Triple Mocha Donuts

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I love coffee. Actually, it would be more accurate to say I need coffee. I am not human, awake, or kind in the morning until I’ve had my first sip. It’s so bad, really, that I get my coffeepot set up the night before, so that all I have to do in the morning is press the on switch.

When Jordan was a baby I was obsessed with Gilmore Girls. I so wanted to be Lorelai, all cool and beautiful, always with a cup of coffee in one hand. I, sadly, am not Lorelai Gilmore. I just aspire to be her.

My favorite part of the day is about 9am. I’ve dropped Jordan at school, worked out, and come home to a quiet house and a second cup of coffee. I can check my email, do some writing, and read blogs uninterrupted and without guilt.

Usually during this time I get hungry too, having just worked out and all.

I know, I should reach for an apple. Or a banana. But what I really want is granola. Or a muffin. Or a donut.

Donuts make me almost as happy as coffee makes me.


When Marley Coffee contacted me about testing their organic, gourmet coffee, there was no way I was saying no. I waited (impatiently) for my box to arrive and resisted making a pot at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

Marley Coffee is an international gourmet coffee company that prides itself on respecting the envoronment. It produces ethical, fair-trade, and organic coffee from farms in Jamaica. And yes, it’s that Marley – the company was started by Bob Marley’s son.

I got to try two flavors: Lively It Up, a medium dark espresso roast and Buffalo Soldier, a dark roast. I like my coffee extra dark with a side of very strong, so these brews were perfect for me. They were delicious – rich, dark, and the perfect morning jolt.

I wanted to bake with the coffee too (duh, what else would I do?) Of course my mind wandered to donuts. I mean, coffee and donuts go together like milk and cookies. Or Lorelai and Rory.

There is coffee in the chocolate donut, giving it a rich chocolate flavor. The donuts are glazed with a chocolate coffee glaze, and then frosted with a coffee icing. These are definitely the jolt you need to get you through your day.

Now, if only I could actually go to Stars Hollow and share these with Lorelai. Because she’s totally a real person and not a fictional TV character from a show that’s already ended.

At least that’s what I like to tell myself anyway.

Triple Mocha Donuts

Recipe adapted from Shugary Sweets. Glaze recipe adapted from Alton Brown.
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For the Donuts:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the Glaze:

  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

For the Coffee Frosting:

  • 2 tablespoons butter , softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • Chocolate sprinkles , for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 6-cavity donut pan with cooking spray.
  • To make the donuts, whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in milk, coffee, egg, vanilla, and oil. Stir until just combined. Place batter in a large ziploc bag with the tip cut off. Pipe into donut pan, filling each cavity ¾ full. (You can probably get 7 donuts, but I was lazy and didn’t want to reuse my pan, so I only made 6.)
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes. Allow to cool for five minutes, and then remove from pan.
  • While donuts are cooling, make the glaze. Mix the milk, coffee, vanilla, and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat on low and stir until the ingredients are all combined. Turn off heat. Carefully dip the tops of each donut in the glaze. Place on a wire rack that is on top of a cookie sheet to catch the drips. Let sit for about a minute. Stir the glaze in the pan, reheating if necessary. Re-dip the donuts, on the bottom this time, and dipping around the edges so the donut is entirely covered. You may want to use a fork in the center of the donut for this step so you don’t burn your fingers! Let sit on the wire rack until cooled.
  • Make the coffee frosting by mixing the butter, powdered sugar, and brewed coffee with a hand-held mixer on low speed until thick and creamy. Once glaze is somewhat dry (it will remain a little sticky) frost the donuts and sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. Serve with a cup of coffee for a real jolt!

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

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  1. I actually made these and they were easy and turned out perfect. Drives me up the wall when all the comments are just “yummy” and “I want to make these”. I stuck to the recipe except I have a mini doughnut pan so I only baked for 7 minutes and the batter yielded 2 dozen. They taste AMAZING! I asked for a doughnut pan for Christmas just to make these.

    1. Oh, I’m so glad they turned out good!! Now that you’ve reminded me of them, I want more! 🙂 Happy New Year!