Diet Coke Chocolate Donuts

With so many delicious gourmet desserts, why would you go for a donut? Donuts are making a comeback with help from a surprising ingredient.

Amy Richardson original new recipe for Diet Coke Chocolate Donuts is a fun new twist to a classic dessert.

Diet Coke Chocolate Donuts
3 c. flour
1/4 c. cocoa powder
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1/3 c. Diet Coke
1/3 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. butter, melted
2 eggs
2/3 c. sugar
1/2 t. vanilla

In a medium incorporated sized bowl, whisk together, flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together, buttermilk, Diet Coke, and melted butter. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, with an electric mixer, lightly beat eggs, add sugar, and vanilla.
Alternately, mix flour mixture and Diet Coke mixture into the egg mixture, beating until just blended. Leaving a small portion of flour mixture to be stirred in at the end, cover dough and chill for at least 2 hours.

Roll dough out on a lightly floured board to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with a floured 2 1/2 inch cutter dipping cutter into flour between cuts. Re-roll dough as necessary.

Heat oil to 375 degrees. Cook donuts in batches of 2 or 3 at a time, about 1 minute on each side or until golden, turning once. Drain on paper towels, repeat with remaining donuts and donut holes.
Top with glaze. Recipe follows:

Diet Coke Chocolate Glaze
1/4 c. butter
2 T cocoa powder
1/4 c. Diet Coke
1/4 t. vanilla
2 c. powdered sugar

In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter, stir in cocoa powder, until smooth.
Remove from heat and whisk in Diet Coke and vanilla, add 1 cup of sugar, and whisk, when smooth, add remaining sugar, and repeat. Dip doughnut tops into glaze and cool on wire cooling racks.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen

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