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Chocolate Frosted Donuts with Sprinkles piled on a plate

Chocolate Frosted Donuts with Sprinkles

Chocolate Frosted Donuts with Sprinkles - soft and pillowy yeasted doughnuts covered with a decadent chocolate glaze and festive sprinkles.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword frosted donuts, homemade donuts, yeast donut recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 13 donuts
Calories 285 kcal


  • 2-1/4 teaspoons (one 1/4-ounce packet) instant yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons warm water
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
  • 1/2 stick butter softened
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • frying oil Rice Bran, Vegetable, Canola, Grapeseed etc.

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast and warm water, then stir to dissolve.
  2. Add the flour, milk, butter, egg yolks and sugar to the bowl and mix on low speed until everything is combined. Turn speed to medium and mix for about 3-4 minutes until the dough is smooth and lump free.
  3. Lay out a large silicone mat on the counter or dust work surface with flour. Knead dough into a ball shape. Coat a large bowl with some olive oil and transfer dough to bowl. Cover with a clean towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. Once the dough has risen, punch it down. Roll the dough out on the prepared work surface to about a 1/4" thick then cut into doughnuts using a doughnut cutter. Repeat until all the pieces have been cut. Cover and allow the dough to rest for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Heat oil on medium-high heat in a large pot or dutch oven until it has reached 375 degrees (I used a candy thermometer). You can also test if it's ready using the tip of wooden chopsticks or a wooden spoon.
  6. Gently place a couple of the doughnuts at a time into the hot oil. When they start to rise and turn golden, flip them over immediately using tongs or a wooden spoon (it should take less than a minute).
  7. The second side will turn golden very quickly and faster than the first side.
  8. Immediately transfer the fully fried doughnuts to paper towels to blot excess oil.
  9. Continue with the remaining doughnuts until everything is fried.

  10. To make the chocolate glaze: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter and milk over medium-high heat, stirring until smooth. Turn the heat to low and add the chocolate, whisking until melted. Turn off the heat and add vanilla and corn syrup, whisking until smooth. Gently stir in the powdered sugar and whisk until smooth.
  11. Quickly dip the donuts into the glaze before it begins to set Allow to dry slightly and dunk again for a thicker glaze and top evenly with sprinkles. Place donuts on a wire rack for the excess glaze to fall and allow glaze to set on doughnuts for 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Donuts are best enjoyed on the same day. Use a small biscuit cutter to cut out the middle of the donuts for and fry them up as donuts holes!

Recipe barely adapted from: Alton Brown

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Frosted Donuts with Sprinkles
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 285 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 430IU9%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.