So easy and fast, they’re the ultimate predator in donut form. These Vampire Donuts can be made in minutes – and you don’t even have to invite them inside. You’ll see…blah! LOL!
The kids will definitely love the donuts, too. After “devouring the vampire” they can have the “fangs”. And you know what follows! These little vampires will go run around to catch you and bite you. Just give them another donut. It’s the proverbial steak-through-the-heart for any vampire attack, honestly.
Try these fun recipes to go with the vampire donuts:
Using a traditional donut recipe, you are about to make the most blood-thirsty treat of your life. They can be made a day ahead, too, especially if you are making more than one batch.
How to Make Vampire Donuts
There are plenty of donut recipes out there. And they are all delicious. But for me, the traditional donut is still the best.
Don’t worry. It’s not that complicated.
With this recipe, you will need to make the donuts first. I also included some tips to make donuts at home that I learned along the way. If you like to make fewer donuts, this recipe is really easy to halve – or if you’d like to make double the amount, just double the ingredients.
During this season, Halloween toys are everywhere. You might be able to buy the toy fangs in some grocery and supermarkets. But if you prefer to find them online, you can find the vampire fangs here and the candy eyes here.
I had several leftover sprinkles from prior events, so I used them. But you can find them in every supermarket baking section.
By the way, don’t forget to Pin this recipe into your halloween recipes Pinterest board, to make it easier to find these Vampire Donuts when you need another batch of spooky halloween treats.
My Favorite Tips to Make Donuts
A stand mixer is best for this whole process. If you do not have a stand mixer, begin by mixing the dough with an electric mixer, then switch to mixing by hand with a wooden spoon when the dough becomes too heavy for the hand-held electric mixer.
Use a cooking thermometer to manage the heat of the oil. If the oil is too cool it will not cook the donuts well and donuts will take in a lot of oil, or too hot and the donuts will cook too fast on the outside before the inside.
Be extremely cautious when frying! Research deep-frying safety tips and be very gentle when adding donuts to the oil and flipping them.
I do say fresh donuts are really best when they are… well, fresh! To re-heat cold donuts, place them on a plate and microwave for 10 seconds at a time until warm.
Such a fun and easy halloween treat recipe, these Vampire Donuts are simple and spooky!
- 2 cups whole milk, divided
- ½ cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
- ½tsp salt
- ½ cup butter
- 1 ½ cups warm water (warm tap water is fine)
- 2 packages (.25 ounce each, .5 ounce total) dry active yeast
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 9 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for kneading
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup milk or water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Candy eyes
- Fall leaf sprinkles
- Funfetti, assorted bead-shaped
- Red Sanding Sugar
To Make the Donuts
- In a medium saucepan, heat 1 ½ cups of the whole milk over medium heat just until the milk begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and add ½ cup granulated sugar, salt, and butter. Stir well until melted. Set aside.
- Pour the warm water into a small bowl; add 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and the two packets of yeast. Stir together and set aside for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to bloom. The yeast should foam up and create bubbles.
- In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, stir together the yeast mixture and the milk/butter mixture. Add the eggs and beat them together with an electric mixer.
- Add 1 cup of the flour and mix into the wet mixture using the dough hook of a stand mixer (or follow the tip above). Add the remaining flour 1 cup at a time, mixing just until the flour is incorporated into the dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth. Add a little extra flour to the kneading surface as needed.
- Place the dough into a well-greased large bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 60-90 minutes.
- Punch down the dough, then cover again and allow to rise a second time for 60 minutes.
- Turn the dough out onto a clean counter and roll out with a rolling pin to 1-inch thickness.
- Cut the donuts into circles with a donut or biscuit cutter, then cut out the center of the donuts with a small cutter.
- Place the cut-out donuts onto large cookie sheets and set them aside while you prepare the oil.
- Add vegetable oil to a large pot, Dutch oven, or deep fryer, to at least 2-inches in depth. Heat the oil to 350F degrees.
- Use a metal spatula to gently lower a donut into the hot oil. Fry the donuts one or two at a time on each side for about 1 minute until golden brown.
- Remove from the oil and cool on a cooling rack with a baking sheet underneath.
To make the Glaze
- Sift together the sugar and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. Slowly stir in the milk and vanilla, a little at a time, to make a smooth, pourable glaze.
- Dip each donut in the glaze on one side and place it on a wire rack to allow the glaze to harden.
Decorating the Vampire Donuts
- Sprinkle the funfetti sprinkles and/or the sanding sugar over the glazed donuts. They can be a single color or a mixture of colors on each donut.
- Add some Fall Leaf Sprinkles on top.
- Get the plastic vampire fangs and fold them in half. Carefully place one in the middle/hole of the donut. It will resemble the mouth of the vampire.
- Place two candy eyes above the “mouth” then enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 97mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 7g