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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!
 
 
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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!

Donuts
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 cups (530ml) milk, scalded, then 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

Glaze
1/2 cup (113g) butter
3 cups (375g) powdered sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
6 -9 tablespoons (90-135ml) evaporated milk (can substitute regular milk or water for milder flavor)

readicculus9 months ago
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!

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

scoochmaroo (author)  readicculus9 months ago
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.

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

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!

sconner12 years ago
does anyone know the reason (read; the science behind) to scald then cool the milk?
why not just use cool milk?
julls04 sconner111 months ago
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.

- http://www.thekitchn.com/scalding-milk-is-it-really-nec-112360
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.
Flying909s2 years ago
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!
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scoochmaroo (author)  Flying909s2 years ago
Holy shizzle, those look amazing. As I mentioned, I let mine rise way longer than I should have. But maybe that's the secret!
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.
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.
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scoochmaroo (author)  Jakdupcoach1 year ago
Fantastic!
30 secs per side.
I... can't... stop...
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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)  swampstomper2 years ago
Awesome, awesome tip!
peetle2 years ago
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...

Scalding the milk is to kill the enzyme to let your dough rise.

nicole.simpson.1481 made it!24 days ago

This recipe was awesome and delicious! My husband said it tastes just like Krispy Kreme. I made 1/3 of the recipe and it made exactly 13 donuts.

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shah937 months ago

Dear i need some help.

I am going to open a donuts shop in France and I want to know, for what we use yeast raised donuts and baked donuts?

I want to buy the robot donuts, but I cant put inside the yeast raised donuts! So I have to use a proofer etc. But what will be the difference between these two methods?

About the robot, where I can find good recipies?

Thanks!

Bonjour Shah,

was reading your comment with interest, thinking of doing the same in the pays bas.

I have found adresses for the robots if you're interested. Have you started your shop yet?

frankota made it!1 month ago

I can verify these are delicious, and they will all be eaten within 24 hours.

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Chef Nev2 months ago
I have been a Pastry Chef for the last 8 years and this recipe is ONE of THE BEST!
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billjoh2 months ago

Chef Willard

Answer to Readicculs you say you worked at Krispy Kreme at all the franchised bakery's they use powdered ingredients then you use water to mix them up. They do use powdered milk. The reason they do this is to keep recipes the same and ease of shipping. Yes you do get lighter dough with milk not water, think about pie dough that you use just cold water that makes the dough tighter than say a cake or doughnut recipe.

Also you can try just a little baking powder to make them lighter. I do like the way every one does experiment with recipes on this page that's wonderful.

In answer to you glaze recipe I have been making glaze for over 53 yeas (I'm 73) and I just use powdered sugar small amount of butter not to much makes your glaze yellow if to much can use shortening ins-ted of butter, small amount of cold water then ad just a little evaporated milk and vanilla.

But remember there is no measuring ingredients to making glaze Start with powdered sugar then ad very small amounts as you mix and mash just as it gets to the point where its like cake frosting then ad just small amount of evaporated milk keep adding small amounts tell you get the right glaze constancy to give it body.

taralynp226952 months ago

About to make these in the morning. Can I use butter instead of shortening? I will post how they come out. :)

Chef Tim3 months ago

Hey guys and gals, This is a great recipe. to address the issue of being heavy or doughy, yes allowing them to rise higher is part of a solution. And milk actually makes dough lighter not heavier. But, one of the best things you can do to make the lightest, fluffiest and crispiest donut is to substitute 1/3 of the all purpose flour with cake flour. :)

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brandonl143 months ago
Questions
What is shortening in Australia ?
And is all purpose flour just plain flour
And what is the name brand of the yeast u used?

Shortening is fat derived from vegetable oils. The brand is called Criso in the US.

I've heard of a similar product in AU called Copha. That might do the trick.

As for all-purpose flour, it's just plain flour. Nothing special, just ground wheat.

Hey Schoochmaroo

to start off i love your recipes they are all so cool
it just so happens i put up a recipe for homemade doughnuts just yesterday, they don't look as fancy as yours though!
You're Aussie what did u use instead of shortening and is all purpose flour just plain flour?
You're Aussie what did u use instead of shortening and is all purpose flour just plain flour?
Ocean2054 months ago

YUM . For every one looking for the 1/3 portion ingredient of this exact recipe . watch this step by step video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qym3DVw7c_s

donottrack4 months ago

was great

mrr36875 months ago

I am doing it now. Hope everything goes well.

mrr36875 months ago
jtan386 months ago
hello! is it alright if i could share this recipe on my blog? :) i will give the link back to this page!
tweetybird37 months ago

SUPER IMPORTANT QUESTION DO YOU USE SALTED OR UNSALTED BUTTER FOR THIS!!!!!!!!! PLEASE REPLIE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Hockrockit277 months ago
Just made these! They were amazing! The dough was a little too dense for me to roll out (too small of a kitchen, to roll anything out!) so I made donut "holes"! They were great! I didn't have vanilla, so I put a few dashes of cinnamon in the glaze, and it was amazing! I definitely recommend everyone to try them!
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x2percentmilk made it!7 months ago

Having never fried anything before or worked with a yeast/dough, I was a little nervous attempting this. Cut this recipe down by thirds last night and made it for the first time - nervous that I was messing up each step - but they came out wonderful! Thank you for sharing this. I used a different glaze (1/4 milk + 2 cups confectioners sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla) but followed your dough. The doughnuts were incredible warm, and held up perfectly well wrapped up overnight for breakfast.

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I made these today!! :) I did a third of the recipe for starters and although I promised out some to my boyfriend and other people... >_> it's not looking like they'll be getting any! Lol! I am yet to glaze the actual donuts but the heart-shaped holes I dusted with some cinnamon sugar. In a word; DELICIOUS!! I love that the dough itself is not very sweet so that allows me to experiment with slightly sweeter glazes like perhaps an Amaretto spiked glaze. [giddy at the thought of the endless possibilities! :)

scoochmaroo (author)  Baking Enthusiast 267 months ago

Fantastic! Do share your successful glaze experiments!

acebomb28008 months ago
Delish doughnuts
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acebomb28008 months ago

Delish Doughnuts I just made 1 dozen and were amazing. I do need work on the glaze though.

Smushles8 months ago

ummm what did i do? so people where saying to use water instead of scolded then cooled milk, so i did, i used the exact same amount of water instead of milk. Should i have? Also i didn't read the instructions properly and i put in the flour all at once instead of gradually, eek! Is this bad or is it alright?

Smushles Smushles8 months ago

iv left them for an hour an they are still completely liquid!!!! HELP!

SpringRobin8 months ago

Well done! These look fantastic. I think I'm going to trythem with sprinkles and coconut.

Chimayz8 months ago
Hey there @scoochmaroo! Thanks for the recipe! I just wanted to ask you how much glaze you made. After reading the comments, I've decided that I'll make the glaze using just icing sugar, water and vanilla. Obviously this will give me less glaze even if I use the same amount of sugar and water. So I would like to know how much you made so I can adapt my recipe. Thanks in advance.

Btw, if anyone else wants to respond to this question, I'd appreciate the help! :)
robinjade38 months ago
I am making these for the second time. Breakfast Christmas morning and my whole family is excited! This recipe is amazing and thank you so much for sharing!!! Merry Christmas!
GeeBoo1 year ago
What have I done??? I can't get these out of my head! These are worth the effort (which didn't seem so much as I thought it would be).
I only did 1/3 of a batch as there are only 3 adults in our household. I hadn't even finished frying the lot and I look around to find the plate practically empty! I hadn't even tried any and my husband had 5 already....next time I'm making it when no one is around!
I used Ghee as the shortening as that is all I had. They were great!
LoveDIY15 GeeBoo9 months ago
Are u an Indian?
tschoolmaster9 months ago
I can't sleep so I am making these for the herd in the morning. I hope they enjoy them! (Providing I do everything correct!) ;)
Gillidog19 months ago
Have you tried to make a Texas donut?
crateyc7_a10 months ago
Could someone help me with recipe conversions? I want to half this recipe. There is no way I could eat 39 doughnuts.
Bobey10 months ago
Wow
crateyc7_a10 months ago
I need help with conversions!!! I don't want it to come out blah... can someone check my math? By the way the ( ) are what the original recipe calls for


0.375 ounce Rapid rise yeast (3/4 )
1/4 cup boiling water (1/2 cup)
1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk (scaled,then cooled) (2 1/4 cup)
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar (3/4 cup)
3/4 teaspoon salt (1 1/2 teaspoons)
2 eggs (3 none)
1/4 cup shortening (1/2 cup)
3 3/4 cups all purpose flour (7 1/2 cup)
I want half the recipe..
tcornish110 months ago
Great recipe, in contrast to some other opinions, this is a cracker of a recipe. Could even be FOOLPROOF! lol. Made the dough last night, and as it was getting late, put it in the fridge to finish in the morning. Didnt have time to cook them, so took it out, punched it down and put it back in the fridge, Recommenced about 4.00 pm, the dough didnt seem to have risen much, rolled it out cut out the rings, put them aside to rest, after an hour! they hadnt risen much, but felt soft. popped them in the deep fryer thinking I would be eating hard donuts, but they popped up beautifully!
Oh forgot to mention, I used UHT milk, straight from the box! and forgot at the time that the butter should have been at room temp, mine came stright from the fridge into the mixer, was a bit of a lumpy dough, this recipe isn't foolproof, its bombproof!!!!!
yum, and a big thanks for this recipe!
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abrox11 months ago
I need help with the glaze I never get it right its always sticky and never dry's!!plz someone help......
tcornish1 abrox10 months ago
Use pure confectioners sugar, check the pack to see there is no flour in it. Melt the butter, turn the heat off, add the sifted sugar. It should be so thick that you think that the butter wont absorb any more sugar, then add the milk, a tablespoon at a time. test it to see how runny it is, also wait till the donuts have cooled a little, if they are too warm the glaze runs off!
schwacr1 year ago
I cut the recipe to 1/3 and it worked great. I used a "silpat" non stick pad to raise my donuts on. Also i think one package of fast raise yeast was too much as the donuts did taste slightly yeasty. Would life be as good without donuts? I think not.
schwacr schwacr11 months ago
A few more observations: canola oil works better then vegetable oil as I got too much browning from vegetable, butter is ok instead of shortening in the dough, cake flour made the donuts better at room temp and all purpose flour donuts were gooder warm, the dough can "proof" for up to 12 hours but once you form donuts start frying as soon as they are ready usually under 1 hour and glaze the donuts when they are warm and the glaze is warm. And I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to scoochmaroo for posting this recipe, great job.
Lilly27682 years ago
Can someone please answer my questio? How to tranfer the donuts to fryer without deflating? I really love this recipe, the taste is delicious but not sucesful when fruing the. I'll appreciate your reply.
julls04 Lilly276811 months ago
i just put them on wax paper and gently picked them up and gently put them in the oil and they did not deflate i hope that helped :)
I read a comment on a similar recipe on Allrecipes that suggested placing the donuts on a square of waxed paper that has been sprayed with Pam or cooking oil. After the donuts have risen and you're ready to transfer them to the fryer, pick up the waxed paper carefully by the edges and gently let the donut slide into the hot oil. They said their attempts to move the donuts with a spatula resulted in the donut falling and having a heavy texture when cooked,. Hope their tip helps! :-)
sandyr1 year ago
Came across this recipe today and they look wonderful! Unfortunately, there is only ingredients and no instructions :-(
julls04 sandyr11 months ago
if you go below right before the comments there is a view all steps page which includes pictures and steps
julls0411 months ago
these came out amazing! although the glaze never hardened it was more of a sticky maybe thats what it was supposed to do not sure i let them drip over night and didnt set maybe this how there supposed to be i used 8tbs of evap milk so it should of been ok. but i love this recipe! doing the chocolate ones next. i dont have a stand mixer so i mixed this by hand, also i have no donut cutter so i used a cup that was perfectly round maybe bigger than recommended size because i only got 21 donuts out of it, and i used a little kids cup that had small lip for the holes. ty so much for posting this!
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Bojoe281 year ago
Unbelievable!!! Made them last night and will distribute between family members today. Have made several attempts over the years to make doughnuts but this IS THE BEST. For any Aussies viewing my comment, Copha is a good substitute for shortening. Thank you Scoochmaroo for this great recipe and instructional.
KhuLett1 year ago
Hi i love krispy kreme donuts but i can only eat 2pcs (even if i wanted some more) since its kinda sweet.
Seeing this recipe of yours make me wanna try making my own donuts and make it a not too sweet donuts. Specially the glaze. Now i just want to ask if it is possible to lessen the amount of powdered sugar in making the glaze without affecting the texture. Hope to hear from you soon thanks a lot :D
indywave1 year ago
Your a (evil) Guinness. Lol. Thank you for the donut recipe
fritzilim1 year ago
Hi! I only have instant yeast which is diretly added to the flour, can i use this instead and just add 1/2 cup water to the mixture? Thanks
crisco/shortening is just lard which is made from vegetable oil. so lard could be a substitute.
sharp7861 year ago
Um in the uk I don't recognise some of the brands on ingredient can you list them
I was originally trying to reply to the comment asking about scalding milk. When making breads, scalding milk serves a purpose that many don't realize. Whey protein (in unscalded milk) will weaken the gluten and therefore your bread will not rise as well. By scalding the milk you break down the whey protein and it will not weaken your gluten, resulting in better dough.
ihussen1 year ago
There's no point trying to teach me how to cook, the only time I am going to learn how to cook is once I have my own place >:-(, I regret not learning how to cook at university, shame what a waste I could have learnt so many things
instead I had to spent the money buying the lastest laptop or the best trainers in the market or the latest phone
I love donuts! Thnxs for the idea!
Mkarima, shortening can be substituted for butter (but not in frying). As for canola oil, vegetable oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, or safflower oil will be fine. Try visiting a speciality baking store. Shortening isn't really sold where I live, but I found it in a baking store. However, I suggest butter as it works just as fine and can save you a trip.
Mmmm... This is now my go-to donut recipe! First time me and my sis made donuts, we failed. But when we tried this... success :D We basically inhaled them down, especially the holes. The glaze is to die for. If we could, we could've slurped it down. So the second time we made this, we just shaped them into donut holes instead. Then we discovered we were out of oil save for a small tub (1/4 used) tub of crisco and about a cup or 1/2 cup oil left. So there was 1/2 inch of oil in the pot I think? Anyways, I tried to "deep-fry" them. Thank god the oil was just enough for the donut holes to float. So, in case you run out of oil like me... about an inch of oil will do, if your donuts aren't that thick or if you're only making small shapes. BTW- in the first batch, we didn't have crisco so we substituted butter (just a note for all you people in asia whose supermarkets don't really sell shortening)

Thank you Scoochmaroo for sharing this recipe. It's so fluffy and not too sweet... just what I crave. They don't have chain donuts in the (country? I live in China, Hong Kong). So I guess the nearest shops would be in Japan or Korea... that's the only time I can get Dunkin' :( To be honest, I've never tried Krispy Kreme.

I think these are the best donuts I've ever eaten! Thanks again!
mkarima1 year ago
I live in the uk n I cant find shortening and canola oil anywhere. I s there any other name or alternatives for them?
Angyee1 year ago
So I made these though I made a few bloopers - oil too hot poured all flour in at once -and they still came out really good. Oh and like you, I let mine rise for much longer so it will a little fluffy. As for storing them, I put them in an airtight bowl that had a cover, put some Clingfilm over the top of the bowl and then placed the cover on top. It seemed to work well for me, no mushiness and when I wanted to have some just nuked it for like 15 mins in the microwave, wasn't as good as fresh but was almost there!

And did I mention I have never been that much a fan of donuts? I actually am looking forward to my next attempt at these :D.
Blenda20091 year ago
I just made today,,woww it turned out so good...it really taste like the original krispy kreme,,thanks a lot to the uploader,,it made my day,,tahnk you thank you...
nflybye1 year ago
Great recipe.
MB-DK1 year ago
omg I'm so excited right now! I moved to Europe a number of years ago and REALLY miss my KK donuts! I just got done with all prep and am now waiting for the donuts and holes to rise so can begin frying! Can't wait to let you know how they turn out! Thank u for posting this recipe! Stay tuned...
eschuetz1 year ago
What is the exact amount of flour you end up using in this recipe? I had to add at least a cup extra to make a workable dough. Even then it was quite sticky. Please let me know. This recipe was fabulous! I've never had a glazed doughnut that I liked until now. Great instructable!
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ss30001 year ago
Great donuts, but I do plan on using wax or parchment paper next time to pick them as they are rather fragile once they have risen. And for those of you that do not have a cutter no worries. I do not have one, after I rolled out the dough I cut it into long strips that I cut shorter. For regular round donuts I just took a strip and made a loop and pinched the ends together. You can also take the strips and twist them or braid or just drop them in and make donut sticks.
Directions:

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Dissolve yeast in warm water in 2 1/2-quart bowl.
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Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening and 2 cups flour.
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Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly.
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Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.
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Stir in remaining flour until smooth.
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Cover and let rise until double, 50-60 minutes.
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(Dough is ready when indentation remains when touched.) Turn dough onto floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour.
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Gently roll dough 1/2-inch thick with floured rolling pin.
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Cut with floured doughnut cutter.
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Cover and let rise until double, 30-40 minutes.
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Heat vegetable oil in deep fryer to 350°.
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Slide doughnuts into hot oil with wide spatula.
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Turn doughnuts as they rise to the surface.
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Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side.
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Remove carefully from oil (do not prick surface); drain.
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Dip the doughnuts into creamy glaze set on rack then when slightly cooled spread chocolate frosting on top.
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Dip in sprinkles or other toppings after chocolate if desired.
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Creamy Glaze: Heat butter until melted.
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Remove from heat.
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Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
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Stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.
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Chocolate Frosting: Heat butter and chocolate over low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.
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Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
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Stir in water 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.
I mean PDF version when I say printed version.
Hi Scoochmaroo,
I really liked those donuts. However, on the first try, I started the recipe following the metric measures with my scale as I always do when doing pastry. I printed the recipe and I did not notice that metric measurements are not the same in the print version and in the online version. Metrics in the printed version are not accurate. Example : 1/2 cup of butter is not 227gr but 115gr (big difference). After noticing that, I switch to the cups measurements that are correct but I put too much shortening in the dough (printed version say 227gr instead of 115gr). I think that there is a problem with this site with recipe versions management (printed vs online).
who throws out there donut scraps anyway??!!!
rbebamash1 year ago
Awesome Recipe! This was my first attempt, & they turned out most excellent.
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thohi1 year ago
hi!! :)... can I please know how much I have to put these ingredients to make about 15 donuts. I'm very new to this......hope to get a reply sooon...by the way I really love this site..thank you..:)
If your yeast doesn't want to rise, first make sure the water isn't too hot and second add about a teaspoon of sugar to the water and yeast. Haven't made these yet but certainly going to soon.
stevehop11 year ago
that recipe is awesome, i have looked everywhere for a good glaze recipe... as for the doughnut part, i've found that you can take pillsbury basic buscuits and either cut them in half or leave them whole, and put them in a fryer at 350 degrees flipping them after about 2 minutes then frying for another 2 on the other side. after they come out you can use the glaze detailed here, or use chocholate gonash, or dredge in sugar or cinnamon and sugar...
eve19d1 year ago
Hi!
What is shortening?
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alara9 eve19d1 year ago
shorting is just like butter but dont eat it plain and its just fat u can find it at ur local store It is also called criso
alara91 year ago
I am so excited to make this fun recipe
inertia181 year ago
I have a question, when dipping your donuts in the glaze is it still hot or you cool them off a little bit before dipping them in the glaze. thanks
PennieV1 year ago
Just made your donuts and they are great! So easy ! They are light and fluffy. I added another cup of flour, and the dough was still sticky but I choose to deal with that instead of adding more flour. I made the right choice because the flour gets added when you roll out the dough . I also got 56 donuts and they were nice sized, I love your recipe .
If you are having trouble with yeast, try using filtered or distilled water. My city water was killing my yeast.
natan3581 year ago
My first attempt wasn't so good. I scaled down the quantity but the doughnuts turned out quite dense. I also needed to add more flour than suggested on the recipe. The bread was very yeasty too. I used active dried yeast and it wasn't expired.

My second attempt was passable but nowhere near as fluffy as I wanted. I used banana extract in the dough to take away the yeasty flavor. The dough took way longer than 2 hours to rise the 1st time and didn't rise so much the second time around. I had to add more flour than suggested this time round too.

I used different packets of yeast each time but both times the dough ended up quite dense. What am I doing wrong?
Kapurnicus1 year ago
This is my first time baking. I've tried it twice and could not get the yeast to rise either time. I end up making glazed gross bricks. I let the yeast proof for a few minutes and make sure the milk is cooled down so it doesnt kill the yeast. Does anyone have a step by step for this method for someone who didn't know yeast existed two days ago. I seem to be doing something wrong here. It is the same brand rapid rise yeast you use and its brand new (expires 2014).
QUESTION: when covering the first time should it be air tight? Then how do you cover them after you have the dough cut?
teddy8881 year ago
Awesome recipe! I`d put a little less vanilla extract (that`s just my taste). I`d also suggest to let the eggs reach room temperature before they`re mixed in. For those who say their doughnuts deflate - you must have a gentle but quick touch to move them from the parchment paper to the hot oil - keep them low to the surface before you release to avoid splashing. Also remember to spread them out for the second rise as they will cling to surrounding dough and make it difficult to remove them.

Delishcus!! Thank you for the recipe! With Christmas around the corner these will be a total hit!!

for anyone wondering you can leave your extra dough and use the next day always keeping it fresh:)
I am 14 years old and made these doughnuts 2 days ago everyone in my family fell in love with them , might make them again for a halloween party thanks gr8 doughnuts:)
fjohnny11 year ago
We had just made these... Very DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for sharing the recipe :)
lspringer11 year ago
Yum! These donuts are awesome. So fluffy and light. Thanks for the recipe.
Lilly27682 years ago
Hello! Thank you so much for share this recipe. I made thejm today and the flavor was like kk. My family loved them. However the look was horrible. They deflated when tranfer to fry fhem. What is the trick to fry them so full and round?
Eddy Dean2 years ago
I used a recipe that I learned in Ethiopia for the actual donuts, but I used your glaze recipe. Tastes great, although I did have one problem; the butter was separating within the glaze. To glaze I had to stir while dipping so as to not get much of the separated butter on them.
Overall: delicious!
Make an Instructable! I know that a lot of people here would love to try it out!
i may do that the next time I make donuts
I'll keep an eye out!
I don't make donuts very often, so you may not see one for a while.
This recipe did not work for me. Followed exactly, but had to add loads more flour. Would not recommend this recipe. Sorry :(
hi i am 17, i LOVE cooking but whenever i make sweet things, i always fail and get shouted at for making a huge/chaotic mess XD, i LOVE!!!!!!!!! krispy kreme doughnuts though and was thinking of trying this recipe since the nearest one to me is about 2 hours away :'(, but i do get to go there everytime i go to hospital :D.

how idiot proof is this recipe? (can a REALLY stupid person like me make it?), does anyone know how to make the chocolate glaze and filling? and does it matter if i use a substitute for shortening or is that the best thing to use?
kmunson2 years ago
Sure would love the addition of KK's chocolate glaze :) Can't wait to try these! Thanks so much.
PurpleKat2 years ago
Just finished making these for my friends and their kids. (And me and my husband.) OMG YUM.

My husband used the scrap dough that remained to fry enormous elephant ears, dusted with powdered sugar.
Kringlur2 years ago
Do you know what's the best way I could substitute both condensed milk and shortening for this? Literally, I can only get those by ordering them from overseas, but I read that there's a lot of different ways to substitute depending what's already in the recipe.
gnu2d2 Kringlur2 years ago
Margarine or butter can be used as a substitute, as long as you don't use a "spread" margarine, like Parkay which can be up to 70% water. Scoochmaroo's recipe calls for evaporated milk, which is different from sweetened condensed milk. I'm not sure about Iceland, but there's canned milk in much of Europe that would work similarly.
hi! i am new here and i really want to try this recipe. but i am not sure if i can find shortening here in italy. does anyone know any substitute?
shorting is also called "copha" its like a vegetable fat ( i think)
cfb332 years ago
I tried these and they're good, but I don't recall ever eating a doughnut that had such a distinct yeast flavor. So for that reason alone I will say that these doughnuts taste nothing like any KK or other I've eaten. The glazed donut recipe I want are the ones that are like biting into air.
scoochmaroo (author)  cfb332 years ago
I'm sorry you had a bad experience with this! My guess is that your yeast was past its prime and wasn't able to provide the light, airy product we were able to create. I find that when I use yeast that has turned, it makes any baked good taste heavy and "yeasty."
notalis19702 years ago
Mine didn't work out. I am a DISASTER in the kitchen.

1. I dropped the only thermometer I had into the boiling oil and boiled it, so had no idea what temp the oil was. The donuts came out either heavy and filled with oil or undercooked and burnt outside.

2. Maybe because here in Italy the egg yolks are really, really dark orange, the dough was really yellow?

3. The first rising went fine.

4. I couldn't find my damn donut cutter (arrrggggh)

5. The donuts I shaped and put onto waxed paper rose, but STUCK to the paper and deflated as soon as I tried to pick them up to put them in the oil.

So....yet again, my FOURTH attempt at making doughnuts, since I think the closest to me are at Stansted Airport in LONDON and I'm in ITALY, failed.

scoochmaroo (author)  notalis19702 years ago
Oh no! This hurts my heart :(
I wish I could mail you some!
Tell you what, when you come visit Instructables HQ, we'll make some together!
Thanks! You're so sweet :-) Like donuts LOL

Actually, the next day they weren't absolutely HORRIBLE so I ate 4 .... ummm.

If I'm desperate enough to eat FOUR slightly nasty donuts you know I'm really cravin' here. This evening I'm trying again. I was excited to find a cooking thermometer yesterday at the store, but got it home and it says it only reads up to 160°C WTH? Maybe I shouldn't eat donuts.
YOU ARE AWESOME !!!
i must know if they taste exactly like krispy kremes or how close to it?
they closed them in australia except at the airports because of America finacial crisis. and im not travelling to the airport everytime i want them
I just made these and they are AWESOME!! Took 2 tries though, I thought I would be lazy and do the mixing & rising in my new bread machine. I came back a couple hours later thinking "gosh, it smells nice in here..." I had punched in the wrong number and they had started to bake! Anyway, now I have a batch of donuts and a funny, puffy sweet loaf sort of thing! I am SO replacing my old cake donut recipe with this one now! Love your work, keep the great 'ibles coming!
alexsparrow2 years ago
Awesome instructable. It's sad that they closed the one near foodmax in modesto
sconner12 years ago
wooden chopsticks. not he plastic ones which would melt in the oil.
jschlageter2 years ago
I love the recipe but do you by any chance have the recipe for the cream fillings? My kids love the Vanilla and Chocolate cream filling and we live too far to get doughnuts (over 200 miles)
bowow08072 years ago
scooch measuring mistake!!! the weights for the crisco and butter are for 1 cup!
scoochmaroo (author)  bowow08072 years ago
Argh! Good catch!!!
bowow08072 years ago
JUST MADE SOME!!! they are very very close to the krispy kreme donuts! although my donuts ended up very large but that was only because i had to improvise the donut cutter and i got lazy and used granulated sugar for the glaze instead of powdered but it was not that bad it made a bit less sweet which i prefer, and the dough i made was a bit too soft, during the second rise when i moved them to fry they deflated but they still rose a bit in the oil. my other difficulty was not having a proper mixer to mix the ingredients so. . . . BICEP POWER!! and it was of course still a great recipe! this recipe was very forgiving of mistakes like my fry times and temps. the temp for me was soo finicky that i ended up to 360 to 380! or too low at 340. i still have some left over dough and can i store it? then fry/bake them another time? and as for my times i just judged it by the color. this recipe is about a 7 on the idiot proof meter 10 being completely even though you did practically everything wrong it still ends up great. i am now waiting for them to let the glaze set and now i have some delicious donuts to eat, along with some hole cutouts with glaze! i thank you for letting me trying to make donuts again my first try was horrible flat, tough, and the glaze was as far away from krispy kreme as the sun is to the next galaxy. but this recipe made my night and i will might just fry/bake more for my friends with the excess dough.
Caffiene2 years ago
Ooooh. Ive made some great donuts KK style donuts before, but Ive never found a good glaze! This looks like it might do the trick (evaporated milk always does the trick :D).

I think KK donuts are going to be the first step in my new exercise regimen. (Replacing the previous first step - exercising)
Don't worry your mouth will get plenty of exercise from munchin' down these donuts!
arpoky2 years ago
Why don't I have someone this awesome in my life? Though my Grandma makes one mean cake, I don't believe that she has tried to imitate Girl Scout cookies--or Krispy Kreme's--at all.
Warlrosity2 years ago
I'm totally gonna make these. Is it possible to make vegan ones?
Should be able to. Milk substitue and butter substitue is easy.

As for eggs, potato starch or tapioca starch would likely work, (they sell those as egg substitues). I'd add some extra liquid (a couple tablespoons or so).
Thank you so very much. My vegan friend shall be so pleased. I just don't have much (any) vegansperiance.
Would love for a 1/3 batch recipe. I'm going to have a go at making these tomorrow. Not clear on the exact ingredients either..

2 1/4 cups (530ml) milk, 2%?
3/4 cup (169g) sugar what kind?
3 eggs -what size?
1/2 cup (227g) shortening -type?

1/2 cup (227g) butter - salted? unsalted?


Thanks kindly! Cheers, Ravi Shanghavi, Ottawa Canada
milk...2% will be fine...scalding it is the trick. The percentage of fat is really not important.
Granulated sugar.
grade A large eggs.
Shortening...Crisco....solid vegetable shortening.
butter...unsalted, the first time you try it. You may want more salt...you may find the salt in the dough is enough.
SHORTCUT: I have made KK style donuts with Rhodes frozen bread dough or dinner rolls. It's a lot faster and easier to do and using this glaze recipe would make them very close to the same. You have to thaw and rise the dough but it cuts out all the mixing, which means less dishes to wash. (Who feels like washing dishes with a belly full of donuts?)  If you use the roll dough, you can just poke a hole in each one with your finger, stretch them out until they look too skinny, then rise them as instructed here. They will fatten back up as they rise. Make sure the hole is giant sized when you shape them and they will be perfect when they are done. I think there is even a recipe on the Rhodes.com web site.

We have a local donut shop, Ridgewood Donuts, that has the world's best glazed donuts.  They are really moist and tender inside and taste buttery.  They aren't sticky at all but not nearly as dry as most.  I have even rewarmed them in the microwave the next day and they were still moist and delicious.  I would LOVE to have that recipe or a similar one.

Also, Krispy Kreme has pumpkin spice donuts in the fall and winter.  I have to stay away from them if I want to have any waistline at all.  I just can't eat one of those either.  I don't think it's just because they are so delicious.  I think it's because they are cheaper by the dozen and don't stay fresh very long.  I can't stand to waste a good donut!
Kathy1862 years ago
Do you think it's possible to bake these instead of frying?
You could bake these at 375 until lightly brown, but they will taste more like dinner rolls with glaze on them.  Not nearly as good and not really like a donut.  Just fry 'em.  How often will you get hot, fresh donuts?  Enjoy life!
jamie-cole2 years ago
and its beter than paying £1.40 for one
jamie-cole2 years ago
the best ever made them with the kids thanks for the instructble :)
lesizz2 years ago
Do these taste just like the KK's? Judging by the super-sweetness of the KK's, I'd think they use high-fructose corn syrup instead of regular sugar. If that is the case, your creations probably taste better than the KK's for using regular sugar.
Olyveoil2 years ago
My very first job ever was packing Krispy Kreme doughnuts to be delivered to all the local stores in town. Then, later on, filling the whole doughnuts with the jellies and creams.

That was the very best job ever. I loved watching the doughs being mixed, put into the extruder, and then the doughnuts rolling along on a long conveyor belt as they made their journey into the lake of hot oil...lol. There was an automatic flipper that would flip 8 doughnuts at a time at the halfway point in the oil. Then, they'd roll out of that and under a curtain of glaze. After that, they'd ride the conveyor belt to our waiting hands to be packaged for shipment.

An easy way to fill the whole doughnuts is to use a piping tip and cake decorating bag loaded with the filling. To me, that cream filling was an awful lot like buttercream frosting....yummo...my favorite! I am so going to try this recipe.

Thanks!

Olyveoil...(O:
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lambsb2 years ago
I am so gonna try this. You are my Hero....
i just read some of the steps and you have given me a great solution to a problem
when i make the usual style doughnut it doesn't cook through, as i roll it into a long thick strand and the join the ends, and what you end up with is a lovely looking doughnut...filled with uncooked dough..

i don't have a doughnut cutter so would it work to just get two cookie cutters? one large, one small?

also, that glaze looks sooo great,

all in all, i have no idea what a krispy kreme donut tastes like but these look the best, i am so going to rate this!!!!
Taste like? Hot, fresh from the fryer with the glaze or even the cream filled ones are like heaven on earth. They simply melt in your mouth. If you have diabetes, please don't eat KK donuts . . .they'll put you in a coma for a month . . .main reason is because once you have one of them, it's impossible to stop. Takes at least a half dozen and then you finally pass out! LOL
My poison is the vanilla cream filled, chocolate coated donut.
I have type1 and thought I'd try making them with Splenda. I wonder if any one has tried it with Splenda.
ok, now i can understand what they are like, thanks crystaldyes

I AM DEFIANTLY MAKING THESE!!!
BTW, in the Southern US, we refer to KK donuts as "Krispy Krack" because they are so addictive!
hehehe
scoochmaroo (author)  AussieAnglerGal2 years ago
Yes, you want the dough to be very light and fluffy. Two cookie cutters will work just fine!
sounds great! thanks for the help i'll have to try these!
Beergnome2 years ago
drop the all purpose flour and use cake flour, other wise? YES!!!!
isantiago22 years ago
hmmm i wonder how this will turn out being made gluten free?????
tebright2 years ago
hooray for Clover milk! Sonoma County represent!
booboobear2 years ago
Great Instructable!!! Good step by step directions and photos. I really enjoyed the photos of the flour mess and the overflowing rising dough, because that's the sign of a GOOD cook!!! Thanks for the great recipe! Delicious!
JR8882 years ago
MILK TIP: Scalding your milk means to heat it up to 180 degrees, or just until it begins to bubble around the edge of the pan or bowl. It is easiest to do on the stove, where you can watch the milk as it heats up, it doesn't take long, so don't go away! If doing it in a microwave, just check it every 20 seconds or so.

I think I can talk my daughter into making these this weekend. Maybe only half a batch though!

Thank you for sharing.
superdaddy62 years ago
wow hoo i cant wate to try this i,am a freak for these.i can see 100pounds by summer.every weekend,latenight,
I do a paper route every morning so sometimes I will buy donuts. My little brother comes running to the door every morning asking if I bought donuts! I'm sooooo going make these sometime! :D Good Job!
Cheers! -joespicnictables
When I was a pre-teen I used to have a KK donut door-to-door route. The donuts were delivered to me every morning and I went door to door in the neighborhood, chanting, "fresh donuts with your morning coffee!". My Dad bought the donuts I did not sell. Win/win for all!
Kathy1862 years ago
These look delicious! Do you think they can be baked in the oven instead? Has anyone tried baking them?
bowow08072 years ago
do you need to use canola oil? or can i just use plain vegetable oil?
scoochmaroo (author)  bowow08072 years ago
Vegetable oil is just fine!
Thank you for helping me to keep the dream alive, haha! Now that I've switched to a mostly (emphasis on "mostly" here, lol) raw foods lifestyle, as I read your ingredients list I'm thinking/muttering to myself, "okay, lettsee, butter, sprouted grain flour, less processed sugars (turbinado?), Coconut oil, himalayan sea salt, hmmmm, just might work" :-)

Seriously, though, I was going to purchase stock in KK when it first hit the board.

If anyone does have a less gut clogging version out there please send me the link, thank you.

Lady, I love your spirit and ingenuity, thanks again for helping me keep the dream alive. I was going to name my doughnut shop, "Golden Buddha Donuts". Any takers?
elimasmx2 years ago
My dough turned out really sticky... REALLY sticky. Is ir normal? I find it impossible to work with :c
Anyhow it is tasty haha.
scoochmaroo (author)  elimasmx2 years ago
Add a little extra flour to it as you work it out.
ilpug2 years ago
Made them. They are just as delicious as they look. About halfway through the batch I got creative and covered them with chocolate syrup. Mmm.

Thanks so much for the recipe Scoochmaroo!
scoochmaroo (author)  ilpug2 years ago
Awesome, I'm glad you tried it and had success! Did you make the full 3-dozen or scale it down? I'm thinking about reducing the recipe so people don't have to make more than a dozen at a time :D
I made the full three dozen. I am having friends over later, so the donuts won't last long!
Yamiguru2 years ago
*_* I'll take a dozen off your hands! They look so yummy! Excellent job! (^_^)b
Cabe2 years ago
Well that's my weekend covered!
mrsbelcher2 years ago
I skip the proofing if the yeast has not passed the expiration date. Also, make sure the milk is no hotter than 110 degrees or you'll kill the yeast. My dough is rising as I write. Thanks Scooch for another awesome recipe!
I think I gained 5 pounds today!
scoochmaroo (author)  mrsbelcher2 years ago
Great tips!
wilgubeast2 years ago
These were delicious. If you're on the fence or trying to talk yourself out of making some: stop.

Just make some. Give them to people you love. Or just eat them all. The self-satisfaction of DIY should counteract the post-gluttony guilt.
lmnopeas2 years ago
Jealous! Wish I had some right now. They look scrumptious.
SHIFT!2 years ago
This is probably one of the best homemade KK donut I've seen if for one thing- no deep fryer! Which means I can probably make some right from my dorm room if I wanted to....

Excuse me, I think I hear some pastries calling to me
MI160072 years ago
OMG i love Krispy Kreme Donuts! I can't ever go back there now :C but i will try to make these.Thank you for the recipe :)
cheezstake2 years ago
I WILL try this recipe. Like you, we are too far from a Kripy Kreme. I will be a hero (thanks to you) when I make these for my family.
scoochmaroo (author)  cheezstake2 years ago
Oh my gosh, I hope you do. I was totally blown away by these donuts! They take a lot of time, but almost no effort. Let me know how it goes!