How to Make Vintage Glazed Doughnuts

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One of my favorite things to do is to get up on a Saturday morning and grab donuts. When the girls were little, donuts were always a favorite treat. As I’ve gotten older, it’s much easier to just make them on my own. Today, I’m going to talk about doughnuts: how to make glazed ones. These aren’t just any doughnuts though, these are the BEST ones you’ll ever have. We are talking the melt-in-your-mouth kinda donut. Vintage glazed doughnuts are where it’s at!

Do you call them donuts or doughnuts? It is popular in many countries and is prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty vendors. ‘Doughnut‘ is the traditional spelling, whilst ‘donut‘ is the simplified version.

Items Needed in The Kitchen

Doughnuts-How To Make Glazed Ones

Doughnuts always used to be that one DIY item in the kitchen that intimidates a few people. However, this recipe is so easy anyone can make them! You can’t go wrong with these! Whether you make them for breakfast or as a special treat, they are well worth your time. For over 20 years I used to make about 10 dozen doughnuts on Halloween for our neighbors. Then we moved, I miss that tradition. I cut the recipe down for all of us today! LOL!

How to Make Vintage Glazed Doughnuts

How to Make Vintage Glazed Doughnuts

Gather the Ingredients

  • Milk
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Yeast
  • Water
  • Flour
How to Make DIY Glazed Doughnuts

Step One

I either use my Bosch bread mixer or my 6-quart Kitchen Aid mixer to mix this recipe, although you could mix these by hand. Today, I used my Kitchen Aid. A Kitchen Aid 6-quart can handle it, but it’s not strong enough to make bread. I combine everything but the flour all at once in the bowl. I slightly mix the ingredients and slowly add the flour. Mix thoroughly.

How to Make DIY Glazed Doughnuts

Step Two

Keep the dough soft, which means it will not pull away from the sides of the bowl like bread dough.

How to Make DIY Glazed Doughnuts

Step Three

Use a spatula to push the dough down in the bowl. Cover the dough with some greased plastic wrap.

Cover with plastic wrap

Step Four

Let rise until double the size.

Let rise until double

Step Five

Punch down the dough and place it on a floured countertop. I used a dough cutter to cut the dough in half and cut 12 doughnuts in each portion after rolling it out with my rolling pin.

Put dough onto the floured countertop

Step Six

Roll the dough out about 1/2-inch thick with a rolling pin, then cut the dough with a 2.75-inch doughnut cutter. I had Mark help me cut them.

Cutting the doughnuts

Start Seven

Cover them with greased plastic wrap. Let rise again until double the original size.

How to Make DIY Glazed Doughnuts

Step Eight

Once they are double in size they are ready to fry in oil. Make your glaze right now. It’s so easy to make, you just use a whisk.

How to Make Vintage Glazed Doughnuts

Step Nine

The oil needs to reach 375 degrees. Start cooking with 4-5 doughnuts in a 12-inch pan and cook each side for about 1 minute or until golden brown. Drain on a cooling rack with a cookie sheet underneath with paper towels to collect excess oil. Use a slotted spoon if you have one. I ran out of steam, I didn’t cook the doughnut holes.

How to Make Vintage Glazed Doughnuts

Step Ten

Have the cooling rack ready to set the hot doughnuts on.

Cooking Doughnuts

Step Eleven

Whisk the glaze again, and warm it up a bit in your microwave (30-second increments). I like to dip the doughnuts in the glaze when the doughnuts are warm. Make sure both sides are covered and let the excess glaze drip onto a cookie sheet below the rack. I use a butter knife to flip them.

Glazing the Doughnuts

Finished Product

Serve immediately. These are best when served the same day, and even better when eaten while still warm. Enjoy your Glazed Doughnuts with a glass of milk or a hot cup of chocolate or coffee.

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How To Make Vintage Glazed Doughnuts

5 from 5 votes
How to Make Vintage Glazed Doughnuts
Glazed Doughnuts or Spudnuts
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Let Them Rise
1 hr
Total Time
25 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 Doughnuts
Author: Linda Loosli
Ingredients
Doughnuts
  • 2 teaspoons SAF yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups scalded milk, cool slightly
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, well beaten
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes, no milk or butter added
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
  • 6-1/2 cups white bread flour (that's what I use)
Doughnut Glaze
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Cream or Whole Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Instructions
Doughnuts
  1. I use my Bosch bread mixer or my 6-quart Kitchen Aid Mixer, although you could mix these by hand. I combine everything but the flour all at once in the bowl. I slightly mix the ingredients and slowly add the flour. Mix thoroughly. Keep the dough soft, which means it will not pull away from the sides of the bowl like bread dough. Cover the dough with some greased plastic wrap. Let rise until double the size. Punch down the dough and roll out on a floured countertop about 1/2-inch thick using a rolliing pin, then cut with a 2.75-inch doughnut cutter. Cover them with greased plastic wrap. Let rise again until double the original size. Once they are double in size they are ready to fry in oil. I do not have a special deep fryer. I use an electric skillet or a cast-iron skillet with hot vegetable oil (375 degrees) about 2 inches deep. Start cooking with 4-5 doughnuts in the 12-inch pan and cook each side for about 1 minute or until golden brown. Drain on a cooling rack with a cookie sheet underneath with paper towels to collect excess oil. Use a slotted spoon if you have one.

Doughnut Glaze
  1. Have the cooling rack ready to set the hot doughnuts on. Whisk the ingredients together. I like to dip the doughnuts in the glaze when the doughnuts are warm. Make sure both sides are covered and let the excess glaze drip onto a cookie sheet below the rack. Serve immediately. These are best when served the same day.

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Can I use Instant Potatoes?

Yes, you can, I used these because they really are potatoes. I boiled 2 cups of water and used a fork to stir the flakes in. These worked great, you will not use the whole package. You only need one cup of mashed potatoes for this recipe. They come in different flavors. Idaho Instant Potatoes

Instant Potatoes

How do you make DIY glazed doughnuts from scratch?

Well, this is the recipe you need if you’d like to learn how to make glazed doughnuts from scratch. You will be able to make this recipe very easily and the kids can help! Instead of going to the store for doughnuts, you can make your very own!

What is the glaze made of?

While making glaze can seem very intimidating, my glaze is super easy to make! You are going to need powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. These are very simple ingredients that you can grab at the store and keep on hand at all times.

How bad is a glazed donut for you?

A few glazed donuts aren’t bad for you as long as you don’t eat a dozen. I won’t lie though, this recipe will make you want to eat a dozen donuts, they are that good!

Can I freeze DIY glazed doughnuts?

Honestly, you can freeze almost anything, as long as you wrap it up well. To freeze these donuts, I placed six doughnuts in each baggie and placed them in the freezer. I wouldn’t keep these any longer than one month in the freezer. When you want a warm doughnut, just place a frozen doughnut on a plate and microwave it and you will LOVE these all over again. It’s like they just came off of the cooling rack. SQUEAL!

Final Word

When you’re raising your children or having grandchildren over, remember that these types of memories are so important. Vintage glazed doughnuts are just one of those baked food items that the whole family will love. Plus, it’s nice to have your very own recipe to pass down from generation to generation in your family. I hope your family enjoys this recipe just as much as mine does! May God Bless this world, Linda.

27 thoughts on “How to Make Vintage Glazed Doughnuts

  • May 28, 2021 at 7:20 am
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    5 stars
    These look so fun to make! I’m going to have my kids and their cousins all come over to make them. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • May 28, 2021 at 8:03 am
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      Hi Alli, thank you for the 5 stars! You will love these doughnuts! Have fun! Linda

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      • May 28, 2021 at 8:32 am
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        Hi!! Thanks for sharing this recipe. The instant mashed potatoes used, should they be just the potato flakes right out of the box or make the mashed potatoes as if you’re eating them. The recipe doesn’t say either way

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        • May 28, 2021 at 8:45 am
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          Hi Sherry, you make them as instructed on the package. I will go fix the recipe. Linda

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      • May 28, 2021 at 4:52 pm
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        5 stars
        PLEASS, PLEASE, PLEASE……NOT ANOTHER GREAT RECIPE FOR SOMETHING I SHOULDN’T eat

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        • May 28, 2021 at 7:41 pm
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          Hi Chris, now I have the giggles! I shouldn’t be eating them either. BUT they will melt in your mouth. These recipes are for emergencies. LOL! Thank you for the 5 stars, my friend. You made my day! Linda

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  • May 28, 2021 at 7:26 am
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    5 stars
    These look amazing! I am making these with my children tomorrow morning! Wow! Thank you sooo much for sharing! Can’t wait! :)❤️

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    • May 28, 2021 at 8:03 am
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      Hi Camille, thanks for the 5 stars, you will love making these doughnuts! They truly melt in your mouth! Linda

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  • May 28, 2021 at 7:36 am
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    5 stars
    I can’t wait to get a doughnut cutter and makes some of these. I may just make the doughnut holes. LOL I do love the holes more than the doughnuts.

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    • May 28, 2021 at 8:02 am
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      Hi Deborah, thanks for the 5 stars! I was so worn out, I didn’t cook the doughnut holes. I used to have all my kids helping me make these. Mark was my helper, what a blessing to have him cut them out. The glaze is so good! Have fun! Linda

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      • May 28, 2021 at 8:15 am
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        The cutter I ordered, can be used with or without the hole cutter. Amazon of course.

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        • May 28, 2021 at 9:57 am
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          Deborah, Amazon is the best. We don’t have to leave the house. Linda

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          • May 28, 2021 at 11:34 am
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            True, Linda. And I don’t want to go to Walmart. It’s been over 12 months since I’ve been there, and I really don’t miss it. I do like ordering online. I do go to our local grocery store. And the Dollar Stores. But they are all within 10 miles of home.

            We buy a lot from Amazon, too. Most of my crafting supplies come from Amazon. Also a lot of grocery items.

          • May 28, 2021 at 2:09 pm
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            Hi Deborah, oh my gosh, our daughters gave us $400.00 in Instacart credit for Christmas. I had never had groceries delivered. I hardly ever shop because I don’t enjoy it. LOL! BUT, I bought the $100.00 a year FREE delivery with InstaCart, and once or twice a month I have fresh vegetables delivered. I give them instructions to look for the “best date by”. It’s actually a blessing. Amazon is the best!! Linda

  • May 28, 2021 at 7:43 am
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    Oh how nice! I never thought about frying donuts in a skillet. I’ve always thought they had to be floating in oil. I’m going to make these with my kids this weekend! A perfect way to celebrate a rainy Memorial Day weekend. Thanks, Linda!

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    • May 28, 2021 at 8:01 am
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      Hi Cindy, I worked really hard yesterday to get this recipe out before the weekend. They will be so fun for people to make over the holidays! The dough is amazing! Linda

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  • May 28, 2021 at 7:54 am
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    5 stars
    Mashed potatoes? That’s a really interesting ingredient in doughnuts! I imagine that gives them a bit of the “old fashioned” flavor. I adore recipes where we can incorporate a leftover into something entirely different & this one is so unique! Could they be instant mashed potatoes if we don’t happen to have leftovers? Do you warm the mashed potatoes before adding? Sorry for all the questions, I’m really intrigued. Can’t wait to try these, yum!

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    • May 28, 2021 at 8:00 am
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      Hi Amy, I used instant potatoes in this recipe. I used to use leftovers but Now with just two of us, I buy Idaho Instant potato packets ($1.00). They taste like the real thing. Because they are!! I do not warm them. I can’t wait for you to make these. The dough feels so good when you roll them out. Thank you for the 5 stars!! Linda

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  • May 28, 2021 at 8:50 am
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    In the late 40’s my grandma made these with an almost identical recipe. They were sooo good. But then a donut shop opened behind her house and she said why bother and they used her recipe. Such memories.

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    • May 28, 2021 at 9:58 am
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      Hi Carolyn, I agree, if someone made these doughnuts I would go buy them!! I made a video to show my daughters with their dad cutting out the doughnuts. Great memories. Linda

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  • May 28, 2021 at 10:21 am
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    Linda, I LOVE your personal responses. So generous of your time. Even though we don’t share the same faith, I am grateful of our shared faith and for caring for our universe.

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    • May 28, 2021 at 2:01 pm
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      Hi Carolyn, oh you made my day. It’s people like you and the others in our forum here that keep me going. I’m so grateful for kinds words! Linda

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  • May 29, 2021 at 5:56 pm
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    I have my mom’s recipe for yeast donuts. I love making them and the BEST things is the donut holes. You start eating them and you get either a cup of hot coffee or a big glass of ice cold milk, you can TRY not to eat a dozen or 2
    but its very hard. Oh I think I need to make some donuts.

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    • May 29, 2021 at 6:42 pm
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      Hi June, yes, you need to make donut holes right now!! LOL! I love it! Linda

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  • May 29, 2021 at 6:00 pm
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    Sorry I forgot 1 thing: If you want to keep your grease at a even temp use a electric wok. I use to do it like you do but my grease kept getting to hot and it was hard to keep at a even temp. Someone mentioned using a wok and it works great.
    So much easier to control the grease.

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    • May 29, 2021 at 6:44 pm
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      Hi June, you know it’s so funny, when I was younger I didn’t have the money for a thermometer to see the oil temperature. I did the water flip test, if it sizzled, I put the donuts in the hot oil. I want to make these again, I froze some, I better go get one and reheat it right now. LOL! Linda

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