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Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake Donuts

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Way too often, sweet treats are all about the kids. We think it’s time the grownups had a turn. This over-eighteen twist on a classic filled donut is as naughty as it is nice. Trust us - once you've taken a bite of pillow-soft pastry, stuffed with a Baileys chocolate cream, you’ll never want to go back to jelly.

Directions

Doughnuts:

  1. Add milk, sugar, and yeast into a large bowl; let stand until frothy.
  2. Beat in egg yolks, butter, vanilla, and remaining sugar. Using a wooden spoon, beat in flour and salt, scraping down the side of bowl occasionally and adding about ½ cup more flour if necessary to make a soft sticky dough.
  3. Turn out onto lightly floured work surface; knead until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Punch down dough. Turn out onto lightly floured work surface; roll out to 1/2-inch thickness. Using lightly floured 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut out as many rounds as possible. Transfer to lined baking sheet. Cover loosely and let rise in warm draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Heat enough oil in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan; heat until 170ºC. Fry doughnuts, 3 at a time and turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel–lined plate to cool and drain.  
  6. When slightly cooled, toss donuts in granulated sugar.

Filling:

  1. Meanwhile, beat together all the filling ingredients in a bowl for 2-3 minutes until stiff peaks form. Transfer cheesecake mixture into a piping bag fitted with a pastry filling tip. Set aside.

Salted Caramel Sauce:

  1. Heat all ingredients over low heat until combined.  Serve warm with donuts.

Assembly:

  1. When donuts are cooled, poke a hole in the side with the pastry bag and fill with the filling.  
  2. Dip into caramel sauce or pour over top and enjoy!