Krispy Kreme Kopycat Doughnuts and A Cookbook Giveaway

Let me begin this post by saying that I am a self proclaimed doughnut junkie! Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy cookies, brownies and other sweets, but doughnuts? Forget about it! If you have never tackled making doughnuts from scratch I urge you to give them a try! I promise that they are no harder than whipping up a birthday cake and they will literally change your life! 😀 There is nothing quite like biting into a warm homemade doughnut. That’s why I am so excited to share this recipe with you today! Two words…Krispy Kreme. A light, spongy, sweet, sticky and fabulous homemade version of everyone’s favorite Krispy Kreme Doughnut…seriously does it get any better than that? Dede Wilson nailed this recipe. From the warm, spongy doughnut to the crackle underneath your teeth glaze. These doughnuts are outrageous!

When the people over at The Harvard Common Press contacted me about hosting a stop on Dede Wilson’s blog tour for her upcoming book, A Baker’s Field Guide to Doughnuts, I was so excited. A whole book dedicated to doughnuts? Count me in! As soon as the book arrived in the mail I immediately started bookmarking recipes I wanted to try. The first recipe to catch my eye were the Krispy Kreme Kopycat Doughnuts.

Her description of the doughnuts had my mouth watering and I would be lying if I didn’t say I wanted to make all 60 recipes that night! Don’t worry I didn’t make all 60 that night…only these Krispy Kreme Kopycats. But trust me I have about 59 other recipes bookmarked to try! 😉 This book is packed with over 60 drool worthy recipes for making warm and fresh homemade doughnuts. From basic recipes such as old-fashioned buttermilk doughnuts, seasonal favorites like cider doughnuts and decadent creations such as the chocolate caramel-bourbon-pecan doughnut.

So here’s your chance to win a copy of this amazing cook book before it’s even available in stores! Just follow the directions below for a chance to win! Sorry this giveaway is limited to US residents only.

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this post answering the question: “What’s your favorite kind of doughnut?”

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Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2012 at 11:59pm CST Giveaway Closed!

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The winner of the Giveaway was Judith! I hope you enjoy the cookbook! Here’s what she said:

Krispy Kreme Kopycat Doughnuts

A light, spongy, sweet, sticky and fabulous homemade version of everyone's favorite Krispy Kreme Doughnut.

Yield: about 22 doughnuts


For the Doughnuts:
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
2 (0.25 ounce) packages of active dry yeast
6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 ½ cups whole milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, beaten, room temperature
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 to 5 ½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
oil for frying (vegetable or canola, about 1 quart)

For the Hard Sugar Glaze:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. When oven reaches 200 degrees, shut off.
In the bowl of a stand mixer combine the warm water and yeast and let rest 5 minutes until foamy.
Meanwhile, melt the shortening with the milk in a microwave or saucepan, set aside and let cool until milk mixture is 115 degrees F.
Add the milk mixture, sugar, eggs, salt, nutmeg, vanilla and 2 ½ cups flour to the yeast mixture and mix with the dough hook on medium-low speed, slowly adding an additional 2 ½ cups of flour until thoroughly combined, about 5 minutes. (You can add up to an additional ½ cup of flour if necessary).
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in warm oven. Let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment and sprinkle them generously with flour. Punch down dough and divide in half. Roll out one piece of the dough on a lightly floured work surface until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Using a 3-inch doughnut cutter or 3 inch biscuit cutter and a 1 inch biscuit cutter, cut out doughnut shapes. Place the cut doughnuts onto the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the scraps of dough and holes and cut additional doughnuts from the dough. Cover and let rest in a warm, draft free location until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
Add enough oil to a deep-sided pan to measure a depth of about 3 inches. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 350 degrees. Have ready a plate lined with several paper towels.
For the glaze: While the oil is heating, make the glaze by placing the the confectioners’ sugar in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the water until it begins to combine; it will be thick. Cook over medium heat, whisking often, until it liquefies and becomes completely smooth and very warm-but not hot to the touch. Do not let it simmer. The cooking will be brief-about 15 seconds. Stir in vanilla and keep the glaze warm, over low heat.
To fry and assemble: Carefully add a few doughnuts to the oil, being careful not to crowd the pan, and fry until golden brown. Turn the doughnuts over and fry until the other side is golden. Drain on paper towels after the doughnuts are fried. Dip the top of the warm doughnuts into the glaze and serve immediately.

Recipe Note: Doughnuts are best enjoyed as soon as possible, though they will remain soft and spongy the next day.

292 Responses to “Krispy Kreme Kopycat Doughnuts and A Cookbook Giveaway”

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    janice harris — September 7, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

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    chocolate cake doughnuts with glaze are the best

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    Regina — September 7, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    I haven’t had a K/K in years, brought back memories of hitting Dunkin’ Doughnuts right after they opened and getting a nice warm glazed doughnut, they’re my favorite, I agree with Jull :)

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    Shelly Smith — September 7, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    I LOVE apple cider doughnuts!!

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    Lara — September 7, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    I LOVE chocolate covered-custard filled donuts!

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    Kim — September 7, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    I’m a chocolate frosting with sprinkles kind of gal!!

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    Kim Boynton — September 7, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    We have a locally owned donut shop here that has been around since I was a kid. It is called Sandy’s. It is a tiny little spot that formerly housed an ice cream store. The husband of the former owner used to make all the doughnuts himself. He died a couple of years ago, but not before handing off his recipes and expertise. They make them every night and sell out every day. They make simple donuts with holes, but THEN they make these incredible creations including, but not limited to: yum yum (my personal favorite which defies description), polka dot, bowtie, fritters, cinnamon fries, eclairs, long johns and on and on. Who needs to make donuts when you can get these down the street! BUT, I would love a cookbook!

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    Crystal Mital; — September 7, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    There’s absolutely NOTHING better than a HOT Krispy Kreme! But if they aren’t available, then I love a good boston cream doughnut! That custard gets me every time….YUM!

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    Donna W — September 7, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Love your blog! These look amazing – will have to try this recipe and make my own “hot and ready” doughnuts! My favorite is chocolate covered donut holes from way back!!

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    Joann — September 7, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    Oh… I love so many kinds, but especially this time of year I love a pumpkin glazed doughnut !

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    Judy — September 7, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    I love Red Velvet Donuts from Donut Pub in NYC.

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    MaryB — September 7, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Glazed donuts are my favorite or maybe maple bars.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 7, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Glaze doughnuts are near and dear to my heart :)

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    Dianne — September 7, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    This looks so good. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Peggy Nelson — September 7, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    Any doughnut with chocolate sprinkles works for me!

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    Chris — September 7, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    I love a good cake doughnut…..always having been especially fond of buttermilk….or any variation with it. Blueberry…or pumpkin…or spice…you get the picture! Yeast doughnuts? I’m gluten-free so…..probably not a viable option in most instances. I guess I might have to pursue that thought now!!

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    Jenna@LIttleKitchenBigFlavors — September 7, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    Sour Cream Glazed – all the time!

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    Melissa B — September 7, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    My favorite kind of doughnut is anything chocolate! =)

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    Kathy B. — September 7, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    My favorite kind of doughnut is the classic glazed. I am, unfortunately, allergic to barley (and therefore malt) as of the year 2002, and haven’t had a Krispy Kreme doughnut since. So I really NEED to learn how to make doughnuts at home; the ones I’ve tried from scratch were never up to snuff.

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    Laura — September 7, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    My favorite doughnut is the Maple Cake from Nori Donuts in Redwood City, CA. Also love their crumb doughnut. Come to think of it I have yet to have a doughnut from this shop that I didn’t like. So fresh and quality ingredients.

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    ChgoJohn — September 7, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    This is a dangerous recipe, at least around here. Thanks for sharing, Christina. I now follow you of FB, Twitter, and Pinterest but no need to enter me into the contest. Thanks just the same.

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    Dotti — September 7, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    Cream filled donuts are my favorite…..not the custard type cream, the white fluffy cream! Yummmmm

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