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5 Donut Glaze Recipes

4.65 from 161 votes
Make the ultimate glazed donut. With a 3-ingredient base, my donut glaze recipe has no limitations.

Hi Bold Bakers!

You Bakers asked and now you shall receive! I’ve had loads of questions about how to make donut glaze. The glaze is essential whether you’re making my No-Yeast DonutsNo-Knead Donuts, or my Chocolate Cake Donuts. I’m so excited to share with you my five variations on the classic glaze. The only complex thing about these recipes are the flavors – really, they could not be simpler to make!

How to Make Donut Glaze

I know it’s bold of me to say, but I’m pretty sure anyone could make these basic icings. All of these glazes start with the same 3 ingredients: powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract. The fun really begins once you mix up that up. You can add anything to my base recipe, like cocoa powder, natural food coloring, or sprinkles. Of all my glazes, I’m most excited about making maple donuts. This maple donut glaze has sweetness, great depth of flavor, and lots of extra shine!

Homemade Glazed Donuts

This glaze recipe really does all of the work for you. Since the consistency is perfect, not too thin and not too thick, all you have to do is dunk your warm donuts into the glaze of your choice and then allow to set on a wire rack. If you want an extra thick layer of icing, I suggest dunking your donut once and then once again after the initial glaze sets. This method will yield a super sweet and professional-looking donut.

No homemade donut is complete without glaze! Make glazed donuts with my donut glaze recipe.

Adding Variety to My Donut Glaze Recipe

This donut glaze recipe is really about the method. I suggest you go wild with the base and add your favorite flavorings. From adding homemade extracts, orange or lemon zest, spices or homemade food colors, these donuts can be personalized however you’d like. Be Bold!

Have a go of my donut recipes:

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3 Donut Glaze Recipes

4.65 from 161 votes
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 -12
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 10 -12

Ingredients

Vanilla Donut Glaze:

  • 1 ½ cup (6oz/172g)) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Funfetti Donut Glaze:

  • 1 ½ cup (6oz/172g) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 small drop Pink food coloring

Chocolate Donut Glaze:

  • cups (6oz/172g) powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Maple Donut Glaze:

  • 1 ½ cup (6oz/172g)) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Instructions

Vanilla Donut Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
  • Whisk until silky and smooth.
  • If you want it thinner add a little more milk
  • Store the icing at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

Funfetti Donut Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
  • Whisk until silky and smooth.
  • If you want it thinner add a little more milk
  • Store the icing at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

Chocolate Donut Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Slowly stir in milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until silky and smooth. If you need a touch more milk to make this a dippable glaze, add a bit more.
  • Dip doughnuts in chocolate glaze and let rest to harden slightly.
  • Store the icing at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

Maple Donut Glaze:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients.
  • Whisk until silky and smooth.
  • If you want it thinner add a little more milk
  • Store the icing at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 weeks.

Cinnamon Sugar:

  • Combine sugar with cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • Dip donuts into cinnamon sugar while still warm.
  • Cinnamon sugar can be covered and stored for up to 2 years.

 

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Isabela
Isabela
1 year ago

Hi Gemma, 8 just found your website looking for glaze recipes and I’m just completely in love with all the info and love you have here! Beautiful work! <3

But I have a question, I'm afraid I misunderstood the directions. Am I supposed to store them for 2 weeks before using so it gives a better result or ifs just that it can be stored for that long? Hahaha sorry

Susan Briggs
Susan Briggs
1 year ago

Hi Gemma! My daughter is getting married in October and instead of a wedding cake, we are serving donuts :). I’m wondering if your glazes are able to be made ahead (just the week of the wedding)? And if made ahead, will they work in a squeeze bottle for our guests to dress their own donuts? Thank you!

David
David
4 months ago

Thank you for the amazing recipe. I made the donuts and the icing and they are a hit at my house. I make them and 1 hour later they are all gone.

Olivia Shay
Olivia Shay
8 months ago

Could I use a milk substitute? Like almond milk

Daemon
Daemon
1 year ago

What happens if you dont want to wait 2 weeks for the icing?

Lila
Lila
7 days ago

Hi does this work as a filled donut recipe as well? And can it baked? Also is it an okay recipe for a 13 year old to make? Thanks xx

Samia
Samia
27 days ago

Hi gemma
Why my glaze melts or drips off the doughnuts in a while….should I refrigerate it as the room temperature is quite high here these days

Gelo
Gelo
1 month ago

Hi! How do you reheat the glaze? Are you just going to leave it at room temperature? Thank you! Love your recipes!

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 months ago

Hi Gemma,
I love your recipes…I wanted to ask if I could skip the vanilla extract from this recipe because it is not available though vanilla essence is.

Marisol
Marisol
2 months ago

Holy hell these were incredible! I will say though-best to drizzle, spoon the vanilla glaze as soon as you pull the donut out of the fryer. Gives it an incredible taste that reminds me of Shipley’s glazed donuts in Houston.

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