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Introducing Grilled Doughnuts – toasty, caramelized grilled doughnuts topped with ice cream and chocolate fudge sauce! Learn how delicious doughnuts can be!
Let’s be honest: plain glazed doughnuts are the redheaded stepchildren of the doughnut world. Whenever a well-meaning coworker brings in a box of doughnuts, you just know that those boring plain glazed will be left in the pink box long after the cruellers, maple bars, and sprinkled doughnuts are snatched up.
Finally there’s a good use for those sad stragglers! This recipe for Grilled Doughnuts will change the way you think about glazed doughnuts and have you reaching for them first.
I first heard about grilled doughnuts from my friend Jane (who is also the genius who introduced me to Hot Chocolate Floats!) She mentioned that her family discovered the joys of grilling doughnuts this summer, and even though I’d never had one, I couldn’t get the thought out of my head.
It makes perfect sense, right? Sweet and pillowy doughnuts, warm from the grill, toasted on the outside and still soft on the inside. The sugary glaze, normally so boring compared to more exotic doughnuts, is the perfect thing for the grill, because the thin sugar shell caramelizes and takes on a dark, smoky flavor that makes the doughnuts infinitely more interesting.
Grilled Doughnuts can probably actually be made with just about any doughnut, but I think it’s best to go with glazed—grilling a chocolate, maple, or snozberry doughnut just feels like it would be too distracting. Jane recommended Krispy Kremes for maximum deliciousness, but I used regular grocery store doughnuts and was really happy with the outcome.
Now let’s talk toppings. It’s summer, so fresh berries are a MUST. And where there are juicy berries and toasted sweet bread, there should be big scoops of melty ice cream. And where there is ice cream, there should be warm fudge sauce, dripping down the sides and getting all over your fingers/mouth/clothes. And anything after that is just icing on the cake—sprinkles, nuts, whipped cream, whatever! Go crazy.
Even though this looks like an ice cream sandwich, we had a lot more success eating these with a knife and a fork than with our hands! But if you want a more hands-friendly treat, consider grilling the doughnuts whole, and serving them with a side of warm chocolate ganache, salted caramel sauce, and/or raspberry sauce, so you can just tear off chunks of warm doughnut and dip them in the toppings bite by bite. It would also be cute to use mini doughnuts and skewer them before grilling, then serve the doughnut skewers with a selection of dipping sauces and whipped cream!
We loved how easy, fast, and delicious this dessert was. I hope you’ll let me know how you like it if you give it a try, and I’d love to hear how you put your own spin on it!
- 6 glazed yeast doughnuts
- 6 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 pint ice cream
- Fresh strawberries or raspberries
- Toppings like fudge sauce, whipped cream, etc , (optional)
- Turn a gas grill to medium heat, lower the cover, and preheat for 5-10 minutes, until hot.
- Slice the doughnuts in half, and spread the cut side of each doughnut with a thin layer of butter.
- Grill the doughnuts, cut side down first, for about 60 seconds per side. Watch them carefully, especially when the glazed side is down, since the sugar can go from nicely caramelized to burnt in no time. Grill times may vary, so it’s best to watch them throughout the cooking process.
- Once toasted on both sides, remove the doughnuts from the grill and let them cool until they’re warm but not hot. Top the warm doughnuts with a scoop of ice cream, fresh berries, and any other toppings you’d like, like fudge sauce or whipped cream. Serve immediately.
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Grilling a donut is such a great idea! Definitely would jazz up the boring plain ones a lot more!
Right?? I never turn down a doughnut, but I definitely like the “fun” flavors more. This method just makes every flavor a fun flavor!
This is def one of your more horrifically tempting recipes coming thru… but I’m still waiting to see the results from someones 4th birthday!
Oh my gosh, I know! I feel guilty about that on a regular basis! Hopefully I’ll get the pictures edited soon…can’t wait until he’s almost 5! 😀
Oh come on please just let us have a teeny peep at ONE pic of the Cake! That’s all I ask!!! No seriously please don’t feel guilty… I… can… ummm… wait……… a few more minutes! 😉
Holy cow! How many delicious desserts can you fit into one? Haha! This looks amazing! I don’t own a grill, but this just might be worth buying on for…. 😉
Haha, more is more around here! Stuff ALLLLL the desserts into one!
And you can definitely do this on a grill pan on the stovetop or something, no need to buy a whole grill. 🙂
That looks so indulgent. And I’d never have thought of grilling doughnuts. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Tara! It was definitely a light bulb moment for me too! 🙂
Oh my! What can I say to this? YES, PLEASE? Who could turn down anything on a foundation made of doughnuts?! WOW!
Right?? I’m pretty sure doughnuts could produce world peace if we gave them enough time! Thanks Christina!
haha.. plain glazed donuts are the only ones I’ll eat. 😛 There’s no accounting for taste right? But grilling them sounds AMAZING
Ha! You’re one of THOSE! When my husband read my post, he was like, “…you know, glazed are my favorite.” So you’re in good company. 😉 Since you love them anyhow, definitely try grilling them and see what you think!!
Oh my goodness! My kids will be in hog heaven when they see this one! Looks so yummy!!!
Oh yes, it’s a total kid pleaser! Maybe a fun back to school treat one night?? Thanks Amanda!
Get OUT OF TOWN! Elizabeth you never cease to amaze. These donuts look INCREDIBLE! Grilled donuts? Who knew?! So glad you shared the good news with us! pinned x
Haha I shall not leave town, madam! 🙂 Thanks! I’m sure you could do something wickedly delicious with the concept!
I did I died and went to dessert heaven. Seriously!! This is just amazing!!!
If there really is a dessert heaven, I’m sure it’s stuffed with grilled doughnuts! (Also, can I go there right this instant??) 😀 Thanks Zainab!
Woah baby! For the longest time I too totally judged those plain glazed donuts (just… what’s the POINT when there are so many other varieties!?) but you have just breathed new, delicious life into them! Genius! 🙂
Haha, thanks Sam! Of course any doughnut is better than no doughnut, but I can say pretty confidently that grilled doughnut > plain doughnut. 🙂
They are TOTALLY the red headed step child!! You are so right. This is a perfect solution!! plus ice cream makes everything better.
“Ice cream makes everything better” is basically my life motto! Thanks Karen!
Grilled doughnuts! Must be extra hot and delicious.
Grilling gives them the most delicious texture and caramelized flavor!