Two Amazingly Easy Ways to Warm Up Donuts

Updated on January 17, 2020
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I'm a home cook who hates wasting food. I'm armed with tips and tricks to help your food last.

Yum, donuts!
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Do You Like Donuts?

The donut was brought to the United States in 1809, and we have been hooked on them ever since. It is the snack that is on every cop's wish list (a cop in a donut factory) comes to mind. They are delicious and come in so many flavors and combinations that it sometimes borders on ridiculous, not to mention all the different fillings.

When I was a kid living in San Bruno, California, there was a donut shop named Rolling Pin, and I believe it's still there. I remember how my mom would get my brother and me up extra early to get some. She loved the twist, which is just one way a donut can be transformed. They can come as rings, holes, filled, and in whatever shape you can imagine. The point is if you can dream up the shape, then donuts probably come in it. Just thinking about them brings me back to how good they are. We love donuts and probably always will.

What We Don't Like About Donuts

We discussed our love for donuts—but now let us talk about what we do not like. We love the sweetness, but we hate it when they go cold and stale. Usually, when that happens, there is nothing left to do but accept it: We eat it cold or buy a new one. Who in all that is good and holy wants to do that? Not me. Isn't it just a pain in the butt when you buy a hot one and then life happens and then you go back and it's cold? As hot as they come, it doesn't take long for them to get cold. So with much thought and research, I bring you the two best ways to warm up donuts.

How to Warm Up Donuts in the Microwave

One of the best and easiest way to bring your cold friend back to life is to pop him in the microwave.

What You Will Need

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


  1. Take your donut and place it on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. Reheat from 20-30 seconds on medium heat.
  3. Take out and ensure that it is warmed up properly (take care not to overheat).
  4. Once that is finished, make sure not to burn yourself and enjoy this amazing comfort food again.

Wrap the donuts in aluminum foil before placing them in the oven.
Wrap the donuts in aluminum foil before placing them in the oven.

How to Warm Up Donuts in the Oven

I developed this method because I do not have a microwave.

"Jessica, why don't you have a microwave? Everyone has a microwave. What have you been doing, living under a rock like a cavewoman?"

This is when I explain my microwave passed on, to the great kitchen in the sky. It heated until it was unable to heat any more. I had a nice funeral for it, but now I am without one. So I searched out a way to warm our special little friend the donut in my oven. Using the oven may take a bit longer, but the results can essentially be the same.


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


Can You Reheat Stale Donuts?

We've all had this happen. We buy way too much, more than we can eat without a serious toothache. So they go stale. In this case, the microwave is best, but the oven will do fine. Just make sure to watch them.

5 Tips to Keep Donuts Fresh

  1. Place the donut in a storage bag or airtight container. Freshly baked donuts can be left at room temperature for 1 to 2 days give or take.
  2. Store the donuts in a cool, dry area.
  3. Wrap them in a napkin and store them in a paper bag.
  4. Put them in the fridge or freezer (after putting them in airtight container or bag).
  5. Wrap them with aluminum foil.

Buy, Bake, Re-heat and Enjoy!

Now with all this information you can go and enjoy your donuts to your heart's content—in small doses, that is. Although we love our friends, our friends don't always love us. So with everything in its place, I hope this article has been as much fun for you to read as it has been for me to write. Remember, not having a microwave doesn't mean all hope is lost. If our parents survived without one, so can we.

© 2020 Jessica Agnew


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    • jessicaagnew profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Agnew 

      5 months ago from Jacksonville

      Sure, I love donuts too. This will help a lot of people I think. Thanks for reading

    • lizmalay profile image


      5 months ago from USA

      I love donuts and been making them all the time. However, I never thought of wrapping them with aluminum foil to reheat in the oven. Usually, I just reheat for a few seconds in the microwave. Thank you for sharing the tips, Jessica.


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