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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtle Doughnuts

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtle Doughnuts
Light, tender brioche doughnuts dipped in a rich chocolate ganache sprinkled with toasted chopped pecans then drizzled with a sweet, gooey caramel. The flavors of a turtle chocolate candy in an irresistible doughnut.
Yield 12 doughnuts




  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 large eggs (room temperature)

Chocolate glaze

  • 8 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans (toasted)

Caramel drizzle

  • 10 caramels
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream


  • Mix 2 1/2 cups flour and yeast in stand mixer bowl, using the paddle attachment, on low for about 15 seconds.
  • Heat milk, butter, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted, sugar is dissolved and milk is between 120° to 130°F. (Let cool if necessary)
  • With mixer on low, pour in liquids and mix until incorporated. Add eggs; beat 3 minutes at medium speed.
  • Switch to the dough hook attachment and mix in the remaining flour a little at a time, to make a soft, slightly sticky dough, add more or less flour as needed. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times by hand and form the dough into a ball. Place dough into a greased bowl. Turn once so greased surface is on top. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until double, about 2 hours. Refrigerate dough for at least one hour or overnight. (If you refrigerate your dough overnight, allow your dough to warm up to almost room temperature before rolling out.)
  • On a well-floured surface, roll out dough to ½-inch thick. Cut out dough using a 2½-inch donut cutter or pastry ring and using a ⅞-inch ring for the center whole. Set on floured baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double, about 30 minutes.
  • While the doughnuts are rising, make chocolate glaze. In a glass bowl, microwave heavy cream, butter, and corn syrup just until it starts to boil, about 45 seconds. If necessary, stir until the butter is completely melted. Add chopped chocolate and whisk until chocolate is melted and smooth. If necessary, microwave an additional 15 seconds at 50% power. Set aside to thicken.
  • Preheat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 375°F. Carefully place the doughnuts into the oil, 3 or 4 at a time. Cook for 1 minute per side until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack topped with paper towels. Allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before glazing.
  • Dip the doughnuts in the glaze and put them back on the cooling rack glazed side up. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes .
  • Caramel Drizzle: Heat caramels and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.
  • Drizzle caramel over the chocolate glazed doughnuts.


Recipe by Barbara Bakes.

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Review & Comments


Could I bake these?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Luann,
You can experiment with baking these doughnuts. I would recommend starting out at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes, you made need to bake longer. Note that the flavor and texture of the baked doughnut will differ from the fried version.
Happy baking!

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