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honey being drizzled onto stack of doughnuts with bite missing from top doughnut, flowers, and doughnut holes around and honey comb

Honey Glazed Doughnuts

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Proofing Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Author: Traci
Say goodbye to donut shop doughnuts because these Honey Glazed Doughnuts are all you'll ever need! Soft, fluffy, perfectly sweet, and extra delicious. These doughnuts are not only a wonderful breakfast treat, but are ready to eat in less than 2 hours. So simple, but oh so good!



  • 3 cup all purpose flour
  • teaspoons instant yeast
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • 4 cups confectioners sugar sifted
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • cup honey



  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine flour, yeast, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add butter, milk, egg, egg yolk, honey, and vanilla.
  • Mix on low speed for 3 minutes.
  • Increase speed to medium for 8 minutes.
  • Place dough in a clean bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Let rise at warm room temperature (78° F) for 1 hour. If not using a proofing box with a water tray, cover bowl with plastic wrap.
  • While dough is proofing, line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  • Spray lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface.
  • Sprinkle top with flour.
  • Roll to 1/2" thick.
  • Cover dough with a tea towel.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Use a doughnut cutter to cut out doughnuts, gathering scraps and re-rolling as necessary.
  • Place on prepared pan.
  • Cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Let rest for 15 minutes.
  • While dough is resting, heat 2" of oil in a large Dutch oven to 350° F.
  • Fry doughnuts in batches, 2-3 at a time, 1-2 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  • Drain thoroughly.


  • In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, and honey.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • Dip doughnuts, one at a time, into glaze, flipping to coat both sides.


  • Be sure to use a strong honey that you like the flavor of!
  • Don’t skip the resting phase! It relaxes the gluten in the dough and makes it easier to cut.
  • Tea towels are perfect for covering dough while it's resting.
  • You can actually re-roll the dough scraps. Just don’t add any extra flour! The doughnuts from the dough scraps won’t be quite as pretty and may be a little tougher.
  • If dough is difficult to work with when re-rolling, cover it and let it rest for 10 minutes to relax the gluten.
  • Use a thermometer to keep oil at a steady temperature.
  • If there are a lot of bubbles in your glaze, the doughnuts will dry with bubbles!
  • To glaze the doughnuts, place the doughnut in the bowl of glaze and use a fork (or your fingers) to flip it over. Then, place glazed doughnuts on sheet pan with a cooling rack to dry.


Serving: 1Calories: 238kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 270mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 276IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.