Chocolate Glaze for 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.
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.
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
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.
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 – On our Chocolate Donut Recipe or Baked Vanilla Donuts
- Bundt Cakes – As a frosting on Chocolate Bundt Cake
- Cookies – Top Peanut Butter Cookies with this glaze!
- Quick bread – As a frosting on Banana Bread or Peanut Butter Bread
- Cheesecake – As chocolate ganache on No Bake Oreo Cheesecake
- Pie – Topping for No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
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.
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.
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.
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
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tsp light corn syrup
- 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.