Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

doughnuts, chocolate icing

If you break it into pieces before you eat it, the carbs and calories fall out.

Yeah, I know. You’re avoiding carbs. Me too. So I made chocolate glazed doughnuts. And now I’m going to share the recipe with you. Because fattery loves company. Or something like that.

Here’s what you need:


  • 4 1/2 tsps active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable oil for frying

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let stand until foamy.

In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed. Tell your kids that the doughnuts are not ready yet.

Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, then place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a clean dish towel. Set in a warm place to rise until double – about an hour. Repeatedly tell your kids that the doughnuts are not ready yet.

If you whisk this really really REALLY hard, you break all the calories.

About 10 minutes before the dough is finished rising, make the glaze by combining butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Turn the heat to down to low and add the chocolate chips. Whisk until melted. Turn off heat and add the icing sugar and cocoa, again whisking until smooth. Set aside.

Yell  “NO THE DOUGHNUTS AREN’T READY YET BUT HERE’S SOME CHOCOLATE!!” while throwing the lone chocolate-covered whisk amidst your pack of children. Then stand back and watch them attack each other like a bunch of desperate single women trying to catch the bouquet at a wedding.

hot oil, vegetable oil, doughnut, fried dough

If you heat the oil hot enough, it's burns away most of the carbs.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. You can use different size cookie cutters to cut into doughnut shapes or you can do what I did and use a glass and a bottle cap.

Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Pop the doughnuts into the hot oil. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Dip doughnuts into the glaze while they’re still warm. Eat three doughnuts in rapid succession.

Tell the kids the doughnuts are finally ready.

little boy, chocolate face


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  • Mikewj

    I love chocolate-glazed donuts, and once drove 2 hours at 2 in the morning to get a fresh dozen. But I’ve never thought about making my own, even though I’ve often thought about baking something good — something really good — with chocolate. I guess I’m too lazy to make my own donuts when I can buy them so cheaply and easily. I’d travel halfway around the world to make something really, really good with chocolate, though. A chocolate pie with a buttery crust, for example. I love chocolate pie, and all the pleasant thoughts it brings to mind. 

  • nonamedufus

    I prefer French crullers. I’m weird like that. Sometime the French can be pretty cruel.

  • Nicky, I was going to order a dozen but I don’t eat corn syrup.

    Looks great!

  • That’s a real shame. I was looking forward to receiving your order. Really.

  • *adds French crullers to the list of things that make Dufus weird*

    Damn those French! 🙂

  • Yes, you can buy them cheaply and easily… but they’re not as good. Seriously, these are way better than store-bought. But now you’ve made me crave chocolate pie! I think that just might be next week’s baking project. It’s not halfway around the world, but you’re more than welcome to join us 🙂

  • Nicky, come live with me and be my love.  You’ll make donuts, I’ll buy the shoes.  It would be a union made in heaven.

  • Soul-mates and “sole”-mates forever! 🙂

  • OH my! They look amazing!!! I’ve been baking bread of late and just may have to switch to a healthier alternative – like donuts!

  • I love chocolate covered doughnuts, especially cream filled ones.  I bet the homemade ones are delish!

  • Better than delish, Linda! I will seriously never buy another doughnut, ever again!

    I’m a bit glad you don’t live close to me. Nothing beats home made and nothing beats warm, home made, chocolate doughnuts!

  • Mikewj

    Now I’m craving donuts. And pie. I might just show up. Is it a far drive from Denver to Montreal? Would I have to take a ferry?

  • I am drooooling over these. Good lord. 

  • You said it, Babs! There’s no going back once you’ve had warm, home-made doughnuts!

  •  C’mon by, sweet thing! I’ll share with you 🙂

  • Yes please!!

  • Only about 30 hours or so, and no, you don’t have to take a ferry. A dogsled, however…

  • Just in case the news didn’t make it past the border;
    The Giants won.  A-gain.

  •  Further proof that there is no God.

  • I have been looking all over the internets for a donut recipe that loses all its carbs and calories before you eat them. THANK YOU!!! Also? “fattery loves company” = awesome.

  •  Look no further, Margaret! This is THE doughnut recipe of all doughnut recipes. You should make them. Then eat them. All of them. Just like I did. Because “fattery loves company” is not only awesome. It’s true. 🙂

  • The other day I was craving doughnuts like crazy, so I made chocolate-cheesecake cupcakes. Next time I’m craving cupcakes, I’m so making these doughnuts!

  • Chocolate cheesecake cupcakes sound heavenly!! I don’t know why, but I’m suddenly craving banana. Awkward banana.

  • KZ

    If you squint a little, those doughnuts cooking in hot oil almost look like hot apple slices.  I think that’s the real key to preventing all of those carbs and calories from embedding themselves into the doughnuts — through trickery.


  •  You’re going to love them Katherine. Welcome to the dark side 🙂

  •  Trickery is my middle name, KZ. Ok, no it’s not. But it could be.

  • Exactly! Everyone knows that bread is heavy and filling while doughnuts are light and not filling. Which is why you need to eat 3 of them. 3 donuts = 1 slice of bread. Everyone knows that, right?

  • It’s clear to me that if you and I were ever to marry, my size 4 ass would quickly become but a fond memory.   

  • Jayne, my darling, if you and I were to marry, I would promise to love you, honour you and fatten you up to a whopping size 6! Then we could swap clothes.  🙂

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  • capughe

    I am seriously disappointed that this page comes up when I search for low carb donuts.


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