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10 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!

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Red or Pink

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!

Don’t have a go-to doughnut recipe yet? Use one of our favorite recipes!

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Traditional French Cruller Donuts with lemon glazeNoirChocolate/Shutterstock


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.

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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.

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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.

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Apple Cider

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!)

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Brown Sugar

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.

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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.

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Strawberry glazed donuts with strawberries and coconutphotosarahjackson/Shutterstock


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.

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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.

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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.

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