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Chocolate Glazed Donut

Pillowy donuts topped with silky chocolate glaze? Say less. You can’t stop the audible ‘Mmm’ when you bite into these chocolate glazed donuts.

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Chocolate Donut Glaze

Yes, these homemade chocolate glazed donuts are every bit as delicious as they look! This recipe pairs the softest and most tender homemade donut with an out-of-this-world chocolate glaze that is bound to satisfy even the pickiest connoisseur. Seriously, you are not going to regret taking the time to make these donuts. 

A couple of years ago I got into the bad habit of making weekly trips to our local bakery after hitting up the library with my kids. It was fine until I realized how much I was spending at the bakery all the time? Enter my quest to make the perfect donuts from home. These are affordable and undeniably delicious with a chocolate glaze that is *IT* every time. 

A stack of chocolate glazed donuts stacked on a cooling rack with parchment paper in between them.

Chocolate Donut Glaze Ingredients

Donuts: 

  • Milk 
  • Dry active yeast
  • Butter, melted
  • Granulated sugar
  • salt
  • All-purpose flour 
  • Oil – This is for frying your donuts. Peanut oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil are all great options. Do not try to use olive oil. 

Chocolate Glaze: 

  • Butter, softened
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cocoa powder 
  • vanilla extract
  • Heavy cream – You can use milk or water instead to thin this out!
A homemade donut being dipped in a bowl of chocolate glaze.

How to Make a Chocolate Glazed Donut

  1. Warm the cup of milk in the microwave until about 100° F. Pour half of the milk into the bowl of a stand mixer, along with the yeast and 1 tsp of sugar.
  2. Stir to combine and allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. At 5 minutes, the mixture should be frothy and bubbly.
  3. Once the mixture is frothy, add the remaining milk, melted butter, granulated sugar, salt and 2 cups of flour.
  4. Knead until fully combined.
  5. Slowly add in the remaining 1/4-1/2 cup flour until the dough cleans the side of the bowl, is tacky to your finger but doesn’t stick if pulled away quickly.
  6. Knead for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  7. Leave the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour.
  8. Once the dough has doubled in size, turn onto a lightly floured surface.
  9. Gently press the dough out into a rectangle and then use a donut cutter to cut your donuts out of the dough or use a pizza cutter to make bar donuts. Cut the leftover dough into small portions for bite sized donuts.
  10. Cover with plastic wrap or a cloth and allow to rise for an additional 30-45 minutes.
  11. Pour 2-3 inches of oil in the bottom of your pan. Heat the oil until 350°.*
  12. Fry the donuts at 350° for about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown on each side. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  13. When they are golden brown, let the donuts rest on a cookie cooling rack that is placed inside of a cookie sheet.
  14. Repeat with remaining dough.

Chocolate Glaze: 

  1. To make the chocolate icing, cream together the butter, powdered sugar and cocoa powder, adding the milk or cream slowly to help the butter and dry ingredients come together.
  2. Once smooth, add in the vanilla extract.
  3. Microwave the icing until warm and thin.
  4. While the donuts are still warm, dip each donut into the icing, rotating to cover the donut in the chocolate glaze.
  5. Allow the chocolate glaze to set up on a cookie cooling rack.
  6. Enjoy!
Aerial view of a wire cooling rack with 4 chocolate glazed donuts. One of the donuts has a bite out of it.

What is the best oil to fry donuts?

You’ll want an oil with a high smoke point. Something like peanut oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, or canola oil. Avoid olive oil.

How to store leftover homemade fried donuts?

My first recommendation is to eat the donuts immediately! But if that’s not in the cards for you, donuts can be eaten within 12 hours before losing their softness. Just store your donuts in an airtight container at room temperature. If you really need to, you can also freeze the donuts for up to 2 months

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Chocolate Glazed Donuts

Pillowy donuts topped with silky chocolate glaze? Say less. You can't stop the audible ‘Mmm’ when you bite into these chocolate glazed donuts.
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Prep Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 73kcal

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dry active yeast
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + a little extra, as needed
  • Oil for frying

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Heavy cream as needed *can use milk or water instead

Instructions

Donuts

  • Warm the cup of milk in the microwave until about 100° F. Pour half of the milk into the bowl of a stand mixer, along with the yeast and 1 tsp of sugar.
  • Stir to combine and allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. At 5 minutes, the mixture should be frothy and bubbly.
  • Once the mixture is frothy, add the remaining milk, melted butter, granulated sugar, salt and 2 cups of flour.
  • Knead until fully combined.
  • Slowly add in the remaining 1/4-1/2 cup until the dough cleans the side of the bowl, is tacky to your finger but doesn’t stick if pulled away quickly.
  • Knead for an additional 5-7 minutes.
  • Leave the dough in the bowl and cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for 1 hour.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, turn onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Gently press the dough out into a rectangle and then use a donut cutter to cut your donuts out of the dough or use a pizza cutter to make bar donuts. Cut the leftover dough into small portions for bite sized donuts.
  • Cover with plastic wrap or a cloth and allow to rise for an additional 30-45 minutes.
  • Pour 2-3 inches of oil in the bottom of your pan. Heat the oil until 350°.
  • Fry the donuts at 350° for about 1 minute on each side or until golden brown on each side. Do not overcrowd the pan.
  • When they are golden brown, let the donuts rest on a cookie cooling rack that is paced inside of a cookie sheet.
  • Repeat with remaining dough.

Chocolate Glaze

  • To make the chocolate icing, cream together the butter, powdered sugar and cocoa powder, adding the milk or cream slowly to help the butter and dry ingredients come together.
  • Once smooth, add in the vanilla extract.
  • Microwave the icing until warm and thin.
  • While the donuts are still warm dip each donut into the icing, rotating to cover the donut in the chocolate glaze.
  • Allow the chocolate glaze to set up on a cookie cooling rack.
  • Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin C: 0.002mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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