10 Things To Do With Leftover Donuts

So, you’ve made a lot of donuts, and you think you won’t be able to eat them all? Donuts are a popular treat, but if not refrigerated or frozen properly, they’re not going to last more than a day or two because they likely have dairy products or eggs, which tend to go bad very quickly at room temperature. Nevertheless, there are a lot of things that you can do with leftover donuts without having to throw them away. Continue reading to learn more!

10 Things to Do With Leftover Donuts

10 Things to Do With Leftover Donuts

1. Store Them Away

If you think that you will feel like eating donuts in a few days, you should store them in the refrigerator. If you put them in an air-tight container and cover them with plastic foil and an air-tight lid, you’re going to extend their lifespan for 3 to 5 more days in the fridge.

If you feel like you will want to eat donuts or share them with your family in a few weeks, or even months, you can store the donuts inside the freezer. As long as they’re stored properly, as we explained above, your donuts should be good for at least 3 months.

Don’t resort to throwing your donuts away, if you can make them last longer!

2. Give Donuts Away

Honestly, who doesn’t like donuts? Whether you have family members or friends you want to share your joy with, you can always give the donuts away. Take them on your next visit to your parents, or relatives or even organize a small party with friends where you can serve donuts as a dessert.

Another thing that you can do is take the donuts to work and share them with your coworkers. We’re sure that they’d appreciate it. Finally, you can join some kind of charity auction and event and share the donuts with the poor and those in need. There is a lot of joy in sharing things with others.

3. Turn Them into a Different Dish

Another thing that you can do with leftover donuts is to warm them up or prepare them as some kind of dish. You can turn it into a sandwich, a small cake, and much more. Don’t limit yourself, explore your imagination and see what suitable meal you could make with donuts, depending on the way you made them.

We made some meals with the leftover donuts you can check below.

4. Make Donut Bread Pudding

If your donuts have been staying around for a few days, then they’re perfect to make the donut bread pudding. There are many recipes that you can explore online. You can make just enough pudding for your whole family to enjoy.

Don’t worry if your donuts are still fresh, you can still make a donut bread pudding. It’s even better if you’ve made some glazed donuts beforehand, the taste of the pudding will be deeper and savorier. Just make sure to use the right bread pudding recipe and you’ll enjoy it in no time!

Also, did you know that you can make a Krispy Kreme bread pudding with donuts? If you had some sitting for a while, you will have to try it out!

5. Donut French Toast

Donut French Toast

French toast is sometimes made with toast that has been standing for a while, so this recipe for donuts will be ideal for you. If you have stale donuts that you made a few days ago, the donut French toast will taste amazing!

You can also add some peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, custard, or some other ingredient to make it taste richer. You’ll be able to enjoy delicious donut French toast, without worrying about having to throw the donuts away.

6. Doughnut Casserole

Do you have some extra maple syrup that you want to use cleverly? Grab your stale doughnuts and make fresh doughnut casserole that you can serve as a dessert with your friends and family. The best part is that it can even be served as breakfast.

Just pop some cherries, and other berry fruit to add a bit of variety to the dish. Top with powdered sugar for a deeper and savory taste. If you want an easy fix for a special occasion or a dessert, this is an ideal treat that won’t take too much of your time.

7. Doughnut Hole Ice Cream Bites

If you made doughnut holes and you don’t know what to do with them, you can scoop your favorite ice cream between two donut holes and make sandwich ice cream bites. Don’t forget to add some hard chocolate decoration, or use sprinkles and nuts instead.

8. Donut Waffle Chips

Donut Waffle Chips

Do you want to crunch up your day a bit? If you have a waffle maker or a toaster, you can easily turn your donuts into crispy and delicious waffle chips. These are a great quick snack if you have friends coming over and your donuts don’t look so fresh as on the day you made them.

If you don’t have a waffle maker, you can still enjoy these donuts, just use the pan and make sure to add some ice cream or chocolate syrup.

9. Donut Milkshake

Donut milkshakes are hot stuff on Instagram, TikTok, and other social media where various people try out different milkshake recipes. Donuts have a variety of flavors, so you can always make a unique milkshake. Search the internet for some unique recipes, and make sure to share the results with the world. Our favorite variety includes vanilla milkshakes!

10. Donut Grilled Cheese

Did you make donuts a few days ago just to realize you no longer have sugar cravings? If you didn’t add any frosting or filling to your donuts, you can make a donut grilled cheese sandwich, or a breakfast sandwich using donuts, just the way you’d use a bagel. You can even bake the sandwiches in the oven.


There are many things that you can do with leftover donuts. Most of them result in as delicious dishes as donuts themselves. Still, if you feel like the donuts have been sitting around for too long and they either have a moldy taste or mold picking up on them, it’s best to throw them out. What’s your favorite meal made with donuts? Let us know below!

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