Can You Freeze Doughnuts? How?


Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Doughnuts? 

Yes, you can freeze doughnuts, and they can last in the freezer for a couple of months. Plain glazed doughnuts freeze better than cream or jam-filled doughnuts. The key is to freeze them in air-tight freezer-safe containers or Ziploc bags. 

If you are wondering whether you can freeze all the sugary goodness of doughnuts for later, this comprehensive guide on how to freeze and store doughnuts can help you out. 

These methods and tips have worked wonderfully for me. 

So, let’s get started. 

How to Freeze Doughnuts?

How to Freeze Doughnuts?

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This is the fastest way to freeze doughnuts. But it is best to use it for a small number of doughnuts.


  • Doughnuts
  • Parchment Paper


  • Ziploc Bag or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container


    1. Cool and Pack: Make sure that the doughnuts have cooled down to room temperature. Then in a Ziploc bag or container that is lined with parchment paper, pack the doughnuts in.

    2. Cover and Seal: Add another layer of parchment paper over the doughnuts and seal the container or Ziploc bag. Make sure to remove all excess air before sealing.

    3. Label and Freeze: Add a label with the best before date, and you can freeze the doughnuts for later.

Freezing Doughnuts after Flash Freezing

Time Taken: 10 – 15 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Doughnuts 
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Ziploc Bags

Flash freezing before long-term freezing is the best way to make sure that the doughnuts don’t stick together and stay fresh for longer.

Prep and Lay Out

If you are freezing homemade doughnuts, make sure to let them cool down to room temperature before you start to freeze. Lay the doughnuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread them out evenly.

Flash Freeze

Leave the tray of doughnuts in the freezer for a couple of hours and let it freeze solid.

Pack and Seal

Transfer the frozen doughnuts into a Ziploc bag. You need to work fast so that the doughnuts do not start to thaw.

Seal them and make sure to squeeze out all the excess air before sealing the bag. You can use a straw to make this job easier.

Label and Freeze

Add a label on the bag with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the doughnuts.

Freezing Doughnuts after Wrapping Them

Time Taken: 10 – 15 minutes 

What you will need: 

  • Doughnuts 
  • Parchment Paper 
  • Ziploc bag

If you are in a hurry and don’t have the time to flash freeze, you can wrap them up individually and put them in the Ziploc bag.

Prep and Wrap

If you are freezing homemade doughnuts, let them cool down to room temperature. Then wrap each doughnut with parchment paper and make sure that they are thoroughly covered.

Pack and Seal

Place the wrapped doughnuts into a Ziploc bag and seal it, after making sure to squeeze out all the extra air.

Label and Freeze

Once you add a label of the best before date, you can freeze the doughnuts.

How Long Can You Freeze Doughnuts? 

You can freeze doughnuts for 2 to 3 months, after which the doughnuts can start to taste stale. The longer it stays in the freezer, the more doughnuts will dry out.

So, it is best recommended to consume them sooner than later. 

Make sure that you freeze the doughnuts as soon as you have bought them. Because the fresher they are before freezing, the fresher they will taste once you thaw them. 

Cream-filled or other filled doughnuts won’t last well in the freezer for more than a few weeks. It is best to stick to plain doughnuts if you plan to freeze any.

How to Store Frozen Doughnuts? 

You can store frozen doughnuts in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. Air is the enemy here, and keeping them safe from being exposed to air is key to storing the doughnuts in the freezer.

To make the most of the doughnuts, leave them in the coldest corner of the freezer for a steady temperature.

The choice between containers and Ziploc bags depends on how much space you can spare in the freezer.

Ziploc bags are more compact, allowing you to store more doughnuts while taking up little space. 

How to Defrost Doughnuts? 

The best way to defrost the doughnuts is to leave them in the fridge for a couple of hours to thaw evenly and gradually. You could also microwave the doughnuts.

But be careful not to heat it too much, as it can get dry or change in texture.

Frozen doughnuts can lose some of their glaze and sugary toppings. So, you can sprinkle a little bit of sugar before serving them.

Do not thaw the doughnuts on the countertop, because they are highly prone to getting bacterial build-up and spoiling.

Can You Refreeze Doughnuts? 

No, it is strongly advised not to refreeze doughnuts. Once it thaws, the doughnuts are highly likely to have bacterial growth, and it is best to consume them as soon as you can.

Moreover, if you refreeze the doughnuts, they can get mushy and soggy when it thaws again.

The best way to avoid having to refreeze doughnuts is to make sure that you wrap them individually or flash freeze them beforehand.

This way, you can grab just the right number of doughnuts, rather than thaw a big batch just to eat a few. 

Do Doughnuts Freeze Well? 

Yes, doughnuts freeze well, and you can extend their shelf life for a couple of months.

Though it may not taste as great as freshly baked ones, it will still be tasty if you have taken care to freeze and thaw it properly. 

But keep in mind that not all doughnuts freeze well. While plain glazed doughnuts are great when frozen, cream or jam-filled doughnuts don’t fare well in the freezer.

The filling inside can split and change in texture, making it unappealing to eat once it thaws. 

It is also best not to freeze store-bought doughnuts if you are not sure how fresh it is. If the doughnuts have been frozen before, they can get stale faster when you freeze them. 


Can you freeze Krispy Kreme doughnuts? 

Yes, you can freeze Krispy Kreme doughnuts just like you would freeze homemade ones. You can use any of the methods mentioned above.

The key is to freeze them in freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags. Freeze them as soon as you can so that it stays fresh for longer. 

Can you freeze doughnut dough? 

No, it is best not to freeze doughnut dough. Yeast doughs don’t fare well in the freezer. So, it is best to fry the doughnuts beforehand and then freeze them.

But if the doughnut dough is of the cake dough variety, you can freeze them.

Bottom Line

I hope this article helped you freeze and store doughnuts. 

If you have any doubts or would like to share some tips of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you. 

Feel free to share this article with your doughnut-loving family and friends. 

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About Karen Wilson

Karen is a foodie to the core. She loves any variety of food - spicy or junk! Her slender body and height are deceiving, as she enjoys eating hearty meals that would leave most people gasping for air. She has an appetite for life, and wants everyone around her to share in it too.

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