Chocolate Doughnut Glaze

Total Time:
41 min
7 min
30 min
4 min

enough glaze for 20 to 25 doughnuts

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, warmed
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted. Turn off heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip the doughnuts immediately. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.

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    Too complicated, all you need is 3/4 c powder sugar, 1/4 c cocoa powder, 1.5 tbsp milk & 1/4 tbsp vanilla. Mix & done!
    Thank You! Have been searching the net looking for a simple chocolate glaze made with cocoa powder, instead of chocolate chips & all the sifting BS... This was perfect!
    Corn Syrup! 
    bah humbug
    a mere tablespoon and it's not high-fructose... I don't see the humbug here
    Really easy to make and great tasting, too. But take note; sift the confectionary sugar. I didn't and there were small lumps of the sugar that would NOT whisk out. But over all, I loved it!
    I made this recipe today and it came out perfect. Light and fluffy and even better then store bought doughnuts. Whole recipe makes so many doughnuts and we are only two people. What I did. I made doughnuts with half of the dough and made a bread with the other half. It has little sweet and nutmeg flavor. I'll definitely make it again.
    Tasty. Yummy. Delicious. Awesome on doughnuts. Awesome to eat by the spoonful. I think it would go great on a Vanilla Bundt cake or pound cake. Easy to make. :-
    Absolutly love this! I substituded the chocolate for 1/2 cup of cocoa and 4 tbsp. of sugar. 
    Wonderful recipe!!! The only change I made was, used semi-sweet choc. chips instead of bittersweet chocolate, and didn't use any corn syrup.
    WOWZA!! This glaze is great on chocolate doughnuts! It's very forgiving, too, since I roughly measured it and microwaved everything. It turned out perfectly! We put it on chocolate doughnuts and I think you could use it on Mudpie as good!!
    the best! i use it on banana cake and other types of bundt cakes as well.
    Wonderful glaze! i used it for my doughnuts and it was perfect, my sister loved it (she's the chocaholic in our family). But instead of using bittersweet chocolate, i used dark belgian chocolate (80% coco) and added a pinch of instant coffee powder and that brought out the rich chocolaty taste even more. Bringing it to my co-workers later today :D
    Very good, use a good chocolate - makes the difference! It has a rich taste, the only request I received was to make it a little more milk chocolate next time!
    very good chocolate glazed Alton :)
    I just made doughnuts for the first time ever, but the dough was sticky and I couldn't get the shape right.I was really disappointed with how the doughnuts turned out, but when I put Alton's glaze on them, they rocked!
     I used 1/2 cup chocolate chips instead of the bittersweet chocolate and cut down a little on the powdered sugar so it wouldn't be too sweet. It was great! And, if you use semi-sweet chocolate chips, you don't have to break up the chocolate anyway.
    I've been wanting to make regular doughnuts that I remembered from my childhood. My wife and I were talking on the way to meeting my folks and I ended up giving her the idea of us cooking doughnuts. Since we love cooking together and don't get the time to do it often, we decided to use part of our Easter Weekend to bake. We decided we use make 3 kinds of doughnuts, cinnamon sugar, plain sugar and chocolate glaze. We had a doughnut recipe but not the chocolate glaze one. I remember seeing a show on the food network were Alton Brown was showing on how to make a simple glaze. I googled Chocolate Glaze for Doughnuts and his recipe was the first to show. I chose to use it consider how easy it looked when Alton did it on one of his shows. Man am I glad I did. I have never tasted anything so delicious in my life. Being lactose intolerant and with Alton recipe, I was able to use items like Margarine instead of unsalted butter and lactose free Milk (Beatrice is the best) and it still turned out perfectly. If this ever reaches Alton's ear (or eye in this case) I want to Thank you sooooooooooooooo very much for this amazing recipe. I intend to share it with everyone I know who enjoys cooking and some who don't :D
     Thanks again, and anyone who is thinking of making Chocolate Glazed doughnuts and is missing a recipe, look no further.
    I make home made doughnuts from scratch, the old fashioned way. It takes about 5 hours from start to finish, so I'm real picky about what I put on my doughnuts. And whatever I use, must be as good as my doughnuts. So, when I found the regular glaze and the chocolate glaze by Alton, I decided to try them. I only sacrificed one doughnut for each glaze before committing to more. And I must say, I was ecstatic. And I had absolutely no problems with this chocolate glaze. I did "not" use the hot water dish. Since I cook on a gas stove, I lowered the flame to down to an absolute low, as low as I could get it without it going out, and it worked perfect. I do have more glaze than doughnut however, as I also used Alton's recipe for standard glazed doughnuts. (So now I have a variety of doughnuts to eat) Which I always use and it too comes out perfect. I asked my husband for suggestions on what to do with the remaining glaze as it's too good to just toss out. His reply, "make more donuts". lol. I love the Chocolate Glaze as much as we love the regular glaze by Alton.
     Alton Brown, hats off to you...Absolutely the most perfect glazes. Thank you.
    It beats the socks off any chocolate glazed doughnut you've ever had before.
     Very good flavor and not at all like the waxy stuff you find on commerically made doughnuts. This would also work as a brownie glaze too. I'll be making it again!
    I was so disappointed when a pack of kids was totally let down because the chocolate broke from too much direct heat and made the glaze an un-dippable, disgusting oil slick. AB should have told us to use a double boiler because chocolate can EASILY break. This would never have happened on my gas stove, but my mother's house has electric and when the recipe tells you to drop the heat to low, electric stoves are SLOW to respond. AB! Please remember to consider the equipment in your average household. What bothers me the most is that I have so much respect for AB that I ignored my own cooking knowledge and followed his directions without question. Should have used indirect heat! Oh well. Won't make this mistake twice (but will try the glaze again next time!) By the way, you can substite white chocolate and the results are stupendous.
    This glaze was good in my opinion. My kids however, LOVED it. I thought it was a little to "harsh" that's why I knocked off one star. But, if you ask my kids, it wasn't a 5, it was a 10!
    Many chocolate glazes are runny and taste too much like powdered sugar, not like chocolate. This has more of a fudgy consistency when warm. It isn't grainy. It's the perfect accompaniment to Giada's Italian Doughnuts. I made them and coated them with her glaze before coating them with this chocolate. They were great! Talk about a sugar fix! Be sure to have plenty of milk or coffee before tackling these!
    Awsome recipe the best I have ever made!
    I've made this twice now, and it gets easier. It sounds very easy, but I think the trick is the temperature you heat the glaze to. With no directions, I've been experimenting, and so far hotter is better. If you don't heat it hot enough, the glaze absorbs too much water for the surrounding air, and doesn't harden as much as the store bought donuts.
    Heck, we didn't wait no 30 minutes for them to set up! Perfect toppings to AB's doughnuts. We forgot the warm water and were still using amazing glaze even an hour after I had whipped it up.
     Oh, as if I didn't already juat ADORE Altie before --- oh chocolatey doughnuts!!!
    What a great glaze. Thanks for another awesome recipe Alton.
    Great Recipe, delicious taste
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