Pioneer Woman’s Glazed Donuts | Easy Homemade Donut Recipe

Pioneer Woman’s glazed donuts are light, fluffy, and truly the best homemade donuts I’ve ever made (or eaten, for that matter!) — they’re my absolute favorite!

Pioneer Woman’s Glazed Donuts

Can I tell you a secret? I am in love with glazed donuts. There’s just something about the fluffy and light, yet sweet richness to them that is positively addicting, in the very best way. We don’t live near any donut shops — in fact, even the closest grocery store that carries donuts is more than a half-hour away — so I’ve had to learn to improvise.

And with this Pioneer Woman glazed donut recipe? I happily oblige. They’re actually better than any store- or bakery-bought glazed options I’ve ever tried… Yep, they’re THAT good. They practically melt in your mouth when you take a bite, and even though they do take a bit of time, it’s so worth the end result.

We love to make these for my son’s birthday every fall instead of birthday cake, and we’ll also work up a batch sometimes when we have friends over. It’s a fun group activity, and you’ll have some help eating them when they’re all finished!

Tips and Tricks for making Homemade Glazed Donuts

What is a glazed donut?

If you haven’t had a glazed donut before, bless your heart, and get your mixing bowl out. You MUST try them — they’re like heaven on earth! They’re little airy fried pastries shaped like a circle with a hole in the middle, and they’re light, fluffy, and covered with a sugar icing called glaze.

Do glazed donuts have dairy?

They do! They’re made with whole milk, eggs, and butter. So if you or someone in your family has a dairy allergy, just be careful!

What is glaze made of?

Glaze is very easy to make. All you need is melted salted butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and a generous splash of milk. Combine until all the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and dip your warm donuts halfway into the glaze to cover the tops with the sweet icing.

What if I don’t have time to chill the dough?

No worries! I have another great donut recipe: Beth’s Famous Glazed Yeast Donuts that comes out almost just like these and it does not need the chilling time that this recipe does. I’d recommend making that recipe if you are in a hurry to get your donuts in your belly.

Pioneer Woman’s Glazed Donuts

For the Donuts:

Glaze for hot yeast donuts:



  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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This recipe is from The Pioneer Woman. She is amazing in general but has really come through with this recipe. She has lots of comments on the process of making these glazed donuts, so if you need some more pointers on how this should come together, check out her details post, recipe, instructions, and lots of tips on making glazed yeast donuts here.

The only thing I changed was the glaze. I think that a little butter in a glaze that might only call for milk and powdered sugar is a must. The butter makes it more like an icing in taste and less like eating powdered sugar. Butter makes everything better, though; we already knew that.

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Feel free to comment on the life-changing experience that making these glazed donuts leads to. You’ll never be the same.

I know you’re going to just love Pioneer Woman’s glazed donuts — the light and fluffy and just-sweet-enough flavor is divine! There’s something magical of fresh homemade donuts and this recipe is a perfect place to experience that.

This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated in June 2019.

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