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Beyond Brewing: 8 Coffee Recipes to Cook or Bake Today
Coffee Doughnuts / Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Food Styling by Katherine Sacks
Cold brew concentrate lends robust coffee flavor to these crispy cake doughnuts. In the Epi test kitchen, we're partial to New Orleans-style brews, such as Grady's, which—blended with chicory—are super smooth and lightly sweet.

Makes 12 doughnuts
Active Time
45 minutes
Total Time
1 hour, 10 minutes


  1. For the Doughnuts:
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 large egg, room temperature
    • 1/3 cup buttermilk
    • 2 tablespoons cold brew coffee concentrate
    • 2 quarts canola oil (for frying)
  2. For the Coffee Glaze:
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cold brew coffee concentrate
  3. Special equipment:
    • A 3" round cutter, 1" round cutter, deep-fry thermometer


  1. Make the doughnuts:
    1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
    2. Beat granulated sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
    3. Add egg and continue to beat, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and gradually add buttermilk and coffee concentrate, beating just until combined. Gradually add dry ingredients and beat just until dough comes together.
    4. Turn out dough onto a large piece of parchment paper and cover with a second sheet of parchment. Using a rolling pin, roll dough between parchment sheets to about 1/3" thick. Transfer dough in parchment to a rimmed baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
    5. Peel off top sheet of parchment. Working on bottom sheet, punch out as many rounds as you can with 3" cutter, then use 1" cutter to punch out center of each round. Gather doughnut holes and scraps and re-roll; repeat process 3–4 times until all dough has been used (you should have 12 doughnuts). Place doughnuts on a second parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until slightly chilled, about 5 minutes.
    6. Pour oil into a heavy-duty pot to a depth of 2" and fit pot with deep-fry thermometer. Heat oil to 375ºF. Working in batches, fry doughnuts until deep golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a wire rack lined with paper towels and let cool 2–3 minutes.
  2. Make the Coffee Glaze:
    1. Whisk powdered sugar and coffee concentrate in a large bowl until smooth. Dip warm doughnuts in glaze. Place on a wire rack to let glaze set, about 3 minutes, then dip again.