Whether they’re plain, jelly-filled or topped with chocolate or sprinkles, or if they’re homemade from your own kitchen or purchased from your favorite doughnut shop, nothing puts the comfort in comfort food like fresh doughnuts. Doughnuts are best the day they are made. Reheated doughnuts might not be quite as good as freshly made, but they’re pretty close. Heat the doughnuts just until they’re warm, then serve them immediately.

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Warming in the Microwave

Place the doughnuts on a microwave-safe plate.

Moisten a paper towel and squeeze out the water so the towel is slightly damp. Cover the doughnuts with the moist paper towel.

Heat the doughnuts for about 8 seconds, or until they’re just barely warm. Don’t overheat them, because bread products can become tough in the microwave.

Reheating in the Oven

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the doughnuts on a cookie sheet or baking pan.

Warm the doughnuts, uncovered, for about 5 minutes. Serve the warm doughnuts immediately.


  • Place doughnuts in a sealed plastic bag or an airtight container and store them at room temperature. They will retain quality for several days.

  • You can store uneaten doughnuts in the freezer for up to a week. Remove the doughnuts from the bag or container and heat them in the microwave for 8 seconds.

  • To warm frozen doughnuts in the oven, let the doughnuts warm to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F., then place the doughnuts on a cookie sheet and heat them until they’re just barely warm — about 5 minutes.