Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding Recipe

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Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding made with stale glazed doughnuts is maybe the most heavenly thing you will taste besides “Hot” Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. It is creamy and sinfully rich. Serve with an easy homemade chocolate sauce to mimic a chocolate glazed doughnut.


Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding in a baking dish.

This is a greatΒ recipe if you have leftover, stale Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Like you’d have any of those right? I didn’t but I wanted to try making Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding so badly, I went to the Krispy Kreme store near our house and bought 2 dozen “Hot Now” doughnuts. One dozen for us the eat fresh and one dozen to save. Not such an easy task. The saving part.

Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts

Now if you’ve never had a Hot Krispy Kreme doughnut right off the conveyor belt, let me just say they are the best things ever. Literally.

The texture is unreal, so light and pillowy. They just melt in your mouth. But with each passing minute they lose a little of their special something. Until they become those dense Krispy Kreme doughnuts you can buy at the gas station. They don’t tempt me at all. You can revive them a little by sticking them in the microwave for 8-10 seconds, but they will never completely recapture that “Hot” flavor and texture.

Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding in baking dish.


Not eating that second box of doughnuts for 3 days was quite the challenge. They were hidden at the back of the bottom shelf in the pantry to lessen the temptation.

I don’t recommend torturing yourself in this way.

Turn stale glazed donuts into a heavenly Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding.

But if you do happen to ever have stale glazed doughnuts on your hands, take them and drown them in milk, cream, eggs, and sugar and bake until hot. You will have maybe the next best thing to “Hot” Krispy Kremes – Hot Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding.

Put on a little homemade chocolate sauce to get that taste of a chocolate glazed doughnut. Stale never tasted so good!

If you’re a Krispy Kreme lover, try there Copycat Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.

Note: If you don’t live where Krispy Kreme doughnuts are available, any glazed doughnut will do.
See How To Make Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding in the Video Below.

Bread Pudding topped with chocolate sauce.

Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding in a baking dish.

Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: bread pudding
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 491kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Stale doughnuts get revived with this rich, heavenly Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. Make an easy Chocolate Sauce to serve with it. Stale never tasted so good!
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  • 1 dozen stale Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts, any glazed doughnuts will do
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of nutmeg

Chocolate Sauce

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream


  • Cut each doughnut into 5 or 6 pieces and place in a greased 9X13-inch or slightly smaller baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, heavy cream, brown sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and nutmeg.
  • Pour over doughnuts. Press doughnuts into liquid to moisten. Let sit 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place baking dish in oven uncovered and bake for 45 minutes.
  • To make sauce, place chocolate chips in a small bowl. Bring heavy cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour over chocolate chips. Let sit 15 seconds. Stir until smooth.
  • Serve bread pudding warm.


Calories: 491kcal

Originally published September 25, 2014.

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68 thoughts on “Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding Recipe

  1. Oh my word! Oh my goodness!!
    This was my very first bread pudding EVER and I am so thrilled that I decided to use your recipe! Someone had suggested making a donut bread pudding using some leftover doughnuts we had from our Bible study class this week and being the adventurous type when it comes to cooking, I thought it would something I would be willing to try. Now, I’ve already mentioned this was my first one. I was a bit nervous as to how it would turn out. Well….I couldn’t wait to take it out of the oven – the smells of the brown sugar, the vanilla (used a bit extra) and the nutmeg (also used a bit extra) were so tantalizing and delightful. My husband had the first scoopful – he was groaning in culinary delight. He stated that he’d rather have that than whatever I was planning to make for dinner. Took a sample to my bestie neighbor and she swooned over it as well – shared the recipe with her. I will definitely be doing this again and again! Thank you for creating such a wonderful dessert that is very easy to make and super yummy!!

  2. I fixed this for Thanksgiving dinner for one of the desserts. It was the 1st to vanish. Definitely a keeper! Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

  3. The BEST. I made this for Thanksgiving & it became the main event. It was taken out of oven along with the other items warming & guests thought it went with meal. Kept going back for 2nds. Needless to say none left for dessert. This is for sure a keeper😊😊

  4. Krispy Kreme is 80 miles one way, but would like to try this Bread Pudding recipe. Please tell me 12 Krispy Kreme donuts = how many cups of donuts cut up? That info will help me so very much with this recipe. Thank you for your time and info that you may send me, cindy

    1. I’ve never measured cut up donuts by the cup Cindy and I think it would vary greatly based on what size pieces you cut them into and whether you pack them into the cup or just fill the cup loosley.

  5. OOPS! It’s not sweetened condensed milk it’s evaporated milk.
    Can evaporated milk be used to substitute heavy whipping cream?


  6. Not sure if this is the right spot but can I use sweetened condensed milk instead of heavy whipping cream?


  7. I wonder– Instead of using the egg and milk mixture, couldn’t you just keel it really simple and pour egg nog over the donuts? Egg Nog is made of pretty much all the same ingredients…

    1. Yes, I think egg nog would be delicious, but I would sub just the milk with egg nog and still add the eggs. Eggs act as a thickener and binder in the recipe. Even though egg nog contains eggs, it’s not going to act as a binder in the same way that raw eggs do.

  8. Custard is my favorite, and I love finding new bready items to soak in it and bake! And I’m from NC and have never trusted Dunkin Donuts. I’m a Krispy Kreme girl all the way!

    1. I haven’t tried that Rachel so I’m not sure how it would turn out. You could definitely have the doughnuts all cut up and ready to go and the mixture that you pour on the doughnuts mixed up in advance.

      1. Just jumping in to let Rachel know that assembling beforehand might actually work better, like an overnight baked French toast. Especially if the doughnuts are really stale. Overnight in the fridge would give the custard adequate time to soak into every tiny bite! =)

  9. Growing up in Greensboro, NC (right next to Winston-Salem, NC home of Krispy Kreme), I could inhale a whole dozen of the Hot Now! Krispy Kremes with no problem. Have been making bread pudding with the stale doughnuts for years, will even use the grocery store’s yeast glazed doughnuts in a pinch. Only change is I make a chocolate custard with whole chocolate milk and a good squeeze of chocolate syrup (1/4 to 1/2 cup) and at Christmas time – candied orange peel.

  10. Wow this recipe sounds great. My son brought home a dozen stale glazed donuts from work today. I hate throwing food out and now I can make something yummy with the donuts. Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. I made this tonight for my son’s birthday dinner. It was DELICIOUS! Followed the recipe and made no adjustments. Came out moist and not soggy. I did not use all of the ganache and could have cut that down by at least half. I used an 9×9 casserole dish so that may be why it didn’t take very much. Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It will definitely be my new go to recipe.

  12. I have made this with a few changes based on a previous bread pudding that I made, but I stayed pretty close to this and it is absolutely PHENOMENAL! I have been hounded for it ever since! I bought 8 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts to make enough for all of the requests! I grew up eating Krispy Kreme and this just gives me another to savor them!

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Erica! Krispy Kremes are hard to resist aren’t they? For years, I didn’t have one by my house, so I wasn’t tempted often but now they seem to be opening new stores everywhere and it is so hard not to stop when I drive by one. πŸ™‚

  13. This was just okay. Too much eggy stuff on the bottom. It was soggy. Way too much chocolate topping too. If I had used it all, it would have been like frosting. My boys didn’t like it and asked that next time I just leave them as donuts:(

  14. Hi Christin,
    Can I sub regular whipping cream for heavy? I have 2 pints in my fridge I’d like to use up but I don’t want the bread pudding to suffer! I’m making this for work tomorrow πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the help!

    1. I just had a thought… maybe I could just use all whipping cream in place of the whole milk AND heavy whipping cream? That wouldn’t work for the sauce portion though….

  15. Wow! We have to travel (quite a way) for that “HOT” Krispy Kreme. My husband knows when we see that sign lit up – we have to stop!!! They do sell the packaged KK locally, but I don’t like them compared to the fresh ones, but I will buy them on my next trip to the store so I can make this heavenly creation. I can’t wait to make this for my family (especially my parents and my daughter), they love KK and bread pudding, but putting the two together, they’ll never want me to bake anything else!!!

  16. Holy crap I just died & went to heaven! I can’t wait to make this, sadly we don’t have a KK store in SW FL where I live. This will be made this week, if I can hold off that long. My only concern is that living with my mom & sister one batch won’t be enough for 3 women lol. I’m going to start buying the day old glazed donuts at the grocery store! Buying them stale is the only way they won’t be eaten before I make this. I found this recipe through my recipe lion email & now I’ll be following your site! Thank you so much!!

  17. I made this last night for a friend’s birthday dinner. I accidentally forgot to add the vanilla, and I subbed out cinnamon for the nutmeg. It was AMAZING. Astounding. Insanely and decadently delicious. Life-alteringly good. I had to be physically restrained from the leftovers. Helpful tip: Grocery stores and gas stations are the best sources for slightly stale KK’s, since I am not capable of resisting the fresh ones long enough to let them get stale!

  18. I have been making this recipe for a while, but instead of glazed donuts I use half a dozen large apple fritters. It is so delicious, I can’t even begin to describe the yum that happens in your mouth!! Thanks for the post!

  19. I made this today with my left over dozen donuts (after getting the “buy one dozen, get one dozen free” deal on 12/12). It was absolutely delicious! Definitely saving the recipe for whenever I end up with a dozen stale Krispy Kreme donuts, again! Will that ever happen, again? LOL

  20. Have you tried freezing this recipe? Have a box of donuts but can’t indulge right now. ; 0 Does this recipe freeze well?

  21. I’m showing this to my parents. They are huge Krispy Kreme fans. We all used to live around easy access to them, but now, none of us are close to one πŸ™ And you’re right, those prepackaged ones just don’t cut it.

  22. These look amazing. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you for posting this!! I have been making Paula Deen’s krispy kreme bread pudding for about 4 years now. It is made with fruit cocktail and sweetened condensed milk. Then I made a rum sauce to go atop.

    1. I’ve never tried her recipe for Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding because I wasn’t sure how I would like the fruit cocktail in it, but I definitely love sweetened condensed milk. But you really like it huh? May have to give it a try! A rum sauce on top sounds wonderful! Thanks so much for commenting πŸ™‚

  23. You are something else. Another saved recipe for me. Its hard to have left over KK’s though…..So few of them even around it seems.

  24. I haven’t told too many people this, but I was addicted to Krispy Kreme donuts when I was pregnant with my youngest son. I took special trips over the bridge just for them, and didn’t share them with my then 1 year old sitting in the backseat. Terrible! This bread pudding is Krispy Kreme heaven! πŸ™‚

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