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Chocolate Donuts with Irish Cream Ganache

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I love this donut recipe. Plain and simple. It’s never, ever failed me when I’m in need of a good, bakery quality donut. It’s simple to make, quick to bake, and stays yummy throughout the day (although they rarely last that long).

I grabbed this recipe from Milk & Honey about a year ago and what a gem it’s been in our home. We don’t have a bakery in our town (or even the next town over), and I am a big time donuts-on-Saturday-morning person. It’s just something that’s always felt really cozy to me. I used to love it when my Dad would get up early to go buy donuts for us on a Saturday morning. It made the whole day feel special. And I love bringing that same feeling to my family by making donuts for them.

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Something you should know about this recipe is that I’m not really providing any measurements for the ganache. The way I make ganache is really simple, and it’s never failed me. Unless I try to measure it out. So I’ve just stopped trying to measure altogether.

But listen closely, and you won’t have a bit of trouble: making ganache is all about eyeballing it. Pour any amount of chocolate chips into a small bowl. In this case, when we only need enough to cover 12 donuts, I’d say about 1 1/2 cups is probably perfect (for those of you who have to have a measurement). And then simply pour the creamer in until it’s just level with the chocolate chips. (If you want thicker ganache, pour slightly less creamer. If you want more of a glaze, use a little more creamer). Microwave the bowl for 1 minute. Remove and whisk until a perfect ganache forms (takes maybe a minute).

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Chocolate Donuts with Irish Cream Ganache


    For the Donuts:
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • For the ganache
  • approx. 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • approx. 1 1/4 cups Irish Cream Creamer


  1. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, and cornstarch into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, vanilla, and oil and whisk together.
  2. Scrape batter into a zip top bag. Snip off the end and pipe batter into wells greased (or nonstick) donut pans (fill about halfway).
  3. Bake at 450º for 7-9 minutes, until donut springs back when pressed. Let cool.
  4. Meanwhile, pour the chocolate chips into a small bowl. Pour creamer over the chocolate chips until just barely level (I like to use just a little less so that the ganache is thicker). Microwave for 1 minute, and then whisk until a smooth ganache forms.
  5. Dip the tops of the donuts in the ganache while ganache is warm, or spread over top of the donuts with a spoon.


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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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20 Responses to “Chocolate Donuts with Irish Cream Ganache”

  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on March 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm (#)

    I used irish creamer this weekend in a frosting recipe Ashton!!! You inspired me! PS: I need to make homemade donuts soon. I keep seeing new recipes like this and go – ok, i’m making donuts next weekend and then never pull out my donut pan!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on March 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm (#)

    You can make ganache from creamer? YOU’RE a genius! And I love that pic of Emma. TOO cute!

  3. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on March 4, 2013 at 10:39 am (#)

    Emma is so stinking adorable in her cute chef hat!! I just bought some creamer this weekend for some frosting and glaze ideas swirling in my head too!!! Now I think I need donuts too!!!

  4. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box posted on March 4, 2013 at 11:56 am (#)

    These donuts looks fabulous and are perfect for the upcoming St Patrick’s celebrations!

  5. tanya posted on March 4, 2013 at 1:50 pm (#)

    You have a very cute little kitchen helper!!! I’m totally digging out my donut pan today! These are amazing-love, love, love that you used Irish Cream creamer!

  6. Dominique posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:58 pm (#)

    These sound super amazingly easy. And they’re chocolate, with chocolate glaze- what’s not to love???
    But I don’t have a donut pan… Do you have any suggestions for something else I could bake them in? (Maybe a muffin tin? I have plenty of those :P )

    • Ashton posted on March 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm (#)

      Yes, try a muffin tin! Should be similar baking time :)

  7. Liz posted on March 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm (#)

    I love me a good chocolate donut! I’ve only used my donut pan once since I bought it so I’ll have to pull it out again and try these!

  8. carrian posted on March 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm (#)

    I love donuts!

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:52 am (#)

    I love Irish Cream Creamer ! Or Irish Cream :) These are wonderful looking! Pinning!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:53 am (#)

      Except when I hit your Pin It button I get a blank box that pre-populates and I can’t change it :(

  10. Erin @ Texanerin Baking posted on March 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm (#)

    I made Irish cream donuts last weekend! I tried making Irish cream frosting but it didn’t go so well. Happy to see that you found a way! They look fantastic. :)

  11. amber posted on March 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm (#)

    Where can you buy the irish creamer

    • Ashton posted on March 17, 2013 at 12:33 am (#)

      Most grocery stores in the dairy section :)

  12. Nora posted on February 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm (#)

    Has anyone tried Bailey’s?…….

  13. Carol Gleason posted on March 6, 2014 at 5:37 am (#)

    I made these tonight–super easy, delicious flavor!
    I could use some help, though. I live in Denver and,
    because of the high altitude, the texture is not
    quite what I expected or wanted. I was thinking
    that adding a tablespoon of Greek yogurt or
    sour cream might help with the moistness. Any ideas,
    anyone? Thank you for sharing a great


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