In just 5 minutes with 3 ingredients, you can make a perfect chocolate glaze for donuts using chocolate chips for a rich chocolate flavor.

donuts topped with chocolate glaze and sprinkles in a boxed lined with parchment paper

Move over Krispy Kreme! Chocolate glazed donuts are always a hit, and they are easier to make at home than you might think. I love using chocolate chips in this donut glaze. The chocolate chips give the glaze an authentic and deep pure chocolate flavor, which is exactly what chocolate donut glaze should be!

If you’re making a homemade chocolate glaze for donuts for the first time, don’t be intimidated! This easy chocolate icing only has three simple ingredients which combine to make a perfectly smooth glaze.

Adding corn syrup gives the glaze a shiny finish. Once the glaze sets, it has a glossy finish that you’re used to seeing on store-bought donuts.

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Why You’ll Love This

  • 3 ingredients
  • Uses chocolate chips for a rich chocolate glaze
  • Perfect topping for homemade donuts
  • Makes enough to glaze 12 donuts

What You’ll Need for this Chocolate Donut Glaze

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips – can also use milk or dark chocolate chips
  • Unsalted butter – can also use salted butter
  • Light corn syrup
close up of a donut topped with chocolate glaze and sprinkles with more donuts in the background

How to Make Chocolate Glaze for Donuts

Ready to satisfy that chocolate craving? This glaze is the perfect way to top a chocolate glazed donut, cookies, cake, and more.

Combine and melt ingredients. In a heat-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, butter, and corn syrup. Microwave on 50% power for 60-90 seconds until fully melted.

Glaze the donuts. Transfer the glaze to a shallow dish. Dip one donut at a time into the glaze, allowing the excess to fall off into the bowl. Allow the donuts to set for 1-2 minutes, then add sprinkles if desired.

This recipe makes enough glaze to frost 12 donuts.

chocolate glaze for donuts in a clear glass bowl with a donut that has just been dipped in the glass being held above the bowl

Ways to Use Chocolate Donut Glaze

This easy chocolate glaze can be used for more than just donuts! Here are some of my favorite recipes to pair this glaze with:

donuts topped with chocolate glaze and sprinkles arranged in a pile on a white surface

FAQs

How do you store chocolate glaze for donuts?

Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. The glaze will set up, but you can microwave it in 20-second intervals until melted.

Should donuts be cooled before glazing?

It’s important to cool donuts to room temperature before glazing them. Place donuts on a wire rack and allow them to cool completely before glazing so the glaze can set instead of melting.

How do you make a thick chocolate glaze?

If you want to thicken your chocolate glaze you can add powdered sugar to thicken it up. Just be careful as it will also sweeten the icing more.

Are chocolate ganache and chocolate glaze the same thing?

Ganache is thicker than glaze, sets quickly, and thickens as it dries. Ganache uses heavy cream and chocolate, while our glaze uses butter and corn syrup. Glaze sets but does not fully harden because of its low sugar content.

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Chocolate Glaze for Donuts

4.50 from 8 ratings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 0.5 cup (This recipe makes enough glaze to frost 12 donuts)
In just 5 minutes with 3 ingredients, you can make a perfect chocolate glaze for donuts using chocolate chips for a rich chocolate flavor.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup

Instructions
 

  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup. Microwave on 50% power for 60-90 seconds until fully melted.
  • Transfer the glaze to a shallow dish. Dip one donut at a time into the glaze, allowing the excess to fall off into the bowl. Allow the donuts to set for 1-2 minutes, then add sprinkles if desired. This recipe makes enough glaze to frost 12 donuts.

Notes

This recipe makes enough glaze to frost 12 donuts.
Use this glaze with chocolate donuts or vanilla donuts
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Beth
Calories: 1557kcal, Carbohydrates: 125g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 114g, Saturated Fat: 68g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 33g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 131mg, Sodium: 49mg, Potassium: 1034mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 97g, Vitamin A: 1489IU, Calcium: 130mg, Iron: 11mg
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