Light n’ Crispy Glazed Doughnuts

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Sometimes, it’s just the simple little things that can be the best little things.  I’ve long wanted to make these doughnuts and thought to myself, “self, let’s do these for the magazine this Christmas.”  So I set about doing that… and was asked to send a few extra images… including a “bite” shot.  Little did I know what surprise was in store for me… 

So this cold afternoon, I moseyed out to my mailbox and see an envelope from Carolina Country. For those who are here for the first time… I have had the wonderful opportunity to do recipes along with food styling and photography of my creations for them about 6 years now.  I’m also blessed with opportunity to sometimes write about my culinary adventures.  I had no idea they were going to use my recipe and images for their 2022 Christmas card!

OMG… what a wondermous surprise!  Santa himself may as well have delivered what I saw when I opened the envelope.  How they turned the recipe, images and designed their card is so fun and magical… and put a smile on my face like a little girl peeping into the living room on Christmas morn.  Along with that is a link here to my blog… so that may have sent you here!

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This recipe created for and published by Carolina Country Magazine December 2022 © (copyrighted) 
Propping/styling and photography  by
Wendy Perry Carolina Country Magazine Contributing Recipes Editor

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Light n' Crispy Glazed Doughnuts

Do you want to “WoW” your family and guests with a sweet treat that is sure to please?  If you’ve never made these quick and oh-so-easy doughnuts, the time has come. They can be “dressed” in a variety of ways for any occasion… including with fun sprinkles.
Course: Dessert, Fun Food!, Sweet Treats
Cuisine: American, Kid-Friendly
Keyword: christmas desserts, donuts, doughnuts, puff pastry
Author: Wendy Perry


  • 1 17-ounce box puff pastry (2 sheets)
  • oil for frying (I use peanut)
  • glaze/coating of choice (see below)
  • sprinkles, optional

Glazed: whisk together

  • 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons milk or half and half
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Chocolate: Heat for 30 second intervals in micro until melted

  • 2 cups chocolate chips, any kind
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  • Thaw pastry to room temperature. Prepare glaze/coatings.
  • Unfold each pastry sheet.  Using 2 sizes of round cutters, cut doughnuts and center holes. (*I used a small drinking glass and top of a condiment bottle for smaller cut.)
  • *Heat oil (1”deep) on medium high heat. Cook pastry about 30 seconds on eachside until lightly browned.
  • Remove from heat and toss in sugar or dip inglaze/coating. Place on rack to cool and drip.
  • Cook holes and toss in remaining glaze or sugar. Add sprinkles immediately when glaze is warm.  
    Best if enjoyed soon after cooking. Can be stored 1-2 days in airtight container.

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