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Kahlúa and Cream Doughnuts

Updated On: Apr 12, 2024

Simple baked Kahlua and Cream Doughnuts are easy to make and incredibly delicious. Omit the liqueur if you’re worried about making for the kiddos, but it’s only 1/4 cup so I wouldn’t worry too much. Definitely make these for your next Brunch.

kahlúa and cream doughnuts

Why I Love this Recipe

Every January we all don our stretchy pants.  Not to make extra room for pie or another helping of mashed potatoes, rather to run on treadmills, or lift weights.  Two of my favorite foodies, Brandy from Nutmeg Nanny & Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama reached out and asked if I’d like to be a part of Doughnut Week.  You read that right, doughnuts in January.  When all other foodies are snapping pics of bowls of greens, we are throwing caution to the wind and slapping on the stretchy pants for doughnuts.  In January.  Outrageous!

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I think one of the best inventions is the donut baking pan.  I mean, seriously, no frying!  Just pipe the donut batter into the greased pan, bake 8 minutes and it’s time to eat donuts!  Brilliant!

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I have a recipe for a chocolate cake that has Kahlúa and it’s one of my absolute favorites (check it out here) when I need a quick cake with loads of flavor.  If we eat cake with Kahlúa then why not a doughnut, right?  Who’s with me?  It’s only a 1/4 cup, so no worries about giving this to the kiddos.

More Doughnut Recipes

If you aren’t drooling, then you might want to check your pulse!  Wow.  Wait until you see what’s coming up next.  “Next”? you say?  Yep…it’s Doughnut WEEK, which means we can’t just give you one doughnut and then head back to that pile of kale.  We will be posting on Wednesday and Friday too.  I’ve seen the list and it’s DELISH!  Stay tuned.  Now for the recipe for these super quick, uber moist, chocolate Kahlúa donuts with an espresso cream cheese icing.  Oh baby!

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Kahlúa and Cream Doughnuts

Quick baked Kahlúa and Espresso cream cheese doughnuts.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 12 doughnuts


For the Doughnuts:

  • 1 ⅔ cups cake flour sifted
  • cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk plus 2 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup Kahlúa
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted and cooled slightly
  • cooking spray

For the Icing:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate finely grated or shaved


For the Doughnuts:

  • Preheat oven to 425º F. Spray a donut baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl add the sifted flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Add the buttermilk, Kahlúa, eggs, and butter. Stir until just combined. Spoon into prepared baking pan filling each 2/3 full. Bake 7-9 minutes, or until no longer wet and springs back when touched.
  • Remove from baking pan by turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Espresso Cream Cheese Icing:

  • Beat cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat to blend. Stir in 2 tablespoons milk (or more if desired) to make a spreadable icing. Add the espresso powder and stir to combine.

To Assemble:

  • Ice each cooled doughnut with about 2-3 teaspoons icing. Sprinkle with grated chocolate and serve.


Calories: 270kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 363mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 374IUCalcium: 85mgIron: 1mg
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  3. I got a donut pan for Christmas and haven’t used it yet. Glad I can make these in them!

  4. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Kahlua is like my favorite thing ever! I can’t drink it without thinking of the movie The Big Lebowski. These doughnuts totally impress and I would be more than happy to eat one….or ten of them for breakfast 🙂

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  6. Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    Booze is made for doughnuts!! I’m so in heart with these! I need a doughnut and a cuppa Kahlua to wash it down!

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      I happen to have more Kahlua than any one household should have, so come on over. 🙂

  7. laurengrier says:

    Loving these, Heather!! I’m going to need a dozen to go!

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      You got it Lauren. 🙂

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  9. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says:

    I’m 100% more excited about putting my stretchy pants on for donuts than I am for the gym. These remind me that I haven’t had Kahlua is far too long.

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Amen sister. 🙂

  10. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    Love that you included the kahlua in these. Boozy doughnuts for the win! 🙂

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Booze is great any time of day. Wait that sounds wrong. 🙂

  11. Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet says:

    I need these for breakfast. That is all.

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Yes, yes you do!

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  13. Kahlua? Did you say Kahlua? I’m there!!!

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Ha. I may still have a few left, come on over.

  14. Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks says:

    Wow! You know a way to a girls heart….and stomach! These look absolutely fantastic!

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      They work great on a boys stomach too. I think the hubs ate a few! 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  15. Anna @ Garnish with Lemon says:

    Doughnuts in January? Brilliant! You can’t live on greens alone, right?

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Doughnuts go with salad. Just saying. ha

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  17. bakedbyrachel says:

    I seriously want to lick that icing! What a great way to start the day 😉

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      The icing is bomb.

  18. bakeaholicmama says:

    Heather these look amazing! I love the flavors… and Kahlua for breakfast? Sign me up!

    1. FarmgirlGourmet Author says:

      Have you seen the new campaign “Kahlua, it’s what’s for breakfast”. I’m the face. haha

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