Dirty Chai Doughnuts

A baked cake doughnut infused with chai tea, strong coffee and dipped in a coffee glaze. A warm and cozy doughnut.

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Boy do I have a treat for you today! Megan from Wanna Be a Country Cleaver has stopped by to do a guest post and she brought with her delicious recipe too, Dirty Chai Doughnuts!! My heart skips a beat just typing those three words!

Now if you don’t know Megan, well, you should. Her personality is positively infectious, and her recipes are fun and innovative. Dirty Chai Doughnuts for example! Megan is also someone I call friend. We chat, virtually cheers’d with big fat glasses of wine and we’re even legit facebook friends. She’s got a sarcastic attitude that I absolutely adore, which is actually why we get along so well, or maybe it’s that we share the same fear of basements and things with too many or not enough legs. Anywho, I have a feeling you’re gonna love Megan’s recipe, because it’s covered in a COFFEE GLAZE!!! 

After a weekend full of carbo-holic food adventures that included food trucks, VooDoo Doughnuts, and multiple chai teas you’d think I’d be burned out. But apparently all of the gluttony I succumbed to has only fueled the fire for more.

High-five, Portland. You treated me well.

Upon my fiancé’s and my return to Seattle our stash of VooDoo doughnuts and artisan coffee was in dreadfully low supply – it only stood to reason that I should combine what bits I had strewn around my kitchen to sustain my new fangled addiction to VooDoo doughnuts and long held affair with Dirty Chai lattes.

Have you experience a Dirty Chai before? To all of you out there who have, good for you! To all of you who have yet to adventure into this other worldly caffeinated delight, do it. Now.

A dirty chai is a chai tea with a shot of espresso and sometimes a half shot of vanilla syrup. Pretty simple. Warm. And cozy, with a little jolt for those who can’t wake up without a boost. Like me.  My obsession with them began during my college days in my college town’s corner coffee house, with them dubbing it the Fly Boy. And flying I was. It was much needed after a full week of early hours and late nights during midterms. Dang am I glad those days are behind me…

Behind me those days of midterms and late nights may be but the dirty chais are never far from my mind or taste buds.

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When I can’t get my hands on one, or just want a carby baked version (as any self respecting Czech girl would) – I now have a go-to recipe for just such an occasion.  And now, so do you! I give you the dirty chai doughnut.

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Yield: 13 Doughnuts

Dirty Chai Doughnuts

Dirty Chai Doughnuts
A baked cake doughnut infused with chai tea, strong coffee and dipped in a coffee glaze. A warm and cozy doughnut.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes



  • 2 cups cake four

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 (1 ounce) package powdered chai
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • ¼ cup strong coffee
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoon strong coffee


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, powdered chai, and salt. Beat in buttermilk, coffee, eggs, vanilla and melted butter until fully incorporated.
  3. Spray doughnut pan with non-stick spray, filling each cavity with 1/4 to 1/3 cup doughnut batter.
  4. Bake in your oven for 8 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  5. In small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and coffee until sugar is dissolved and mixture is runny.
  6. Pour over each doughnut, or dunk tops of doughnuts into glaze and turn right side up to set.
  7. Serve while still slightly warm.

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36 Responses to “Dirty Chai Doughnuts”

  1. #
    Amy — March 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    They look so good! Even better..I never knew there were doughnut baking sheets out there!

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    london bakes — March 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Love Megan and love these doughnuts!

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    Kay @ The Church Cook — March 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I absolutely adore Megan! And this looks just too wonderful! My two favorite friends together here. 🙂 Have a wonderful week, Megan and Laurie!

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — March 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    If this is not brilliant, I don't know what is. Love this and love you both!

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    Lauren's Latest — March 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm


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    Julia @The Roasted Root — March 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Oh my, I would willingly enter into a sugar coma for a few of your chai donuts. They look delicious. I'm really digging your donut pan!

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    Finding Frenchie — March 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I can't wait to make these- we just got our donut pans in the mail this week and are dying to try all the recipes out there!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This stuff sounds insanely yummy! Love it!

  9. #
    Aarthi — March 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    hai megan…This looks delicious…Awesome doughnuts..

  10. #
    RavieNomNoms — March 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Whoa! Those look awesome. What a lovely last photo! Nicely done Megan!

  11. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — March 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Dirty chais are amazing and totally addicting!

    I need to get a doughnut pan asap!

  12. #
    S.V. — March 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    These doughnuts sound amazing…. oh how I miss VooDoo doughnut! Luckily I go back to Portland enough and eat my share while there. YUM!

  13. #
    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — March 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Dirty Chai Doughnut me!

  14. #
    Made in Sonoma — March 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    HOLY! That last picture is AMAZING!

  15. #
    Kirsten/Comfortably Domestic — March 7, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    My love for chai know no boundaries. I'll take two, please!

  16. #
    Kiri W. — March 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Ohhh, you may just have created a new favorite donut for my wife!
    I love that coffee glaze 🙂

  17. #
    marthameetslucy — March 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    The dirty chai is a guilty pleasure of mine. I have to have these doughnuts. I've resisted buying a doughnut pan for awhile now, but my willpower can't take much more.

  18. #
    Abby — March 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Love everything about this! Can I come over?

  19. #
    Jennifurla — March 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    awesome guest post, great recipe..

  20. #
    Jenna — March 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm


  21. #
    Isabelle @ Crumb — March 7, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    How is it that I didn't know about Dirty Chai until just now? How, I ask, when it allows me to combine my love of chai tea and hyper-caffeinated beverages in one single cup? I know exactly what I'm ordering at Starbucks tomorrow morning. 🙂
    I love how the internet continues to teach me about awesome new things every day, especially when it takes that new thing and then makes a donut

  22. #
    Lauren Grier — March 8, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Can't wait to make this recipe! Great job Megan!

  23. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — March 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I really need to invest in a doughnut pan, these look sooo freakin good! Great guest post Megan! 🙂

  24. #
    CouponClippingCook — March 8, 2012 at 6:58 am

    What a fun and different idea for a doughnut topping. It sounds delicious and looks so beautiful. Super great guest post Megan!

  25. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — March 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I've never heard of a dirty chai and I am suddenly finding my life lonely and cold without one. The least I can do is make these donuts. To set things straight again, ya know.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — March 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    These looks amazing! I have never heard of a dirty chai before, but now I want one! I need to get my hands on a donut pan!

  27. #
    Anonymous — March 8, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I can only find the chai latte liquid concentrate. Any suggestions on how to adjust the recipe?

  28. #
    Little Mamanista — March 9, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I have those same donut pans!!!!!!…..except I always poor too much batter and they look more like bundt cakes when I am done haha! Cute blog!



  29. #
    kale @ tastes good to me! — March 9, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Oooh, these donuts look to die for!!

  30. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — March 9, 2012 at 2:03 am

    Chai is one of my favorite things ever which makes me really excited about these doughnuts!!

  31. #
    Kristina — March 11, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    haha i love the title of these! your doughnuts look amazing!! The flavor sounds so delicious 🙂

  32. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 13, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Those are beautiful. Want!!

  33. #
    Sara — March 13, 2012 at 2:46 am

    These doughnuts look amazing, wow! I love chai lattes, I'll have to order a 'dirty' one next time … bet I would love it! 🙂 Yum!

  34. #
    Angie Johnson — March 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    These sound fantastic!I worked for Starbucks for a little over 5 years, and I remember people ordering dirty chai's all the time. My husband is a manager for a Starbucks and I know that if I make these for his partners, they will love them!


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