Vanilla Glazed Homemade Donuts

For those of you who know me personally, you’ve already seen this picture of recently made donuts, but just to be clear, I really thought I had already shared this recipe! It’s the bomb dot com. If you have a Kitchen Aid, all the better! It uses everyday ingredients, except for shortening, but even that isn’t incredibly weird. I just rarely us it, personally. Other than that, homemade donuts are surprisingly easy to make! And you really don’t need any fancy equipment at all. Unless you consider a cup for forming the donuts fancy. And an icing tip. But even if the icing tip is not in your kitchen utensils, you can always use a milk bottle top to poke the hole in the center of the donut. Or just make a bunch of munchkins! Seriously flexible recipe.

Warning: You may need to double this recipe. Just sayin’.

Vanilla Glazed Homemade Donuts

Deliciousness; right up there with Krispy Kreme donuts.

  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar (divided)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (make your own: add ~ 1-2 tsp vinegar, and fill measuring cup to the 1/2 cup mark with milk)
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable shortening, melted


  • 2 ½ cups confectionary sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk (I usually use a little more to get the consistency I want)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Combine yeast, warm water, and 1 Tbsp sugar into mixing bowl and let stand for 5 minutes or until it starts to foam.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (including 3 Tbsp sugar) into the mixing bowl with the dough attachment, and mix until a dough forms (similar to bread dough, so be sure the dough isn't sticking to the side of the mixer at all!).

  3. Turn dough onto a floured work surface and roll out until about ½ inch thcikness, and if you have one, use a donut cutter. If you don't have one, use a glass to cut the ouside of the donuts and a small lid or an icing tip to cut the hole in the center.

  4. Place donuts on wax or parchment paper, cover with a cloth and let rise for about an hour.

  5. For the GLAZE, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Set aside

  6. Fill a small pot with about 1 – 2 inches of oil (I hate to waste oil, so I just use a small pot and fry 2 donuts at a time). Heat the oil for about 3 to 5 minutes over medium heat, then fry the donuts. They should get a medium brown in less than a minute, at which point you should carefully flip it over and cook for another minute on the other side (I use chopsticks for the flipping). If the donut gets dark brown in under a minute, adjust the temperature. Since the oil gets hotter the longer it heats, after your first couple batches, you'll probably need to turn the burner down so the donuts don't cook too fast. After the donuts are fried, place on a cooling rack or a paper towel to drain.

  7. While donuts are hot, drizzle the icing over the tops and try not to burn your mouth when you take your first bite! Enjoy!!

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