Whiskey Caramel Doughnuts

By Connie
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These whiskey caramel doughnuts are the perfect boozey dessert. A classic vanilla doughnut doused in whiskey caramel and sprinkled with chopped peanuts. You could totally get away with bringing one of these to work.

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Booze in Dessert… yay or nay?

Pssst! These donuts have an extra kick to them! They’re booooz-ay and double dipped in whisk-ay.

Pssst again! I don’t even like booze. Not even the tiniest bit. The taste completely throws me off. I’ve decided that I rather save the calories and increase my daily quota for chocolate. Which by the way is limitless, if you must know 😛

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If there is one thing I do know though, is that other people LOVE booze. The idea for whiskey caramel doughnuts came into my head one day and I just couldn’t shake it. Heck, I didn’t even know what whisky tasted like but I had an inkling that it would pair well with caramel.

Weeks went by as I tried to figure out how to incorporate whiskey into caramel and caramel into doughnuts. I made my first ever trip to the liquor store. Left with a bottle of whiskey and baileys (foreshadow of what’s to come!) and whipped these up in about 3 hours. No joke, these donuts are that easy to make.

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About these whiskey caramel doughnuts

So what’s so great about these donuts?

Uh, #1 reason: booze, duh.

#2, my parents actually gave these a thumbs up, which was SHOCKING. They are the pickiest people and they never like anything that I make.

#3, these donuts are triple coated. First dipped in a whiskey vanilla glaze, then a whiskey caramel glaze then drizzled with whiskey caramel. Triple. Threat.

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The only thing I would change is the doughnut. I wasn’t a huge fan of the texture, it came out much more dense than I expected. For a recipe that calls for both yeast and baking powder, I was expecting something more light and fluffy. Oh, and I also made the mistake of using heavy cream instead of milk for the glazes. I wanted a richer flavour but failed to realize that heavy cream won’t allow the glaze to set. So if you’re fine with a runnier (but more flavourful!) glaze go ahead and use heavy cream. But if you like your glaze and set and kinda form a crust on top, then I would suggest using milk.

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Joining a Community of #Bossbabes

Psst again! Are you still here? (Sure hope I’m not talking to empty space again :P)

On the day I launched my new blog, the found of Mint to Inspire  contacted me and asked whether I would like to join her website as a contributor. Mint to Inspire is a new up and coming website that focuses on beauty, wedding and lifestyle topics. The way I think of it, it’s like a Pinterest in blog format.

I was skeptical at first, not because she didn’t seem credible. But I was unsure if I would be a good contributor, so I gave it some thought for a couple of days before finally saying YES. Can’t help but be a Yes-woman, I love doing new things that help me grow professionally.

whiskey caramel doughnuts

Last week, I attended the launch party that took place in Surrey. I didn’t know my way there so I was picked up by someone. I know, I know, this is the “stranger danger” moment that my parents have warned me about since I was 5: don’t get into strangers cars! Welp, broke that rule twice in my life and haven’t been kidnapped 🙂

I had SUCH A GREAT TIME. I can’t even express how inspired I felt. There were so many people there, each person worked hard to carve a name for themselves in the industry and specialized in their own way. I met photographers, wedding planners, make-up artists and even someone who makes knits to keep your teapots warm!! I felt so honoured to be a part of it all. It was great to connect with local talents, I now have a new community of people that I can resonate with.

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Recipe for these whiskey caramel doughnuts

Whiskey Caramel Doughnuts

These whiskey caramel doughnuts are the perfect boozey dessert. A classic vanilla doughnut doused in whiskey caramel and sprinkled with chopped peanuts. You could totally get away with bringing one of these to work.
Servings 12 donuts
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


Vanilla Sour Cream Donuts

  • 2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream full fat
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract

Whisky Caramel Sauce

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tsp whisky

Whisky Vanilla Glaze

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 6 tbsp milk (I used whole milk)
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 3 tsp whisky

Whisky Caramel Glaze

  • 1/2 of the whiskey vanilla glaze
  • 1/3 cup whisky caramel sauce


For the donuts

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, melted butter, vanilla paste, and yeast mixture until well combined.
  • Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until completely incorporated.
  • Transfer the batter to a disposable piping bag and pipe into donut pan.
  • Bake the doughnuts until puffed and golden, about 12 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool the doughnuts completely.

Whisky Caramel Sauce

  • Over medium heat, slowly add sugar to a pot and melt it little by little until you reach an amber colour.
  • Throw in the butter and heat until all butter is melted. Stir to combine.
  • Add salt and stir
  • Slowly drizzle in heavy cream. The mixture will splatter and rise in volume, keep stirring and keep a close eye and watch it from bubbling over.
  • When caramel has cooled down, add in whisky

Whisky Vanilla Glaze

  • Melt butter in a large bowl in the microwave
  • Stir in sifted powdered sugar until you reach a smooth paste consistency
  • Mix in heavy cream and milk until you get a smooth liquid
  • Add vanilla bean paste and whisky to taste

Whisky Caramel Glaze

  • Divide vanilla glaze in half and pour in about 1/3 cup of the caramel SAUCE, stir until combined


  • Dip one side of the donut into the whisky vanilla glaze
  • Flip over and dip other side of donut into whisky caramel glaze
  • Place, vanilla side down, on a baking sheet
  • Sprinkle with chopped peanuts
  • Drizzle with whisky caramel sauce
Author: chocolate + connie
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramel, doughnuts, whiskey

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    1. “but i didn’t say anything”

      name that movie! 😛

  1. looks decadent!

    1. thank you!! im sorry they’re not gluten free 🙁

  2. I am so excited for all these doors opening for you!! GAH. I don’t like booze either, but I would totally get down and dirty with these donuts.

  3. Holy shizz! Whisky, caramel, and DONUTS?! Together?! this is the trifecta of awesomeness! And your photos are gaaaaaaw-geous. Congrats on being a contributor for Mint To Inspire! That’s awesome and I’m sure you’re going to be great.

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