Candied Maple Bacon Donut

Prep 40 mins
Cook 45 mins
Add'l 2 hrs
Total 3 hrs 25 mins

Candied Maple Bacon Donut! Inspired by the famous Gourdough's Flying Pig donut! via

While I was on vacation last week to Austin, Texas, we visited so many delicious restaurants. One of those places was Gourdough’s. One of the donuts I talked about was the “Flying Pig”. It’s described on their website as: Bacon with Maple Syrup Icing. I took it one step further and candied the bacon…because, why not? πŸ˜‰

Being the donut lover that I am, I jumped at the opportunity to do a blog hop recreating the donuts we had at Gourdough’s with some other fabulous bloggers! Make sure and scroll to the bottom of this post to see all the other mouthwatering donuts and go check out their awesome recipes.

Candied Maple Bacon Donut! Inspired by the famous Gourdough's Flying Pig donut! via

I posted a photo of these babies on facebook last week and the only thing I said was:

“How to keep a happy husband.”

Before the candied bacon could even come out of the oven, Jorge was sniffing the air asking what I was making. I had to fight him off when I was trying to photograph these sugar bombs — he seriously couldn’t keep his big hands off! I snapped that photo above as I caught him stealing the one I had my camera lens zoomed in on. Oh, men and their bacon.

Candied Maple Bacon Donut! Inspired by the famous Gourdough's Flying Pig donut! via

If you have never had candied bacon before, it’s worth making all by itself. But once you put it on top of a fried donut dipped in maple glaze? Whoa, mama.

If you never get a chance to make it out to Austin, Texas to check out Gourdough’s yourself – at least now you can have a little taste in your own kitchen!

Yield: 12 donuts

Candied Maple Bacon Donut

Someone holding a Candied Maple Bacon Donut topped with bacon and maple drizzle

Candied Maple Bacon Donuts are basically dessert for breakfast... or maybe just dessert, period. Either way, try these homemade maple-glazed donuts topped with candied bacon - they are life changing!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes


  • For the Donuts:
  • 2 tablespoons water, warmed
  • 1.25 oz envelope fast-rise yeast
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, warmed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons shortening or lard
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • vegetable oil or peanut oil, for frying
  • For the Maple Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole milk (possibly more)
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • For the Candied Bacon:
  • 1 lb center cut bacon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt



  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or a large bowl if you are going to kneed the dough by hand), whisk together yeast and warm water and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Add milk, sugar, salt, egg, shortening, and 1 cup of flour. Mix on medium low for 2 minutes, then switch to the dough hook. Slowly add the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour a half a cup at a time. Once you have added all the flour, knead on medium for 2-3 minutes, until dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Turn up the speed to medium high and continue to knead dough for 3-4 minutes, until dough is smooth.
  3. Transfer dough to a greased bowl and cover with a slightly damp tea towel. Place bowl in a warm area (or a preheated oven to 200 degrees and then turned off) for about one hour. Dough is ready when it has doubled in size.
  4. Transfer raised dough onto a lightly floured surface and carefully roll out till it is 1 inch thick. Cut out doughnuts with a floured 4 inch biscuit cutter and then cut out the center of each donut with a floured 1-2 inch biscuit cutter.
  5. Place donuts and donut holes on a lightly floured cookie sheet and cover again with a slightly damp tea towel. Place in a warm area (or a preheated oven to 200 degrees and then turned off) for about one hour. Dough is ready when it has doubled in size.
  6. Heat oil in a large, deep skillet or deep fryer to 350 degrees.
  7. Once oil is hot, working with 4-6 donuts at a time, carefully drop donuts into oil. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown and flip and fry the other side.
  8. Remove and drain on a paper towel (or newspaper) lined plate. Continue this process until each donut has been fried.

Maple Glaze:

  1. Place wax paper under a wire rack to collect any drippings for an easy clean up. Then, in a small bowl whisk together milk, maple syrup and maple extract. Add powdered sugar, whisking until smooth. If icing is too stiff, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  2. While the donuts are still warm, dip the tops of each donut and donut hole into the icing and transfer to a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Save any remaining frosting to drizzle on top of the completed donut.

Candied Bacon:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and position a cooling rack on top of pan. Lightly spray the rack with non-stick spray (or grease with oil).
  2. Combine the brown sugar, black pepper and salt in a shallow plate/dish. Press each side of each slice of bacon firmly into the spiced sugar to coat well.
  3. Arrange the slices of bacon on top of the rack in a single layer. If there is any sugar remaining in the dish, sprinkle it on top of the bacon slices evenly.
  4. Bake until the bacon is crisp and the sugar is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and then cut each strip in half.
  5. Arrange candied bacon on top of donuts and drizzle the top with any remaining maple glaze. Serve immediately!


recipe note: if you are looking for a quick way to make these donuts – buy a dozen regular glazed donuts and just re-dip them in the maple glaze!

actual donut recipe slightly adapted from my cookbook:Β Mini Donuts!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 920mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 18g

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45 Responses
  1. Priya

    Most of the posts are now not unique, , I sincerely thank you for the things you have done, sure your blog will help more people, but your article is really unique and very helpful. Thanks.

  2. Alka

    Mmmmmm…..yum. This looks totally amazing. I’m just starring at the screen looking at how delicious they look.

  3. Stacey E.

    I made these today with one exception, my bacon was fake. I used Morningstar Farms “bacon” and fried it up in the oven just like you did. I put a little oil on them first, in order to get the sugar to stick. The “bacon” alone was such a great taste, the combination of pepper and sweet was surprisingly good.
    I didn’t expect it to turn out right, because my bacon doesn’t behave like the real thing does, but it worked wonderfully.
    I made this expecting that I might not like it, and now it’s going in with my permanent recipes.
    I’m always annoyed when recipes get comments from people who don’t actually make the thing, just feel the need to chime in about how it “looks” good. That doesn’t help anyone. I made these, and they’re good.

  4. Sweetsugarbelle

    I had that donut while I was in Austin, and this post makes me want to bust out in song. Specifically, “You are the Wind Beneath my Wings”.

  5. ashley - baker by nature

    We are HUGE bacon lovers over here, so I know I’ll be recreating these bad boys!!! Can’t blame your hubby for stealing one; I’d have done the same πŸ˜‰

  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    All these amazing donuts, I don’t know where to start!! My 8 year old loves bacon with anything sweet – he would go crazy for these!

  7. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I am ducking as I say this…I actually don’t like bacon, BUT I did try this doughnut in Austin and it was absolutely amazing!!! The maple fried dough and bacon was pretty dang good! And you candied your bacon??? That may be the way I need to try bacon from now on!!!

  8. Sues

    I’m still bitter I didn’t get to go to Gourdough’s in Austin! I made a pumpkin doughnut with maple bacon frosting last year and now I absolutely NEED to make these ones!

  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Amen. I want seventeeeeeeen.

    Dare I say this looks better than the original?! ‘Cause it does.

  10. Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen}

    The addition of candied bacon is freaking genius!! I haven’t had Gourdough’s but there’s a donut place in NOLA that has a maple bacon longjohn that’s awesome…. BUT they don’t candy their bacon!! LOVE it!!

  11. Christina Gathright

    You had me at candied maple bacon! My hubby says he’d definitely be down with eating a dozen bacon topped donuts πŸ™‚

  12. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet

    Seeing these on Instagram the name was just so intriguing to me so I immediately had to come check this out! This is just amazing! Bacon and maple syrup you can’t go wrong with either of these!

  13. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    OMG these were my second favorite doughnut!! I freaking loved the maple and bacon together. Yours look delicious girl!!

  14. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

    I’m basically going to put candied bacon on everything from now on.
    I live in a house full of boys and these would not last 5 minutes!!! You did a beautiful job recreating these Gourdough’s treats!

  15. Eat Good 4 Life

    I have just came from Chef in Training blog and all of these donut pictures are making me spin πŸ™‚ What a bummer that I was not able to visit that donut store while in Texas but thanks for this recipe. I am sure my husband will love this one with all of that bacon over the top πŸ™‚

  16. shelly (cookies and cups)

    This doughnut was my FAVORITE on the truck. Seriously, I could eat about 4 of them… also candied bacon rules the world.

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