How to Make the Best Glaze for Doughnuts

Learn how to make doughnut glaze at home for a sweet breakfast treat any day of the week.

Let’s be honest, doughnuts are amazing in any setting. Whether they’re a special-occasion breakfast, a snack at work or are replacing cake at a wedding, doughnuts have a way of brightening anyone’s day.

And while there are tons of ways to top a doughnut, from sprinkles to powdered sugar, nothing is as satisfying as a sweet vanilla glaze. Fortunately, recreating your local doughnut shop’s glaze for homemade treats is incredibly easy. Keep reading to get the simple step-by-step instructions.

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How to Make Donut Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Yield: Enough glaze for about 2 dozen doughnuts

Step 1: Prep the sugar

Shift the confectioners’ sugar into a wide-edged bowl. Sifting gets rid of any clumps and works to aerate the confectioners’ sugar so the glaze is nice and smooth.

Step 2: Mix in wet ingredients

Using a whisk, slowly mix in the half and half a tablespoon at a time, stopping when the glaze reaches your desired consistency. Once the glaze is mixed, stir in the vanilla extract.

Test Kitchen Tip: If you prefer a thinner glaze, add in an additional tablespoon of half and half.

Step 3: Glaze

With a pair of tongs, dip a homemade doughnut into the glaze, flipping it over so both sides get covered. Transfer to a wire rack (make sure there’s a pan underneath to catch the excess!) and allow the glaze to harden.

Once the glaze has set, pour yourself a cup of coffee and dig in.

Customize the glaze to your taste

There’s no need to limit yourself to just vanilla glaze. Check out these fun flavor options:

  • Super fruity: Substitute the half and half for fruit punch (or your favorite fruit juice blend) and omit the vanilla extract.
  • Cup of joe: Add a teaspoon of instant coffee granules to the confectioners’ sugar then continue the recipe as normal.
  • Orange creamsicle: Substitute the half and half for pulp-free orange juice and add a tablespoon of fresh orange zest.
  • Pumpkin spice: Stir in a ¼ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to the confectioners’ sugar and continue the recipe as normal.
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Caroline Stanko
As an Associate Digital Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.