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Maple Glazed Donuts

These fried maple glazed donuts are a fall season favorite. The dough is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. The maple icing or glaze for the donuts is perfectly sweet and flavored with maple syrup, maple extract, and vanilla.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Rising2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried donuts, maple glazed donuts, yeasted doughnuts
Servings: 12 donuts
Author: Tania

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed to 115 degrees F
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 teaspoon (divided)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled (8 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups bread flour, plus more as needed
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying (about 2 quarts)

Maple Glaze

  • 4 cups powdered sugar, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple extract, plus more if desired (optional)

Instructions

  • Attach the dough hook attachment to the stand mixer, if using. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add warm milk (115 degrees F), active dry yeast, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Combine and let it sit for 10 minutes until frothy.
  • To the same bowl, add the eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, salt, grated nutmeg, cinnamon, and 2 cups of the bread flour. Mix on medium speed for about 1-2 minutes. Mix in remaining bread flour, 1/2 cup at a time until a dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high, and mix until dough pulls away from the bowl and a manageable dough forms. The dough should manageable, soft, and slightly sticky. If needed, add more flour little by little.
  • Transfer dough to a floured surface and knead by hand for about 4-5 minutes, sprinkling more flour as necessary. At this point, the dough should be elastic, very manageable, soft, and slightly sticky. It should also spring back when poked. Do not over-knead; you can tell if you over-kneaded the dough if it feels tough and dense.
  • Form dough into a ball and place on a lightly oiled bowl, making sure the dough is coated with oil on all sides. Vegetable oil is fine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm and draft-free environment for about 1.5 hours, until doubled in size. I usually let dough rise in a warm-ish oven. You can also use the microwave method (instructions below under Notes).
  • After the dough has risen, punch it down and transfer to a clean surface. Using a rolling pin, roll to 1/2 inch thick.
  • Using a donut cutter or round cookie/biscuit cutters, cut into 12 donuts. Should make 12 donuts and 12 donut holes. Transfer them to 2 large baking sheets. Cover with plastic wrap and let them rise in a warm environment for another 20-30 minutes.
  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat vegetable oil to 375 degrees F. To monitor the oil’s temperature, clip a candy thermometer to the pot (like the photo above). Cook the donuts one minute per side, about 3 donuts at a time. Transfer to a rack placed on top of a large baking sheet or something to catch any dripping oil.
  • Fry the donut holes after you're done with the donuts, about 6 at a time. Transfer to a rack.
  • While the donuts cool a bit, make the maple glaze: simply whisk all the maple glaze ingredients. Tip: Add the milk and syrup little by little to get the right consistency. The glaze should be thick enough to stay on the donuts. If too watery, add more sugar.
  • Dip warm doughnuts in the glaze on one side. Let them cool for the glaze to harden, about 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Special Equipment: candy thermometer, rolling pin, donut cutter.
  • How to find a "warm" environment for yeasted dough to rise: Two options, 1) Oven: warm up the oven to 200 degrees for a few minutes, then let some of the heat escape until you get semi-warm oven. If the oven is too hot, it will kill the yeast. 2) Microwave oven: microwave a cup of water in high for 2 minutes so the compartment gets warm. Place dough inside and close the door (leave the cup of water inside to retain heat).
  • How to store: store in an air-tight container for up to 2 days.