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A dozen maple frosted donuts with sprinkles are on display for this recipe.

Maple Frosted Donuts

Maple frosted donuts are the perfect November breakfast item. Topped with a delicious maple icing, this recipe will suit your late-fall cravings. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword maple frosted donuts
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 2 dozen


The Donut Dough

  • 2 packages instant dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk lukewarm
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter-flavored shortening at room temperature like Crisco
  • 6 cups cake flour plus more for dusting
  • Vegetable oil for frying

The Maple Donut Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter salted
  • 2 Tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 Tbsp half and half
  • Fall sprinkles to garnish


The Donut Dough

  1. In KitchenAid mixer bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes.

  2. Add lukewarm buttermilk, sugar, salt, nutmeg, vanilla extract, eggs, shortening, and 3 cups of cake flour and beat with paddle attachment on low to begin, working up to medium.

  3. Add remainder of flour in one cup at a time, letting each cup fully incorporate before adding the next. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the paddle attachment as needed.

  4. Remove dough from KitchenAid mixer and place on a lightly-floured surface. Sprinkle the dough with more cake flour and knead with your hands until the dough is no longer sticky. Cover with a cloth and let rise for one hour.

  5. Roll dough out to ½ inch thick and cut using a doughnut cutter. When no space is left in the dough to cut more, roll it back up, knead again, then roll back out and begin cutting again. Repeat until there is barely any dough left. You should end up with about 24 donuts.

  6. Cover cut doughnuts and let rise for 45 minutes.

  7. Heat up 3 inches of vegetable oil in a dutch oven to 360 degrees, then gently place about three donuts at a time into your dutch oven. Fry the donuts on each side for about 1 ½ minutes, using frying tongs to flip them. When they’re done frying, place them on a paper-towel lined plate so that the excess oil can be absorbed and start frying the next batch.

  8. Once all of the donuts are done frying and are cooling, you can begin making the maple frosting.

The Maple Donut Frosting

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for about 45 seconds. 

  2. Then, add the powdered sugar, real maple syrup, vanilla extract, and half and half. Whisk all ingredients together until there are no clumps left. 

  3. Pop the glaze in the microwave for 15 seconds right before you plan to frost the donuts.

  4. Then, dip each donut one by one facedown in the bowl of frosting. Spin each donut around to fully get it coated with the frosting. Then, gently lift the donut up and let the excess icing drip back into the bowl. Place aside on a platter.

  5. Serve and enjoy!