Glazed Donuts: The Ultimate Guide to Making Perfect Donuts at Home

Imagine it’s the weekend, and you’re craving something sweet and indulgent that brings that cozy bakery vibe right into your kitchen. What could be better than whipping up a batch of homemade glazed donuts? These golden, fluffy delights are not just any donuts; they're topped with a zesty and sweet lemon glaze that'll make your taste buds dance. The beauty of making your own donuts is the joy of customizing them to your liking, and trust me, there’s nothing quite like the aroma of freshly fried donuts filling your home. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or trying this for the first time, this recipe is straightforward and fun, with delicious results that are sure to impress your family and friends. Let's dive into how you can create these little circles of happiness from the comfort of your kitchen.

This glazed donut recipe is about to become your new best friend. Not only does it walk you through the steps to achieve that perfect donut texture, but it also introduces you to a lemon glaze that's the right kind of tangy and sweet. Perfect for a weekend treat, a friendly get-together, or just to satisfy your sweet tooth, these donuts are sure to become a staple in your baking repertoire. So, let’s grab those ingredients and get to making some deliciously glazed donuts!

Homemade Glazed Donuts Recipe


  • 500g of all-purpose flour
  • 80g of sugar
  • 40g of butter (softened)
  • 20g of yeast
  • 1 cup of milk (room temperature)
  • 1 large egg
  • Frying oil, as needed

For the Glaze:

  • 250g of powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Start by taking a large bowl and whisking together the flour, sugar, and yeast.

  2. Stir in the milk and the egg to the dry ingredients until well combined. Now, it’s time to get your hands in there and knead the mixture for about 8 minutes. After your initial kneading, add the softened butter and continue to knead until the dough is smooth and stops sticking to your hands.

  3. Shape the dough into a ball and let it rest for 40 minutes; this is when the magic happens, and the dough starts to rise.

  4. After your dough has had its beauty sleep, roll it out on a floured surface to about 1 cm thickness. Using a donut cutter (or get creative with whatever you have at hand), cut out your donuts.

  5. Let these shaped donuts stand for another round of rising until they’re puffy and ready for the fryer.

  6. Heat up oil in a deep fryer or a deep pan until hot, then gently fry the donuts until they're a beautiful golden brown. Remember, they need space, so don’t crowd them.

For the Glaze:

  1. While your donuts are cooling on a wire rack, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, lemon juice, zest, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.

  2. Once the donuts are cool enough to handle but still a bit warm, dip them into the glaze to coat them with that lemony goodness, then let them sit until the glaze sets.

And that’s it! Your kitchen is now a donut haven. These homemade glazed donuts are perfect for sharing (or not), and definitely great for satisfying those sweet cravings. Enjoy the process and, most importantly, enjoy your delicious creation!