Coffee Time Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

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These Coffee Time Donuts with Chocolate Glaze are so light and airy, the perfect yeast doughnut!

These Coffee Time Donuts with Chocolate Glaze are so light and airy, the perfect yeast doughnut!

It’s winter. It at least that’s what the calendar says. We’ve had temperatures in the 70’s the past few days. In January. Here in Georgia, we don’t get icy cold that often. It snows maybe once every 5 years. And when it does snow and I mean just a dusting, everything shuts down. The weatherman talking about snow, will send everyone rushing to the store to stock up on supplies because, you know, we might get ONE INCH, and not be able to get to the store for a day or two. The school closings will start immediately, before the first flake ever drops.

I know everyone up north is laughing at us as they read this. I grew up in Delaware. We had snow. Not every week but probably 5-6 good snows a year. Enough that the snow plows would have to come out. Enough, that maybe, schools would delay opening for an hour. Just so the snow plows could get the major roads cleared. If you worked, you were still expected to be there on time.

I don’t miss the snow one bit. I was the one who had to shovel that snow. You’d spend an hour or 2 out there, clearing the driveway and then the snow plow would finally get around to the neighborhoods late in the day, and block all your hard work. Driving in it wasn’t too bad, if you knew how to do it. Just like driving in the rain, you need to adjust for the conditions.

Playing in the snow was different. We had the best hills in my neighborhood. Sledding was such a rush. Flying down the hills, hitting the turn onto the next street. We’d even make little jumps to get some “air time.” Great memories.

I guess I’m thinking about all of this because my son is going skiing this weekend for the first time with the church youth group. My kids have seen and played in snow, but not “real snow.” I’m excited for him. I’m a little nervous for him. After all, people break bones skiing. I’m trying not to think about that part. I want him to have the most amazing time and create memories that will last a lifetime.

So what does any of this have to do with donuts? I have no idea. Other than making donuts from scratch for those you love, will also create warm memories. These donuts are fantastic. Good flavor, light and fluffy but sturdy, if that makes sense. Not mushy might be a better way to describe them.  Anything made with yeast will give you a flavor and texture that can’t be matched.

These Coffee Time Donuts with Chocolate Glaze are so light and airy, the perfect yeast doughnut!

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Coffee Time Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Coffee Time Donuts with Chocolate Glaze

Coffee Time Donuts with Chocolate Glaze


  • 3 1/2-3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • oil of frying
  • for glaze
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk or cream


  1. In your mixing bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and yeast. Combine milk and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and warm in microwave. The shortening doesn't need to melt but you want your milk warm, around 110 degrees. Add egg and milk to flour mixture. Beat until smooth. Add in remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until double in size, about 1 hour. Turn out dough onto floured surface and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness.
  2. Cut out donuts with a donut cutter or use a round cutter and then a small round object (I used an icing coupler) to cut out the holes. Place cut donuts on a cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 45 minutes.
  3. Heat oil on medium heat in a heavy bottomed pan to 375 degrees or if you don't have a cooking thermometer, you want oil to immediately bubble around dough when placed in hot oil. You can use one of the donut holes to test. Gently place donuts in hot oil and cook about 90 seconds per side, just till golden brown. Remove to paper towel line rack to drain. Let donuts cool till just warm.
  4. For the glaze, Sift sugar and cocoa to remove any lumps, whisk in milk and stir until smooth. Either dip donuts in glaze or spoon glaze over donuts.


These donuts are best served warm but my kids will tell you they were just as good the next day.

recipe source

adapted from Pillsbury’s Bake Off Breads Cookbook
copyright 1968
makes 1 dozen donuts plus holes

These Coffee Time Donuts with Chocolate Glaze are so light and airy, the perfect yeast doughnut!

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. I want to come over to your house and have coffee time with you and those fabulous looking donuts!!!

  2. I keep telling people I’m going to make donuts, but I just never have. They look so delicious, I don’t know why I’ve resisted all this time!

  3. I love making doughnuts! I’m definitely bookmarking this recipe to try 🙂

  4. Joan, I’m making these as I type this! TY so much for posting this!

  5. I wish I could just reach in and gobble these up! Thanks so much for Linking up at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  6. Oh Joan. Can you come live with me and make me these? Soooo good! How exciting about skiing. I can’t wait for Jordan to go on trips, lol. 😉

  7. These are my husband’s and my daughter’s favorite donuts and we are a donut lovin’ people around here – I am going to make these for them this weekend. That should shock them both! 🙂 Look delicious!

  8. I hate snow! In Ohio, we can get a fair amount. The city still shuts down, people can’t handle it! Next time it snows, I’m going to make donuts in your honor! I’m going to make THESE donuts! Look how fluffy they are!! My coffee is so lonely this morning. It needs a donut!

  9. Could use a couple donuts about now to go with my morning coffee on this snowy / sleet morning.
    Will be keeping this fantastic recipe and making them soon. I will try what I call the ‘long’ version. I normally just grab a tube of refrigerator biscuits and make donuts from them.
    Thanks for the recipe

  10. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It’s Weekly Goals Link Up. It’s a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. 🙂 Here’s the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.

  11. OH Be still my heart. My absolutely favorite donut is a chocolate glazed donut. I am dying to try a homemade donut recipe. Pinning!!

  12. I love donuts with chocolate glaze. Nothing fancy, just simple! I wish we had weather in the 70’s! My son has no school today because of all the snow we just got. My husband and I hate snow, so we’re seriously considering moving elsewhere. My son on the other hand, loves it.

  13. Yes, please move next door to me so I can walk over to your house for coffee and donuts. These look fab! Thanks so much for linking up at What’s in Your Kitchen Wednesda

  14. Could you bake these instead of frying?

  15. Yum, yum, yum. I have a serious donut weakness and you’re killing me with these!

    Thanks for linking them up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesdsay!

  16. Wow, these donuts look soooo good! I have a donut addiction so I can’t even eat them very often or I want them all the time 🙂 Yours look like they are professional, great job.

  17. WOW – your donuts look divine! My hubby would die for a few of these – he has a bit of a donut obsession! You could open up your own donut shop! Smile.

  18. They look so fluffy and delicious…would love one with my coffee!

  19. we were supposed to get some snow few days ago. Everyone rushed at the store, kids were let home early,even the bank closed at 3 that day. guess what? it didn’t snow at all :)))
    but I take a couple of these donuts on a snowy day or not!

  20. I’ve been wanting to make yeast donuts for a while… just haven’t gotten around to it. Love the “old” recipe!
    Thanks for linking up to Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker . Your post is being featured tonight. Please stop by and link up your new treats from the past week!

  21. I really want to just grab a spoon and dig into a bowl of that glaze! These look amazing!

  22. Oh I just love donuts! These look fantastic Joan! Gotta try them soon, my family thanks you in advance!;) ~Donika

  23. What does 3 1/2-3 3/4 cup flour mean??

  24. I love your recipes.. With this recipe can I use rapid rise yeast?


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