Super Soft Doughnuts with Sugar Glaze

Learn how to make Super Soft Doughnuts with Sugar Glaze once and you will never need another recipe! They are made with yeast dough that makes them very soft and fluffy. The sugar icing though on top of them is my kids’ absolute favorite!

Super Soft Doughnuts with Sugar Glaze on a cooling rack stacked on top of each other.

Super soft, adorned with crispy sugar glaze these doughnuts were a huge hit in our family!

Ever since I got my bread maker down from a shelf in the pantry, it’s been too convenient not to use it. You know, with it just sitting on the counter doing nothing. I have been making doughnuts, dinner rolls, sugar crescents, all things baked and good, you know.

One of those days I made doughnuts. I intentionally made just one not too big batch (knowing that I will have to share with my sister’s family as well since she lives just one floor up from us,), because I knew that if I make a large one we will eat it all, of course. I have made doughnuts before, but these ones have outdone them all. With huge holes and slightly chewy texture, they were so, so, good!

Super soft doughnut with sugar glaze in a cup opened showing the soft inside.

I was going to say that I feel slightly guilty making them while my husband especially, is trying to stay away from foods like this, you know, good, fried and delicious;) But I don’t think I do. One cheat day has not killed anyone, I think. He was telling me how evil I was, while chowing down third doughnut in a row :D. I really tried to help him by offering to send more then just 4 doughnuts to my sister’s upstairs, but he didn’t let me, saying that it’s HIS doughnuts. Oh well, I guess a couple more hours at fitness are in order. But who cares when they’re this good, right? lol
Using the breadmaker where you just toss everything in and let it do the work for you, makes this recipe very easy (and tempting to want to make them every day haha!).

What’s the easiest way to make yeast dough for Soft Doughnuts?

Enjoy the step by step pictures and recipe 🙂

Super Soft Doughnuts with Sugar Glaze

Make the Soft Doughnut Dough

  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp dry instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (Canadian is best)
  • Add 10 minutes before kneading cycle is complete
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)

Ingredients for Sugar Glaze (whisk together)

  • 2 cups powdered/confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup water or whole milk

Also:

  • Oil for frying
  • 3 inch round cookie cutter
  • 1 inch round cookie cutter
  • Flour for dusting

How to make Super Soft Doughnuts with Sugar Glaze

Make the dough for Soft Doughnuts

  • Place all ingredients except for butter in the bread maker, in the order listed. Turn breadmaker to dough cycle. My breadmaker kneads for 30 minutes. {If you do not have a bread maker, do the same thing in the mixer and start with the slowest speed, then increase speed 1-2 numbers and kneed with the dough hook for 20 minutes}
  • Add room temperature butter 10 minutes before the dough cycle is complete. Try not to open the lid after this so that warm air does not escape. {No bread maker: cover bowl with dough and set in warm, draft-free place. Or set the bowl with the dough over another bowl filled with warm water, making sure that the warm water touches the bottom of the bowl with the dough. For best results, the water temperature must be around 90F}

Step by step instructions on how to make the dough for super soft doughnuts with sugar glaze recipe.

  • Allow the dough to rise and double in volume. My bread machine takes 1 hour.

Forming the Doughnuts

  • Once the cycle is complete and the dough has risen, sprinkle the working surface with flour and dump the dough onto it.
  • Shape the dough into a ball by pulling ends towards the middle.
  • Flip the dough smooth side up and let rest for about 10 minutes. This relaxes the dough and makes it easier to roll out as it doesn’t spring back as much.
  • Roll the dough with a rolling pin, on a floured surface to 1/2 – 3/4 inches thick (depends on how you like it), checking to make sure that the dough underneath is not sticking.

Step by step pictures on how to form the doughnuts with cookie cutters.

  • Using a 3-inch cookie cutter (or an upside down 3 inches round sturdy glass/cup), cut out as many circles as you can and set them over the floured surface. Then use a 1-inch cookie cutter and cut out the middle. Making a hole in the middle helps the doughnuts cook thoroughly. Leave the scraps, they will be fried as is.

Frying the homemade doughnuts: 

  • Heat about 1 1/2 – 2 inches of oil in a 4 qt pan or larger if you don’t mind using more oil, to 350F over medium-high heat. Cast iron or heavy bottomed pans work best when frying. If you don’t have one, any type will work but will take more effort to keep the temperature even from batch to batch.
  • Place several doughnuts into the hot oil and reduce the heat to medium. Fry on each side for about 2-3 minutes or until golden in color.

Step by step on how to fry homemade doughnuts.

  • Do not overcrowd the pan like I did here. The doughnuts expand drastically so make sure to leave some space.
  • Remove doughnuts to a rack set over a paper towel to catch any oil dripping. Fry all doughnuts, and then scraps in an above-described manner.

Make the Glaze:

  • Combine 2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup water or milk.
  • Whisk until smooth. If you want the glaze to be thicker add more powdered sugar, if you want it thinner, add more water 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
  • Dip each doughnut and set over a rack.

Step by step pictures in how to prepare the sugar glaze and how to glaze your doughnuts.

All done!

Super soft doughnuts with sugar glaze on a cooling rack.
Here’s the print out version of the recipe.

Super Soft Doughnuts w/ Sugar Glaze

Super Soft Doughnuts with Sugar Glaze is a doughnut recipe that you'll love! These homemade doughnuts are soft, yet crispy topped with sugar glaze.

Author: Marina @ Let the Baking Begin!
Course: Dessert
Calories: 67 kcal
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 15 doughnuts and the same amount of donut holes

Ingredients

Make Dough

  • 1 cup milk room temperature or slightly warm
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp dry instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour Canadian is best

10 minutes before kneading cycle is complete add the following:

  • 1/4 cup butter 1/2 stick, room temperature

Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered/confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup water or whole milk

Also

  • Oil for frying
  • 3 inch round cookie cutter
  • 1 inch round cookie cutter
  • Flour for dusting

Instructions

Make the dough

  1. Place all ingredients except for butter in the bread maker, in the order listed. Turn breadmaker to dough cycle. {If you do not have a bread maker, do the same thing in the mixer and start with the slowest speed, then increase speed 1-2 numbers and kneed with the dough hook for 20 minutes}
  2. Add room temperature butter 10 minutes before the dough cycle is complete. Try not to open the lid after this so that warm air does not escape. {No bread maker: cover bowl with dough and set in warm, draft-free place. Or set the bowl with the dough over another bowl filled with warm water, making sure that the warm water touches the bottom of the bowl with the dough. For best results, the water temperature must be around 90F}
  3. Allow the dough to rise and double in volume. My bread machine takes 1 hour.

Shape the Doughnuts

  1. Once the cycle is complete and the dough has risen, sprinkle the working surface with flour and dump the dough onto it.
  2. Shape the dough into a ball by pulling ends towards the middle.
  3. Flip the dough smooth side up and let rest for about 10 minutes.
  4. Roll the dough with a rolling pin, on a floured surface to 3/4 inches thick (depends on how you like it), checking to make sure that the dough underneath is not sticking.
  5. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter (or an upside down 3-inch round sturdy glass/cup), cut out as many circles as you can and set them over the floured surface. Then use a 1-inch cookie cutter and cut out the middle. Leave the scraps, they will be fried as is.

Fry the doughnuts

  1. Heat about 1 1/2 – 2 inches of oil in a 4 qt pan or larger if you don’t mind using more oil, to 350F over medium-high heat. Cast iron or heavy bottomed pans work best when frying. If you don’t have one, any type will work but will take more effort to keep the temperature even from batch to batch.
  2. Place several doughnuts into the hot oil and reduce the heat to medium. Fry on each side for about 2-3 minutes or until golden in color. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  3. Remove doughnuts to a rack set over a paper towel to catch any oil dripping. Fry all doughnuts, and then scraps in an above-described manner.

Make the Glaze:

  1. Combine 2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup water or milk.
  2. Whisk until smooth. If you want the glaze to be thicker add more powdered sugar, if you want it thinner, add more water 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
  3. Dip each doughnut and set over a rack.
  4. All done! Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Super Soft Doughnuts w/ Sugar Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Potassium 17mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Sugars 11g
Vitamin A 1.4%
Calcium 1.3%
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Sinthuja

    Send me your all recipes.

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  • Anna Barbin

    What brand of the Canadian flour do you use?

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  • Lily

    Wow, no need to be so rude!

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  • Cheri

    I can’t wait to try these! One question, though; you say to add the butter 10 minutes before the end of the dough cycle. I am assuming you mean 10 minutes before the end of the kneading cycle and before the dough is left to rise?

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  • Albarbos Magnus

    Hi Marina,

    Thank you for the amazing and simple recipe.
    Just one question, can U use the same recipe to make choco;ate filled doughnut? what will I have to take into account while doing so?

    Thanks,
    Albarbos

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    • Hi Albarbos,
      If it’s just the filling you’re adding, then there’s nothing to change about the doughnut recipe itself. I bet it will be delicious though!

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  • Hi rally more,
    This recipe is for the doughnuts that you see on the pictures. If you think the end result is wrong, then you definitely do not have to follow my recipe. Otherwise, there’s nothing wrong with the recipe.

    Salt or sugar will kill the yeast only if there’s a very high concentration of said salt or sugar. Since the yeast is dry and will need to be dissolved in a liquid before becoming active, the small amount of salt (which is dry also and will need to be dissolved) is not enough to kill the yeast, as apparent by the end result.

    But if you’re convinced that salt and yeast going together will hinder the end result, you’re more then welcome to add the salt last, it definitely won’t hurt.
    Thanks for stopping by!

    Marina

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  • Munmuns

    I don’t have both the bread maker and stand mixer. So how will I add the butter at the end if I am hand kneading it.

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  • Emily

    I’m looking for a recipe for donuts that are super soft. Like no crispy parts, just all the texture of super soft fluffy bread. Are these more on the crispy side? I’m having trouble figuring it out from pictures…

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    • Hi Emily,
      Anything that’s fried will be crispy at first, but after about 30 minutes the moisture from the inside makes the outside soft. Out of all the recipes that I have tried, I found this one to be the softest. Hope this helps!

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  • madelyn

    Hi, I just discovered your site and this looks really good. Can I mix and knead the dough using my stand mixer? I don’t have a bread machine. Thanks!

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  • Vera

    Could I make this dough the night before and fry thdm up in the morning?

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    • I have not done that so I can not tell you exactly if its going to work. Sorry 🙁

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  • oxana

    Thank you so much for step by step instructions…love it! 🙂

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    • You’re welcome Oxana 🙂 Enjoy 🙂

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  • Ruslana

    Hi Marina, how much sugar it only says 1/2 .Thank you!

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    • Hi Ruslana,
      It’s 1/2 cup sugar 🙂 I corrected it in the recipe 🙂

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  • Are you kidding me!! Those look amazing! The last picture killed me. Also, you sister lives a floor above you? I am so jealous! I really miss mine.

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    • Yes, she lives right above me, so I get to enjoy her two boys running above my floor ))) Other than this it’s awesome to have her right by. We visit each other pretty often and share foods that we make all the time 🙂

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