Chocolate Bourbon Donuts

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These light, baked chocolate Bourbon donuts are wonderfully moist thanks to a hazelnutty Nutella batter. The glaze is an espresso chocolate bourbon ganache made with heavy cream, butter, chocolate, vanilla extract, espresso powder and, of course, Bourbon.

chocolate bourbon donuts

This post was originally published on Jan. 1, 2016.

What I love most about these chocolate donuts is the glaze, which is a chocolate Bourbon ganache that I made with heavy cream, butter, chocolate, vanilla extract, espresso powder and, of course, Bourbon. It’s not one of those hard chocolate shells you sometimes see, instead it’s soft and creamy and works really well with the cakey chocolate donuts.

How to make chocolate Bourbon donuts step by step:

The actual donuts are made with all your usual ingredients plus one special ingredient and that is Nutella. Nutella does not only add its signature hazelnut flavor here but it also makes these donuts extra chocolatey and wonderfully moist.

The preparation of the batter is very easy, you don’t need a mixer or anything, you just whisk everything together by hand.

1. Start by greasing two 6-cavity donut pans with melted vegetable shortening or non-stick spray. (The recipe makes 11 donuts.)

how to make chocolate bourbon donuts step by step

2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F., then whisk together your dry ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt.

how to make chocolate bourbon donuts step by step

3. Next, whisk 1/4 cup Nutella into the dry ingredients. You have to make sure the Nutella is at room temperature, it’s not soft enough when it comes straight out of the fridge. If you forgot to set it out, you can just warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds.

how to make chocolate bourbon donuts step by step

RECIPE TIP: The easiest way to mix the Nutella into the flour/cocoa blend is to press it in with the whisk, similar to cutting fat into flour. And it doesn’t have to be perfectly blended, it’s okay if it’s clumpy.

4. Next,  grab a second bowl and whisk together 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/3 cup granulated sugar.

how to make chocolate bourbon donuts step by step

5. Whisk in 1/2 cup milk and 3 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter. (The melted butter will likely solidify when it hits the cold milk and that’s no problem.)

how to make chocolate bourbon donuts step by step

6. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and with that your batter is done! (It will still be a little bit clumpy and that’s fine).

how to make chocolate bourbon donuts step by step

7. Using two spoons, divide the batter into 11 cavities of the donut pans, filling each cavity about half full.

how to make chocolate bourbon donuts step by step

8. Bake the donuts for 12 to 15 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

how to make chocolate bourbon donuts step by step

Once the donuts have cooled, make the glaze:

9. Add 1/4 cup heavy cream1.5 T unsalted butter1/4 t instant espresso powder1/4 t vanilla extract and a pinch of salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Take the mix off the heat and add 1 T Bourbon.

how to make chocolate bourbon donuts step by step

10. Pour the hot mix over 4 ounces finely chopped bittersweet chocolate and let it sit for a minute, then whisk together until smooth.

how to make chocolate bourbon donuts step by step

11. Spoon the glaze over the donuts and serve them with a glass of milk (or Bourbon)!

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chocolate bourbon donuts
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5 from 7 votes

Chocolate Bourbon Donuts

These light, baked chocolate Bourbon donuts are wonderfully moist thanks to a hazelnutty Nutella batter. The glaze is an espresso chocolate bourbon ganache made with heavy cream, butter, chocolate, vanilla extract, espresso powder and, of course, Bourbon.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate bourbon donuts, chocolate donuts
Servings: 11 donuts
Calories: 231kcal

Ingredients:

For the donuts:

  • non-stick spray or vegetable shortening for the donut pans
  • 1 cup all­-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut spread (such as Nutella), at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1.5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped*

Instructions:

For the donuts:

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray two 6-cavity donut pans with nonstick spray or grease well with vegetable shortening and set aside.
  • Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  • Whisk in the Nutella. (This works best if you press the Nutella into the flour mix with the whisk. The mix will not be perfectly blended, it will stay a bit clumpy and that's fine.) Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk egg, vanilla and sugar together until well combined.
  • Whisk milk and melted butter into the egg mix. (The butter will likely solidify into tiny pieces when it hits the cold milk mix and that’s fine.)
  • Whisk the dry ingredients into the egg mix. (The batter will still be a bit clumpy from the Nutella, don’t worry about that.)
  • Using two spoons, divide the batter into the donut pans, filling the individual cavities about half full, and bake for 12-15 minutes. 
  • Let the donuts cool in the pans, then unmold them carefully.

For the glaze:

  • Add cream, butter, espresso powder, vanilla and salt to a saucepan, bring to a boil and stir until combined.
  • Take off the heat and stir in the Bourbon.
  • Pour the hot mix over the chocolate and let sit for a minute.
  • Whisk until everything is well combined and no chocolate clumps remain. (You may need to heat the mixture over a pot of simmering water to melt the last clumps of chocolate).
  • Spoon the glaze over the donuts.

Notes:

Don’t use chocolate morsels; morsels have stabilizers in them that prevent them from melting.

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 29.2g | Protein: 3.4g | Fat: 11.3g | Saturated Fat: 8.3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 17.8g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 8mg

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20 comments

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Angela! For some reason I really love to photograph brown, the more brown there is in the set the more I like it. :)

  1. Claudia | The Brick Kitchen says:

    Chocolate espresso (and bourbon!) are such a perfect match, I can hardly imagine how decadent and rich these donuts must be – very envious of your house right now! Gorgeous photos and styling too, as usual – I love reading your thought process of how you get the shot. Happy new year!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Jen! I agree, chocolate and Bourbon are the best, as a matter of fact I don’t really like Bourbon without chocolate! :)

  2. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says:

    The donuts look delicious. Well, I have been known to purchase a little sample bottle for a recipe — perhaps that in the background would have worked but then again, it would make the donuts look monstrous — but that wouldn’t be bad at all. I like the dark look. I could dress all in black, sneak in there, gently reach up over the table — I’m wearing black gloves and sneak one off the plate. Would you miss it? I would leave a few crumbs :-) Happy New Year!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Haha, that’s what I love about the dark photos, they can be so mysterious. :) The sample bottles tend to be too small indeed although maybe I just haven’t looked thoroughly enough for just the right size, I’ll pay closer attention next time I’m in a liquor store. Happy New Year to you too, Marisa! :)

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