Your February needs these Easy Chocolate Heart Doughnuts.
Valentine’s Day or not, your month needs these easy and fun doughnuts. For one (and most importantly), this is a month of celebration. As a lot of you have already seen, my brother Red won his first Olympic Gold medal in South Korea this past Sunday. I have never been so happy for someone in my entire life. I have said this time and time again, but that kid is truly one of my favorite people, and I could not be happier for him. Watching him compete and take Gold in his final run will be a moment I will never, ever forget. I just cannot express how happy and proud I am. Red is currently on a media whirlwind tour and traveling from South Korea, to LA, then to NYC for press…including Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel (tonight), so be sure to keep an eye out for him. America is about to get to know Red Gerard real well.
I have so much to share about this incredible experience and cannot wait to put it into a post for you all. I’m flying home to Colorado with some of my family tomorrow, and will gather up photos to put a post together for you all on Friday. Be on the look out!
If you’re looking for instant updates, check out Instagram where I’ve been posting plenty about our time here in South Korea.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate both this huge win for my brother and Valentine’s Day with these easy chocolate heart doughnuts. FYI…if Red could have gotten his hands on these, he would have loved them!
I’m not usually that big on making homemade doughnuts (I hate frying things), but on certain occasions I’m all for it. For such a long time I’ve had this heart doughnut in my head and when I finally made them, I fell in love with them! As did my mom…it was actually one of those moments I live for…when she rolls her eyes back, gets this dreamy look and declares how incredibly delicious something is.
Not only are these doughnuts super cute, but they are SO GOOD.
I mean, are you looking at them?
This is a simple doughnut dough, stuffed with a light whipped Nutella filling, and dusted with a little sugar for good measure.
Simple and delicious. Not sure much can beat sinking your teeth into one of these doughnuts. They’re definitely a decadent treat, but so worth it.
As I said, I kept the dough recipe pretty simple and the filling even simpler. The doughnuts can be made and ready in under two hours, shorter if your kitchen happens to be extra toasty and warm (the warmer the kitchen, the faster the doughnuts will rise).
I used small and medium heart-shaped cookie cutters to create a couple different sized doughnuts. I fried the doughnuts and then stuffed them with a whipped Nutella filling for an extra sweet, almost mousse like, filling. It’s unreal how good each and every bite is.
If by chance you don’t love the taste of Nutella, you can use melted semi-sweet chocolate in place.
If there was ever a doughnut to make at home, this is it. Make them for Valentine’s Day, make them to celebrate with my family and I, or make them just because you want a really good homemade doughnut!
Either way make them. Your week needs a good, chocolatey treat, it really does.
Easy Chocolate Heart Doughnuts
Servings: 12 doughnuts
Calories Per Serving: 302 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1 1/4 cups warm milk
- 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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- 1. In a large mixing bowl (I like to use my stand mixer), combine the warm milk, yeast, butter and egg, mix a little to combine and then add 4 cups flour and the salt. Knead the dough, using a dough hook or your hands, until the dough comes together and is smooth, about 3 minutes with a mixer, and 5-10 by hand. If the dough seems too sticky, add the remaining 1/4 cup flour. The dough should come together, but be slightly sticky to touch. Grease a large bowl and place the dough ball inside. Cover the bowl and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, at least 30 minutes.2. To fry the doughnuts, line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Lightly flour a work surface and roll out the dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the hearts. Arrange the doughnuts on the prepared baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch between doughnuts. Cover the doughnuts loosely with plastic wrap while the oil heats.3. In a heavy-bottomed large pot or deep fryer, heat at least 2 inches of oil until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Working in batches, use a slotted metal spoon or spatula to carefully place the doughnuts in the hot oil. Fry, flipping once, until light golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. When done, transfer to a wire rack to cool. Make sure to return the oil to 350 degrees F. between batches.4. To make the glaze, mix together the Nutella, heavy cream, and vanilla until smooth and combined. Spoon the chocolate into a pastry bag fitted with a tip or just use a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off. Pierce the base of each cooled doughnut with the piping tube (or us a knife) and pipe a little filling into each doughnut. Generously sprinkle each doughnut sugar. Enjoy!
Could you make the dough the night before and keep in the fridge or even freeze the dough?
I would keep the dough in the fridge but allow it to return to room temp before making the doughnuts. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
These were AMAZING!! Turned out exactly like the picture! Maybe a newbie question—but I want to make these in the “classic donut shape” next, do I need to change anything in the recipe? This recipe was so much better than the last “classic donut” recipe I used!! Thank you for this amazingness!
Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed! Nope, you can shape however you like. Have a wonderful day:) xTieghan
Can you make these heart donuts in an air fryer?
I’ve never tested these in an air fryer but I do think it could work well for you. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Sounds wonderful. Can I bake the doughnuts?
I have not baked them, so I really can’t say. I will say that I think frying is best, but if you wanted to bake I would try baking at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! ?
Congratulations again to Red for his epic win!!
Love the pics!
Can you send this donut recipe with an air fryer cooking method please?
Thank you. So in awe of your whole family. Hugs!
Thanks so much! Sorry I have not tested this recipe in the air fryer! xTieghan
Yummm…The perfect Valentine’s treat!
Like you, the idea of frying always gives me pause. Any thoughts on using an air fryer?
I’m sending the recipe to my Colorado granddaughter and yeast + altitude is always an issue.
At 7,500 ft is an adjustment necessary? Suggestions?
Your granddaughter can follow the recipe as is, no adjustments needed! I have not tested these in the air fryer, but you could certainly give it a try! Let me know how they turn out! xTieghan
These look so amazingly yummy! I have one question– I don’t have a doughnut pan so I thought this recipe would be perfect as I wanted to try to roll and cut the dough but I also am nervous about frying the dough. Is there a recipe you recommend for baking doughnuts that you can still roll out & cut? I’m happy to experiment but have no clue where to start!
I would recommend this recipe, no need to roll and cut, super easy! https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/baked-hot-chocolate-doughnuts/
I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Any alternative to Nutella? My husband has a nut allergy. Will melted chocolate chips work?
Hey Kelsey!! Melted chocolate or chocolate ganache will be wonderful!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan
hey tiegen.. my daughter emily has turned me on to your website and recipes and we totally bond over them! so thank you for that.. also, would love to make these for my boyfriend for valentines day.. he has a huge sweet tooth.. but is sadly and tragically..lol..allergic to chocolate. do you think i could make them jelly doughnuts ? what kind and how much would you recommend? thanks for your help.. helen
Hi Helen! Yes, these will be delicious as a jelly doughnut. What a great idea! I use an equal amount of raspberry, strawberry, or blueberry jam. Yum!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan
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Thank you so much! xTieghan
These are delicious, but beware, they are very heavy! The recipe states that this makes 12 doughnuts, but I could make a lot more (like, A LOT more). The next time I make them, I would divide the amounts for the dough by two or even by three.
Thank you for trying these! The more the better right haha! Thank you! xTieghan
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Thank you! xTieghan
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Thank you! xTieghan