Maple Bacon Donuts

Homemade fried yeast donuts, topped off with a sweet maple icing and bits of salty bacon. An amazing combination that is an absolute must try.

Maple Bacon Donut Recipe from

We’ve been in full blown Nashville marathon mode, or at least whenever a disc arrived. I’m not even kidding. We’d get a disc from Netflix and watch straight through the entire thing some nights or maybe two nights… that sounds more likely for the longer discs anyway. I’m both happy and sad that they’re only on the second season because we’re already catching up on season two and so close to being fully up to date… soon enough anyway! Truly addicted.

So tell me… have you been watching? And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? It’s really good. Of course, you have to enjoy country music and appreciate what they’re doing with the show. Singing and lots of drama in every episode. I guess drama is essential in a way. You get sucked in and left wanting more, wondering what’s going to happen next. So clearly it’s working.

What are shows are you totally hooked on that I should look into? Once we’re caught up on this one, we’ll need another to get hooked on. Suggestions? I already did Friday Night Lights and Alias… both good!

Maple Bacon Donut Recipe from

Now, these donuts. Yes. These donuts. Are necessary, just like drama. Sweet and savory food has it’s own kind of drama, or at least in my world because I totally 100% avoided it for as long as I possibly could and now I’ve fully embraced the amazingness that it is. These donuts are the essential splurge donut. Fluffy fried yeast donuts topped off with a sweet maple icing and salty bacon crumbles… aaaamazingly perfect.

I honestly wasn’t sure how my family was going to react to this one BUT the Mr enjoyed them and the girls… even the pickiest, loved these… WITH the bacon! I was in shock but you know what that means, right? If the entire family loved these, all ranges of taste preferences here, then they’re definitely a must make and share with your favorite people kind of donut.

Maple Bacon Donut Recipe from

Yield: 6-12 donuts, plus

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus rise time

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 90 minutes

Maple Bacon Donuts

Homemade fried yeast donuts, topped off with a sweet maple icing and bits of salty bacon.


3/4C milk, heated to 115°F
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp and 1/4C granulated sugar, divided
2 1/2C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp shortening
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg

2C powdered sugar
1/4C pure maple syrup
2-3 Tbsp water

8-10 slices bacon, cooked and roughly chopped *see notes


In a glass measuring cup, combine milk, yeast and 1 tsp sugar. Proof for 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, to the bowl of a stand mixer, add flour, salt, shortening, egg and vanilla. With mixer running on low-medium speed, slowly add yeast mixture. Increase speed as needed, mixing until dough comes together. Dough may be sticky. Lightly grease your hands and a medium bowl with baking spray. Shape dough into a ball, transfer to prepared bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm location until doubled in size, roughly 45 minutes.

Prepare a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper, lightly greased with baking spray.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to between 1/4 and 1/2-inch in thickness. Cut out donuts using desired sized donut cutters (large or small. Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet. Allow dough to continue rising while heating oil in a large stockpot to 325°F, monitoring with a thermometer for accuracy.

Fry 2-3 donuts at a time, cooking each side until lightly golden. Remove to a paper towel or wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough.

In a medium bowl, beat together icing ingredients. Dip cooled donuts in icing. Immediately sprinkle with cooked, chopped bacon.


*Plan on roughly 3/4 to 1 slice of bacon per regular sized donut, give or take depending on how bacon covered you want them.

Dough adapted from Saveur

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38 Responses to “Maple Bacon Donuts”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 15, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I honestly didn’t think it got much better than cheesecake filled donuts…until you put maple, bacon and donut in the same sentence! These look incredible girl! Put bacon on anything and I am in….and, the hubby is going to be in even more!

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

      If I had to choose between the two, these would come in first :)

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — January 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

    I really need to try Nashville. I just finished Friday Night Lights and going through major withdrawals! You should try Damages next… so good!!

    And now I am DYING for one of these donuts! A place right by our house makes a similar one and they are incredible!

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

      I’ve heard about Damages. I feel like I saw an episode or two when it started. I’ll look into it :)

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    kita — January 15, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Great minds!!! Bacon and doughnuts go hand in hand! ;D

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

      Truly :)

  4. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — January 15, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Oh girl! These doughnuts. I shouldn’t have looked at this before trying to get motivated to workout.

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

      I can’t imagine a donut would cause you to lose motivation ;)

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — January 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I’m with you on that Taylor, I didn’t think it could get much better but with the bacon and maple!! perfect breakfast :D

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

      Thanks so much Layla! Very sweet of you to say.

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — January 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Yeast doughnuts topped with mapley bacon. Yes please!!

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:13 pm

      Thanks Rochelle :)

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — January 15, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Maple + Bacon + Doughnut = Heaven!
    Love Nashville! I’m currently obsessed with American Horror Story, Walking Dead, Greys Anatomy, Modern Family, Parenthood and Once Upon a Time. I absolutely LOVED Friday Night Lights. So good! I can’t wait for Nashville to start up again!

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

      I tried Parenthood again recently and couldn’t even get through one episode lol I just don’t get it I guess.

  8. #
    Alison H — January 15, 2014 at 10:19 am

    “Breaking Bad” we spent the whole Christmas and New Years break streaming each episode from Netflix, we almost made it to the end then discovered the last few episodes were only available on disc! they are on their way, should finish this weekend. What a show!

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll try to remember to look into that :)

  9. #
    Karly — January 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I’ve been meaning to make a version of this donut for so long now! I’m not sure what’s been holding me back! These look amazing.

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

      Well clearly now you HAVE to because they’re amazing!

  10. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 15, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Maple and bacon are my favorite sweet and savory combo! And on a doughnut? Yeah, heaven.

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

      Thanks Megan :)

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    Jenny Flake — January 15, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Wish I had a plate of these in front of me!! They look perfect :) xoxo

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

      Thanks so much Jenny! Wish I could offer you some :)

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    Jackie {The Beeroness} — January 15, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Those look amazing! Yeast doughnuts are the only way to go. Those look insane, they remind me of the ones at Top Pot in Seattle.

    • Rachel — January 15th, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

      I totally agree! And thanks Jackie :)

  13. #
    aimee@shugarysweets — January 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Maple bacon doughnuts are one of my favorite flavor combos!!!

    • Rachel — January 16th, 2014 @ 8:56 am

      Glad to hear it :) Thanks Aimee

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    Nutmeg Nanny — January 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    These maple bacon donuts are crazy delicious looking! I had my first maple bacon donut this summer and I can’t believe I lived this long without one. I cannot wait to make these for Art, I know he will love them! Oh and I’m super into White Collar and Psych. Both shows I love…and probably watch waaaaay too often.

    • Rachel — January 16th, 2014 @ 8:55 am

      I feel like I’ve seen some of both of those shows. I’ll have to double check and see!

  15. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — January 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

    maple + bacon + dough = amazingness in my mouth

    • Rachel — January 16th, 2014 @ 11:40 am

      hahaha ;)

  16. #
    Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons — January 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I’ll be right over!!!!!

  17. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm


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    Shawn @ I Wash You Dry — January 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Wow! I’m loving doughnut week! :)

    • Rachel — January 18th, 2014 @ 9:01 am

      Glad to hear it! :)

  19. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — January 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Donut week has been so much fun!!! My kids would go crazy for a donut topped with bacon!!!

    • Rachel — January 19th, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

      I’m positive they’d love it too :)

  20. #
    Andrea — September 19, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Is this recipe doable without the stand mixer? I don’t own one. Thank you! looks amazing.

    • Rachel — September 19th, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

      I imagine it can be, just be aware it will take plenty of kneading and patience on your part. Good luck! :)

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