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Red Velvet Donuts with Glaze

These Red Velvet Donuts with Glaze are made from scratch and have a hint of cocoa and vanilla.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 24
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 2 packages active dry yeast (1/4-ounce)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon red liquid food color
  • Vegetable oil


  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Stir the yeast into the warm water and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine milk, sugar, and salt. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat in eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  • Beat in shortening and 2 cups of flour.
  • In a small bowl, stir together cocoa powder and food coloring to make a paste.
  • Add food coloring paste to dough and mix well.
  • Keep adding flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough begins to pull away from sides of bowl.
  • Switch to a dough hook and knead dough for 5 to 8 minutes, until soft but not sticky.
  • Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning dough to coat it in oil.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until it doubles in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Fill a Dutch oven with about 2 inches of oil and heat to 350 degrees.
  • Cut dough into four pieces, and working 1 piece at a time, roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/4-inch. Use a 3-inch round cookie cutter and a small round cutter to cut donuts. You can use the small round cutter to make more donut holes out of the scraps.
  • Carefully slide a few donuts into the oil. Fry for 35 to 45 seconds and then flip over. Cook the second side about 30 seconds and then place on a rack or a paper towel-lined baking sheet.
  • For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a bowl and whisk until smooth.
  • Drizzle glaze on top of dounuts.