Chef reveals the secret to making tasty Krispy Kreme doughnuts at home

Publish Date
Friday, 2 June 2023, 12:50PM

An Aussie chef with over a million subscribers to his cooking channel on YouTube has shared his secret recipe for homemade Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

The doughnuts can be made with supermarket ingredients in just 20 minutes.

Rob Nixon, from Perth in Western Australia, shared the recipe on Nicko's Kitchen, his online cooking show broadcast over YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.

He shows viewers how to make the classic doughnuts with milk, eggs, sugar, self-raising flour, butter and spices, then how to deep fry them and ice them with a sugar glaze.

The recipe has had 4 million views from eager bakers keen to whip up elaborate desserts at home.


For the doughnuts:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2tsp nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • 2tsp dried yeast
  • 5 cups self-raising flour
  • Oil for frying

For the glaze:

  • 3 cups of icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water 
  • 1tsp vanilla essence



Before starting the dough, make sure you have a large, round cookie cutter to shape the mixture into individual pieces.

1. Add milk, salt and butter into a jug, and heat in the microwave for one minute until warm.

2. Add the nutmeg, eggs and 1/2 a cup of sugar, to the heated mixture and whisk until combined. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl, adding the dried yeast and a quarter cup of sugar before whisking again.

4. Add the flour one cup at a time, and mix well until the dough becomes thick and sticky. Leave the dough to rest for one hour.

5. Dust a wooden board with flour and knead the dough for two to three minutes. Roll out the dough and shape it into individual pieces using a large, round cookie cutter, making a small hole in the centre to create the "ring".

6. Fry in canola oil in a deep-fat fryer or deep skillet pan at roughly 170C for two minutes on each side until golden brown and puffy, draining excess grease on a paper towel.

7. To make the classic Krispy Kreme glaze, combine the icing sugar, water and vanilla together and mix until smooth.

8. Ice both sides of the doughnut and leave to set for 10 minutes before enjoying, still warm.

This article was first published in the NZ Herald and is republished here with permission.

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