Chocolate + Red Wine Biscuit Donuts

Red wine + chocolate donuts Chocolate glazed donuts are a big weakness for me. I just love them. I have pretty strong opinions about glaze to donut ratio, as well as the age old question: Sprinkles or no sprinkles? Having a preference, let alone a strong opinion about either of these just goes to show I eat too many donuts. 

And it's almost Valentine's day. Holidays must be celebrated with donuts, right?Chocolate + wine donutsAnd so these are heart shaped donuts. But that's not all! The chocolate glaze contains a special ingredient that adds just a touch of, dare I say it, romance. (I said it, I said it!) 

You might be thinking, "Emma, I don't have time to make donuts. Most of your recipes seem to take hours once you allow time for the dough to rise. I'm busy! Even though I do love donuts and think you're a total genius to add wine to the chocolate glaze."

Man, you are so complimentary today. But also, since these are biscuit donuts, they take less than thirty minutes to make, start to finish. You're welcome.Wine + chocolate glazeChocolate + Red Wine Glaze, makes about 2 cups.

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup red wine (any kind you like, so you can drink the rest 😉
2 tablespoon light corn syrup
3.5 oz. dark chocolate
2 cups powdered sugar

In a small pot melt together the butter and wine over low heat. Add in the corn syrup and chocolate. Stir as the chocolate melts so everything will blend together. Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. How to make biscuit donutsAnd here's why these take no time at all to make: They are made from canned biscuits. Use cookie cutters to cut out your donut shapes (got mine in the dollar bins at Target!). How to fry donutsHeart shaped donuts!Fill a dutch oven or heavy duty pot with 2-3 inches of oil (I used vegetable). Heat the oil to 350°F. I prefer to use a candy thermometer to monitor the oil. Fry the donuts for about 1 minute on each side. Remove to a bed of paper towels to soak up any excess oil. Red wine + chocolate donutsOnce the donuts are cool enough to handle dip them in the glaze. Top with sprinkles. You can use any leftover chocolate glaze for dipping fruit (like strawberries or apple slices) or top ice cream for a red wine sundae. Yum! And if your'e in the mood for baked donuts instead of fried I thought these looked pretty good. Enjoy. xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • The baked doughnut recipe that you linked did not work out the greatest, but I will have to try these fried ones the next time 🙂 The glaze was still killer on the baked doughnuts though!

  • Nice blog wine with choclate..

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  • one awsome tip for does with out thermometer for the oil, put a woodenspoon in the oil if it bubble around it it’s hot enough

  • My daughter loves your blog and your store and everything…. So of course, she made these donuts for her book club at college this week! She thinks death by chocolate is the way to go:
    Candise & Crew

  • I made these for breakfast this morning, and my boyfriend and I declared them a new Valentine’s Day tradition! Thanks for sharing your tasty creativity!

  • I’m making these tomorrow before my hunny goes to work. I don’t have a candy thermometer- thanks for the doughnut hole test tip!

  • Amazing, can’t wait to try these!! I do have two questions. Would substituting soy butter make that much of a difference and would yoy suggest filling them?
    thank you

  • Looks amazing. It would be great at my next party as snacks. Would be nice taste to have the wine mixed with the cookie. Cheers to the recipie…!

  • You ARE brilliant for keeping them under 30minutes, thank you! I’ve never made a doughnut, so perhaps this shall be my first attempt!

  • You had be at chocolate. But with red wine. I die.

    Awesome recipe!!!

    The Macadame. xx

  • I will be making these for valentines day because my boyfriend and I have been really good about our new Flexitarian diet. Meaning we are pescatarian during the week and maybe chicken or beef on Saturday or Sunday. We enjoy the healthier lifestyle but I think this treat is needed to provide positive reinforcement 😉 I will be visiting this post again to let you know how it turned out!

  • Oh yummy!! Will be trying this out for sure!

    Lulu xx

  • Bravo Emma! You made donut making easy for all of us. I love red wine in anything. I must try this.

  • these look AMAZING!! and so easy too. def gonna have to give them a go!


  • These look so delicious and special and decadent…. pinning and trying for sure!

  • I can attest to this. Frying biscuits into donuts is amazing! These are so festive and fun. I’m curious about how the wine turns out.

  • These look YUMMY, but what the heck are canned biscuits? And can we get them in the UK?


  • Yes to sprinkles

    Yes to chocolate

    And of course donuts are used for all holidays:)

    These look great!

  • love the recipe (definitely in to the “to do” list) but, most of all, love your writing and your tone!

  • o. m. g. …. eiiusgfuadg. MAKING FOR V DAY


  • these sound and look amazing!! Will be trying them out next week ! Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

  • My mouth is watering so much right now. Chocolate and red wine are two of my favourite things! They look incredible I must have them!

  • OH MAN. So I just got really excited when I saw this because I remembered that the immaculate baking company makes cranberry orange and blueberry scones that are basically the same as grands biscuits!

    Showed to my roommate and we agreed- this is totally going down. Awesome.

  • Wine, Chocolate and donuts, what more could you want?! These are adorable and look delish!!!

  • Three of my favourite things rolled into one. AMAZING.

    I am sooo going to try this (but probably won’t turn out as good as yours/fail massively)

    *she says while thinking of all the other alcoholic beverage possibilities that she could use to substitute the wine…*

    nom nom nom

    great ideas on here!!
    lots of love from a very shivering and cold Scottish girl dreaming of sugar and warm things 🙂


  • These sound incredible! Definitely have to give them a try!

    Have you tried making “cronuts” with puff pastry dough? If not, do it, like now.

  • Doughnuts + wine + sprinkles = GENIUS! Thank you for all of your amazing posts!

  • for an italian, all the time I see the labels of the Us wines, I laugh. We treat the wine here with respect (with simple labels and glorious names) but overseas it all seems a joke. It seems the important thing is the bottle, not the wine!

  • They look so good. I think I coud introduce them in my diet ;))

  • What a great idea! I use canned biscuits for individual serving pineapple upside down cakes, and as pot pie crusts. So easy and fast!

  • These look so yummy! And biscuit donuts are pretty easy to make…so that means I’m basically forced to make and eat all of them, right?! haha.


  • oh a lingerie shower? that sounds like the perfect place to serve these. 😉


  • these are totally adorable.. looks like a fun thing to binge on if we get snowed in again

  • oh so festive! ♥ is in the air♥

  • Oh Emma, you genius, you; a donut recipe that’s easy and delicious? Yes, please!

  • These look SO amazing! I actually just tried donuts for the first time and they turned out awesome!

  • Oh my goodness these seriously look way good. Chocolate and red wine are my favorites!

    xo,Juliette Laura

  • oh my gosh biscuit donuts? with chocolate? and red wine?
    i’m sold!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  • Ha, that looks sooo yummy and I need to try it. Looks not so easy for me.. But I ll try. xa

  • This might be the best combination ever. Happy V-Day to me!

  • I think my man would rather have these than ANY other Valentine’s Day gift.
    May have to add them to my gift-giving list.

  • Not only are those the cutest donuts but the wine in them takes these to a whole new level!
    xo Adri

  • you did it. you combined two of the worlds greatest things ever. wine & donuts. my love and appreciation for you just went through the roof, once again. 😉

    can’t wait to try these at an upcoming lingerie shower! <3

  • oh, these look delicious and so festive! will have to make some for my man 🙂 Heart of Chic

  • Yum and yum. And so exciting that this only takes 30 minutes! You’ve won our hearts, my dear!

  • Oh my oh my … chocolate glaze donuts are my favourite too. These look so scrumptious!

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