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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.

#Chocolate Donuts with #Irish Cream Ganache at www.somethingswanky.com

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).

#Chocolate Donuts with #Irish Cream Ganache at www.somethingswanky.com

#Chocolate Donuts with #Irish Cream Ganache at www.somethingswanky.com

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.


Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something 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.

20 comments on “Chocolate Donuts with Irish Cream Ganache”

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

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

  5. 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. 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 )

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

  9. 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. :)

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  11. Where can you buy the irish creamer

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  15. Has anyone tried Bailey’s?…….

  16. 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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