Photos by Constance Higley.
Is there anything better in this world than a freshly glazed still-warm doughnuts? It’s the epitome of comfort food in my book.
I love when the doughnut is so light, fluffy, and warm that it practically melts in your mouth. Although baked doughnuts can be delicious, nothing compares to that sensation.
Is your mouth watering yet? I guess you’ll just have to add these Glazed Doughnuts to your “to bake” list right this moment! If you do make a batch, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with #handletheheat so we can all see.
If you don’t have a doughnut cutter
, you can use a biscuit cutter + piping tip or bottle cap to cut out shapes. Get creative!
3 Glazed Doughnut Tips
Yes, this recipe must be FRIED! It truly is best that way. If you don’t want to deal with frying, the doughnut base in this recipe is my favorite for baking. I always use a thermometer when I’m deep frying, so I can make sure the oil is the perfect temperature. Too cold and your doughnuts will be greasy. Too hot and your doughnuts will be overly browned on the outside and undercooked in the center.
Yes, you can make these ahead of time! The dough can be made and shaped and allowed to rise in the fridge overnight. Let the dough come to room temperature as you heat your oil.
Instant yeast is your friend here! It makes bringing the dough together super simple because it requires no proofing and rises faster. However, if you don’t have instant yeast you can use the same amount of active dry yeast. Simply combine the yeast with the warm milk for 5 minutes to proof before adding into the recipe.
Like most fried foods, the doughnuts are definitely best served the day they’re made. I always like the allow the glaze to set for at least 20 minutes before serving. That way they truly look and taste like gourmet doughnuts.
If you want to get creative with the glazes, I have a free download with my top 5 doughnut glaze recipes just below. When I’m frying a batch of doughnuts, I’ll usually make at least two glaze flavors to make sure everyone gets their favorite!