Homemade Copycat Krispy Kreme Donuts I've done the research for you! These light and airy donuts combine the best tips for glazed yeast donuts.

Stack of 3 copy kat Krispy Kreme donuts When you hear “These are BETTER than Krispy Kreme’s”, then you know you’ve hit a home run.

When I started looking for recipes for Krispy Kreme copycat recipes online, I found that there were no shortage of them. I combined several recipes and came up with this version that apparently was a hit with my son and his best friend.

Let me know how they turn out for you if you try them. Leave a comment below.

Homemade Krispy Kreme Copycat Doughnuts
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
32 mins
Rising time
10 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
57 mins
 
When your son’s friend says your doughnuts are “better than Krispy Kreme”, you know you are doing something right! These were my son’s choice for his summer treat. I am super happy with the results….and so was my son and his friends.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: copycat recipe, donuts, doughnuts, krispy kreme copycat
Servings: 16 servings
Author: GritsAndGouda.com
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4-oz package rapid-rise yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm 110° water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 4 to 5 cups shortening or vegetable oil
Glaze
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted if there are lumps
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. 1. Combine yeast and warm water in a small bowl or 1-cup glass measuring cup and set

    aside 10 minutes or until yeast is dissolved and bubbly. I like to sprinkle about 1/2

    teaspoon of the sugar I’ve already measured out over the yeast to encourage it.


  2. 2. Meanwhile, combine sugar, butter, salt, egg, and egg yolk in a stand mixer. Beat on

    medium just until combined. Add dissolved yeast mixture and beat on low speed until

    combined.


  3. 3. Add flour and beat on medium-low speed until combined. The dough should start to

    pull away from the sides of the bowl. Add one or two more tablespoons if necessary. It

    will be a sticky dough.

  4. 4. Scrape the dough down to the bottom of the bowl. Spray cooking spray lightly on the

    top of the dough or brush lightly with oil. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent drying out

    and let it rise in a warm place (85°) for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until double in bulk.

  5. 5. Punch dough down; cover with plastic wrap again, pressing it all around the dough to

    prevent drying out. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

  6. 6. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to between 1/4 and 1/2-inch thickness.

    Mine was about an 11-inch circle. Using a doughnut cutter or a 2 1/2-inch circle cookie

    cutter and a smaller circle cookie cutter, cut out doughnut shapes and place on parchment

    or wax paper. Cover with a towel and let rest 1 hour

  7. 7. Heat shortening or vegetable oil to 360° in a heavy 8 to12-cup pot or large cast iron

    skillet. 

  8. 8. Prepare the glaze. Combine powdered sugar, water, and vanilla in a shallow bowl.
  9. 9. Gently lower 3 or 4 of the doughnuts into the hot oil being careful not to splash the hot

    oil. After about 1 minute or when lightly browned on bottom, flip them with tongs. The

    doughnut holes will take slightly less time. Drain them on layers of paper towels about 20

    seconds while the oil returns to 360°

  10. 10. Immediately drop the doughnuts in the glaze and place on wire racks. Repeat

    procedure with remaining doughnuts and glaze. SERVE WARM or reheat in microwave

    on HIGH for 7 to 8 seconds if there’s any around to get cold!

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Author: gritsandgouda

Hi! I’m Kathleen. I’m a food stylist, recipe developer, cookbook author, and event planner loving life in a charming town called Gardendale, Alabama, with my husband and two teenage children. I love to cook and laugh…not necessarily in that order.

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