Best Way to Reheat Donuts

Best Way to Reheat Donuts

One of life’s simplest pleasures is enjoying a warm, soft and delicious fresh donut.  The taste buds love it and the truth it, while we really should be indulging in one, sometimes  we can’t help ourselves 🍩🍩🍩

If you want to know how to reheat donuts (even stale ones), then you are definitely in the right place.

Today, you will learn about the 2 best reheating methods that can be used, along with detailed step-by-step instructions.

With that said, lets jump right into it.

How to Reheat Donuts – 2 Best Methods to Use

A nicely warmed donut is one of life’s guilty pleasures. A freshly made one is soft, warm and a little nugget of heaven.

If you have frozen donuts, some in the fridge or a couple that has been sitting out for a couple of hours, to recreate the magic, it is best to reheat.

There are a couple of options that can be used, the 2 best being:

  • The Microwave
  • The Oven

Let us take a detailed look at each method below.

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Reheating Donuts in the Microwave

How to Reheat Donuts - Best Methods to Use

Yup! The best way to reheat and warm up those donuts is by placing them in the microwave. It is not only quick, but you will be able to enjoy your donuty goodness is a couple of seconds.

What You Will Need:

  • Donut
  • Microwave safe plate
  • Damp paper towel or kitchen towel


  1. Take the donut or donuts and place it in a microwave safe container
  2. Reheat from 20-30 seconds on medium
  3. Take out and ensure that it is warmed up properly
  4. Once that is finished, take a look at this magnificent creation before you gorge in and destroy the awesomeness

Please Note:

  • Glazed or frosted donuts do not heat up well in the microwave. This is because the glaze or sugar (apple cider donuts) will melt, running off the donut. You can probably scrape the melted glaze from the plate and try to reapply it back to the donut, but it will generally be a mess.
  • Jam/jelly filled donuts should be eaten with care once warmed in the microwave. These donuts might be cool on the outside, but boiling hot on the inside. Do not bite into one without testing to see how hot it is.

Reheating Donuts in the Oven

If for some reason you do not own a microwave, you can also reheat donuts in the oven. The oven will take a bit longer, but you will get greats results, once the donut is not left in the oven too long.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Wrap the donut in aluminum foil
  3. Place in oven for about 5 minutes
  4. Check to make sure it is heated up properly
  5. Sit back and enjoy.

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So What About Reheating Stale Donuts?

Simple Guide to Reheating Stale Donuts

Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and buy more donuts than we can eat in one sitting. If donuts are not stored properly and they have been sitting around for a couple of days, there is a good chance that they will be a bit stale.

Stale donuts are just not good, however, a quick zap in the microwave will have them softened and back to being respectable enough to be eaten.

Wrapping it up

If you are looking to reheat donuts, the 2 best methods to use are either the microwave or the oven.

The options will have donuts warm and soft, almost like they were freshly made.

This will also help to revitalize stale donuts that have been sitting around for days.

1 thought on “Best Way to Reheat Donuts”

  1. good advice, except for one point; the microwave. while i do agree as far as icing and sprinkles-covered are concerned, cinnimon sugar donuts are another matter entirely. in my opinion, there is little to no point using the microwave to heat cinnimon donuts as the sugar tends to melt/dissolve thus losing an important part of the taste. it is possible to preserve some of the cinnimon sugar if you use the microwave in “spurts” of maybe 9 seconds or so, but oven is usually better.


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