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Crunchy Kettle Chip Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts I

Yes. I did this. Putting chips on chocolate on donuts. Let’s make it a thing?

I don’t need a red dessert on Valentine’s day… I think this is the sort of thing that you should make your loved ones or yourself, most definitely yourself, because if you don’t love yourself, what else matters? Nothing. So see? Chips on chocolate on donuts are good for your self esteem and in turn the universe.

Crunchy Kettle Chip Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts I

We probably don’t need to get into my infatuation with sweet and savory. It’s pretty much a given. Anytime I see chocolate covered potato chips – like the GOOD chocolate covered potato chips – I hand over my wallet.

I make my own too.

I even put them in ice cream.

And you thought these donuts were weird?

Crunchy Kettle Chip Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts I

Let me tell you what is so outrageously fantastic about this recipe. These are raised donuts, meaning I used yeast. So they are fluffy and soft. They have that incredible texture that only raised donuts can have… you know the one where you take a bite and the dough squishes down under your teeth, but the minute you pull the donut away, what’s left of the fluffy cloud springs back up again?

Yes. That’s the only way I can describe it. So puffy and light and springy.

So fluffy I’m gonna die! (P.S. i definitely haven’t been listening to the despicable me soundtrack all by myself at home.)

Anyway.  Imagine that – but covered in milk chocolate. I’m a milk chocolate girl. I am. Not going to lie. Much like vegetables and coffee, I have forced myself to eat dark chocolate over the years. For health purposes and what not. Obviously. But milk chocolate has my heart and always will.  Adore.

Crunchy Kettle Chip Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts I

Now imagine THAT – the dough, chocolate frosting, but with the crunch crunch crunch of salty kettle chips. There is so much freaking texture going on that my brain is exploding. Find the kettle-iest of the kettle chips. The crunchiest ones you can find. Crush them between your fingers (or okay, whatever, in a bag) and sprinkle them on top – just not too far in advance to prevent any sogginess.

I find myself struggling these days as where to classify donuts. Um, aren’t they really a breakfast food? They are.

Let me ask you. Is this a breakfast food?

I mean, I wouldn’t kick it out of bed first thing in the morning. I’d be down.

I’m thinking you’d be best suited for these at dessert though. Or maybe, perhaps, mid-day snacking? Uh huh.

Crunchy Kettle Chip Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts I

I’ll spare you my whole spiel about how I used to not even care about donuts and didn’t really like them and then boom, it’s like I got smacked in the face and want to eat all the donuts all the time. I talk about it EVERY time I make donuts.

Here’s the new thing though. I’ve made cake donuts in the past: chocolate sprinkled and blueberry. They hold no candle to the yeasted donuts. I forgot how insane and fabulous these maple bacon ones are. I mean, nine times out of ten I will opt for the raised donut at breakfast. But when I’m at home I’m all lazy and not feeling yeast and generally lacking patience of all kinds, so cake donuts it is.

Crunchy Kettle Chip Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts I

Not anymore. These babies are light as air. It’s seriously CRAZY.

The freaking donuts. What is my life?

Crunchy Kettle Chip Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts I


Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts with Potato Chips

Yield: makes 20 to 25 donuts

Total Time: 2.5 hours


1 1/2 cups milk (whole or 2% is best)
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1 tablespoon honey
2 packages active dry yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
5 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
oil for frying

chocolate frosting
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/4 cup milk
3 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup kettle cooked potato chips, crushed


Add the milk and water to a saucepan over low heat and heat until just warmed.

Place the butter in the bowl of your electric mixer and pour the warm milk over the butter, stirring until it melts. Add in the honey and sprinkle the yeast over top, giving it a quick stir. Let sit for 5 minutes or so until the yeast is foamy.

Add the eggs, sugar, salt, nutmeg and half of the flour to the yeast mixture. Using the paddle attachment, beat the dough on low speed until combined and sticky. Add in the remaining flour and beat on low speed, gradually increasing to medium speed until the dough comes together. It will still be stick! Switch to a dough hook and beat the dough for 5 minutes on medium speed, or until it is pulling away from the sides of the bowl.

Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place it in another oiled bowl to rise. Cover and let it rise in a warm place for one hour.

Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it out to be 1-inch thick. Use a 1-inch biscuit cutter (or something larger if you prefer) to cut out the dough rounds and a smaller circle (I used a cap to a bottle of Baileys) to cut out the center. Place the rounds on a baking sheet, cover, and let rise again for 30 minutes or so.

Heat a large pot of oil (I used vegetable oil) over medium heat. Use a candy thermometer to determine the temp - you don't want it to be higher than 365-370 degrees. Add the donuts 2 or 3 at a time and fry for about 1 minute per side. Remove with a large slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain. Let cool completely.

chocolate frosting
Heat a small saucepan over medium heat and add butter, vanilla, corn syrup and milk. Whisk to combine and once butter is melt, reduce heat to low and add chopped chocolate. Whisk ask to combine, then once smooth, remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar. Stir continuously until it is all dissolve and no lumps remain. Dunk each doughnut into the glaze, then cover with crushed potato chips. Let set for about 15 minutes to set.

[slightly adapted from alton brown]

Crunchy Kettle Chip Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts I

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100 Responses to “Chocolate Frosted Raised Donuts (with, um, crunchy kettle potato chips.)”

  1. #
    ashley - baker by nature — February 6, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    Holy crap. I AM DYING OVER THESE. Why you gotta kill me so early in the day ;)

    I’m off to dream about donuts. ALL day. xo


  2. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — February 6, 2014 @ 8:20 am

    I just love the way you trash things up.. as you say. I have not yet made donuts… I know … shame on me. This is defiantly the place to start!


  3. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — February 6, 2014 @ 8:44 am

    I love it when you do crazy things like this!! Your rainbow sprinkle donut photos are my faves, but these look amazing too!


  4. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — February 6, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    Whaaaat?! Stop doing this to me. [But don’t stop, ever.]

    And you pretty much came up with the best description for yeast donuts ever.


  5. #
    DessertForTwo — February 6, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    You definitely win at today!

    I classify these as ‘weekend breakfast.’ :)


  6. #
    Yesenia — February 6, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    This would make a great brunch dessert?!


  7. #
    Ami@naivecookcooks — February 6, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    Omg I want these in my life right now!


  8. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 6, 2014 @ 9:12 am

    I love that they’re yeast donuts AND that you sprinkled them with chips. Now that’s salty-and-sweet at it’s finest! pinned


  9. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — February 6, 2014 @ 9:13 am

    Cut it out…kettle chips?! I’ve got nothin’ but love for salty/sweet treats.

    Still terrified of heating up a vat of oil in my house, but these look like they’re worth the risk :)


  10. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — February 6, 2014 @ 9:46 am

    I bet these are an absolute-delicious-mess to eat!! Looks amazing!


  11. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 6, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    I want to die a glorious death right now.


  12. #
    Tieghan Gerard — February 6, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    Umm…These are brightening my day for sure. Yeast doughnuts, milk chocolate and kettle chips? Yeah, I think I need to jus start the weekend early and make these!


  13. #
    Jana H. — February 6, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    These are screaming my name at the top of their lungs and I want to smash my face into the computer. LOVE.

    I’d say these are definitely a late afternoon snack, tho, because who wants to get up early enough to mix dough and let it rise in time for breakfast or even mid-morning snack? haha


  14. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — February 6, 2014 @ 10:02 am

    Oh DEFINITELY a breakfast food. Meaning you just made potato chips breakfast-appropriate. **Bows down**


  15. #
    Karly — February 6, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    You just put chips on a donut, Jessica. And I couldn’t be more proud.


  16. #
    Jenny Flake — February 6, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    I am speechless. These are just awesome :)


  17. #
    Saša — February 6, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    Omg, that looks soooo delicious!


  18. #
    lacy — February 6, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    omg. dying. why haven’t i eaten these.


  19. #
    Ashley — February 6, 2014 @ 10:39 am

    Dying from the doughyness. DYING.


  20. #
    chelon — February 6, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    I don’t have a kitchen-aid mixer, so no paddle attachment. could i use the dough hooks the whole time?


    • Jessica — February 6th, 2014 @ 11:59 am

      yes i think so! you might actually do better stirring the mixture first with a big spoon/spatula and then doing the dough hook.


  21. #
    Alicia Greenrabbit — February 6, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Okay, so try the KETTLE brand potato chips and they have a Maple Bacon Flavor or how about Sweet Onion ,i’m just not sure if the Buffalo Bleu will work, but I’m gonna try it ……………..Forget cleaning the kids room today. Hey or what about Spicy Thai????
    Forget that we call Donuts “do not eats” .


    • Jessica — February 6th, 2014 @ 11:59 am

      maple bacon chips?!?!


      • Alicia Greenrabbit — February 6th, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

        I don’t know if they are a Mass. brand ,but soooooooooooo gooooooooooooood!!!!!

  22. #
    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — February 6, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    You win at today. 100%, A+ gold star. Potato chips, on a chocolate frosted doughnut?! These look SOOOOO good.


  23. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — February 6, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    These look insane! To me, yeast donuts outrank cake donuts by a huge landslide. So that plus chocolate and chips probably makes these the best donuts ever.


  24. #
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan — February 6, 2014 @ 11:06 am

    WHAT! Just stop it right now. That sweet/salty combo is killing me.


  25. #
    Cate — February 6, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    I want all the donuts


  26. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — February 6, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    Dannnnnggg these look fantastic. I keep avoiding making yeast donuts because it takes.too.long and when I want donuts I pretty much want them immediately. These look worth the wait though……


  27. #
    allison — February 6, 2014 @ 11:36 am

    Total win at today! I love chocolate covered potato chips and my entire family thinks I’m insane. And crumbled into ice cream, well, they practically won’t speak to me. I’m so happy you’re on my side.

    I won’t even waste the calories on cake doughnuts anymore. If I want cake, I’ll just have cake. Doughnuts, yeast fried all day everyday!


  28. #
    Jodi — February 6, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    I love how you trash up food, looks amazing!! Out of desperation and lack of ingredients this week, i ate apple butter on wheat thin, delish. Love your site!


  29. #
    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — February 6, 2014 @ 11:41 am

    My mom introduced me to chocolate covered potato chips as a small child, and I’ve been in love ever since! I will never understand people who aren’t obsessed with the sweet and salty combo! Love these!


  30. #
    Karen — February 6, 2014 @ 11:55 am

    Any tips for someone scared of deep frying things? Nothing says DANGER to me like a hot pot of oil


    • Jessica — February 6th, 2014 @ 11:58 am

      candy thermometer! seriously, as long as you have a thermometer, no need to be scared. you control the temp that way. but also – i like to use a deep pot. not much splashing then.


  31. #
    Genn — February 6, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    Oh my goodness these look incredible!! I just introduced a friend to the wonders of sweet + salty so now I think I’ll have to make these for her!!


  32. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 6, 2014 @ 12:01 pm


    aghhhhh so gooooood


  33. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — February 6, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    Potato chips on donuts? Genius. Pure genius.


  34. #
    Simone — February 6, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    They are always breakfast and can be eaten any time of the day. Substitute for lunch? Yes. Eat more than one? Always. Bread and doughnuts are never considered dessert. And neither are certain pound cake. Or coffee cake.

    At least in my world.


  35. #
    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — February 6, 2014 @ 1:40 pm

    I deserve one of these donuts!


  36. #
    Kimberly — February 6, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

    I just read this headline (House Republicans pass drought-relief bill) on my local news website as “House Republicans pass donut-relief bill” so yes you definitely win at today!


  37. #
    Cindy — February 6, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

    I always bake cake donuts at home, but if I am going out for donuts…it’s all about yeast-raised! Holla! I mean, it’s perfectly fried, pillowy yeast dough…I can’t resist. I am so into this salty-sweet-textutral wonder, you don’t even know.

    PS, even though they ARE a breakfast food, I can never pin donuts to my breakfast board…french toast, waffles, etc…sure. But donuts are just so treat-like. I think it’s the swooning I feel in my heart when i meet a donut.


    • Jessica — February 6th, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

      ha! i am always so torn about where to pin donuts. i pin them to breakfast and it feels so WRONG.


  38. #
    Lisa Parker Lott — February 6, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

    My mouth is WATERING like crazy!!! I can even begin to describe it…this takes me back to the birthday party days when I used to crumble potato chips on my piece of cake and all the kids would give me the “crazy look.” Must…make…these…soon!!!!


  39. #
    Jessie — February 6, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    When I first read this on my email feed this morning, i thought it said, “Crunch KALE CHIP chocolate frosted donuts” – THANK GOD IT DOESN’T. That would have been a stretch. They look delightful! Sigh of relief.


    • Jessica — February 6th, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

      i’m not THAT nuts. ;)


  40. #
    Mackenzie — February 6, 2014 @ 2:09 pm

    I can practically taste their crunchy delicousness now. My work team would die for these. Obviously everything is better fresh but do you think the donuts would hold up if I made them the night before serving (my co-workers aren’t terribly picky eaters)? Perhaps wait and frost them in the AM?


    • Jessica — February 6th, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

      i think that’s your best bet! make them at night, let them cool and place them on a baking sheet and cover lightly with a piece of foil. frost and chip in the morn!


  41. #
    Shannon R — February 6, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

    Interesting! They look weird but I’d try them at least once!


  42. #
    Candace @ The Wheatless Kitchen — February 6, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

    I want to dive in a huge pool filled with this chocolat-ey, potato chip-y goodness! GAH.


  43. #
    Rachel — February 6, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    Ok, the chips on top, stop!! You are so brilliant! Seriously could not be a better donut combination. I might just go make these right now…


  44. #
    Kate @ And They Cooked Happily Ever After — February 6, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

    salty/Sweet = the cure to all of life’s problems – love these!


  45. #
    Chrissy — February 6, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    Just last weekend I rolled peanut butter cookies in potato chips! Great minds…and great stomachs, clearly think alike!


  46. #
    Hannah @ All-Purpose and Semi-Sweet — February 6, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

    I’m pretty positive you could get me to eat ANYTHING. Love your writing, love your photography, love how your personality shines through. You totally win at today.


  47. #
    molly yeh — February 6, 2014 @ 6:28 pm



  48. #
    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — February 6, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

    Ugh. Marry me.


  49. #
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — February 6, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

    OM*G. This looks SO good. I am dying right now because I am on a diet.


  50. #
    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — February 6, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

    Amazing donuts. I have to make them:)



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