Homemade ‘Krispy Kreme’ Donuts

What’s a pregnant gal to do when all she craves is a Krispy Kreme donut, but lives on an island where none are to be found? Well, after a good cry, she makes ’em herself!

I think it’s no coincedence that donuts are shaped like halos 😉

I saw this video recipe for mock Krispy Kreme’s and then I spent a good hour hunting for other options, because the guy in the vid seems pretty…untrustworthy… sorry 99cent chef! BUT his recipe was so different from the others and I could tell that his technique would result in an airy, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth donut, rather than a cakey chunk of chunk.

‘Krispy Kreme’ Donut Recipe (Courtesy of The 99 Cent Chef):

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of dried yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water (100 degrees)
  • 2 cups flour – cheap, white all purpose. Okay to try out different types for extra flavor and texture.
  • 3/4 cup of warm milk (I used coconut or almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 stick (28 grams) of butter or shortening – softened to room temperature.

Fry in a wide skillet or pot with vegetable oil 1/2 inch deep

The dough is pretty wet- which America’s Test Kitchen has taught me is a really good thing- if you’re making a yeast dough, try to only add as much flour as you absolutely need to keep it from being unmanageable. Sticky dough results in a less-tough end product!

Let the dough rise in a covered bowl for an hour. Stupid hour 😡

I didn’t even need a rolling pin to roll this out- I just plopped the dough on a pile of flour, then floured my hands and pressed it until it was about 1/3- 1/2 an inch thick.

To cut the donut shape, I used a cup with around a 3 inch diameter, and I used a large piping tip  to cut out the centers. Just dip the cutters in flour if they get too sticky. I cut out around 20 donuts and 40 holes with this recipe!

Cut extra holes out of the leftover dough. Next time I make these, I think I’m gonna just cut the leftovers into random strips and fry them- these were so darn good and there is no need to waste any of this precious dough!

Let the cut donuts and holes rise again for about 1/2 an hour. While they are rising, make the glaze!

Sugar Glaze:

  • 1/4 stick butter (28 grams)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. water or milk (I used coconut or almond milk)

Now to fry! Check out the video I posted if you are unsure about deep-frying. I used to be afraid of it because I tried to put an oil fire out with water when I was dumb 19, which resulted in a trip to the emergency room…heh. But over the years I’ve gotten the hang of it, and it is way less intimidating than I thought! You can’t get around deep-frying if you want to make a Krispy Kreme donut!

I used one of the donut holes as a tester to see if the oil was ready for frying- If you drop the hole in the oil and it starts bubbling a lot but not spitting,  you are good to go!

These lil fluff angels (heh) only take about 20-30 seconds per side to cook, so make sure you have everything ready- these babies go from perfection to overdone in seconds!

Don’t over-crowd the pan either- stick to max 4 at a time!

Flip dem babies.

Let them drain on a paper towel-lined plate while you plop the next batch in the oil.

While your next batch is cooking, dip the drained, but still hot donuts in glaze. Make sure to dip both sides! Shake off the excess glaze, then place them on a serving dish.

Don’t forget about those donut holes!

I just dumped the holes into the bowl of leftover glaze. They enjoyed their bath thoroughly.



I had to take a picture of the cross section- These things are 50% air- and that means they are healthy! Oxygen is an important vitamin that we tend to overlook in our diets 😉

Now give a donut to the cutest little taste-tester in the world.


Well, I hope you will be making these soon! I am soooo happy with the result- It is such a good recipe and the only thing I changed about it was swapping the milk for coconut milk! I have actually only had a real Krispy Kreme donut once before, so I’m not sure if any fanatics out there will have a problem with the comparison, but all I know is that I need more of these in my belly. In fact I am having a donut-making party today- I’m gonna triple-batch this up!

I’m a donut maker,
Dream maker, love taker
Dont you mess around with me!

Happy donut making!



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14 Responses to Homemade ‘Krispy Kreme’ Donuts

  1. Melissa G says:

    OMIGOSH!!!! Making these ASAP!!!!!

  2. Did any of these last until the next day and if there were any, how did they taste?

  3. dalrie says:

    HAHAHAHAHA. oxygen vitamins. Love it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    making the whole batch donut holes\! mmhmmm

  5. Anonymous says:

    Very amusing!

  6. Made them all into donut holes and oh…they are heaven! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. ReRe says:

    OMG thank you so much! I’ve never made donuts before but thought Id give this recipe a try and OMG AMAZING!!!! They tasted just like my grandmas! Thank you so much for posting!!!

  8. Bobbie says:

    These sound incredible! Will ,try tonight!
    Bobbie @ http://www.rosesarebluetoo.com

  9. Reblogged this on Busted Button and commented:

    It’s national donut day! Remember when I made mock Krispy Kreme donuts? They are so easy and airy and delicious 🙂 Try it for yourself!

  10. Sumaya A says:

    How many donuts does this recipe make?

  11. Jade Selena says:

    They’re amazing! I made about 35 donut holes, some with the glaze and some with chocolate cinnamon sugar. This recipe is superb. 10/10

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