Bailey’s Irish Coffee Donuts

Bailey's Irish Cream Coffee Donuts

This donut was a huge success last St. Patrick’s Day.  All year whenever I told friends I was thinking of making donuts, they’d say, “You should make the ones you made for St. Patrick’s Day again.”

This recipe uses my proven, kitchen-tested, yeast-raised donut base (which you can use for a multitude of different donuts).  The topping is a chocolatey, coffee-infused mocha icing and the filling is a vanilla buttercream that’s been transformed into a taste of the Emerald Isle by a shot of Irish coffee liqueur.

Bailey's And Coffee Donut

There’s an old Irish proverb that says, “Hunger is a tasty topping.”  That may be true, but I think you’ll prefer this mocha icing.

Irish Coffee Donuts

To Make The Yeast-Raised Donuts:

  • 1 package dry active yeast
  • 2 teaspoons malt syrup
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 and 1/2 cups + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons soy flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
  • 1/2 level teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons shortening
  • 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup mashed potato
  • canola oil – for frying

In a small bowl or cup, stir the malt syrup into warm water (110 degrees) until it dissolves.  Stir in the yeast.  Let it sit for 5 minutes until foamy on top.

Sift the all-purpose flour, soy flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg together into a large bowl. Add the vanilla to the milk.

In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the shortening and sugar together. Add the egg yolks one at a time – mixing on low – until well combined.   Add the yeast/water mixture, the mashed potato and half of the flour.  When mostly combined, add the milk and remaining flour.   Mix on low until combined then switch to medium until dough comes together and starts to pull away from the mixing bowl.  Change to the hook attachment and knead the dough for 2 minutes.

Transfer dough to a well-greased bowl.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise to double its size – about 90 minutes.

Turn the  dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Dust top with flour.  Roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out the donuts and transfer each one to a parchment-lined baking sheet – leaving an inch of space between each doughnut. Let the donuts set until almost doubled in size – about 45 minutes.

Fry in batches in 3 inches of hot canola oil (360 degrees).  Fry one side to golden brown (about 1 minute and 5 seconds).  Flip and cook other side to golden brown (about 50 seconds). Transfer cooked donuts to stacked paper towels to drain off excess oil.

Making Irish Cream Donuts

For The Irish Buttercream Filling:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon powdered egg white
  • 3 Tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cream the butter, shortening, powdered sugar and powdered egg white together until well blended.

Add Irish cream and vanilla.  Beat on medium to blend and then on high until light and fluffy.

Inside Irish Coffee Donut

For The Mocha Icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon meringue powder
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tablespoons hot water
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces chocolate chips
  • additional water as required

Dissolve the instant coffee granules in the hot water.

Sift the powdered sugar and meringue powder into a shallow mixing bowl.

Combine the coffee-infused water, butter, milk and corn syrup in a small sauce pan over medium heat.   Stirring often, cook until butter is melted and ingredients are combined. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce heat to low and add the chocolate chips.  Stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Add chocolate mixture to powdered sugar and whisk until very smooth.

If icing thickens at any point, add more water – a teaspoon at a time – to thin it out.

Bailey's Irish Coffee Donuts

Once donuts are cooled, fill each one with Irish buttercream and dip the top of each in the warm icing.


For other Irish-inspired breakfast ideas, check out last year’s St. Patrick’s Day post called Top O’ The Mornin’ Lads And Lassies: Green Egg Casserole.

Green Egg Casserole Post

“May your home always be too small to hold all of your friends.”  – Another Irish Proverb

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  • The Mocha Icing directions reference combining milk, but milk isn’t listing in the ingredients for the icing . . . clarification would be very helpful. Eager to try this recipe — the finished donuts look delicious!

  • Mocha Icing Ingredients doesn’t list milk, but the Mocha Icing Directions say to include milk — please clarify. Thanks!

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