Triple Coconut Donut


Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut! The crunchy toasted shredded coconut atop a cake-like dough base is the perfect way to kick off a week full of donuts! Reminds you of island paradise!

Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut!

Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut!

Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut!

I know we’re pretty much smack-dab in the middle of the “diet” and “resolutions” month (or whatever you want to call it) and this donut week that’s happening right here on this blog (and a bunch of other food blogs) is probably pretty much against all resolutions. However, I believe that everything in moderation is what’ll save ya. I mean, it’s not like I’m telling you to eat a whole dozen of these triple coconut donuts, although, they’re so freaking good that I honestly wouldn’t blame you for ruining your diet for these donuts. My coworker said I should sell them at this local coffee shop we go to every morning. I already have so much going on in my life so I’ll pass – but it was a nice compliment and thought for a hot second ;)

Seriously, if you’re a coconut lover, you’re going to adore this triple coconut donut. There’s coconut in every single layer and every single bite. Not to mention, toasted coconut is pretty much the most amazing scent and flavor in the world. I started to put all the leftover toasted coconut in my morning yogurt and the leftover coconut milk in my smoothies. Coconut heaven! Felt like tropical paradise, honestly. Coconut always makes me think of the sand, ocean, and sun. Beach paradise for life is what I’m talking about!

Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut!

Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut!

I’ve always wanted to fry donuts (since really, they are the right way to have them), but I always baked them because 1. it was far easier to do and 2. it was healthier. Who am I kidding? Do I ask for a baked donut when I go to Dunkin’ Donuts? No. This is why I took on the challenge of frying three different types of donuts for donut week! It actually was far less messy than what I envisioned. There was barely any splattering and everything was fried in almost 20 minutes. My house did smell of terrible fried oil afterwards but there’s nothing an open window and fresh outdoor air can’t take care of!

Triple Coconut Donut
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Coconut lovers will love this triple coconut donut! The crunchy toasted shredded coconut atop a cake-like dough base reminds you of island paradise!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 teaspoons coconut extract, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups canned coconut milk, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • Canola oil, for forming and frying
  • 2 cups shredded coconut, sweetened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, and nutmeg.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together sugar, butter, 2 tsp. coconut extract, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 cup of coconut milk, and egg until well-incorporated.
  3. Gently add the dry ingredients to the bowl of the stand mixer and mix until a soft & sticky dough forms.
  4. In a 5 1/2 quart dutch-oven, or similar, heat up 1 quart (4 cups) of canola oil to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. While the oil is heating up, using lightly oiled hands, roll 1/4 cup of dough into a loose ball and gently pat down on it forming a disc. Using your thumb, form a 1 1/2-inch hole in the center (or you can use a small biscuit cutter to cut out the center). Do this for the remaining dough.
  6. Once the oil has heat up to the correct temperature, gently drop the donuts, 2-3 at a time, into the hot oil and fry until puffed and golden on both sides, about 3 minutes.
  7. Using a slotted spoon or spider strainer, transfer donuts to a wire rack covered with two paper towel layers to cool completely. Repeat until all donuts have been fried.
  8. While the donuts are cooling, make the topping.
  9. Preheat the oven broiler and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the shredded coconut on the baking sheet in an even layer and place under broiler. YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS CAREFULLY. Coconut toasts FAST under a broiler and you DO not want to burn it. As soon as you see the slightest hint of brown on your coconut, remove from oven. It continues to cook. If you take it out too late, your coconut may burn/turn black as it cools since it's still "cooking."
  10. In a medium bowl, big enough for you to dip the donuts in, whisk together remaining salt, extracts, coconut milk, and confectioners' sugar until smooth.
  11. Set up an assembly line for yourself. Donuts, glaze, toasted coconut. Take a cooled donut and dip one top half into the glaze, let the excess drain off then immediately dip it in the toasted coconut. Repeat until all donuts have been topped.
  12. Store in an airtight container for no longer than 3 days.
Recipe Notes

You'll want to keep your oil temperature steady at 370 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a candy/frying thermometer is the most handy in this situation because it just clips to the side of your pot.

If you notice your oil getting too hot, cut the heat. If you notice it cooling down rapidly, turn up the heat or fry less donuts at the same time.

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Posted on January 13, 2014

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  1. 01/13/2014 at 6:09 am

    Thank you for participating Julie! It was fun. Your doughnuts look great!

  2. 01/13/2014 at 7:17 am

    Love the pictures!! And seriously such a fun flavor!

  3. 01/13/2014 at 8:33 am

    I love the mass amount of coconut that is every which way in these donuts, especially the toasted coconut! I could eat that buttery, crunchy stuff by the handful. Thanks for reminding me to bust out my donut pan!

  4. 01/13/2014 at 8:47 am

    Oh yah!!! Pass me a plate :) They look perfect!!

  5. 01/13/2014 at 8:50 am

    Those look so good! I need to try making donuts at home!

  6. 01/13/2014 at 8:56 am

    Oh this just made my Monday so much better!!

  7. 01/13/2014 at 8:59 am

    Gorgeous coconut donuts, Julie! I adore coconut everything and could stuff my face all day long with these! Looking forward to donut week. :) Thanks for sharing!

  8. 01/13/2014 at 9:20 am

    I am crazy for coconut! I NEED these donuts!

  9. 01/13/2014 at 9:29 am

    So. much. coconut! Looks amazing, might have to bake this because I’m afraid of frying oil in my teeny kitchen… Great recipe!

  10. 01/13/2014 at 9:32 am

    Yum! Wish I had a few of these with my coffee this morning!

  11. 01/13/2014 at 10:07 am

    I want, like a dozen, then another and another! LOVE!!!!

  12. 01/13/2014 at 10:07 am

    This is like a tropical vacation in doughnut form! Which is about as close as I’ll get to an actual tropical vacation these days… and that’s just fine with me because doughnuts. :)

  13. 01/13/2014 at 10:13 am

    I’ll take 2 dozen!! LOVE :)

  14. 01/13/2014 at 10:50 am

    As a serious lover of anything and everything coconut…I want to reach through the computer screen and eat these so bad for breakfast! YUMMMMM!

  15. 01/13/2014 at 10:58 am

    toasted coconut is the best thing ever – I love them with my buttery toast :) these donuts sounds so heavenly..

  16. 01/13/2014 at 11:08 am

    For some reason I thought I didn’t like coconut for the longest time. But we went to Hawaii on our honeymoon and I tried freshly roasted coconut flakes, oh my yum! I don’t know what I was thinking, coconut is delicious! Now I can’t get enough. Can’t wait to try these donuts! The more coconut the better.

  17. 01/13/2014 at 11:17 am

    Forget dieting! I will take two!

  18. 01/13/2014 at 11:21 am

    Love the coconut milk in these, such fun pictures too!

  19. 01/13/2014 at 11:30 am

    Love! I almost did a coconut doughnut too but I’m glad I didn’t because yours are way better. I love that you used coconut milk in them!

  20. 01/13/2014 at 11:54 am

    Did you say triple coconut?! I am so in!

  21. 01/13/2014 at 12:02 pm

    I’m officially a coconut lover now. These are amazing Julie!! LOVE!

  22. 01/13/2014 at 12:16 pm

    What a great way to start breakfast. I’m loving these.

  23. 01/13/2014 at 1:24 pm

    I love coconut donuts! Great donuts for donut week!

  24. 01/13/2014 at 1:24 pm

    So, these are going to be actioned tonight! Love coconut!

  25. 01/13/2014 at 2:46 pm

    Coconut IS the best flavor on earth-especially toasted!!!!

  26. 01/13/2014 at 3:30 pm


  27. 01/13/2014 at 4:12 pm

    Oh my, I want these now! Yum!

  28. 01/13/2014 at 4:54 pm

    Oh, my! These look delicious! They’d beat Dunkin’ or Krispy Creme any day. Thanks for sharing– I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  29. 01/13/2014 at 4:55 pm

    I want one … or ten of these coconut donuts! Delicious!

  30. 01/13/2014 at 5:46 pm

    There is nothing like crunchy toasted coconut on top of a good ole fashione coconut donut! I would love these. One bite would feel like summertime.

  31. 01/13/2014 at 7:03 pm

    I don’t even like coconut but I’d gladly eat the entire batch of this!

  32. 01/13/2014 at 8:56 pm

    Pass me a dozen or two, please!

  33. 01/13/2014 at 9:47 pm

    TRIPLE COCONUT!? sorry to shout… I’m just really excited about these!

  34. 01/14/2014 at 12:12 am

    I’m coconut crazy! These look so yummy!

  35. 01/14/2014 at 9:15 am

    Love the idea of donut week! I’ve always been a bit scared of frying but you’ve convinced me otherwise – can’t wait to give these a go!

  36. 01/14/2014 at 12:14 pm

    These look amazing! I need one (or two!) in my life!

  37. 01/14/2014 at 2:13 pm

    Coconutty perfection!! I love these!

  38. Ericka
    01/14/2014 at 5:48 pm

    Wow they look great but I don’t have bread flour. What can I use instead?

    • 01/15/2014 at 10:29 am

      All-purpose would work just fine.

  39. Ericka
    01/14/2014 at 5:50 pm

    Btw I’m going to fry these in coconut oil!

  40. 01/14/2014 at 9:39 pm

    Oh my gosh Julie – I adore coconut – these donuts are sssooo up my alley! Not only are they gorgeous looking, they sound fabulous. I really think I could not stop at a dozen. Forget resolutions! These are just too tasty looking to say no!

  41. 01/14/2014 at 9:48 pm

    Oh my gosh! I really wish I wouldn’t have seen these at 9:00PM! Wow.. I love these, Julie!

  42. 01/14/2014 at 10:28 pm

    Love your blog! I nominated you for an award on my blog! Check it out :)

  43. 01/15/2014 at 12:58 am

    I pinned these the minute I spotted them, they look just about perfect! Belly is growling just looking!

  44. 01/15/2014 at 12:23 pm

    these bring tears to my eyes right now. They look so freaking good I don’t even know what to say, but I am going to have to make them as soon as humanly possible!

  45. 01/15/2014 at 11:20 pm

    These donuts are so pretty! I’m a huge fan of coconut so the fact that it’s in every bite is a HUGE plus for me. That picture of the donut in the middle surrounded by the toasted coconut is amazing. So pretty!

  46. 01/16/2014 at 3:21 pm

    AHH! I love coconut and I love doughuts! This is not good. :)

    • 01/16/2014 at 8:49 pm

      Haha, we can just LTB them off! Go make some! :)

  47. 01/17/2014 at 2:29 pm

    I cannot get over how gorgeous these photos are, Julie!!

  48. 01/23/2014 at 1:56 pm

    OMG!!! You did not just say “triple” coconut; now I’m in heaven. I’ve always been fearful of making donuts but these look absolutely divine and I think I might have to get over that fear in the next week.

  49. Andrea
    07/14/2014 at 10:26 am

    Not sure I’m ambitious enough to try, but I LOVE the photos of the coconut donuts. So pretty. Great job!

  50. Jae | Dreaming of Leaving
    02/01/2017 at 11:02 am

    I absolutely love this recipe, so much so I included it in my Ultimate Homemade Donut Recipes Roundup! Great post, have a great day xo

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