Chocolate-Dipped Coffee Ice Cream Glazed Doughnut Sandwiches {recipe}

Doughnut Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches
We don’t really have much to say about what emerged from the TasteSpotting Kitchen last week during our Dreyer’s/Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream fiesta…

So we’re just going to share some drool-worthy photos and assure you that yes, you absolutely should, no, you need, to make these Chocolate-Dipped Coffee Ice Cream + Glazed Doughnut Sandwiches immediately.
Doughnut Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches
By the way, we didn’t make our own doughnuts, but don’t let that hold you back from doing so! We highly encourage that kind of kitchenly ambitious behavior, whether yeasted, cake, baked, fried, or otherwise.
Doughnut Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

Doughnut Coffee Ice Cream Sandwiches

Coffee Ice Cream Glazed Doughnut Sandwiches

It is best to assemble these doughnut sandwiches, dip them in chocolate, and eat them right away while the ice cream is frozen, the doughnuts are fresh, and chocolate is still a little melty.

You could make them in advance, chocolate and all, then freeze them to eat later (we did for a few too many), but the chocolate gets really hard (as do the doughnuts) and actually, we recommend that you NOT freeze-for-later at all. So never mind. Just make them and eat them.


for each sandwich, you will need:
1 doughnut, any kind you like
1 generous scoop of coffee ice cream (we used Dreyer’s/Edy’s Slow Churned Coffee!)
melted chocolate (we poured a bag of chocolate chips into a small heavy-bottomed saucepan and melted it over extremely low heat)


Remove ice cream from freezer and let sit on countertop to soften ever so slightly while you prepare the doughnuts.

Slice each doughnut in half around the middle. Our tool recommendation: a long, serrated bread knife.

Place a generous scoop of ice cream on a small plate. Using a spatula, flatten the scoop of ice cream to the same diameter as your doughnuts. Place the flattened scoop of ice cream on half the doughnut. “Close” the sandwich with the other half of the doughnut.

Place prepared doughnut sandwiches in freezer temporarily.

Melt your chocolate.

Remove sandwiches from freezer. Dip each sandwich into melted chocolate.

Serve immediately, with lots of napkins. It’s very messy. Sticky glaze, melting ice cream, oozing chocolate…

melted chocolate in pan

by Sarah J. Gim on July 15, 2012 · 37 comments

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

kat July 16, 2012 at 11:24 pm

the coolest idea ever!!


Chris July 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

Good God.


j3nn July 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm



coccinelle July 17, 2012 at 1:20 pm

mother of doughnuts…


EJ July 17, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I broke my gluten-fast and made these tonight, since I had a batch of homemade coffee ice cream in the fridge. I subbed hm hot fudge because I was out of chocolate chips, but there were no complaints. DIVINE. Thanks for the inspiration!


Sarah J. Gim July 18, 2012 at 12:31 am

hi ej! just read your post on it… thanks so much for trying it! love that you improvised with hot fudge!

Spencer July 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Looks absolutely sensational! I would so love to try some. I’ll bet they taste amazing!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

I DO believe you… I need these in my life, preferably sooner than later! :)


jenny - sugar loco July 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Goodness gracious….That’s a mouthful I have the courage to slay


Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine July 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm

oh wow! This is probably one of the very best things ever! Just wonderful!


Lisa @ The Cooking Bride July 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm

About 10,000 bajillion calories and probably worth every bite.


phillipvasels June 23, 2013 at 6:08 am

Sure these things will kill you but at least you get to die fat!

mph July 26, 2012 at 9:27 am

I’m pretty sure this belongs on:



Joyce August 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Sound ohhhhhhh so good, but what a sugar rush!


karen August 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Features these on the site and in my house today! Magnificent!


Felia August 16, 2012 at 2:13 am

Wow, so beautiful and I like the fact the chocolate not to be all over the doughnuts!


George Hammerton August 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Wowzers, those look like the most outrageously indulgent doughnuts I’ve ever seen. Fantastic!


George Hammerton March 13, 2020 at 3:26 pm

Oh man, all these years later and they still look so good!

Laura September 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm

made mine with doughnut holes, same concept, smaller scale, was sooooo good!


Sarah J. Gim September 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

LOVE that! totally poppable…but could be so much MORE dangerous that way!

yavionde September 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Ok that’s the greatest thing that I have seen in a while. MAGNIFICENT!


Barbara | Creative Culinary November 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

My head says ‘a bit over the top’ and my heart says, ‘I want one.’


Amber February 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I would think homemade magic shell (melt chocolate chips [2 parts] with coconut oil [1 part]) would be even better than just melted chocolate since the reaction to the cold would harden it immediately. This sounds amazing.


Coline April 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

OMG *_*

Coline ♡


Taylor May 16, 2013 at 12:38 am

Would you mind if I pinned these on my pinterest? I would most definitely give you full credit in the comments! If not it’s a-okay, but I thought it was worth a shot to ask you!


Sarah J. Gim May 16, 2013 at 8:32 pm

go for it!

Molassas May 20, 2013 at 5:56 am



Andrea June 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I have to agree with Amber. The chocolate looks really thick and gloppy and not very sexy, I’d try thinning it down with a little coconut oil (as she suggested), or canola oil or clarified/brown butter to get a thinner, more even coating on a cold dessert. Even just a few TB of oil would help, doesn’t have to be a full 2:1.


phillipvasels June 23, 2013 at 6:10 am

Sure these things will kill you but at least you get to die fat!


jackie June 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm



Francesca June 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

Wow! Stunning doughnuts! :)


kikipappy September 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

This looks amazing! The only thing that would make it even more amazing would be to use Trader Joe’s Coffee Bean ice cream. Coffee ice cream is my favorite flavor and I haven’t found any better than Trader Joe’s brand. Starbucks various coffee ice creams are also very good but not quite as good as Trader Joe’s. Don’t take my word for it…give it a try!


Kellie February 19, 2015 at 6:06 pm

OH EM GEE!!!!!!! This looks amazing!!!


Thomas May 31, 2018 at 7:31 pm

Great Doughnut! *_*


Valerie Mendez February 18, 2019 at 10:53 pm

I thought that you could order them, I saw this on tv show The Real, but yes I will be making these doughnuts.


jame07 December 15, 2020 at 7:17 am

It is delicious.


Amy January 6, 2021 at 5:41 pm

Delicious recipe! I made some homemade coffee ice cream with instant coffee to go in the donuts and it was delicious!


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