Krispy Kreme Doughnut Copycat

Moving along in our 12 Days of Oscar feature, we have the last of the films in this series that were nominated for but did not win an Oscar.  The 1998 film Primary Colors was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Kathy Bates was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.  Primary Colors is a (barely) fictional account of Southern Governor Stanton’s (John Travolta) run for the U.S. Presidency.

In one scene, Jack Stanton is seen chatting with a clerk at a Krispy Kreme shop in Manchester, New Hampshire.  In real life, Manchester, New Hampshire does not have a Krispy Kreme.  In real life for me the closest Krispy Kreme is an hour away and inside a casino.  This is great news for my waistline, but not so great news when a craving hits.  Luckily I don’t crave them often because this recipe is as close a replica as I could ever make at home.

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Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts


for the doughnuts:

  • 4 1/2 tsp. yeast
  • 1/3 C. warm water (105-115 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 C. milk
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 C. butter or shortening
  • 5 C. all-purpose flour
  • canola oil for frying

for the glaze:

  • 1/2 C. butter, melted
  • 2 C. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 5-7 Tbsp. evaporated milk


Combine the water and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer.

Let it sit for 5 minutes, until yeast dissolves.

In a medium-sized microwave safe bowl, heat the milk for 2 minutes, then remove and set aside to cool for a few minutes.

Add the milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening or butter, and 2 C. of the flour to the yeast mixture.

Mix for 2 minutes at medium speed.

Add the remaining 3 C. of flour and continue to mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl, until a sticky dough forms.

Place the dough into a large greased bowl, cover loosely with a clean dish towel, and let rise for 1-2 hours until doubled.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.

Cut into doughnuts either using a doughnut cutter or a round cookie cutter (3-4″ in diameter) and a smaller round cookie cutter (about 1″ in diameter) for the center.

Let rest for 10 minutes.

Pour oil into a large deep skillet until it is about 3 inches high and heat over medium heat until the oil is 375 degrees.

Carefully drop the doughnuts, 3-4 at a time depending on the size of your skillet, into the oil.

Fry for 3 minutes, flipping once, until golden brown.

Remove to drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

Repeat the process of rolling out the dough, cutting out the doughnuts, and frying and draining them until all dough has been used.

To prepare the glaze, melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl.

Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla until combined.

Add evaporated milk until you have reached the desired consistency.

Drop the doughnuts one at at time into the glaze, flip, and place on a wire rack (put waxed paper underneath for easier cleanup as the glaze will drip).

Source: adapted from Instructables


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