Skip the donut shop this weekend, and instead make a batch of homemade Old Fashioned Glazed Donuts! These simple donuts take under an hour to come together and are topped with a sweet and easy to make glaze.
Fried Glazed Donuts Recipe
If you’ve never woken up to the smell of drying donuts filling the household, you simply haven’t experienced the BEST wake up call ever! I love a good baked donut as well, however, these old fashioned donuts really have something special to them.
You know when you walk into a donut shop these days and there are so many crazy flavors to choose from? I’ve seen everything from bubble gum, to ube, to grape soda donuts! While they’re all unique and tasty, I always end up getting an old fashioned glazed donut or two in the dozen.
I really enjoy making these classic donuts when I feel like showing off. When I have friends or family sleeping over, I love waking up a little early just to make them warm and fresh for everyone. It’s always appreciated – especially by the kids!
Why you’ll love this Old Fashioned Glazed Donuts recipe
- Classic: I don’t think there’s a person alive who doesn’t like biting into an old fashioned glazed donut! They’re classic breakfast treats that are tried and true.
- Easy: Don’t worry, making and frying the donut dough is so very simple. You might just be surprised at how easy this recipe is!
- Delicious: For the best donuts ever, serve them when they’re still a little warm. These donuts are truly delicious, especially when they’re nice and fresh.
How to make Fried Glazed Donuts at Home (So easy!)
Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!
- Mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.
- Combine the sugar and eggs until smooth, then add the melted butter and buttermilk.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until you have a dough.
- Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl.
- Chill the dough.
- Heat oil in a large dutch oven.
- Roll the dough.
- Cut out the donuts.
- Fry the donuts for about 2 minutes per side.
- Drain the donuts on a paper towel and allow them to cool.
- Whisk the ingredients together to create the glaze.
- Dip the donuts into the glaze.
- Allow the glaze to set.
Can I replace the buttermilk with anything?
If you can’t get your hands on any buttermilk, that’s okay! You can substitute it with regular whole milk.
When should I glaze the donuts?
The best time to glaze the homemade donuts is when they’re still warm. The warm donuts will melt the glaze, covering them entirely.
How long will old fashioned glazed donuts stay fresh?
In an airtight container at room temperature, these donuts will stay fresh for up to a week! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving, right?
However, the best time to enjoy these donuts is the same day they’re made.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- The temperature of the oil is very important. Too hot and it will burn the outside of the donut and not cook all the way through, not hot enough and it will create a greasy, dry mess. 375°F is just right!
- There should be enough oil in the pan that the donuts can float and not touch the bottom of the pan. 3-4 inches should do the trick.
- Make these donuts more fall friendly by adding more cinnamon and nutmeg!
These old fashioned glazed donuts are easy to make, and even better than grandma’s! Make a batch for breakfast ASAP and prepare to fall in love.
More easy sweet breakfast recipes we love
- Boston Cream Donuts
- Chocolate Chip Biscotti
- Blueberry Sheet Pan Pancakes
- Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake
If you make this recipe be sure to leave us a comment or rating. Enjoy!
Old Fashioned Glazed Donuts Recipe
For the Doughnuts
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg optional
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
For the Glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the Doughnuts
- In a small mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg, if using.
- Add the sugar and eggs to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth and pale yellow.
- Next, add the melted butter and buttermilk and mix just until combined.
- Switch to the dough hook attachment and add the dry ingredients to the bowl. Mix on low speed until a smooth dough forms– about 2-3 minutes.
- Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl and place it in the fridge to chill for at least one hour.
- After the dough has chilled, heat 3-4 inches of neutral oil into a large dutch oven and bring its temperature up to 375F.
- While bringing up the oil temperature, roll out the dough to 1/2” thickness on a well-floured surface.
- Using a 2 1/2” floured round cutter, cut out the doughnuts. Score the top of the doughnuts with a sharp knife.
- Carefully place a few doughnuts at a time into the oil and fry until golden brown– about 2 minutes per side. Make sure not to crowd the pan too much.
- Carefully remove the doughnuts from the oil and place them on a paper towel to remove excess oil, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool slightly.
For the Glaze
- Whisk together all of the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
- Dip the doughnuts fully into the glaze one by one and enjoy. Allow the glaze to set fully before storing– about 30 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, but they are best enjoyed the day they are prepared.
- The buttermilk can be replaced with regular milk if you don’t have any on hand.
- Make sure glaze the donuts while they are still warm— the warm donuts will melt the glaze and it will cover the donuts evenly.