Beth’s Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts

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Beth’s Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts are light, fluffy, easy to make, and done in just a few hours with a rich and creamy glaze to go on top.

I’m updating this post from 2009. You GUYS I have been at this a very long time. This recipe is from my sister-in-law Beth who is a fabulous cook (she’s a professionally trained chef actually!). I remember her and my brother coming down from Idaho at Christmastime to visit us in our tiny 600 square foot apartment in Provo, Utah. They were newlyweds and I didn’t know Beth well. They came down to ice skate and she made these amazing donuts for us. I took a picture and wrote up the recipe and have made it time and time again for years and years after.

Fast forward almost 10 years, we’ve added 5 more kids between our families, Tyler and Beth have moved from Idaho to Kentucky and now they live here in my tiny town in Southern Utah! That’s right, after all these years and miles between us I’m lucky enough to call Beth my neighbor as well as my friend. She doesn’t like to fry things very much, so we have this deal now that she makes the dough and cuts the donuts and then she shows up at my house and I fry them up. We make this recipe by our joint effort a few times a year and it’s so special to me.

I love this recipe because it’s just making a standard (but very tender) yeast bread dough and turning it into donuts. It doesn’t have a long chilling time, it’s easy to put together with simple ingredients, and the donuts are perfectly light and fluffy but still have a nice chew to them. This is an excellent glazed donut recipe and one that can make you famous in your own family!

Beth's Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts are light, fluffy, easy to make, and done in just a few hours with a rich and creamy glaze to go on top.

Tips and Tricks for Making Beth’s Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts:

  • The dough should be very soft but not overly sticky. It’s ok if it’s a bit tacky, but if it’s sticking to your hands and won’t come off, you need a bit more flour.
  • To scald the milk I just stick it in the microwave and get it nice and hot. But be sure to let it come down to around 110 degrees F. If you add the milk to your yeast mixture while the milk is too hot you can kill your yeast which will ruin the recipe.
  • Don’t have a donut cutter? I LOVE these biscuit cutters and the largest one with the smallest one as the hole works great for this recipe.

How do you make glazed donut icing?

Beth and I use a mixture of melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and a liquid to thin it out (in this case water, milk and cream also work well). I think the butter really makes the icing great instead of just a milk and powdered sugar icing. You can make a chocolate glaze by adding 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa to the powdered sugar and adjusting the water or milk as needed.

These donuts are also great tossed in powdered sugar or a cinnamon and sugar mixture. If we are frying them up for a party I’ll often make chocolate and vanilla glaze AND powdered sugar and sugar cinnamon donuts so that people have a lot of choices.

Beth's Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts are light, fluffy, easy to make, and done in just a few hours with a rich and creamy glaze to go on top.

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Beth’s Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts


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  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 3 dozen donuts and holes 1x

Description

Beth’s Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts are light, fluffy, easy to make, and done in just a few hours with a rich and creamy glaze to go on top.


Ingredients

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For the Dough:

  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup water (105115 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk (scalded, then cooled)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening or melted butter
  • 56 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts canola or vegetable oil for frying

For the Creamy Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 46 tablespoons hot water

Instructions

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in a medium bowl, let rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Add milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening or butter, and 2 cups flour.
  3. Beat on low for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in remaining flour until smooth.
  4. Cover and let rise until double, 45-90 minutes. (Dough is ready when indentation remains when touched.)
  5. Turn dough onto floured surface; roll around lightly to coat with flour. Gently roll dough 1/2-inch thick with floured rolling pin.
  6. Cut with floured doughnut cutter.
  7. Place cut donuts on a parchment or baking mat lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until double, 20-30 minutes.
  8. While the cut doughnuts rise, make the creamy glaze – heat butter until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Stir in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.
  9. Heat vegetable oil in deep cast iron skillet to 355 to 365 degrees F (use a thermometer here, it makes all the difference!).
  10. Slide doughnuts into hot oil with wide spatula. Turn doughnuts as they rise to the surface. Fry until golden brown, about 1 minute on each side.
  11. Remove carefully from oil; drain on a double layer of paper towels.
  12. Dip the hot doughnuts into creamy glaze, then set on cooling rack set inside of a rimmed baking sheet to collect the drips.
  13. Best enjoyed warm with friends.

Notes

  • The dough should be very soft but not overly sticky. It’s ok if it’s a bit tacky, but if it’s sticking to your hands and won’t come off, you need a bit more flour.
  • To scald the milk I just stick it in the microwave and get it nice and hot. But be sure to let it come down to around 110 degrees F. If you add the milk to your yeast mixture while the milk is too hot you can kill your yeast which will ruin the recipe.
  • Don’t have a donut cutter? I LOVE these biscuit cutters and the largest one with the smallest one as the hole works great for this recipe.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 min
  • Cook Time: 3 min
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Beth's Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts are light, fluffy, easy to make, and done in just a few hours with a rich and creamy glaze to go on top.

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Donuts are my happy place! They are for sure the treat that I choose most often because I love them always and forever. It’s so fun to have a donut recipe up your sleeve, too, because they make for a fun treat to share with friends. I love food that brings people together!

This post was originally published in December 2009 and has been updated, rephotographed, and re-shared in December 2018.

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50 Comments

  1. I’ve tried many times to make homemade donuts and the hunt for perfection stoped here. These were AMAZING!!!! I couldn’t stop eating them freshly glazed so I sent a bunch to the neighbors house, and they commented for weeks how good they were. These are so good!






  2. I am not a yeast pro yet but I will get it right. Yummy donut yummy glaze! A bit mishapen but the taste was incredible. Hubby loved them!






  3. Can these donuts be made so I can fill them with whipped cream or jam? Do I just make them without cutting a centre hole or would other adjustments to the recipe need to be made?

    1. Yes! It works great! We put pastry cream in them. Just don’t cut the center whole and let them fry just a little longer to cook all the way though.

  4. Hi! I would love to try this but i’m wondering if i can cut the ingredients to half to make just a small batch, will i be able to get the same result? Thank you!

    1. One more question, how can i store the shaped dough to cook for later? should i freeze them? Thanks in advance.






  5. Great recipe! Followed one of the tips below to make at night and put in the fridge until the morning. Worked perfectly!






  6. I made these donuts quite a while back, and they were SO YUMMY, it might be high time to make them again. I don’t bake for fun, but wanted to bless my sweet-tooth hubby, who happens to loooove glazed donuts. I thought he might come in the door and fall over backward when he realized what i had accomplished! 😉
    Thanks for all the great recipes, Melissa!






  7. Can I make the dough the night before and put it in the fridge to fry in the morning? If so, do I out it in the fridge before or after cutting?

    1. Yes! I’d put in in the fridge without cutting, then roll and cut cold, then let them rise to room temp – it’ll take an hour and 1/2 or so!

  8. Hello! I’m assuming you add the yeast mixture when you add all the liquids? Your recipe doesn’t say when to add it. Thanks.