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Chocolate Kahlua Doughnuts

Rich dark chocolate doughnuts topped with chocolate frosting and the delicious rum + coffee flavor of Kahlúa! Chocolate Kahlúa Doughnuts and Iced Kahlúa Coffee are a delicious way to shake up your summer routine.
Chocolate Kahlua Doughnuts

 This post was sponsored by Kahlúa to help promote their Summer Shake Up campaign. I was compensated for the content here, but all opinions are my own.

Coffee and doughnuts! (or donuts? <<– pick your delicious word poison)

Can you even think of a more perfect pair? Coffee and donuts are happier together than peanut butter and jelly. You get the sweet, the rich depth of flavor, the delicious cake texture (because let’s be serious about our doughnuts here: those cake donuts? They were made for dunking in coffee. ), and that nice brew, sweetened and creamed to your liking, to wash it all down.                              Made for each other. I’m telling you.

I think by now we have all realized that I am completely in love with all the breakfast-ey brunch foods, so it stands to reason that I was bound to find a way to shake up my summer with Kahlúa AND brunch.

Chocolate Kahlua Donut Recipe

And since champagne and vodka are both perfectly acceptable brunch items (hellooooo mimosas and Bloody Marys!), I decided that Kahlúa, with all it’s bold coffee flavor needed to make that list.

You’re Welcome.

I’m actually not sure why I hadn’t thought of it before — coffee liqueur totally screams to be invited to brunch, right?

I added it to to the chocolate cake batter for these baked Chocolate Kahlúa Doughnuts. I added it to that perfect dark chocolate frosting. And then! I added it to the iced coffee.

Baked Chocolate Cake Donut Recipe with Kahlua

Summer is such a great time for get-togethers and long, leisurely goings-on, and while I love hosting a good backyard BBQ as much as the next person, I’m really excited about serving this version of coffee and donuts up at a Saturday brunch. In the air conditioning. Or the shade of our big pecan tree. Before the heat of the day swallows us all up and the makeup melts off my face.

Good plan, right?

I thought so, too.

Chocolate Cake Doughnut Recipe


One more thing!

Kahlúa would also love to help you shake up your summer with a fun little giveaway! The winner (U.S. residents only) will receive a summer picnic basket that includes a cooler to keep all your cocktail fixin’s nice and chilled, a Kahlúa tumbler and martini glass, and a fun little recipe card with some top signature cocktails!

Kahlúa Giveaway



TO ENTER: Just leave me a comment on this post telling me your favorite flavor of doughnut, though I am sure that after you make these, they will top the list!

(Giveaway open from 7/9/2014 through midnight on 7/16/2014)

5.0 from 4 reviews
Chocolate Kahlua Doughnuts
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Rich dark chocolate baked doughnuts with the delicious coffee flavor of Kahlúa in both the batter AND the glaze! Perfect for a brunch or a fun evening with friends.
Serves: 12 doughnuts
  • For the Doughnuts:
  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup dark unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup Kahlúa
  • ⅓ cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt -- see note)
  • 3 tablespoons oil (I used canola)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the Chocolate Glaze:
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar (it helps to sift it)
  • 3 tablespoons dark unsweetened cocoa
  • 1½ tablespoons Kahlúa
  • 1½ tablespoons milk or cream
  • To Top:
  • Chocolate jimmies
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray 2 regular (not mini) doughnut pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, unsweetened cocoa, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Make a little well in the center of the bowl. Add the eggs, buttermilk, Kahlúa, sour cream, oil, and vanilla. Lightly beat the eggs with the other ingredients in the center and then begin to stir everything together with the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix until just combined. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared doughnut pans. The batter will be THICK. The doughnut cups in each pan will be full mostly to the top.
  5. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until a pick comes out clean. Let the doughnuts cool in the pan for a few minutes before letting them cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar and unsweetened cocoa in a shallow dish or plate. Add the Kahúa and milk and stir until combined (glaze will be thick). Place the doughnuts face down in the glaze to thoroughly coat them. Place them on a wire rack to let the glaze set up and cover them with the sprinkles
1. These will keep for several days in an airtight container BUT! Please note that the moisture content from the doughnuts in an airtight container will un-set the frosting. Still good! But sticky. I think doughnuts are always best on the day you make them.
2. I have made this recipe with both sour cream AND Greek yogurt. With the buttermilk, I much prefer the sour cream or the doughnut batter will have just a bit too much tang. If you opt for regular milk you can certainly use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream to yield delicious results.

To make Kahlúa Iced Coffee:

  • 2 parts Kahlúa
  • 2 parts chilled iced coffee (strongly brewed coffee works best)
  • 1 part milk or cream

Fill your glass to the top with ice. TIP: I like to keep a few ice cube trays full of frozen coffee on hand. It keeps your iced coffee from getting watered down on a hot day! Pour the Kahlúa over the ice. Then add the coffee and cream. TIP: sweeten the coffee before you chill it so there are no sugar granules clinging to ice in your drink.

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Thursday 7th of August 2014

I like most any doughnut, but the chocolate frosted with sprinkles are my favorite. So think I will like these.


Friday 8th of August 2014

I hope you love them Erin! They were winners over here!

Melissa D

Thursday 7th of August 2014

Wow! I'm sure these will definitely be my new favorite donuts. But other than these, I would have to say Apple Cider Donuts are my all-time favorite!


Friday 8th of August 2014

Oh man -- there is a cider mill near here that makes the freshest most amazing Apple Cider Donuts. I can't wait for fall!

sara haaf

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

I love glazed donuts. I can never seem to find decent ones around here though, might need to start making my own.


Wednesday 16th of July 2014

OH!!! Sara -- I just found a Krispy Kreme Copycat recipe yesterday -- it looks totally accurate! It's on my Dang Good Donuts Pinterest board.


Tuesday 15th of July 2014

Normally, I'd say cake donuts are my favorite but I think these deserve a try!:) Definitely could be a new fav!


Wednesday 16th of July 2014

Yeahhh! Thanks and good luck! :)

Dana Kennon

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

Love sour cream doughnuts!!! Gotta try make these!