Creme Brûlée Heart Donuts

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Introducing Creme Brulee Heart Donuts, the ultimate fusion of two beloved desserts! If you’re a fan of creme brulee or donuts, get ready to fall in love with these delightful treats. These heart-shaped donuts combine the fluffy texture of yeast donuts with the creamy richness of creme brulee custard, all topped with a crackly sugar glaze. Whether you’re looking to impress your Valentine or simply indulge in some edible art, these donuts are sure to steal the show!

Creme Brûlée Heart Donuts

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Dessert
Servings 20


**Donut Dough:**

  • 3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk warmed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • Vegetable oil for frying

**Custard Filling:**

  • 1 2/3 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean seeds scraped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


**Make the Custard:**

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together cornstarch, sugar, and salt. Add egg yolks and beat until light in color.
  • In a pot over medium heat, combine milk, vanilla extract, and scraped vanilla bean. Heat until edges start to bubble.
  • Slowly add warm milk to the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling.
  • Return mixture to the pot and cook over medium-low heat until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in butter, and chill in the fridge.

**Make the Dough, Fry, and Fill:**

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine warm milk, yeast, sugar, salt, and egg. Mix until smooth.
  • Add softened butter and flour, knead until dough forms. Let rise for 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Roll out dough and cut heart-shaped donuts. Let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Fry donuts in heated oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Fill a piping bag with chilled custard. Make a hole in each donut and pipe in custard.


  • In a pan over medium heat, boil sugar and water until golden brown.
  • Dip one side of each filled donut in the caramelized sugar. Let excess drip off and set on a wire rack.
  • Enjoy your freshly made Creme Brulee Heart Donuts!

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