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Close-up view of a coconut doughnuts with salted caramel icing and toasted coconut on top

Coconut Donuts with Salted Caramel Icing

Coconut and salted caramel are a flavor match made in heaven and you'll be obsessed with these Coconut Doughnuts with Salted Caramel Icing. They're baked, easy to make, and a fun breakfast treat or tasty dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caramel Desserts, Coconut Desserts, Donut Recipes, Doughnut Recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 12 donuts
Author: Sues

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp coconut extract
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (or unsalted butter), melted
  • ¾ cup coconut, divided
  • 1 batch Salted Caramel Icing (recipe below)

Salted Caramel Icing

  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 Tbsp whole milk

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and spray a donut pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a separate small bowl, lightly whisk eggs. Whisk milk, coconut extract, and melted coconut oil or butter into the eggs, until combined.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, taking care not to over-mix. Gently fold in ½ cup coconut.
  • Fill each cavity in donut pan about ¾ of the way with batter. I recommend putting the batter in a plastic bag and cutting off the corner to pipe it into the pan (you can also use a pastry bag).
  • Bake donuts for 8-10 minutes, until they're light and springy to the touch. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes and then remove to cool completely on wire rack. If you only have a 6-cavity donut pan, repeat with remaining batter.
  • Put the remaining ¼ cup coconut on a small baking sheet and toast for a few minutes, until it's lightly golden, stirring after a minute. Keep a close eye on the coconut as it will burn quickly. If you prefer, you can put it in the oven at 325 degrees for 5-10 minutes, checking frequently and stirring occasionally.
  • Frost donuts with salted caramel icing and immediately sprinkle with toasted coconut.

Salted Caramel Icing

  • In a small saucepan set over medium heat, stir together granulated sugar and water.
  • Let mixture come to a simmer and let it simmer until it reaches a dark amber color (keep a close watch on the mixture as it can burn quickly).
  • Remove from heat and immediately stir in heavy cream, vanilla extract, and salt, until the mixture is smooth. Remove to separate bowl and let cool completely.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl with an hand mixer), beat butter on medium speed until it's light and fluffy. Lower mixer speed and beat in confectioner's sugar, until fully combined.
  • Beat milk into mixture and pour in cooled caramel sauce. Beat until frosting is light and airy.
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