Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Doughnuts

Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Baked Doughnuts are easy to make and will quickly disappear! The combination of a chocolate espresso doughnut with an icing made with Baileys is a most decadent way to the start of your day.

Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Baked Doughnuts

Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Doughnuts? Please don’t yell. I know, I know; it’s cocktail day. But I was stuck in the middle of a dilemma. Where you are it might be sunny and bright and you’re seeing the bounty and beauty of spring. Where I am? Well, yesterday when I started thinking about a cocktail for today, it was snowing. Yep. It sure was. Inches of the white stuff. And it was really coming down too; not just an end of season fizzle but a full blown, huge snowflakes, had to get out the snowblower type of snow.

But to be honest, I didn’t get out the snowblower. My neighbor Rick…he always beats me to the punch for which I am eternally grateful. And the last time I tried? Flat tires. But Rick took his man toy (an ATV with a blade) to our sidewalks and I’ll manage the driveway and all will soon be good; spring storms go as quickly as they come.

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I appreciate the moisture and I’m reciting my mantra that we need as much of it as we can get in our semi-arid environment, but to tell the truth I’m sort of ready for those flowers most of you have been enjoying. So I will drink my baked dessert until then. 🙂


So I hope you understand that I could not get in the mood for a festive, fruity cocktail that would thrill you while also knowing that one that would warm my tummy would fall flat in Georgia so I went a different route.

My new toy; a doughnut pan, combined with a new bottle of Baileys Salted Caramel Liqueur, were my inspiration and while I first thought of making a coffee based cocktail with the liqueur I have to say that the resulting Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Baked Doughnuts are even better. Almost too good to be called breakfast, we had them for dessert!

I’ve got more plans for this liqueur too. I’ve always loved Baileys but this flavor? Some may say that salted caramel is a fad and I say, ‘NEVER!’ I love it; I’ve already got a cocktail in mind so stay tuned, there will be more. Have your bottle ready!

Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Baked Doughnuts

I’m so not one to jump on a bandwagon but this little doughnut pan contraption has me…hook, line and sinker. They are so easy, everything is mixed in a bowl and then piped into the pan. Twelve minutes max; a bit of time to cool and glaze and you’ve got fresh from the oven doughnuts.

One basic mix and some slight variation in flavors and I’ve now made three kinds in as many weeks and we’ve loved them all. Consensus is that these Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Baked Doughnuts are the favorites so far but it sure is fun playing with new flavors.

Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Baked Doughnuts

For me, baked cake-type doughnuts will never replace a fresh from the fryer glazed doughnut (yes, I see that light on at Krispy Kreme and my car knows to head through the line!). Still, when I can mix and bake doughnuts quicker than I could make the 30 minutes plus round trip to buy them; these are not going away. Nope…you can expect to see a regular stream of recipes from my latest fascination.

And I promise; next week the booze will be in a glass!

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Two Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Doughnuts stacked on a white plate.
Baileys Salted Caramel Espresso Doughnuts

Baileys Salted Caramel Espresso Doughnuts

Baileys Salted Caramel and Espresso Doughnuts are the perfect start to your day!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Breakfast, Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Doughnuts
Calories 237 kcal


For the Doughnuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys Salted Caramel Liqueur or use regular Baileys too
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Glaze

  • 3 ounce butter
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1 teaspoon dry espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Baileys Salted Caramel Liqueur


To Make the Doughnuts

  • Heat oven to 325 F. Coat a doughnut pan with non-stick cooking spray & set aside.
  • Whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, espresso powder and salt in a large bowl.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together buttermilk, Baileys, sugar, egg, oil and vanilla until smooth. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until well blended.
  • Spoon the batter into a piping bag or a large resealable plastic bag. Cut the end or the corner and squeeze batter into prepared doughnut pan about 2/3 full. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until doughnuts spring back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan on rack for 3 minutes, then carefully turn out directly onto rack to cool.

To Make the Glaze and Finish the Doughnuts

  • Melt butter in a medium size pan over medium heat; once melted add the water, espresso and vanilla and whisk until combined. Slowly combine confectioner’s sugar, adding the Baileys to thin out glaze. If the consistency is too thin, add a bit more sugar. If too thick add a bit more liqueur.
  • Dip doughnut tops in glaze and put on a rack to allow it to dry and slightly harden.


Nutrition Facts
Baileys Salted Caramel Espresso Doughnuts
Serving Size
1 Donut
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Baileys, breakfast, donuts, doughnuts, espresso, salted caramel
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  1. In the glaze, the measurements for the water and the espresso are not included. Could you please add them to the recipe? Thank you!

    1. I hope so. We can’t plant til 5/15 so yes we could still get some up til then. HURRY SUMMER!

  2. I saw your snow photos and as it’s getting colder over/down here, I’d prefer a doughnut too. These look amazing. I took the doughnut pan out early this morning and I must have left it there waiting for this recipe. 🙂

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