Coffee and Doughnuts Ice Cream

Coffee & Doughnuts Ice Cream | #recipe

It took me quite a bit of time to come around on both coffee and doughnuts (seriously, what kid doesn’t like doughnuts?!). I still won’t sit down and drink a cup of hot coffee, but last summer I officially jumped on the iced (and sweetened) coffee bandwagon. As for doughnuts… they’re still not my favorite pastry or sweet treat, but I’ll definitely enjoy one every now and then given the opportunity. I was totally inspired by the combination of coffee and doughnut flavors after seeing Jessica make this milkshake, and then seeing a similar concoction in Donna Hay magazine.

I infused ice cream custard with coffee beans (decaf!) and glazed doughnuts, then churned it and threw another doughnut in for good measure. Oh my goodness, yes!

Coffee & Doughnuts Ice Cream | #recipe

For some reason, coffee tastes approximately one bazillion times better to me when it’s cold and sufficiently sweetened. Go figure. Sugar and cream for the win! I love the subtle flavor of the doughnuts, and the little chunks that you get in the finished ice cream. I used regular glazed doughnuts for this recipe, which I think imparts the most classic doughnut flavor, but if you have a different favorite, by all means, use it!

If you like hot coffee and doughnuts, I think you’re going to love them just as much in frozen form!

Coffee & Doughnuts Ice Cream | #recipe

One year ago: Blueberry Crumb Bars
Two years ago: Frozen Hot Chocolate
Three years ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
Four years ago: Homemade Pop-Tarts
Five years ago: Better-than-Brownies Chocolate Cookies

Coffee and Doughnuts Ice Cream

Yield: 1 quart

Prep Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 12 hours

Ice cream infused with coffee beans and glazed doughnuts, and churned with more fresh doughnuts.


1½ cups whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
1½ cups whole coffee beans
3 glazed doughnuts, chopped, divided
Pinch of salt
1½ cups heavy cream
5 egg yolks
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Warm the milk, sugar, whole coffee beans, 2 doughnuts, salt, and ½ cup of the cream in a medium saucepan. Once the mixture is warm, cover, remove from the heat, and let steep at room temperature for 1 hour.

2. Rewarm the coffee-infused milk mixture. Pour the remaining 1 cup cream into a large bowl and set a mesh strainer on top. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Slowly pour the warm coffee mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly, then scrape the warmed egg yolks back into the saucepan.

3. Stir the mixture constantly over medium heat with a heatproof spatula, scraping the bottom as you stir, until the mixture thickens and coats the spatula (and registers 170 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer). Pour the custard through the strainer and stir it into the cream. Press on the coffee beans and doughnuts in the strainer to extract as much of the coffee flavor as possible, then discard the beans and doughnut remnants. Mix in the vanilla and stir until cool over an ice bath.

4. Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions, adding the remaining chopped doughnut during the last few minutes of churning.

(Recipe adapted from The Perfect Scoop)


28 Responses to “Coffee and Doughnuts Ice Cream”

  1. Emily on July 22, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Was looking through your ice cream recipes for an inspiration to make tomorrow and this is here! 🙂 While I don’t love cold coffee, coffee ice cream is one of my favorites and adding donuts — fairly genius! Thanks!


  2. Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life on July 22, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I made Irish Coffee Ice Cream for St Patrick’s Day this year, but oh my goodness I can just imagine how delicious coffee and doughnuts in ice cream would be.
    Perfect, since my brother in law is a policeman 🙂


  3. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking on July 22, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I must admit that coffee is so much better with tons of cream and sugar and iced! This coffee sounds perfect! What a great idea! Pinned


  4. amanda @ fake ginger on July 22, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Oh yum! I’m not much of a doughnut person either but I know I would love this! It looks amazing!


  5. Veronica on July 22, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Coffee and Doughnuts!!! What a yummy combination.Thanks for sharing the giveaway, I’ll definitely try it today 🙂


  6. egle on July 22, 2014 at 3:43 am

    ice cream is all i need in summer 🙂 so tasty


  7. Kim on July 22, 2014 at 6:21 am

    OMG, the perfect ice cream recipe. Although I’m not a coffee drinker, i do love coffee flavoured ice cream. And I love doughnuts! Must make this! Just a quick question – rather than infusing the mixture with the coffee taste from whole coffee beans (which are fairly pricey) would it be ok to merely mix into the custard mixture coffee powder / granules? This would be cheaper and easier and I think i might try it. Did you ever give that a try and do you have any comment? many thanks. Kim


    • Michelle on July 22nd, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Hi Kim, You need to be absolutely positive that you use instant and that it dissolves completely. If not, you will need to strain the custard through a couple layers of cheesecloth. You absolutely do not want granules in your ice cream.


  8. Tom @ Raise Your Garden on July 22, 2014 at 7:01 am

    My favorite ice-cream is coffee flavored. I never imagined I’d be able to make it though. It’s going to be the hottest day of the summer today in Buffalo and this will keep me a little cooler.


  9. Mir on July 22, 2014 at 7:20 am

    My goodness, this is genius at play! I can’t believe you got the donut in the ice cream! My life won’t be complete until I try this!


  10. Lori on July 22, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I am going to have to try this. I love coffee! Last night I made a batch of magic shell. If you have not tried that yet, you must! Super easy and super good!


  11. Reshana on July 22, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Love the combination! Who would have thought? Thanks 🙂


  12. Nina @ Ambrosia on July 22, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Ahh, I love this idea! Such a classic flavor combo, I’ll have to bookmark this one for sure!


  13. Renee Hedden on July 22, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Looks and sounds delicious! What brand of glazed donut do you recommend for this recipe? A “cake” glazed donut or an airy glazed donut that some known chain donut shops make?


    • Michelle on July 22nd, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Renee, I bought glazed doughnuts from my local grocery store bakery. They were cake.


  14. Heather Merrill on July 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

    This just might have to happen today. One question though–glazed raised donuts or glazed old fashioned?


    • Michelle on July 22nd, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Heather, The doughnuts I used were cake doughnuts.


  15. gina on July 22, 2014 at 11:31 am

    This sounds like a little bit of heaven to me!! Thank you so much 🙂


  16. Rebecca on July 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Our Wal-Mart now carries Sam’s Choice Coffee & Donuts ice cream and…..ohmyicecreamgoodness, it’s amazing. It adds a glaze swirl to the mix, which really takes it over the top. Great flavor choice!


  17. Kelly on July 22, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Does this count as breakfast since it includes coffee and donuts- two of my favorite things! Wish I had this now!


  18. marcie on July 22, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I’ve never heard of doughnuts in ice cream, but paired with coffee, it’s gotta be good! Delicious idea!


  19. Annie @ Annie's Noms on July 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Doughnuts IN ice cream?! Amazing, this sounds so good!


  20. Zainab on July 22, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    How come I never heard of donut ice cream before? Clearly, I’m in need of this in my life!! Looks and sounds amazing!


  21. Brittany on July 22, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Love this shake at Burgatory, I bet your ice cream version is spot on!


  22. Laura Dembowski on July 26, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Omg! This is such a good idea, Michelle! I don’t drink coffee anymore but I can always go for a scoop of coffee ice cream. Add in doughnuts and I might just eat it with a spoon from the ice cream maker 🙂


  23. Kelster on August 2, 2014 at 4:57 am

    I love coffee flavored desserts but don’t like hot coffee. it really needs that sugar and cream.


  24. Laura on August 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    A local ice cream company in Austin, Amy’s, makes a version of this ice cream called Cop Stop. It’s my absolute favorite. I’ll have to try to make this!


  25. Charlotte on September 22, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I’ve been eyeing this recipe for a long time and finally decided to make it for the upcoming Yom Kippur break fast with my presumed future in-laws. Despite a few minor snafus it came out pretty well! The next time I make it, though, I will omit the third doughnut. I may have thrown the chunks into the ice cream maker too soon (I added them less than 10 minutes in because this custard froze FAST!), but they got pretty ground up in there and made the texture of the finished product very grainy. The flavor, though, is complex and rich and eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head delish!


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