Copycat Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

  • Total Time

    3h 0m
    • Prep Time

      2h 30m
    • Bake Time

  • Serves


  • Skill Level

  • Dietary Needs

    • Vegetarian
  • 9 Reviews

    4 star rating

This recipe is as close as we can get to our favourite Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. These light and fluffy doughnuts drizzled with original sweet glaze really hit the spot when you need that doughnut fix.  


  1. Warm the milk until it's tepid (warm to the touch) which should take around 30-40 seconds if using a microwave. Add the yeast and stir until combined. Leave to rest for about 5 minutes. 

  2. Use a stand mixer to beat together the yeast mixture, eggs, butter, salt and sugar. Add half the flour to the mix until it's combined. Once it's all mixed through, add the remaining flour. 

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  3. Using a light coating of oil, coat a clean mixing bowl and place your dough inside. Cover this with a tea towel and leave it to prove in a warm place. Leave it to double in size. 

  4. Once the dough has doubled in size, take it to a floured surface and using a rolling pin roll out the dough to approximately ½ inch thickness. 

  5. Using two circular cookie cutters, stamp out a large circle for the doughnut and a smaller circle in the centre to create the hole. The dough from the centre of the doughnut can be used to make doughnut holes so keep to one side if you want to fry them up later. Once you have cut out as many doughnuts as you can, gather the leftover dough and re-roll repeating the process. 

  6. Cut the parchment paper into 18 squares, just a bit larger than the size of one doughnut. Place each doughnut on an individual piece of parchment paper once cut - this will make the frying process a little easier as you can lower each doughnut into the oil on the parchment paper.

  7. Once all your dough has been used up, cover all of the doughnuts with a clean tea towel or oiled cling film and leave to double in size once more in a warm environment. 

  8. About 15 minutes before your doughnuts are fully proved you will want to begin prepping your oil for frying and a wire cooling rack lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil from your doughnuts once they have been fried. You will want to heat the oil in your pan or deep fat fryer to appoximately 190°C/375­°F

  9. Once your doughnuts have fully proved you will want to carefully add each doughnut to the hot oil by lowering the parchment paper into the oil and the doughnut should release itself. We would recommend frying the doughnuts 3 at a time otherwise your pan/fryer will become crowded and this will affect the outcome of your fry. 

  10. Fry your doughnuts for 45 seconds on each side, using a spatula or tongs to carefully turn the doughnuts in the oil. The doughnuts should be a nice golden colour both side when removed from the oil and placed on the prepared paper toweling. If you are frying the spare doughnut holes, be aware that these will fry quicker than the doughnuts so will not require as long in the oil.

  11. Leave the doughnuts to cool and the excess oil to be absorbed by the paper towelling whilst you prep the glaze. In a bowl mix together the icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk until you reach a smooth consistency, to make a thinner glaze add a few extra spoonfuls of milk or alternatively if you prefer a thicker glaze you can increase the quantity of icing sugar by a few spoons. 

  12. To give the doughnuts full glaze coverage, dip one side into the glaze and then using a fork flip the other side of the doughnut. Leave the doughnuts to set on a wire cooling rack then enjoy!

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  1. 5 star rating

    Excellent recipe. Tasted soft and yummy just like the original Krispy Kreme glazed donuts. I also halved the amount and got 9 delicious donuts which stayed soft even after three days! 👌🏻

  2. 1 star rating

    hated it !!!!!
    it tasted like flour and not only did i follow the recipe but did it 4 times .
    dont try it

  3. 3 star rating

    I have been craving krispy creme doughnuts all week and was dying to try this recipe. Whilst I did make a beautiful batch of doughnuts after following the recipe to a T krispy cremes doughnuts they were not. However my family loved them.

  4. 5 star rating

    Made lovely donuts. Went down very well with family. Easy recipe to follow

  5. 5 star rating


  6. 3 star rating

    I found the dough difficult to cut so did not do rings. This resulted in slightly undercooked dough. Think if I’d fried on a lower temp for longer they would’ve been fine. As rings they would’ve been perfect. Lovely easy recipe too!

  7. 4 star rating

    Quite pleased, wasn't sure what to expect. We did a cinnamon sugar dip which worked well

  8. 5 star rating

    I halved the quantities as me and my partner could not possibly eat 18 doughnuts. This doughnut recipe was so easy to follow and they came out very soft and fluffy! The icing sugar glaze is lovely too! Absolutely 100% recommend this recipe (I've already passed onto 3 friends!)

  9. 5 star rating

    Wasn’t hoping for much but actually really surprised and they are great

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