Amish Glazed Donuts

filed under: Bread · Breakfast on March 1, 2019

These donuts are absolutely going to melt in your mouth! Homemade donuts covered in a smooth glaze make up one of our favorite breakfast treats. If you love from-scratch recipes that have been perfected over many generations, don’t miss my Glazed Cake Donuts and  Apple Fritters!


Amish Glazed Donuts

There is nothing I like more than working with dough and creating beautiful and delicious baked goods for my family. This recipe is a labor of love, truly, and one that will most likely be saved for the most special of occasions!

Glazed Donuts

How to Make Amish Glazed Donuts

The original recipe I am sharing is called “Amish Glazed Donuts” and I found it in an old cookbook from a church in Pennsylvania. However, after extensive research on the topic, the Amish recipe doesn’t seem to vary greatly from traditional recipes. The main difference is the method, as most recipes seem to have the same basic ingredients:

  • milk
  • sugar
  • butter
  • yeast
  • eggs
  • flour

This recipe was interesting to me as it utilizes two separated “wet” ingredients. You start by creating the milk mixture; milk, sugar, salt, and butter. You set that aside to cool a bit. Then the water mixture is started. That consists of the water, sugar, yeast. This needs to rise and bubble, indicating an active yeast. After those two are done, the dough can be made.

So while the steps seem daunting at first, they really are easy to do and the dough will come together quickly!

The other aspect to this method was the rising times. Yes, most recipes call for the dough to rise so that in itself is not unique. But one thing I had never done before was let the dough rise a bit after I have cut out the individual donuts, and I really appreciate that extra step! These donuts puffed up SO beautifully in the hot oil and stayed that way. Donut skip that part! 😉

How to Make Glazed Donuts

How to Fry Donuts

Dropping beautiful dough into a too-hot oil or a too-cold oil can do bad stuff to the beautiful dough that you have spent hours with. I found that the best way to ensure your oil stayed at a consistent 350°F was to have a thermometer right in the oil at all times. If you happen to have a pan large enough for frying 3-4 donuts at once, the addition of the dough can decrease the temperature significantly. If you see the temperature lower, you can immediately add heat and get it back up to temp. Requested info by a reader: I used a dutch oven with enough oil to reach 2inch deep. I don’t recommend adding more than that. 

Be prepared!

I found that when making glazed donuts it helped to have two people. One for frying and one for the glaze. To best prepare for this make sure you have these tools out and ready:

  • thermometer safe for hot liquids
  • a hand-held strainer or forks to easily rotate the donuts in the hot oil
  • plate lined with paper towel to set hot donuts on
  • several cookie sheets fitted with cooling racks for setting glazed donuts
  • a bowl for the glaze that is large enough to drop an entire donut in
  • fork/spoon/tongs for easy transferring of donuts
  • a table lined with parchment paper to set donuts on to dry

Amish Glazed Donuts

How to Glaze Donuts

I prefer to glaze the donuts when they are still warm, yet cool enough to handle. To making the glazing easier, I used a bowl that was bigger than needed just to make sure I could easily drop and remove the hot donuts. Then, when I was ready to glaze, I set my bowl right next to a pan with a cooling rack in it. Drop an entire donut into the glaze and then flip it over. Using a fork or the handle of a wooden spoon, life the donut out by the center hole and let the excess glaze drip off. Place the donut on the cooling rack and allow to harden.

Double Glaze

Who doesn’t love a donut with double the glaze? But, as much as I love doing that, I don’t recommend it with a recipe this big. You will double your process time and will also need to double your glaze recipe. If you happen to cut this donut recipe in half, that would be a great time to try out double glazing! After the first coat of glaze has hardened for a bit, just re-dip the donut and then allow to set.

Glazed Donuts Recipe

Donut Glaze Recipe

Making the glaze is easy as it’s just a few ingredients. Sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, salt, and milk. I don’t know about you, but whenever I see corn syrup added to a recipe I tend to want to leave it out. But for these donuts, it really does add something of value. I can say that because I made two versions of glaze, one with corn syrup and one without. We found that the donuts with corn syrup glaze were coated better, stayed soft and moist longer, and even tasted better. If you are adamant that you want to leave it out, I recommend using milk, confectioners sugar, salt, and a tiny bit of vanilla. The vanilla can be overpowering if you use too much and take away from the light-as-air taste of this donut recipe. If you use good quality vanilla like McCormick, you will not run into any issues.

Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Chocolate Glazed Donut

I tried out several different version of chocolate donut glaze and was disappointed by them all. It was a LONG day in the kitchen! Finally, after an hour of frustration with gloppy, lumpy, greasy, and gross tasting glazes, I added some cocoa powder to the glaze recipe below. It worked AMAZING!

Simply add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the recipe below and add any milk as needed. I added about 1 tablespoon more of milk (maybe 2 depending on the humidity in your area) and not only was the glaze shiny and beautiful, but it tasted great!

When dipping the donut into the chocolate glaze I opted for only dipping the top. The donuts that were 100% coated in chocolate glaze seemed to only taste like chocolate and not any of that glorious donut inside. Feel free to test this out and see which you prefer!

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Can You Make the Dough Ahead of Time?

Yes! Simply make the dough through step 8 the night before and then chill in the refrigerator until the morning. When you are ready to begin, remove the dough from the refrigerator, allow it to come to room temperature and then start with “Preparing the Donuts” in the recipe instructions. 

4.73 from 29 votes
Glazed Donuts
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Rising Time
2 hrs
Total Time
33 mins

Homemade Glazed Donuts just need a little time and love!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: donuts, glazed donuts
Servings: 54 donuts
Author: Amanda
Milk Mixture
  • cups (367g) whole milk, heated
  • ½ cup (100g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter
Water Mixture
  • cups (355g) warm water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 packages of active yeast, about 4 1/2 teaspoons
Dough Base
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 9 cups (1,125g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups (500g) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon McCormick vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼-½ cup milk
Donut Dough
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, pour milk. When the milk is hot but not boiling, add in the sugar, salt, and butter. 

  2. Set aside to cool down. (about 5-10 minutes)

  3. Add yeast packets and 2 teaspoons sugar to warm water. (I used hot water out of the faucet)

  4. Let sit for 5 minutes, allowing mixture to grow and bubble. If your yeast does not bubble, it may be bad and this is a good time to start again.

  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, add in the milk mixture and water mixture. To this add the eggs and mix for a couple of minutes to combine. 

  6. Add in the flour 1 cup at a time with the mixer on low. (You can also turn the mixer off, add flour, turn mixer on 2, knead a bit, then mixer off again and repeat for all the flour.) After last flour has been added knead for 10 minutes.

  7. Drop the dough into a greased bowl and let rise 1 hour.  It should double in size.

  8. After an hour, punch down the dough. Allow dough to rise for 1 more hour. 

  1. On the last rise, prepare the glaze. Mix all ingredients in a medium to large bowl. Whisk until they are smooth and you have reached the desired consistency. (I think the perfect consistency is the same as the corn syrup, not too runny but loose enough for it to fall beautifully over all the nooks and crannies of the donut.) 

Preparing The Donuts
  1. Roll out the dough to 1/2 inch or up to 3/4 inches thick. It is important to make sure the dough is at least 1/2 thick or your donuts will be too flat.

  2. Once rolled out, use a donut cutter to cut out shapes. If you do not have a donut cutter, use a round tool like a kitchen glass or a jar lid that is about 3-inches across. You can use a bottle cap or small shot glass for the smaller hole.

  3. Set cut-out donuts on a baking sheet. I filled up 4 baking sheets with donuts and donut holes. 

  4. Starting with the first pan of donuts you cutout (meaning that those donuts have been allowed to rise a bit more while you cut out the rest) drop one donut at a time into vegetable oil that has been heated to 350°F.

  5. Allow each donut to brown for 45seconds to 1 minute on one side, and then flip over so that the other side may brown. 

  6. Carefully remove donut from oil (I prefer and hand-held strainer) and set on a plate lined with paper towels. 

  7. While donuts are warm, submerge into the glaze. Using a wooden spoon handle or a fork, rotate the donut so that both sides are covered. Lift and let drain into the bowl, then move the donut to a baking sheet with a cooling rack in it. (You can also place on parchment or wax paper but the glaze might pool.)

  8. Donuts can be enjoyed immediately or you can double dip them depending on how much glaze you like. 

  9. Store donuts in between parchment paper in an airtight container for up to two days. 

Recipe Notes

Please read the blog post for tips and tricks on how to make this recipe easier! Lots of information that can be helpful. 🙂

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  • kim says:

    Any way to make these dairy free?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I have not tested this recipe as dairy free so can’t speak to its effectiveness.

  • Stacee Blackson says:

    I did this recipe and all the steps turned out beautifully until I tasted them. They had no sweetness to them. If it wasn’t for the glaze they would taste like bread. Did I miss something ?

  • Jodi says:

    I tried several donut recipes over the last couple months. This by far is the best out of all of them. Thank you.

  • Claudia McCulloch says:

    Can I use fast-acting yeast?

  • Jodie Scott says:

    These are AMAZING!!

  • Chris Remley says:

    Can this recipe be halved?

    • Amanda Rettke says:


  • Ethel says:

    I love this recipe, my family just devoured the donuts. Thank you very much for your recipe.

  • Gemma says:

    My granddaughter and I make these for pop pop. His favorite. We share also with family

  • Sylvia Jalomo says:

    First I’d like to say that I very much enjoy your recipes and blog!
    This was my and my daughter’s first attempt at making donuts so we had no idea what the consistency of the dough should look like. I’m not an absolute novice cook or baker but had some challenges with this one! This recipe definitely gave us a batter not a dough. It was very wet and pourable but dry enough to see the beautiful webbing created by the ten minutes of beating!

    We used the serving size tool to make half a batch because 54 was too many for us.
    ***Please be aware that when the serving size is adjusted Not Every Ingredient is adjusted automatically in the recipe. We had to adjust the amount of flour and yeast because they did not change. I don’t recall making other changes but after realizing that not every ingredient automatically adjusted we were double checking every ingredient- so I’m not 100% sure that we didn’t adjust more.***

    The ingredients were weighed.

    We did add just under a half cup of flour (not weighed) and it was still very much a batter. We decided to let it rise in hopes that it would become easier to handle. Though this did help a little we found that we needed to mix in an additional amount of flour and kept the board very well floured to prevent sticking.

    In the end the donuts were very light but the interior never fully cooked through when made in the recommended size- perhaps because the dough was so wet to begin with.
    We did find that by kneading in a little extra flour right before cutting them out and rolling them No More than 1/2″ thick before the final rise it made a big difference! These smaller ones did cook through and were still Very nice and light and puffy!

    The glaze was very good. The chocolate variation was To Die For!

    We will definitely try these again this week because I don’t judge a recipe failure by the first try- especially when it comes from a source that I’ve enjoyed recipes from so many times before.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Amazing feedback Sylvia- THANK YOU! I will look at the serving size tool options and see if that can be fixed. Sorry about that! Will also remake and see if I can replicate your results and offer up any insight. Thanks again!

  • Sylvia Jalomo says:

    Amanda, I’m going to make it again this week too. I absolutely loved that beautiful webbing in the dough and want to get it right. Looking to get the right consistency and that “donut flavor.”
    Can’t wait to have that amazing chocolate glaze again!!!

  • Amy says:

    Do not use the serving slider. Only a portion of the ingredients change in amount and some remain the exact same amount as the original recipe. I just wasted ingredients, had the dough explode all over while rising all because the serving slider does not work and the ratios of ingredients were off. Now I don’t have the donuts that I promised my daughter that I would make for her first day of school and I wasted ingredients. If the slider doesn’t work appropriately, it should be taken down so users can just do the adjustments themselves. I relied on the recipe (using the serving slider) assuming that it was correct. Big mistake!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Sorry that happened to you! I would be upset and disappointed as well. So yes, the slider only changes the original amounts listed, not the extra equivalency options I offer. (grams, ounces)

  • Lisa says:

    Fail on the first try. I may try them again, but here is what I think went wrong. I made them through step 8 the night before. The dough tasted great and was puffed up beautifully when I put it in the refrigerator. The next morning, it was collapsed and tasted like sourdough. Went ahead and let them come to room temp and did all the preparation steps. Aaaand they tasted like heavy sourdough bread with frosting. Yuck! So, I would not recommend doing the overnight method. But it sounds like others had great success making them and frying them immediately.

  • Amber R says:

    I just made these but dairy free and they were AMAZING!! I just subbed full fat canned coconut milk for the whole milk and plant butter for the butter and they were sooo good! I also fry in sunflower oil because I’m not a fan of the taste or smell of vegetable oil. For the chocolate glaze I used equal parts dairy free hot chocolate mix and cocoa powder. Next time I’m going to experiment with jelly filling! Thank you for a great, easily adaptable base recipe!

  • Maria says:

    Easy to follow and make. Dough raised really nicely so thought they would be light and airy but were bit more dense than I expected. Could it be the double rise? Taste was amazing. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Mom of 2 says:

    Awesome and amazing,thank you…And can you please share homemade birthday cake of yours….Thank you

  • Jodie Scott says:

    This is a wonderful recipe but I have a question. If made the night before, you punch the dough down before you fridge?

  • Grandma of 16 says:

    I couldn’t find my grandmother’s donut recipe so I made this one, which is very close to hers. I grew up in PA near Mennonites so this was a taste of home. I used my grandmother’s donut cutter (1940’s) and made them with my own grandkids. It was a walk down memory lane.! I double dipped them in the glaze and they were delicious. I did chocolate glaze also with chocolate chips and milk. The kids loved them and served them to their school friends who came to play that day. Did I mention we live in Japan! What fun!

  • Grandma of 16 says:

    I Had to use quite a bit of extra flour, too, but because I had already made a similar recipe I wasn’t worried about it and just added flour until the dough looked like my grandmother’s. I had no issues with the frying. I wanted to stretch them for a group of 17 plus the grandkids’ school friends so I rolled them to 1/2 inch and got over 60! I wondered if I had used bread flour rather than cake flour whether that would have made a stiffer dough. I’ll definitely try it again and let you know.

  • Kat says:

    Is the dough supposed to be so wet and sticky? I wish you had some photos of the process for reference.

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  • Cecil says:

    I super love this recipe. Thanks for sharing

  • Ginny says:

    I was hoping you had video showing how you made these donuts. But they look sooooooo good!!!

  • Trisha jane says:

    Looks so delish I have to make them😊

  • Kim says:

    Love homemade doughnuts.

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