Ghirardelli Cookie Dough Stuffed Donut Holes and Chocolate Dipping Sauce

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 Disclaimer: Thank you Ghirardelli for providing product for this post. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions included here are my own.

Tomorrow I am heading out to Colorado to meet up with my boyfriend. He is FINALLY  coming back from Europe. Who am I kidding, he has only been gone since Friday, but still! Being home alone to me means nothing more than watching trashy television, having cereal for dinner and finishing the night with a glass of wine. Ain’t no cooking happening over here. I recently discovered the show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, totally ridiculous, but I can’t turn it off. I stayed in my PJs literally almost all weekend except when I drove 2 minutes to Whole Foods to get dinner, at which point I realized I forgot to put makeup on. Get yourself together Julianne. Anyway, I am super excited to see him and spend a couple days in the mountains this weekend! It will be good to ride on some actual snow, cause we don’t have any of that here!

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Donut day number two. Did you see the Maple Bacon Donut Fries  I posted on Monday? If you haven’t guessed already, I did some serious deep frying this weekend. Today’s donut delight is a Ghirardelli Cookie Dough stuffed Donut Holes with Chocolate Dipping Sauce. This idea was a no brainer to me. After I saw Tieghan’s  recipe this week, I had a craving for cookie dough. I have made several versions of a deep fried cookie dough (see here and here), but the donut wrapped around this dessert just takes it over the top.

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I am ecstatic to be working with Ghirardelli again. With all the baking I do,  I am partial to the brands I bake with. Ghirardelli is one of them. I absolutely love their baking chips, I practically buy bags by the dozens. Since I am a dark chocolate fan, I always have bags of the 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips. These baking chips are made with a  proprietary blend of quality ingredients that are perfect for a wide variety of recipes.  However, my boyfriend prefers the milk chocolate baking chips, so we usually have both in the freezer. This cookie dough is packed with chocolate. First, I ground up some baking chips and mixed them in the dough so you have chocolate in every bite. Then I added whole baking chips to keep the cookie dough effect. After deep-frying the donuts, the chocolate melts on the inside creating a mouthwatering treat.

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These stuffed donuts come together pretty easily.  First, make some eggless cookie dough and then take some home-style biscuits and roll them out flat. Wrap the cookie dough with the biscuit and drop it in the fryer. After about 30 seconds, it turns a light golden brown. After you remove it from the oil and let it cool, roll it in some sugar and drizzle with chocolate. I served this with a chocolate dipping sauce, which was so easy to make. I just combined Ghirardelli 60% Cocao baking chips with heavy whipping cream, You can either drizzle this over the donuts or serve the sauce on the side.

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Ghirardelli Cookie Dough Stuffed Donut Holes and Chocolate Dipping Sauce

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 24-28 donuts


For the dough

  • 1/2 C Butter (1 sticks) at room temperature
  • 1/2 C Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1 1/4 C All purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 23 tbsp Milk
  • 1/2 C Ghirardelli 60% Cocoa Baking Chips – split

For the donut

  • 1 Bottle Vegetable oil (48oz)
  • 1 Sleeve Homestyle Biscuits (48oz)

For the toppings

  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1 C Ghirardelli 60% Cocoa Baking Chips
  • 4 tbsp Heavy whipping cream


  1. Microwave butter for 15 seconds to soften.
  2. Combine butter and both sugars in a medium-sized bowl. Mix with a handheld mixer until smooth. All chunks of sugar and butter should be broken up.
  3. Add flour and salt and mix just until combined. Mixture will be crumbly.
  4. Add vanilla extract and milk. Mix until dough is soft.
  5. In a food processor, take ¼ C baking chips and blend to break into tiny pieces. Add both chocolate baking chips and shredded baking chips last.
  6. Roll dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon for each. Set aside.
  7. In a medium sized pot, empty a full container of vegetable oil. Attach a candy thermometer to the right side of the pot. Heat oil over medium heat until it reach 360-375° F. Turn your heat down slightly to prevent the oil from getting too hot. Use extreme caution, oil will be very hot.
  8. Take one of the biscuits and roll out very thin, to about the thickness of a nickel. Cut out circles about 2-2.5” in diameter. Wrap biscuit dough around a ball of cookie dough. Make sure to pinch the edges tightly and roll the biscuit dough in your hands to smooth.
  9. Once oil is heated, slowly drop dough into oil. Bake for about 20-30 seconds a side until golden brown. Remove with a pair of tongs and set on a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil.
  10. Allow to cool and roll in sugar.
  11. Prepare the chocolate sauce. In a microwave proof bowl, combine 1 cup of chocolate baking chips and 4 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream. Microwave on high for 60 seconds. Remove from microwave and whisk until smooth.
  12. When finished deep-frying, leave your candy thermometer in the oil until it is completely cooled.
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47 Responses
  1. Wingfield

    I love sweet so much. I want to make my own donut with your recipe. Tomorrow is Sunday, I dont go for work, so will spend time for my family and make this donut for my family

  2. Anthony

    They look so cute and funny. I love them so much ! Can’t wait to make my own donut with your recipe. Thank you so much !!

  3. Jocie@OPC

    OMG looks so so amazing. I think i would eat them all…in one sitting! thanks so much for linking up at creativity unleashed. Featuring you tomorrow!!

  4. Laurie

    Oh…my…yum! This recipe sounds divine. 2 of my favorite treats!

    You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday. {high fives}

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  5. Cindy Eikenberg

    Hi Julianne! These look amazing and I’d like to have some right now! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend – pinned! Hope you have a happy Saturday and a wonderful weekend!

  6. Veronica

    Oh my word…. Stumbled across your blog today via Time to Sparkle Link Party and your recipes are fantastically photographed and look beyond amazing to eat. But this recipe right here? Yum… times infinity!

  7. Kelly

    Oh my goodness Julianne, these look amazing! I would totally eat at least 12 of these in one sitting – these would be my dinner of choice if I had nobody to cook for haha. They sound incredible! Pinning these beauties!

  8. Shannon {Cozy Country Living}

    I hope you had a relaxing weekend in the mountains! I know what you mean- if no one is home to cook for then, dinner can kind of just be whatever- with a glass of wine and a good show to end the evening of course:) These look delicious and I can’t wait to try them! Yum!

  9. Beth @ bethcakes

    These are amazing! I totally freaked out with I saw those cookie dough stuffed pretzels too!! Love that you made a donut hole version. These look wonderful!

  10. Gloria // Simply Gloria

    I am the same way when my husband isn’t home to eat dinner with me and the boys. The boys get a little excited when it’s “fend for yourself” dinner kind of night. (Me, too!) Love your creation with this donut action, my friend!

    1. Beyond Frosting

      HAHA! Yea I buy lots of healthy veggies and then I don’t feel like cooking. I am totally fine to have a 2 egg omelette for dinner!

  11. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    Julianne, you are killing me!! I am on break at work staring at this picture of amazing donut holes wishing they would jump off the screen and into my mouth!!!! Amazing!!

  12. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Oh my goodness Julianne! These donuts are incredible! What an amazing and decadent way to enjoy donuts 🙂 Pinned!

  13. Toni | Boulder Locavore

    Holy moly these are fantastic! I don’t think I’ve ever even heard of a stuffed donut hole but I’d be happy to come do some taste testing for you anytime! So creative!

    I’m in Colorado and it’s a bit nippy today but the snow should have melted and be a civilized temp for your trip! Enjoy your reunion.

  14. Susan

    Oh my, my, my these little donut holes and that dipping sauce would not be safe in front of me. Or rather I wouldn’t be safe in front of it! I also love using ghirardelli chips and snacking on them too!

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