Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts #KissMeImIrish

Guinness Stout beer in the batter and the icing really makes the chocolate flavor shine in these baked donuts. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day breakfast!
Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts | Who wants Guinness for breakfast?! Ok I know, it sounds kind of weird. And I felt strange cracking open a beer at 8am. But let me tell you – it tastes amazing in these donuts! You can’t really taste beer, it just brings out the chocolate flavor. And, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s day than with Guinness and sprinkles.

When my friend Connie over at URBAN BAKES invited me to her #KissMeImIrish St. Patrick’s Day blog party, I was so in! 12 of us made fun St. Patrick’s Day treats for you – and they all include alcohol! That was actually a total coincidence – great minds think alike.  Links to all the delicious recipes are at the bottom of the post, so make sure to check them out.

Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts |

Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts |

I’m really into the St. Patrick’s Day recipes, if you couldn’t tell. Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake Brownies. Funfetti Cookies. Irish Soda Bread. But one thing is missing from the list…Guinness! What is more Irish than a nice glass of Guinness stout? So of course I had to make something using this delicious Irish beer. Last year I made Irish Brown Bread with Guinness (and it is a great recipe, by the way!) so I knew that this year I wanted to go the sweet route, with baked donuts!

Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts |

Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts |

Now if you’re hesitating to put beer in your breakfast, let me try to convince you. You know how people say to add coffee to chocolate recipes, because it brings out the chocolate flavor? I think that is one of Ina Garten’s favorite lines! Well, Guinness does the same thing!! It makes the chocolate taste richer. You can taste the Guinness as well, as a slight background flavor, and it tastes amazing. And don’t worry, the alcohol cooks off in the oven!

Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts |

Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts |

Now of course I couldn’t just make a normal chocolate icing – I had to put some Guinness in there! This is St. Patrick’s Day after all, and these are Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts – so I had to maximize the Guinness!!

While the alcohol in the donut might cook off, the alcohol in the icing sure does not. Which is a good thing for some!! However if you aren’t into a boozy breakfast, you can substitute coffee, milk, or cream. You just need a liquid to thin out the icing a bit.

There are 11 other amazing recipes at the bottom of the post, so make sure to check them out. It will surely get you in the St. Patrick’s day spirit!

Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts |

Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts |

Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts

Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts

Guinness Stout beer in the batter and the icing really makes the chocolate flavor shine in these baked donuts. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day breakfast!


    For the Donut:
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (or you can use all-purpose)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup Guinness Stout beer
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • For the icing
  • 4 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Guinness Stout
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • sprinkles for garnish (if desired)


    For the donuts:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 2 donut pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter and brown sugar until well combined. Add the egg, and beat until it is well incorporated. Whisk in the Guinness, yogurt and the vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined - do not over mix. Stir in the mini chocolate chips, if desired.
  5. Spoon the batter into the donut pans, filling each cavity about 2/3 full.
  6. Bake for 7 - 8 minutes, until donuts spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pans for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. For the icing:
  8. Melt the chocolate and the butter in a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water. Whisk in the Guinness, powdered sugar, and pinch of salt. Keep whisking until no lumps remain. Taste and add more sugar if desired. If the texture is too thick, add more Guinness. (you can also use coffee, milk, or cream)
  9. Dip the top of each donut in the chocolate icing, and garnish with sprinkles.


1. URBAN BAKES – Sweet & Salty Boozy Irish Truffle Cake
2. Baking a Moment – Irish Cream Profiteroles
3. The Cheery Baker – Baileys Mint Chocolate Poke Cake
4. Grandbaby Cakes – #KissMeImIrish Baileys Mint Chocolate Cream Pie
5. bethcakes – Irish Car Bomb Cake
6. gotta get baked – Chocolate Baileys Cheesecake
7. Jessiker Bakes – #KissMeImIrish Guinness Chocolate Cake
8. Blahnik Baker – Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Whiskey Caramel and Baileys Buttercream
9. Bakes In Slippers – Guinness Chocolate Stout Milkshake
10. Chez CateyLou- Guinness Stout Chocolate Donuts #KissMeImIrish
11. House of Bakes – Drunken Blondie

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    • says

      Thanks, Shannon! I will have to check out your chocolate stout cupcakes – I really loved the flavor of the Guinness with the chocolate!

  1. says

    My goodness, my Guinness! These look and sound absolutely fantastic. I’ve had Guinness chocolate cake before which was unbelievably good so I have no doubt these doughnuts would be amazing… especially with those adorable sprinkles on top! Love it :-)

  2. says

    This donuts sound delicious! And I bet you’re right about the guiness flavor bringing out the chocolate. Sounds like a great combo! I made guiness beef stew the other night, and just happen to have 4 bottles left over. Can’t wait to use them on this donut recipe : )

  3. says

    Let me tell you, I have NO problem putting beer in my breakfast 😉 These donuts are fabulous! All of the guinness recipes today are really making me want to bake with beer. I love that these are baked, not fried (I have a fear of deep frying at home!) and your photos are gorgeous. This would be the perfect way to start any day, not just St. Patricks!

    • says

      Nancy, I like the way you think! And I also have a fear of deep frying at home! So that’s why I am kind of addicted to making baked donuts! I’m sure the first time I try deep frying though I will be hooked, but I really don’t want to burn down my apt!

  4. says

    Now that I have my dougnhut pans I am good to go for this one – they look amazing and I can’t wait to try this as Guinness is one of the Hubsters fave drinks!

  5. says

    I love these girl!!! I did feel weird opening a Guinness in the morning when I baked my cupcakes but the stout just makes the chocolate so much more richer. I finally got a donut pan and I cannot wait to break them in this weekend with your recipes!!

    • says

      Thanks, Zainab! I’m so excited that you got a donut pan!! I can’t wait to see what fun recipes you make. And photographing donuts is really fun – they love the camera :)

  6. says

    I’m so glad to see doughnuts for a change. This is great! I can’t wait to show my bf, he’s going to love this too. Chocolate on chocolate is his favorite but the fact that there’s Guinness in here, makes it 10x better! Thanks for joining the party! :)

  7. says

    I’ve never particularly celebrated St. Paddy’s day, but with all these wonderful recipes popping up on all the food blogs I’m really tempted to cook something up! Love how you’ve got the colours of the Irish flag on these wonderful donuts, Cate. They look so beautifully chocolaty! I’d definitely have one for breakfast right about now instead of my oatmeal! Guinness is good for you, after all … definitely brekky food!


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