How To Reheat Krispy Kreme Donuts (Melt in Your Mouth!)

Hand Grabbing A Krispy Kreme Donut From A Plate With A Variety Of Donuts

Krispy Kreme donuts are a dessert loved by many because of their freshness and enticing aroma. They’re less desirable when cold and dry as they no longer melt in your mouth. Hence, you should be well equipped and knowledgeable on how to reheat these donuts in the comfort of your own home. So how can you reheat Krispy Kreme Donuts?

Krispy Kreme donuts are best served warm and fresh and can be reheated using a microwave, an air fryer, a frying pan, and an oven. If well stored, they can last for at most four days, but they should be thrown out after that. Even so, these donuts can easily become soggy when stored at the wrong temperature and exposed to excessive air. 

Any wheat products are pretty impractical to eat when poorly stored or reheated. The good news is that donuts are effortless to reheat. I will overview the best ways to reheat leftover Krispy Kreme donuts.

1. How To Reheat Krispy Kreme Donuts Using A Microwave

How To Reheat Krispy Kreme Donuts

Microwaving is the easiest and most commendable way to reheat donuts.

  1. Place your donuts on a microwave-safe plate. Ensure to place parchment paper under the food to protect it from excess heat. 
  2. Place the plate in the microwave and reheat for about 30 to 40 seconds on medium heat. 
  3. Remove your donuts and serve them while warm and glazing. 

Microwaving is ideal because it makes a donut regain its texture, softness, and delicious taste. However, if you overheat the donuts, they may become dry and unpleasant to eat. It is also possible to microwave stale donuts, which you must wrap well in slightly dampened paper towels before warming.

2. How To Reheat Krispy Kreme Donuts Using an Oven

If your microwave is spoiled, then an oven would be just as functional. You will not achieve fresh Krispy Kreme Donuts as they were when bought, but you are guaranteed to attain a delicious outcome. Here are the steps to be followed;

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2.  Wrap the donuts in aluminum foil or place parchment paper on the baking sheet.
  3. Place the donuts in the cookie sheet closely together, then put them in the oven.
  4. Warm them for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Check to see if they are well heated, then remove and serve them to your liking. 

Be careful not to overheat your donuts because they may dry out. This method is most convenient for reheating refrigerated Krispy Kreme Donuts. 

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3. How to Reheat Krispy Kreme Donuts in a Frying Pan

Pan-frying is the least common way of reheating donuts, yet it is very efficient.

  1. Grease your frying pan with a little bit of butter or oil.
  2. Place it on the stovetop, which should be on medium heat. 
  3. Place your donuts in the pan, then fry them for a minute. Flip them over and repeat the same.
  4. Remove the pan from the stove and put the donuts on paper towels to drain excess oil. 

With this method, you will attain a crunchy and caramelized outer coating. It also works for stale donuts, although one must sprinkle some water in the pan and cover the donuts while frying them. Even so, if your Donuts are covered with fillings and toppings, then do not use this method. 

4. How To Reheat Krispy Kreme Donuts Using An Air Fryer

This method is pretty quick and easy, yet it may result in dry donuts. It does not work for stale donuts as well. To air-fry your Krispy Kreme donuts;

  1. Preheat your fryer to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Place a parchment paper in the fryer and fold it to fit in the device perfectly. WARNING: Be sure that your parchment paper is safe to use in an air fryer.
  3. Place your donuts on the parchment paper, then heat them for a minute or two. 
  4. Monitor your fryer to avoid burning and when ready, serve your donuts to your preference.

Can You Store Leftover Krispy Kreme Donuts in the Fridge? 

You may sometimes buy much more Krispy Kreme donuts than you need. So what happens with the leftovers?

These donuts have a shelf life of one day, and if you are planning to consume them within 24 hours, you should not refrigerate them. Instead, you can store them out of direct sunlight and average room temperature. Please do not leave them in a sealed container as they can easily go bad. 

If you plan to store them for a bit longer, the fridge is the best option. However, do not store the donuts for too long till they become stale or lose their flavorful nature. Ensure to keep them in an air-tight plastic wrap and label the date you put them in the fridge so you can remember to use them before they go stale. 

When refrigerating your donuts, remember not to keep them so close to each other that they get disfigured. Also, don’t place them near other easily perishable foodstuffs like chips.


There you have it, doughnut lovers! From the classic microwave trick to the air fryer’s fast blast, you’re now equipped to revive those Krispy Kremes to warm, melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Remember:

  • Embrace the “8-second rule” for glazed magic: Start with short bursts in the microwave to avoid gummy disasters.
  • Unleash the oven’s gentle touch: For all doughnut types, the oven promises even heating and a slightly crispier exterior.
  • Air fry for a quick, fun twist: Ideal for plain or glazed doughnuts, the air fryer offers a unique, slightly crispy texture.
  • Experiment and personalize: Find your ideal method based on preference, time constraints, and doughnut type.
  • Freshness matters: Store doughnuts properly and reheat soon after purchase for optimal results.

So next time you have leftover Krispy Kreme bliss, resist the urge to eat them cold! With these tips, you can easily transform them back into warm, delicious treats that rival their fresh-out-of-the-box glory. Happy reheating!

Bonus Tip: For an extra decadent treat, warm your favorite flavored frosting in a piping bag and drizzle it over your reheated doughnut. Yum!

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