11 Great Glazes for Your Homemade Doughnuts
Classic glazed doughnuts get their sweet shine after being brushed with a combination of confectioners' sugar and milk. Want to take your doughnuts to the next level? Dress up your glaze by adding a few ingredients!
Red or Pink Glaze
Give your doughnuts a burst of color by mixing confectioners’ sugar with grape, cranberry, cherry or pomegranate juice concentrate. Whisk together 2 cups confectioners’ sugar with 3 to 5 tablespoons of juice. The more juice you use, the darker the glaze!
Use the same recipe for red or pink glaze to give your doughnuts a punch of citrusy flavor. Simply whisk 2 cups confectioners’ sugar with 5 tablespoons of lemon, lime or orange juice. Add a teaspoon or so of the zest to really make this glaze next level.
This maple-flavored doughnut topping screams fall, but I’d eat them any time of the year! All you need is 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring. Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl and glaze away!
If you’re feeling wacky, crumble a few pieces of candied bacon on top for a sweet-and-salty treat.
Calling all chocoholics! Coat your doughnuts with a rich, chocolaty glaze by bringing 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and 2 tablespoons light corn syrup to a boil. Kill the heat and pour the mixture over 6 ounces of chopped, semi-sweet chocolate chips. Whisk the chocolate mixture until smooth and finish it off with 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to give the glaze an aromatic finish.
Apple Cider Glaze
This is my favorite doughnut glaze to make in the fall when apples are abundant. To get a really concentrated flavor, cook 1 cup apple cider or juice until it reduces down to 3 tablespoons. Mix in 1 tablespoon butter until it’s melted. Then, add 2/3 to 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, whisking until the mixture becomes thick and glaze-like. (Psst: This recipe makes delicious gluten-free doughnuts!)
Brown Sugar Glaze
Long Johns are famous for their tasty, brown sugar-flavored glaze. It’s deeper and richer than a regular glaze, thanks to the molasses in the brown sugar! To make it, whisk together 1-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar with 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 tablespoon water, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
Dunking your doughnuts in a coffee glaze is the perfect way to start the morning! Prepare the coffee by combining 6 tablespoons cold milk with 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Then, in a large bowl, beat 3/4 cup softened butter with 6 cups confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Gradually add the milk mixture and beat until smooth.
This doughnut not only looks amazing, but it tastes fantastic, too! Whisk together 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar with 1/4 cup mashed fresh strawberries and 1 tablespoon milk (here’s how to keep your strawberries fresh). Crumble up some dried strawberries and sprinkle them on top of the glaze to double down on strawberry flavor.
This is the perfect vanilla glaze for a dessert bread. It is so simple to whip up, you will be adding it to all of your breads and doughnuts. Just combine a cup of confectioner’s sugar, 2 tablespoons of 2% milk and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract to create this classic glaze. Don’t forget to allow 5 minutes for it to thicken after stirring.
This bright-green glaze uses powdered matcha, an earthy green tea made popular by Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino. It’s powerful, so you don’t need much to create a tasty glaze! Combine 2 cups confectioners’ sugar with 2 tablespoons water and 3/4 teaspoon matcha powder.
Culinary lavender is a pastry chef’s secret ingredient! It makes incredible cookies, and it’s even better in glaze form. Start by steeping 2 tablespoons culinary lavender in 1/4 cup hot milk. After 5 to 10 minutes, strain out the flowers and whisk the milk with 2 cups confectioners’ sugar. To give the glaze a purplish sheen, add a few drops of blue and red food coloring until you reach the desired color.