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Maple Bacon Donuts

Soft and fluffy donuts topped with a sweet maple glaze and savory bacon crumbles. These maple bacon donuts are so easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes!

I love the maple flavor that the glaze gives this maple bacon donut recipe. It reminds me of the fall season and is so yummy! Some of my other top maple recipes are pumpkin whoopie pies with maple frosting, maple peanut brittle and homemade maple syrup.

plate of maple and bacon donuts

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I’m not sure what it is about fall, but somehow whenever the leaves start changing, it feels like it’s time to make donuts! There’s nothing better than snuggling up with a cup of hot chocolate and a tasty donut on a cold fall day.

I recently moved to Portland, which has a pretty amazing donut scene, and I’ve been enjoying all the different flavors I’ve found here, from Oreos and Captain Crunch to Meyer lemon curd and passion fruit. My all-time favorite donut flavor, though, is maple bacon. I absolutely love the combination of savory and sweet!

These homemade maple bacon donuts taste just like the ones from your local donut shop! The best part? They’re made with refrigerated biscuit dough! Which makes them super simple to whip up and are ready in a snap. Yes, please!

cutting centers out of biscuit dough pieces for maple donuts

How to make maple bacon donuts

These maple bacon donuts are so easy to make! The key to making super quick donuts is to use refrigerated biscuit dough. It fries up perfectly and makes a great donut consistency.

Step 1: Cut a hole in each biscuit

To get started, use a small cookie cutter or apple corer to cut out the middle of each piece of refrigerated biscuit dough. Save the center pieces for making donut holes.

If you have a little extra time and would prefer to make the dough yourself, check out this yummy homemade donut recipe here.

frying maple bacon donuts in oil in a large pan

Step 2: Fry the donuts

From there, you’ll fry the donuts in a pot with oil that’s reached a temperature of 350°F. Add 2-3 donuts at a time and cook until browned, about 2-3 minutes. Flip, then cook an additional 2-3 minutes. You want them nice and golden.

Carefully remove donuts from oil and place on paper towels to drain.

frying maple donuts in oil a large pan

Step 3: Coat donuts with glaze & bacon

While the donuts are cooling, get started on your delicious maple glaze. Simply whisk together the butter, powdered sugar, maple extract and enough half and half to make a smooth and runny glaze (similar to the consistency in the photo below).

Once the donuts are cooled, dip them into the maple glaze, then sprinkle bacon pieces on top. Enjoy!

adding glaze and bacon crumbles to fried donuts

These maple bacon donuts are the perfect balance of savory and sweet, and so addictingly delicious! They’re soft on the inside, and just slightly chewy on the outside. The sweet maple glaze and crisp bacon on top make them an extra special treat the whole family will love!

stack of maple bacon donuts on a white plate

More recipes made with biscuit dough:

Maple bacon donuts - these delicious sweet and savory donuts are so easy to make and ready in under thirty minutes!

Maple Bacon Donuts

4.5 from 4 votes
Soft and fluffy donuts are topped with a sweet maple glaze and savory bacon crumbles. These maple bacon donuts are so easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

Donuts

  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 (16.3-ounce) package refrigerator biscuits

Maple glaze

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar , plus more if needed
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 slices cooked bacon , crumbled

Instructions

Donuts

  • Pour oil into a heavy-bottomed pot, about 1/4 of the pot deep. Heat over medium-high heat, until the oil reaches 350°F.
  • While the oil is heating, cut a hole in the center of each biscuit using a small round cookie cutter or an apple corer. Save the center pieces for making donut holes.
  • Add the biscuits to the hot oil, 2 to 3 at a time. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned, then carefully flip and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove carefully from the oil and place on paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining biscuits and holes. Turn down the heat if the donuts are browning too fast.
  • Let cool 10 to 15 minutes, or until cool enough to handle.

Maple Glaze

  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the maple syrup until melted. Remove from the heat. Whisk in the vanilla, powdered sugar, and salt until smooth.
  • Dip the donuts into the glaze, then sprinkle with bacon pieces. Best served the same day.

Notes

Tip: I like to use a candy thermometer to measure the temperature of my oil for accuracy. 
Donut holes: Use the centers of the donuts to make donut holes. Fry for about 30 seconds, or until golden. Then fully emerge in the glaze and sprinkle with extra bacon crumbles, if desired.
Storage: These donuts are really best the same day, so it is recommended to avoid storing, if possible. 
Frying: Make sure your oil is at temperature in between adding each batch of donuts, so that they fry properly. Be careful around the hot oil.  

Serving: 1donut | Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 619mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Jamielyn Nye

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Originally written by Alicia from The Baker Upstairs.

stack of maple and bacon donuts on a white plate

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