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Perfect Glazed Doughnuts

Glazed Doughnuts

These doughnuts are incredibly soft, fluffy, and perfectly sweet. They can be made and shaped ahead of time so the second rise is done overnight in the fridge. That way you can wake up and fry!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 16 doughnuts plus doughnut holes
Recipe by Tessa Arias


For the doughnuts:

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (omit if you don't like nutmeg!)
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 package) [url]instant yeast∞http://amzn.to/2oSLSxb[/url]
  • 3 cups (380 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk, lukewarm
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups peanut or vegetable oil or 2 1/2 pounds shortening

For the glaze:

  • 3 1/2 cups (438 grams) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup hot water


Make the dough

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients until well combined. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Knead the dough with an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook or by hand until smooth and soft, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place the dough in a large oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  2. Punch the dough down and turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out into 1/4-inch thickness and cut with a doughnut cutter or with a large round cutter and a small cutter for the holes. Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Make ahead

  1. At this point the just-cut doughnuts can be covered and allowed to rise in the fridge overnight. Let come to room temperature before frying.

Fry the doughnuts

  1. Heat the oil in a large, deep, and heavy pan to 350°F. Place three doughnuts in the oil at a time and fry until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Do not overcook the doughnuts. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Make the glaze:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a whisk until smooth. Immerse each doughnut into the glaze. Place glazed doughnuts on a wire rack above a lined sheet pan to catch any excess glaze. Let sit for 20 minutes until glaze is set before serving.