Doughnut Glaze

Total Time:
13 min
5 min
5 min
3 min

enough glaze for 20 to 25 doughnuts

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Sift confectioners' sugar into milk mixture. Whisk slowly, until well combined. Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water. Dip doughnuts into the glaze, 1 at a time, and set on a draining rack placed in a half sheet pan for 5 minutes before serving.

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    I made some cinnamon raisin scones and wanted a quick setting glaze so I made this and it was very tasty and exactly the kind of glaze I wanted. I added cinnamon and allspice to the glaze and it was wonderful
    This glaze worked great on my butter cookies. It was very easy to make, hardened fairly quickly, and kept the cookie moist and yummy. Dipping the 60 cookies in the glaze saved me tons of time (from individually frosting them).  
    Thanks Alton!
    Tasty recipe for a doughnut glaze and quick to whip up. Didn't bother setting it over a warm bowl. The stove with the burner turned off worked fine.
    Essential. This sweet vanilla glaze was a perfect way to preserve the freshness of my sour cream doughnuts. This glaze set up perfectly within minutes. It will always be a keepsake recipe for preserving the freshness and flavors of my favorite spiced doughnuts, fruit pies, and turnovers.
    It was such a great glaze!
     I made homemade donuts for my family today and the glaze made them perfect! I will definatly use this one again! :
    I have been lookinng for a long time for a good doughnut glaze. This is a keeper but with a few changes like halfing the vanilla and using a touch of whipped cream. I added 2 tablespoons of cocoa to make it chocolate which turned out very nice. The glaze was yummy and just what i needed. Thanks!
    This recipe is an A+! Very easy and wonderful flavor and texture just like the donut shop.
    Recently I was looking for a quick and easy glaze recipe for my donut holes. This was just what I was looking for. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and even the kids can do it. It is a little sugary, but the vanilla balences it out just great. I tend to double the batch and doesn't ruin the balance (I've had recipes that call not to double because it screws the reipe up!. Overall, great quick and easy recipe.
    It has way to much sugar in the recipe now it tastes like I just put sugar all over it instead of glaze! But I did make a change to the recipe, I cut the vanilla in half because it would've been super strong.
    Very good glaze, sets up nice and fast. I made a couple changes, I made half a recipe and used whipping cream and only 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla. I would make this glaze again :
    This is not what I think of as donut glaze, sorry. First off, cut the vanilla in half, or it will be way too strong. Secondly, I was looking for more of a hard, thick Krispy Kreme sort of glaze, but this mixture is way too thin. Now I just have soggy donuts, great.
    Absolutly amazing on my homemade doughnuts!!!
    I finelly found a glaze or icing that my husband likes It hard and great on zuccini bread and banna bread It is a keeper. Thank you
    Worked great for me. I'm wondering if the difference is using real vanilla versus artificial. I used a high quality real vanilla and the taste was just right.
    First time I've ever been successful with a douhnut glaze. Thanks, Alton. Love your show!
    Quick, simple and very tasty! I only had 2% milk on hand, and it still turned out fantastic. I used the glaze on top of some doughnut muffins I made and it was a great compliment to the doughnut.
    i tried this and i wouldnt trade this 1 for anything thanks alton! and love you on iron chef! keep up the good work god bless... laura //// arkansas
    Outstanding recipe. 3 ingredients - extremely easy.
     Like some others have said, I had an off taste in my first batch and I suspect it had to do with the strength of my vanilla. So I cut it in half and it was perfect.
     I also tried another batch with coconut milk. It didn't dissolve as much sugar and it was stickier. I had to add a little milk to help dissolve the sugar. I did a side-by-side comparison and I thought it actually was better, although i couldn't detect coconut. I had my wife do a blind test and she chose the coconut milk version, too. But I think I'll go back to regular milk since it was only marginally better and coconut milk is expensive.
    Instead of regular milk I sub'd in coconut milk. "WOW!" what a difference!
    These were exactly what I was hoping they would be, a wonderfully light airy fluffy doughnut, great flavor as well. They were a mega-hit with our friends and I was told by more then one person they were the best doughnuts they ever had, and people that don't normally like doughnuts loved these. I used Alton's plan glaze on some and his chocolate glaze on others, and also dipped them in Cinnamon Sugar and Powdered sugar, al came out wonderfully! I look forward to trying to make Jelly doughnuts with this recipe next.
    Each time I make this recipe, it has a strange taste, almost like alka-seltzer or kind of like aspirin. I'm using domino confectioner sugar, and keep getting the same results.
    I baked a basic yellow cake and wanted to use a glaze instead of a frosting. So I used this recipe with one alteration, I didnt have any vanilla,so I used almond instead. OMG, It was so delishious.....thanks Alton!
    I dont know if I made a mistake along the way that I cant account for looking back, but this was WAY too vanilla-ish and the sugaring was too thick, not glazey. Ive tried 3 other donut recipes on here and have loved them all. This is my first bad review : (
    I don't know if it was the powdered sugar or the wrong kind of milk but it was just plain and horrible. Yuck. Needs butter.
    Thanks again to AB for helping us with the basics. I always appreciate your thoughtful explanations. I used your glaze on my Christmas rum cake. It was great!
    I loved this glaze. I didn't have whole milk, so I used evaporated milk instead. The glaze was wonderful. I used this glaze for Alton Brown's yeast doughnuts. For half the batch of glaze, I added a few drops of orange extract and it was even better!
    Very simple and tastes great!
    that has small amounts of ingredints and has a gret balance
    I love to bake and this morning, at 1:30am, I was baking bread, cinnamon rolls and doughnuts. I needed a good glaze recipe and I tried this one. It took my doughnuts from being really good, to being just awesome and beyond good. Thanks so much... Oh, I also found this glaze to be really good on cinnamon rolls as well.
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