Chocolate Donuts

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Yeasted donuts with a light chocolate glaze. These will make you lots of friends.

Recipe from Gourmet originally, but I got it from Joy the Baker.


1 (1/4-oz) package active dry yeast (2 1/2 Teaspoons)
2 Tablespoons warm water (105–115°F)
3 1/4 Cups all-purpose flour plus some for working the dough
1 Cup milk, room temperature
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3 large egg yolks
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons salt
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
Canola or other neutral oil for frying

Chocolate Glaze: (From Alton Brown)

Enough for 24 or so donuts
1/2 Cup unsalted butter
1/4 Cup milk
1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (I actually used milk chocolate)
2 Cups confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)


1) Add yeast and water to a mixing bowl, stir it and let it sit for 5 minutes. Once it’s bubbling, go ahead and mix in all the other dough ingredients.

2) Mix the dough on low until it comes together in a soft ball. Then mix for 2-3 minutes. You can also stir everything together with a wooden spoon.

3) Add dough to a lightly oiled bowl and sprinkle a bit of flour on top. Cover and let rise for 2 hours. It should more than double in size.

4) Roll your dough out onto a lightly floured surface until it’s 1/2 inch thick. Then use some round cookie cutters to punch out the donuts. You should be able to get at least 12 out of the dough. Feel free to re-roll the dough and make more donuts.

5) Lay donuts on a baking sheet that’s been lightly floured. Let the donuts rise for another 30 minutes.

6) Heat oil in a cast iron skillet until it’s 350 degrees. You don’t need a lot of oil, just about 2 inches of oil in the pan should do the trick.

7) Add a few donuts to the oil and cook for about 1 minute per side. You’ll have to flip the donuts with a spoon or tongs.

8) Remove the donuts and let them cool on some paper towels.

9) For the glaze, melt the butter in a small saucepan and stir in the milk. Then add corn syrup, vanilla, and chocolate until it melts.

10) Take the mixture off of the heat and whisk in sugar.

11) Dip the donuts in the glaze and sprinkle on any other toppings you want. Eat as soon as possible!