These delicious homemade maple iced donuts are easy to make and are fried to perfection then dipped in a maple icing and sprinkled with candied sprinkles. So versatile with all the holidays.
If you love donuts as much as I do, then you’ve come to the right place. I love donuts of all varieties from plain glazed to extra fancy varieties stuffed full of all kinds of fillings and everything in between. My favorite donuts, though, are the ones I make at home. There’s nothing as good as homemade donuts, and these take the cake, er, donut. I periodically make batches of these delicious donuts to keep on hand as afternoon snacks, quick breakfasts, or tasty sweet treats for gatherings of family and friends. They’re absolutely delicious, and they’re always a big hit.
Iced Maple Donuts
These maple donuts are so mouthwateringly delicious, it’s hard not to eat them all myself. They’re fried like traditional donuts, and then they’re covered in delicious maple icing. They’re everything you’ve always loved in a donut and then some. Because you made them yourself. Every bite gives that tender texture that you get from a perfectly made donut and a sweet explosion of maple from the icing. It’s absolutely delicious, and this donut recipe is much easier to make than you might think!
What I love about donuts is how easy it is to make a completely new flavor from one simple recipe. For example, because the donut itself is a simple, traditional flavor, it’s the icing that allows you to easily change the entire flavor profile of this sweet treat.
Other Icing Flavors
To change the flavor of these donuts, simply change the icing. This recipe calls for maple extract, but you can use any extract you like, and there are more out there than you’d think. A quick trip down the baking aisle will show you all kinds of great options. You can even find berry extracts!
Another great way to add a pop of extra sweetness and colorful fun is to add sprinkles to the tops of these donuts after you’ve iced them. Choose any color, size, and shape of sprinkles that you’d like.
Before diving into this recipe, take a moment to read over this FAQ. It answers all the most commonly asked questions about donuts, so it’s worth giving it a read before barreling headlong into this recipe.
What are the most popular donuts?
Believe it or not, the simplest of all donuts is also the most popular. Glazed donuts are the most popular donut in the world. In the United States, it’s the cream-filled donut that wins out.
Where did donuts originate?
Foods resembling donuts have been around for centuries, but the earliest versions of what we know as the modern donut can be traced back to the Dutch settlers who brought them to early New York – then known as New Amsterdam.
Can you make donuts in advance?
It’s best to make donuts on the day you plan to eat them, but you can make the dough the night before and let it rise overnight.
Storing Maple Donuts
These donuts will keep well for a couple of days at room temperature in an air-tight container or individually wrapped in plastic wrap. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to a month. To freeze, place the chilled donuts in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bags.
Maple Iced Donuts Ingredients
Both donut dough and maple glaze are made with simple ingredients, so it only takes a few to create this delicious treat. They’re all easy to find at your local grocery store, as well.
For the Donuts
- All purpose flour
- Milk, warm
- Instant dry yeast
- Egg yolks
- Butter room temperature
- Vegetable oil (for frying)
For the Maple Icing
- Powdered sugar
- Maple extract
- Vanilla extract
How to Make Maple Iced Donuts
Making these donuts is an easy enough process. In fact, even beginners can make it.
Step 1: Make the Dough
In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Add yeast to the mixture and stir. Next, add egg yolks and butter to the donut batter, using a stand mixer with dough attachment. While mixing, slowly add warm milk. Mix until the dough is elastic and doesn’t stick to the bowl. Form the dough into a ball.
Step 2: Create the Donuts
Place the dough ball back into the bowl, cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for 45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size. Transfer dough onto a well-floured surface and knead. Cut the dough into balls and flatten. Cut out the center of the dough and set it aside (these make for great donut holes!) Place the shaped donuts on a baking sheet and cover with a towel. Let rest for 20 minutes.
Step 3: Fry the Donuts
In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, fry donuts for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown on each side. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
Step 4: Ice the Donuts
In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar, milk, maple extract, and vanilla extract together until smooth. Dip the top of each donut into the maple icing and place it on a wire cooling rack. Top with your favorite sprinkles.
Try These Delicious Maple Donut Recipe Today
These delicious maple donuts are so good and so easy to make. You’ll be surprised at how quickly they come together. The only time-intensive part of the process is simply waiting for the dough to rise. Give this recipe a try, and I know you’ll be making it again and again.
Looking for more delicious desserts?
Apple Fritters – This recipe can be used for a dessert or for a super sweet breakfast treat. These fritters are made with a delicious batter, fresh diced apples, and fried until golden brown and dipped in a glaze.
Maple Cinnamon Rolls – There is nothing better than cinnamon rolls, except homemade cinnamon rolls. These are fluffy and sweet and topped with the perfect amount of maple icing.
Homemade Honey Buns – These honey buns are made from scratch, hand rolled, rich, delicious, and coated in a perfectly sweet glaze.
These Apple Pecan Fritter Bites from Great Grub Delicious Treats are perfectly fried fritter bites that are loaded with fresh diced apples, chopped pecans, and rolled in a vanilla glaze. The best thing about this recipe is that it’s vegan!
Maple Iced Donuts
For the Donuts
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt.
- Add yeast and stir. Next, add egg yolks and butter. Stir.
- Using a stand mixer with the dough attachment
- While mixing, slowly add warm milk.
- Mix until dough is elastic and doesn’t stick to the bowl.
- Form dough into a ball.
- Place dough ball back into bowl, cover with kitchen towel and let rise for 45 minutes or until dough has doubled in size.
- Transfer dough onto a well-floured surface and knead with hands,
- Cut dough into 8 balls and flatten.
- Cut out center of dough and set aside.
- Place donuts on a baking sheet and cover with a towel. Let rest for 20 minutes.
- Heat oil over medium heat. Once oil is hot, fry donuts for 3-4 minutes or until brown on each side.
- Remove from oil and place on a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil.
For the Maple Icing
- In a small bowl, whisk powdered sugar, milk, maple extract and vanilla extract together until smooth.
- Dip the top of each donut into the maple icing and place donut on a wire rack. Top with your favorite sprinkles and let set up.
Here are a few pics that are perfect to save to your favorite Pinterest boards.