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Maple Glaze (Perfect for Doughnuts)

This smooth maple glaze is infused with sweet maple syrup and is the perfect way to make your desserts next-level delicious. Use on donuts, cookies, cake, cinnamon rolls, and more!

Whisking maple glaze in a pot.
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Quick and Easy Maple Icing

This maple glaze recipe is the perfect finishing touch for all your desserts! It’s a great way to showcase the sweet and caramelly flavor of maple syrup and is ready in just 30 minutes from start to finish.

Use this maple glaze for these maple bacon donuts, easy one hour cinnamon rolls, cookies, cake and so much more. It has a thinner consistency than my maple cream cheese frosting and is especially great for dipping your desserts – no bag piping needed! Just another reason to love this easy maple icing.

I especially love making this recipe in the fall, when I start busting out all of my favorite pumpkin recipes and delicious apple desserts. It tastes amazing drizzled over pumpkin bread, pumpkin bundt cake, or my apple pull-apart bread…just to name a few!

Glaze Ingredients

This maple glaze recipe is so simple with basic ingredients that are pantry favorites! Mix together the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients giving it a smooth and creamy glaze. Maple glaze is a sweet and savory flavor that is quick and easy to make!

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Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter so that the glaze isn’t overly salty. This way you can control the amount of salt used and add a pinch or so if needed.
  • Maple syrup: Look for 100% pure maple syrup. This is different than pancake syrup and has a more rich and robust flavor. Using pure maple syrup will give you a fresher flavor than maple extract.
  • Vanilla: Pure vanilla extract is added in for a boost of flavor vanilla.
  • Powdered sugar: Adds a sweet flavor and gives the icing that creamy icing consistency.
  • Kosher Salt: Just a pinch of salt or sea salt will help balance out the sweetness of the glaze.

How to Make Maple Glaze

Add the butter to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until melted. Pour in the maple syrup and stir until melted, then remove the pan from the heat. Next whisk in the vanilla, powdered sugar, and salt until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Then it’s ready to dip or drizzle on all your favorite desserts!

Dipping donut in maple glaze.

Tips for Making Maple Icing

Making a maple glaze is a delicious way to add a sweet and maple-flavored touch to a variety of dishes! We love to add it to pancakes, baked ham, or donuts. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to help you make a tasty maple glaze!

  • No lumps. Whisk the glaze mixture VERY well, so that you don’t have any lumps from the powdered sugar. You could even sift the powdered sugar to prevent them.
  • Spices. You could always add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, or nutmeg during the fall months to give it a more warm spice flavor.
  • Let your dessert cool. Make sure your dessert has cooled completely before adding the glaze, or else it could melt and thin out.
  • Work fast. This glaze dries fairly quickly so make sure to work fast when dipping or drizzling on your desserts, especially if sprinkling on extra toppings.
  • Pure maple syrup. This is the star of the show, so make sure to use 100% pure maple syrup. The maple flavor may change a bit depending on which type you go for. For a more subtle flavor, look for golden or amber varieties. For a stronger and richer flavor, look for dark or very dark maple syrup.

Ways to Use Maple Glaze

The options are endless when it comes to using this maple glaze recipe. Use it as a maple donut glaze, or drizzle it on top of your favorite cookies and cakes. You really can’t go wrong!

Recipe FAQs

What is maple glaze made of?

Maple glaze is made out of powdered sugar, maple syrup, milk, and salt, and may have maple syrup or extract. Combine these key ingredients to boost the flavor and enhance the sweet maple glaze recipe!

Can I use honey instead of maple syrup?

Honey has a similar texture to maple and is a great substitution for it. Both honey and maple syrup are thick and runny types of ingredients. Use honey as a 1 for 1 substitution for maple syrup. It may alter the flavor but it will be okay to use honey instead of maple syrup.

Maple glaze donuts on a cooling rack.

5 star review

“My husband said he doesn’t forgive me for not making this before (he’s teasing)
The family loved it. We drizzled it on maple pecan coffee cake & berries 😋.”


Storage Instructions

This maple glaze has the best consistency and flavor when used on the day of preparation. If you need to make it ahead or store it overnight, place it in the refrigerator overnight and slowly reheat it on the stovetop stirring while it is warming up.

Finishing Touches

Make your desserts extra decorative and delicious by sprinkling some chopped pecans, walnuts or cooked bacon pieces on top of the glaze. Just make sure to work fast, or the glaze will dry and your toppings won’t stick!

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Maple Glaze

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This smooth maple glaze is infused with sweet maple syrup and is the perfect way to make your desserts next level delicious. Use on donuts, cookies, cake, cinnamon rolls and more!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12



  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1 ½ cups powdered sugar , plus more if needed
  • Pinch salt


  • 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 donuts into the glaze or drizzle on top of your favorite cakes.


Storage: This glaze is best the same day. Store in a covered container until ready to use.


Serving: 1donut | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 22mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American

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