add a little Karo syrup to the hot water as well to keep the shine.

I should have said to the powdered sugar and water. Silly me. hot water, Karo syrup, powdered sugar.

doc_animo (author)scoochmaroo2014-05-23

hi roo... how can I make my donuts more fluffy?

Budette (author)scoochmaroo2014-02-11

Did you ever try this using the water in place of the milk? I know this sounds random but I've been trying to get a good dough recipe that's light and fluffy for not only doughnuts but cinnamon rolls as well. Thinking if it works well with water in place of milk this might just be what I'm looking for. Thanks!

i just found this recipe...they came out even better with water!!! This is my go to recipe!!!

sconner1 (author)2011-11-30

does anyone know the reason (read; the science behind) to scald then cool the milk?
why not just use cool milk?

KaaCee (author)sconner12016-05-30

It pasterizes the milk

julls04 (author)sconner12013-09-25

The whey protein in milk can weaken gluten and prevent the dough from rising properly. Scalding the milk deactivates the protein so this doesn't happen.


Wild yeasts, those not in the little packet, can alter the texture and flavor of dough. Since pasteurization does not kill all bacteria, scalded and cooled milk is used in many yeast dough recipes.

dpdexter (author)2016-01-24

This recipe is great, but I wouldn't compare them to Krispy Kreme - I think they are way better. I tried making donuts for the 1st time ever using this recipe. I cut the recipe to 1/3 so as not to waste materials if it didn't work. No need for that. They are really, really good. I did have a very gooey dough after mixing the ingredients, but decided to let it rise anyway. It was way too sticky, so I simply kneaded in more flour until I could just work with it. The donuts turned out fine. I will be making this recipe again, and I think I will try freezing the extras after cutting them out. No way two people need 3 dozen donuts lying around! Thanks for the recipe.

Jakdupcoach (author)2013-02-01

OMG!! I totally just made these and let me tell you... this is definately the perfect recipe. Right down to the perfect amazing glaze and that soft Krispy Kreme, melt in your mouth, I can eat 6 in a minute donut that we all know and LOVE. The only thing I did differently is to let the dough rise longer and only fried for 30 seconds.

JasonH52 (author)Jakdupcoach2015-09-02

Those do not look cooked long enough. Very doughy looking.

scoochmaroo (author)Jakdupcoach2013-02-03


Jakdupcoach (author)Jakdupcoach2013-02-01

30 secs per side.

Flying909s (author)2012-08-11

So I stumbled onto your recipe about a week ago and I was almost compelled to make them. Couldn't get them out of my head.
Once I purchased my thermometer and donut cutter I had to give it a try.
It all came together quickly, which is unique for me since I'm not much of a baker. Fried them up and boy did they turn out good!!!! Warm and gooey.
A little more dense than KK but thats probably something I did.
Thanks for the 'Ible!

scoochmaroo (author)Flying909s2012-08-11

Holy shizzle, those look amazing. As I mentioned, I let mine rise way longer than I should have. But maybe that's the secret!

Angyee (author)scoochmaroo2013-07-16

I think so too, based on this comment, I let mine rise wayyyyyy longer and it turned out well. Agreed, these look amazing, I should get me a donut cutter and thermometer for perfect results.

Jakdupcoach (author)2013-02-02

I... can't... stop...

swampstomper (author)2012-01-29

Made my 2nd batch this weekend, did a few things different this time. Mainly just kneaded the dough in the mixer until it made a nice ball that cleaned the sides of the bowl, then transfered the dough to another bowl and allowed to rise until double size, turned out onto the floured surface and cut the doughnuts and laid them on a sheet pan covered with parchment. Then I put the cut doughnuts and holes IN THE FREEZER! Now I can pull the FROZEN DOUGHNUT SEEDS however many I'd like to make, out of the freezer, put them in my oven to thaw and proof for about and hour and VIOLA! fresh HOT Doughnuts whenever I like! Oh yeah, the extra glaze freezes too!

scoochmaroo (author)swampstomper2012-02-15

Awesome, awesome tip!

peetle (author)2011-11-20

I actually made 2 baker's dozen and it was perfect. The recipe also scales down nicely in increments of 1/3.

I can heartily confirm their deliciousness, but somehow I feel like I might have been better off not knowing how they're made, if you catch my drift...

mommybesieged made it! (author)2017-09-14

Oh my. My ten year old and I were so looking forward to making these doughnuts today. For some strange reason I decided to use the imperial measurements instead of metric, and sadly the measurements for water are way off, resulting in a very, very wet dough. Not sure how to recover now. Can someone please alter the recipe - should be 1/2 cup water, not 2 3/4 cup water - so that others are not disappointed.

LarryBurnam made it! (author)2017-09-06

Made these tonight and they were heavenly light and fluffy. My first rise time was a lot longer, about 2 hours and then after I'd shaped them another 1.5 hours rise time again. Can't wait to try other toppings now!

CattyMac (author)2017-07-12

I've used this recipe for a few years and it's excellent. The previous recipe had a glaze recipe with butter, icing sugar and evaporated milk. I prefer it to the one that's now listed on this recipe. Any chance you can post the original glaze recipe? It tastes much better than this one (in my opinion). Thank you!

kathy.foster.10 (author)2017-07-09

It says 2 1/4 cup cool. So what if you take the milk out will this make it not heavy.

MohamedS62 (author)2015-08-19

Hi, since everyones talking about a fluffy donut, heres a tip. I found a couple of years ago a recipe that includes baked potatoes. Gives super awesome fluffiness. However i lost it and havent been able to find it. But im going to try this recipe, and i'll definitely add two baked potatoes, dont think milks the problem...i'm talking about airy cloud fluffiness, that recipe was awesome, ofcourse i did make adjustments.. That was the problem. I lost the one i made. Back to the drawing board, but only after tasting this recipe with potatoes. Thanks for the post ^_^

Imerrymary2 (author)MohamedS622017-07-05

In my Florida hometown, the Spudnut shop was famous for their potato donuts. I made a stop there each time I visited, but alas, no more relatives there and I live out of state, so I'll give this recipe a try with mashed potatoes (spuds).

ChanteIsMe (author)MohamedS622015-12-29

Wow, thank you for the tip! I was wondering about just that. I sometimes make potato rolls and they are really fluffy, so I thought about adding some left over mashed potatoes I had to the recipe. But, I figured I should try the recipe exactly as it was written before trying to adjust it. Next time I try to make these style donuts I'll add potatoes. Thanks again for the advice.

evanjva1 (author)2017-07-05

You may have changed it but the ml of water is not correct. 2 cups is about 500 ml so 2 ¾ can't be 120 ml. The recipe sounds yummy. My grandmother never cut holes in hers but called them crullers.

farna (author)2017-07-04

Just cut into squares or rectangles and fry, call them Beignets!

itsmescotty (author)2017-07-04

when I was a kid my Mom made glazed donuts frequently and now she says I should make them, sigh.

I'm going to give this a try!

I remember when Krispy Kreme opened in Virginia, it was a blessing!

silm (author)2017-04-14

When you get water in your mouth reading donut recipe.

BrandonE48 (author)2017-03-13

Is the
"2 3/4 cup (120ml) water (105-115F / 40-46C)" ingredient correct?

I don't think 2 3/4 cups of water is 120 mL.

DavidM132 (author)2017-02-20

I know this is an old post, so not sure if I'll get a reply. I'm not a donut making expert, but I'm trying to learn. I've made other recipes with some success, but I'm having problems with this one. I've made it twice now, and each time, the dough is way too runny. It rose, but I couldn't do anything with it. The second time I added a lot more flour than what the recipe called for, and it was better, but I still couldn't roll it out without making a mess.

Would appreciate any help. Thanks!

Dorian1987 (author)2017-02-03

how much milk do I use it doesn't say in the recipe

JanneM3 (author)2017-01-29

It says to scald milk but milk isnt on the ingredient list. How much milk do i use. Please help

charade (author)2016-12-27

The ingredients section doesn't give the amount of milk needed!

Easy Weight Loss (author)2016-10-12

I'm hooked :)

Holly Dee made it! (author)2016-10-01

I have made homemade donuts for over 30 years. Five years ago I found this recipe and this is recipe is a keeper. For anyone who commented about how tough the dough is: you are adding too much flour. When you are kneading your dough you only put in enough flour to make it a nice soft dough. Whether you use milk or flour is not going to be making a difference. I bake all the time and a touch dough is too much flour. Also I never scald my milk, I just heat it and it makes no difference at all with your dough rising. Also for the people that say you do not need butter in the glaze: FLASE. Butter makes all the difference in the world. With the butter you get a nice rich flavor and these donuts freshly made will melt in your mouth.

EllenS53 (author)2016-08-19

Aha! I know why there are several comments that the doughnuts were wonderful but a bit clunkier than Krispy Kremes - I learned on The Pioneer Woman that when frying doughnuts you have to use shortening instead of vegetable oil, The reason is that shortening will not absorb into the doughnut at all but sit on the outside where vegetable oil will be drunk in. I never know anything, that felt good! LOL I am fixin' to try this recipe its pretty much exactly The Pioneers Woman's recipe. Cant wait!

NathanW85 made it! (author)2016-07-15

YUM. We skipped the glaze and covered in chocolate (my favorite). As you can see, I had some issues getting the right shape, but they tasted great even without a donut cutter.

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