4th of July Doughnuts

Give your 4th of July morning (or your afternoon BBQ) an extra bit of color with these red, white, and blue 4th of July doughnuts!

  • Author: The Simple, Sweet Life
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Doughnuts 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American


  • 68 cake doughnuts (Any kind works, so here are somerecipes to choose from)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 1/2 tbsp. milk
  • Red and blue gel food coloring


  1. Bake (or buy) you’re doughnuts and make sure they’ve cooled to room temperature (if you baked them). In a medium-size bowl, beat the powdered sugar and milk until it holds soft peaks. Make sure there aren’t any powdered sugar lumps before stopping.
  2. Separate your icing into three bowls. Using a toothpick, tint one red, one blue, and leave the third one white. Spoon a tablespoon or two of each color onto a plate or shallow bowl. Make sure the colors are close enough to touch.
  3. Using a clean toothpick, swirl the colors together ever so slightly. Dip the top of each doughnut into the icing, making sure you don’t push it so far down that it touches the plate (this will make the icing patchy wherever the doughnut touched the plate). Allow the excess icing to drip off before turning the doughnut right side up.
  4. Add another tablespoon of each icing to the plate, swirl with the toothpick, and repeat. Make sure to refresh the icing between each couple of dips.
  5. Allow the icing to harden completely (about 20-30 minutes) before packaging.


Icing recipe adapted from Baker Girl Steph