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Guinness Doughnuts with Irish Whiskey Frosting

These Guinness Doughnuts with Irish Whiskey Frosting are incredibly moist and perfectly potent, making for a superb St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

(This recipe for Guinness Doughnuts with Irish Whiskey Frosting was originally posted in March 2013, but was updated with new photos and content in 2019).

Stack of four Guinness doughnuts with baking rack with more doughnuts in the background, a tall can of Guinness beer, glitter shamrocks, and the recipe title at the top of the image

Am I a bad part Irish Bostonian if I say I’m not really a huge fan of St. Patrick’s Day? Probably. I’m also probably a 93-year-old. Because I think it’s really just that I don’t like holidays on which people feel the need to get ridiculously drunk for no apparent reason, which is exactly what so many Bostonians do.Β Of course, this is not to say I can’t get into the St. Patrick’s Day eating (corned beef!) and drinking spirit. You know I enjoy a cocktail or five myself. And now that I’m a 30-something living in the suburbs, there’s a lot less pressure to go crazy and I can enjoy the finer things about St. Patrick’s Day… Like wearing green, eating green foods, and drinking a couple Irish libations (but no green beer, please!).

And so you won’t be surprised to hear that these doughnuts contain two types of alcohol between the cake and the frosting. And yes, that frosting? Let’s just say the whiskey was diluted by NOTHING, which is exactly how it should be. Potent. I’m not really sure what kind of transition I just made here. From talking about how I hate drunken holiday stereotypes to discussing the alcohol-laden doughnuts I just made. The green alcohol-laden doughnuts I just made. But come on, whether you’re a St. Patrick’s Day lover or not, you can enjoy one of these. Or ten.

And considering I’m talking about St. Patrick’s Day a month out, I must not dislike it that much (I have another recipe coming at you next week!). But really, you can make these Guinness doughnuts any day of the year… You may just want to go with a frosting that’s not quite so vibrantly green.


As much as I wanted the Guinness flavor to come through in these Guinness doughnuts, I also knew it would be a little bit too much if there wasn’t another flavor profile. I figured chocolate would be perfect, but opted for a chocolate milk for a lighter creamier chocolate as opposed to a cocoa powder. I used chocolate soy milk, but you can use any milk or dairy alternative.

Baked doughnuts are like really ridiculously easy to make and these baked Guinness Doughnuts are no exception. I couldn’t even believe how quickly they came together. And let me tell you, I am not speedy in the kitchen.

You’ll start by whisking the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. And then combining the wet ingredients in the other, including the Guinness and chocolate milk. And then stirring the wet ingredients into the dry. This is where you need to be careful to stir just until the ingredients are combined, taking great care not to over-mix. Over-mixing your batter will give you cakey doughnuts, which is a big reason why people say they don’t love baked doughnuts. Too cakey is not good!

Spray your doughnut pan with oil and fill about 3/4 of the way full with batter.

Collage showing process for making baked Guinness doughnuts, including wet ingredients in a bowl, wet and dry ingredients combined in a bowl, and batter in a doughnut pan

And bake the donuts for 8-10 minutes at 325 degrees until they’re cooked through and light and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes before removing to cooling racks. Repeat with second batch of doughnuts (if your doughnut pan only holds six). Remember, you want your doughnuts to be completely cooled before frosting! Otherwise…. disaster.

If you thought those doughnuts were easy, wait till you see this frosting. Basically you whisk all the ingredients together (aside from the food coloring).

And then add a little bit of food coloring and stir to combine. The first time I made these, I went with a super light green whiskey frosting, but this time I decided to go all out and be bright and bold!

Overhead view of bright green Irish whiskey frosting in a bowl

Done! Well, you still have to frost the doughnuts. Which is probably the most difficult part of this whole shenanigans. The frosting is drippy and messy. And green. But in a really good way. I also recommend adding some festive sprinkles. Gold would be pretty, but I loved my mix from Sweetapolita!

Overhead view of bright green Guinness doughnuts with colorful sprinkles on a baking rack

Smelling it might get you a little tipsy though. So, I’m not sure what that says about tasting it? Yes, it’s potent. I briefly considered mixing some vanilla or something into the frosting, but then said no. The Irish would not approve of that. And the sugar does a good job of balancing the liquor.

I mean, not that the Irish would probably approve of adding chocolate soy milk to Guinness donuts. But oh well. Just focus on the Guinness people…

Overhead view of a stack of Guinness doughnuts with bright green Irish whiskey frosting and sprinkles on a marble surface with glitter shamrocks and can of Guinness beer in the background

Whenever I make baked doughnuts, it’s always my goal to make a doughnut that’s super moist rather than cakey and dense. These definitely succeeded. Thank you Guinness and soy milk. And the care I took in not over-mixing the batter (LOL).

Head-on closeup view of three Guinness doughnuts stacked with green frosting and sprinkles and baking rack with more doughnuts in the background with glitter shamrocks

You can go out and drink a ton on St. Patrick’s Day. Or you can sit home and eat a bunch of these Guinness doughnuts. Wait, I don’t think either of those options is overly healthy. But maybe you could just go out for a little bit and then come home and eat ONE of these?

That sounds more reasonable.

Stack of four Guinness doughnuts with baking rack with more doughnuts in the background, a tall can of Guinness beer and glitter shamrocks on marble surface

But you’ve got to make them. Because I’m pretty sure they don’t sell anything like this at Dunkin’ Doughnuts. Annnd they’d probably be sued if they did based on the alcohol content. And then Boston would get a whole lot rowdier.

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

If you’re looking for some baked donut recipes that don’t have quite as much alcohol in them, check out my Lucky Charms Doughnuts (also great for St. Patricks’ Day!) and my Blueberry Mojito Doughnuts (they taste like mojitos, but there’s no alcohol involved!). And these Chocolate S’mores Baked Doughnuts from Kitchen Sanctuary look like so much fun!

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Guinness Doughnuts with Irish Whiskey Frosting
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These Guinness Doughnuts with Irish Whiskey Frosting are incredibly moist and perfectly potent, making for a superb St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Eclectic, Irish
Keyword: Beer, donuts, doughnuts, St. Patrick's Day
Servings: 12 doughnuts
Author: Sues
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup Guinness
  • 1/4 cup chocolate milk (can use soy or other dairy alternative)
  • 1 batch Irish Whiskey Frosting (recipe below)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
Irish Whiskey Frosting
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4-5 Tbsp Irish whiskey
  • 1-3 drops green food coloring
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and lightly spray a doughnut pan with cooking oil.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

  3. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together eggs, melted butter, Guinness, and chocolate milk.

  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined, taking care not to over-mix. 

  5. Fill each cavity in the doughnut pan about 3/4 of the way with batter. I like to put batter in a plastic bag, cut off the corner, and squeeze the batter into the doughnut pan (you could also use a pastry bag).

  6. Bake doughnuts for 8-10 minutes until they're cooked through and light and springy to the touch. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes before removing to cooling racks to cool completely. Repeat with second batch of doughnuts (if your doughnut pan only holds six). 

  7. Once doughnuts are completely cooled, frost with Irish whiskey frosting and add sprinkles, if desired.

Irish Whiskey Frosting
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, softened butter, salt, and 4 Tbsp whiskey until well combined. If frosting is still too thick, add additional Tbsp of whiskey.

  2. Add green food coloring 1 drop at a time and stir until it's blended and desired color is achieved. 

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34 Responses to "Guinness Doughnuts with Irish Whiskey Frosting"

  1. Simply Life says:

    I would much rather get up early and celebrate this holiday with these for breakfast than stay out late!

  2. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    You just justified alcohol for breakfast. Love it.

  3. leslie says:

    These are festive little yummies!

  4. Odetta says:

    These would make me love St. Patty’s Day! Nothing like a shot of whiskey.. Top o’ the Mornin’ to ya!

  5. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste says:

    Oh my heavens! Yes, please! How do I go about ordering one to have with my coffee right now? πŸ™‚

  6. Marie says:

    Will you deliver locally? I’d like a couple of those sent to my office in downtown STAT!

  7. Monique says:

    I NEED A DONUT pan!!!
    although, DBF and i are trying to slim down a bit before MEXICO! but this is def on the list for after!
    I love when you make donuts- they are one of the ultimate comfort foods.
    My all time favorite though is a blueberry cake donut. If you visit NYC, you must go to Doughnut Plant. best cake donuts ever!

  8. Ashley says:

    Holy crow, you rocked my socks off. I know what I’m making for my coworkers and Eric this weekend! In addition to soda bread and twice baked potatoes with corned beef – those are my plans!

  9. Michelle Collins says:

    Great minds! πŸ˜‰ These look so festive. This St. Patrick’s Day I think we’re going to head into Boston, but won’t be doing anything too exciting.

  10. Gia Grossman says:

    How awesome! Doughnuts are good as is but with beer and whiskey they are even better!

  11. Kitchen Belleicious says:

    how fun! How cute! and how Delicious

  12. peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says:

    That is also my husband’s view about St. Patrick’s day. Those donuts are pretty, specially the ones with gold sprinkles!

  13. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen says:

    These donuts look delicious and so festive!

  14. Megan says:

    I think these doughnuts might be one of the best ways I’ve ever heard of to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

  15. Jessica - The Novice Chef says:

    EEK! Y’all know how much I love doughnuts…and I already have some Guinness in my fridge. Meant to be!! πŸ™‚

  16. Reeni says:

    These are true beauties – boozy beauties! I wouldn’t mind staying home with them We celebrated St. Patrick’s day today with corned beef hash and a green cake – early so I could blog them.

  17. Juliana says:

    Cool doughnuts…especially with the whiskey frosting…perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week πŸ™‚

  18. Joanne says:

    Ha! I’m celebrating St. patrick’s day by running a half marathon…so yeah. in reality I’m totally ignoring the holiday…except through food! LOVE these doughnuts. Maybe I’ll make them for breakfast after the race!

  19. Jenn says:

    Oh my word… those look amazing!! I think the only way they could possibly get any better is if you topped them with some crumbed chocolate covered bacon!!! lol YUM!!!

  20. Erica says:

    STOP! These look awesome (and I’m not even a doughnut fan!). I doubt we’ll celebrate…we’re lame πŸ˜‰

  21. Shannon says:

    haha, these look awesome πŸ™‚ i think my mom will make some corned beef and cabbage, so luckily enough i’ll be home to enjoy it!

  22. Lillian says:

    These look amazing I will definitely make these Saturday morning. I have to ask, why soy milk and not regular chocolate milk?

  23. Susan says:

    Well, you’re Irish enough to like alcohol so you’re okay πŸ™‚ Love these and the green frosting!

  24. The Duo Dishes says:

    Another bad reality show! Oh man. Maybe, if you see them filming, you can toss a few of these green-frosted donuts of the cast? That’s probably not nice. It might be better just to enjoy the donut and share them with a few others!

  25. Sues says:

    @Lillian- I just love Silk Chocolate Soy Milk! But regular chocolate milk should definitely work here, too πŸ™‚

  26. Sues says:

    @The Duo Dishes- I definitely just laughed out loud. Totally going to find them so I can throw doughnuts at them! πŸ™‚

  27. Pam says:

    I could go for one of the doughnuts right now. They look very festive and I can imagine how good they are. I am celebrating the day by NOT going into Chicago. The last time we did that it was a nightmare and I imagine it’s probably as bad as Boston, and probably worse on that day!

  28. Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    A little guiness donuts for breakfast? I’m on board!

  29. alex says:

    these look great! I need to get a donut pan!

  30. Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Well, if you’re going to drink, why not do it in a dessert?! This recipe has my name all over it. Love whiskey, I have leftover Guinness from another recipe, and I was just staring at my donut pan thinking it’s been too long since I’ve made donuts. Problem solved!

  31. Pauline says:

    These are amazing! I only have a donut hole pan and I’ve eaten 5 while they cool. Thanks for the recipe. Slainte.

  32. Noelle says:

    So festive! Love this recipe

  33. Molly Kumar says:

    They look soooo pretty n loved making them.

  34. Ben Myhre says:

    I love this idea! Such a great way to combine booze into our St. Paddy’s day treats!

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