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How To Make Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

I never understood the allure of the Krispy Kreme doughnut until I tried one piping hot.  I then saw why my coworkers deposited them in our break room almost daily (it wasn’t just a plot to make themselves look better by making the rest of us fat).  The doughnut pusher got to enjoy a hot Krispy Kreme during their morning commute.  Still sticky glaze and a plush doughnut does wonders to ease the pain of that Hummer in front of you that won’t let you pass.

I work at home now.  No one stops by the office with hot Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  So, I figured that I should make my own.  I learned how to make Krispy Kreme doughnuts from I Made That!  My homemade Krispy Kreme doughnuts are not quite as sweet as the real ones and not quite as greasy (read that as good or bad, depending on your personal taste).  My friend Carter said that my homemade Krispy Kreme doughnuts were the first doughnuts he’s ever had that didn’t have a weird artificial aftertaste.  I’ve never noticed any odd aftertaste with Krispy Kremes, but I took Carter’s comment as a nice compliment.

Mini doughnuts ready to be fried – plus the doughnut holes.

There are four main benefits that I see to making homemade Krispy Kremes (feel free to add your own in the comments):

  1. You can serve every single doughnut fresh and piping hot.
  2. You can make the doughnuts any size you want.  I made some mini ones that I used in cupcakes (stay tuned).
  3. You get to eat the doughnut holes.
  4. You know exactly what goes into them. (This one applies to anything homemade.)

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How to Make Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

As I noted above, I got the recipe for Krispy Kreme doughnuts from I Made That!  I am reprinting it below with my notes and very minor changes.  The recipe requires three different rising stages (each about an hour long) so be sure to make them on a day when you’ve got some time.

How To Make Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Yield: 10-12 regular-sized doughnuts or a lot more little ones

How To Make Krispy Kreme Doughnuts


    Doughnut Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour, divided
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • Glaze Ingredients
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk


    Doughnut Directions
  1. Heat the milk to 100 degrees. You can do this in the microwave or on the stove top.
  2. Stir in the yeast until it is dissolved or close to dissolved.
  3. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and mix in 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the bread flour. Stir until smooth.
  4. Cover the bowl (I like to use my cloth bowl covers for this) to prevent drying out and place in a warm spot to rise.
  5. When the batter has doubled in size (about an hour, depending on the temperature of your house), add it to a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  6. Add the egg yolks, superfine sugar, and salt. Mix on low speed until smooth.
  7. Mix in vanilla extract and butter until smooth.
  8. With the mixer running, slowly add the rest of the flour (1 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons). Keep mixing until the batter just comes together into a smooth dough. It will be quite wet and sticky, but should be able to hold together as one “lump” of dough. If not, add a bit more flour, one tablespoon at a time.
  9. Lift the ball of dough up and brush the bottom of the bowl lightly with vegetable oil.
  10. Cover the bowl again and place in a warm spot to rise.
  11. Once the dough has doubled in size (another hour or so), refrigerate it for 15 minutes. This will make it easier to roll out.
  12. On a well-floured surface, gently roll out the dough to about 3/8” to 1/2” thickness.
  13. Use cookie cutters to stamp out whatever shapes you like. I used a 3 1/2" circle for the large doughnuts with a 1 1/4" hole. For the minis, I used a 1 1/2" circle with a 15/16" hole (all of these cutters come in the same set). Save the holes to fry up as well, or roll the batter out again to make more doughnuts.
  14. Place the stamped dough on a parchment- or Silpat-lined cookie sheet, cover with plastic, and allow to rise again in a warm spot.
  15. Once the doughnuts are almost doubled in size (another hour or so), heat oil in a large pot or deep fryer until it reaches 360 F. I strongly prefer to fry in a deep fryer. It keeps everything so much cleaner and perfectly regulates the temperature.
  16. Fry the doughnuts in batches until golden brown on each side (you'll need to flip them mid-fry). The total frying time will be under 2 minutes. Use tongs to flip and retrieve them.
  17. Set hot doughnuts on paper towels to absorb extra oil.
  18. Glaze Directions
  19. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
  20. Drizzle over piping hot doughnuts.


If necessary, reheat doughnuts in the microwave for about twenty seconds.


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48 Responses to How To Make Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

  1. lemonlimeglitters March 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Excellent I will definitely give it a try

  2. SunE March 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Are You Kidding me…i knew there was a reason to keep the fry daddy out from the beignets i made for Fat Tuesday…didn’t want to waste that expensive peanut oil…thank you, thank you, thank you…will let you know how much i gain at a later date 😉

  3. M e k i March 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    I love doughnuts! I must try this! If I succeed this will be my third successful doughnut!!!!

  4. Domonique Wilson March 21, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    I need to try this! Not only do they sound awesome but I’m pretty sure you could make a gluten free alternative :)

  5. learnfromtasing March 21, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    i don’t have bread flour… any substitute?

    • Stef March 21, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      You could try it with all-purpose flour, but I can’t promise that it will work as well since I’ve never done it.

    • Sal August 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

      go to the supermarket and purchase the flour, it’s that easy!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Sahar March 21, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    Oh dear me… I am at the same time excited and horrified that you have posted this recipe… I have not had a KK doughnut in ages, and methinks that I am going to have them more regularly – at least, Sahar-style KK doughnuts 😉 Thank you!

  7. Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate March 21, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    Lovely.. homemade donuts! Will have to try this.

  8. Terese @ March 21, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Wow, that’s incredible! I don’t care for most doughnuts, but I LOVE Krispy Kreme! I rarely get them, though. I will have to try this recipe. Thanks for posting it with such good details, very helpful!

  9. Ailyn Sanchez March 21, 2012 at 7:21 am #

    WOW!!!!! I will have to try this recipe…love Krispy Kremme!!!!

  10. Kitchen Riffs March 21, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    I’ve never made doughnuts, and when I have them my taste runs to the filled ones. I do like Krispy Kreme’s though, but as you say they’re much better when warm (although I think that applies to any doughnut). My only gripe with Krispy Kreme’s is they’re so sweet – but of course I eat them anyway. Nice post – thanks.

  11. BurntApple March 21, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    You just became my husband’s best friend. I only make him baked doughnuts, so he doesn’t get that good greasy Krispy Kreme taste he enjoys. I’ll have to make these for him one time. :)

  12. poserbaby March 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    A must try! I looove KK doughnuts, now that I have nowhere to buy them, I’ll have to start making my own 😉 Thank you so much for the recipe.

  13. Peggy March 23, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    I don’t think I’ve ever noticed an artificial taste with Krispy Kreme doughnuts either, but if this recipe produces one without it, I’m all for it! The doughnuts look great!

  14. Leslie March 24, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Krispy kreme makes me swoon! Love your homemade version

  15. Robyn March 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Oh SWEET! I’ve been craving KK ever since they closed down the last one in town a few years back.

  16. Anonymous April 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    I often wondered how they were made, now i can make them, they are so delicious, but i will remember to get bread flour and make some for my family to enjoy, my hubby especially.Thank you for the recipe for all of us.

  17. BeeSee April 19, 2012 at 3:44 am #

    Can I use regular butter? what will happen if I do?

    • Stef April 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

      It will be fine. Just cut the amount of salt that you add to the recipe in half.

  18. Needful Things April 25, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Must try! I only wish there was a way to bake these instead of frying. Do you think baking would work?

  19. Anonymous May 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm #


  20. Anonymous June 6, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    How do you transfer the delicate, risen dough to the hot oil without deflating them? NatureGirl

    • Stef June 6, 2012 at 9:34 am #

      The dough isn’t all that delicate. You can just pick it up.

  21. Anonymous June 14, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    did anyone try it? how was it? were they light, airy and sweet like the KK? also can i substitute bread flour with all purpose flour?

  22. Anonymous July 14, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    i haven’t tried anything like this in a long time, i think i have the easy glaze for the lemon filled kk donuts

  23. kt July 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    I just cried. i love doughnuts so much.

  24. Tara August 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    So, I made these this week and though they tasted good, they were nothing like KK. However, it was my first try. Though my biggest problem was the shape. You see, the dough is incredibly, incredibly soft and it doesn’t say anywhere to add more flour to make the dough more ‘useable’. It was just so soft. They rose beautifully and I hope during that time some strange magic would happen and they would stiffen slightly, but alas it did not! Shocker! So moving them from cookie sheet to deep fryer was a mess. Most of my donuts looked pretty ridiculous. though, like I said, they tasted good. Actually, they tasted pretty great. My daughter went crazy over them even though they looked ugly as sin. Mine weren’t light and fluffy, but they kinda deflated when I moved them so that could be why. Fooey!

    Any advice? Should I have added a lot more flour and kneaded it in? I noticed there is no kneading in this recipe (nor in a couple other copycat KK recipes I have viewed online). Help! I certainly am not finished with donuts!

  25. jacquelinc November 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    I made doughnuts for years and I think they are better than Krispy Kremes.I like to put different types of glaze on them.

    • Kreeber December 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

      Hi, I’d defibately like to try your recipe, as you said its better then KK ones…
      If you don’t mind can you send me your recipe…
      My email

      Thank you and Best regards,

      Sohrab Al Balushi
      From Muscat, Oman

  26. Rregina November 13, 2012 at 2:28 am #

    Try adding cherry snowcone syrup to the glaze. I have had great reviews.

  27. Anonymous February 21, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    She just needs to add baking soda. Look up a site that tells you like

  28. Dean Moore April 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    These are the worst tasting donuts we’ve ever had. These are nothing like Krispy Kremes…first the real Krispy Kremes are white inside after cooking, these are yellow from the butter. Almost made us sick. It should be against the law to call these things Krispy Kremes. Tried cooking at both 325 F and 375 F and both came out with a strong butter taste. Yuk!

    • Stef April 24, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

      Sorry that you didn’t like them. :(

    • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking April 18, 2014 at 12:56 am #

      There are ways of saying things without being totally rude. You should look into that.

  29. sheila July 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    hi,can i replace the bread flour to all purpose flour, will it make a difference? thnx…

  30. Renee July 24, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Good morning.

    If you dont have round cookie cutter, can you use the fluted set? I have a set of round fluted set but not sure if these will work too. Thanks.

  31. Dr. M July 30, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    When KK 1st came to Denver, I tried one, and analyzed the frosting. The little dark flecks in it are cinnamon. There isn’t much, but just enough to add a slight flavor.

    The problem with KK donuts, besides being smaller and higher priced, is that they are great when hot, but aren’t good when they get cold. All 12 stores are now gone. They faired badly in the donut taste test here, and came in 7th. Lamars are FAR better, larger, and less expensive. They came in #1.

  32. andrea February 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm #

    I just made these but I cut in shortening with the last of the flour. And my gosh amazing! Now I’m filling the holes with nutella mmm

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