A Love Bug and Chocolate Coconut Donuts

With Valentine’s Day being just around the corner, I asked my hubby to dig out our decorations for the holiday. It turns out we do not have many; a heart to hang on the door and this Love Bug Stitch plushy.

Stitch the Love Bug

I gave this little guy to my hubby for Valentine’s Day one year because he is a huge Stitch fan. Just this past weekend we watched Lilo & Stitch, and when we went to Disney World a couple years back, Stitch was the only character he made sure to get a picture with. We were hoping to bring home a lot of Stitch merchandise because the Disney Store doesn’t have much, but we came to realize there is hardly any Stitch merchandise anywhere! On eBay I’ve seen a lot, but it mostly comes from overseas. I guess there is no love for Stitch here in the U.S. This little guy I purchased at the Disney Store back when they used to come out with several holiday themed plushies. Now they don’t do that much. Not cool, Disney Store! Bring them back!

Stitch the Love Bug and Chocolate Coconut Heart Donuts

For those of you who do not know Stitch, he is an illegal genetic alien experiment (#626). He was designed to be indestructible, strong and smart. Shortly after his creation, he was captured by the Intergalactic Police and then exiled. Before they could send Experiment 626 away, he managed to outsmart the police and escape in a police cruiser and crash land on Earth on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where he acts like a dog and gets adopted by Lilo. She is the one who names him Stitch. His story then continues, full of mischief and learning what being part of a family means.

It is a great movie with unique characters and art. If you happen to think that Stitch has a strong resemblance to another great character, Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon, it is no coincidence. They were both drawn by the same artist, Chris Sanders. Take some time to look at his art; it is very whimsical and awesome.

Chocolate Coconut Heart Donuts

Because Stitch landed on a Polynesian island, I decided to make Chocolate Coconut Donuts. The baked donut is soft, fluffy and not cakey. Buttermilk was used to help make the donut moist, but it is one of those ingredients that I do not keep on hand. Sometimes recipes only call for a small amount to be used and the rest spoils before I need it again. I’ve heard that you can freeze it, but I have not tried that yet. So if you are in a pinch for some buttermilk, just add 4 teaspoons of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and let set until it curdles and use that in this recipe.

To keep the donuts moist, I glazed the whole donut in a coconut glaze. Before the glaze set on the donut, I rolled it in toasted coconut to coat it completely . These donuts were so good! They are not overly sweet and the coconut flavor is not over powering. A perfect balance of chocolate and coconut! To keep in the Valentine’s Day spirit, I baked them in a heart shaped donut pan. If you are a chocolate AND coconut fan, you will enjoy these.

 

Chocolate Coconut Heart Donuts

 

Chocolate Coconut Donuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: About 18 donuts

Ingredients

    Donuts
  • 2 C. All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 C. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 C. Buttermilk
  • 1 C. Packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 6 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter, Melted and Cooled Slightly
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Glaze
  • 2 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tsp. Water
  • 2 Tsp. Coconut Extract
  • Topping
  • 2 C. Toasted Coconut

Instructions

    For donuts
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Coat a doughnut pan with non-stick spray or melted butter.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a separate, smaller bowl, mix together the buttermilk, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and using a rubber spatula gently mix the ingredients together.
  6. Once mixed, fill each heart shaped well about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. For glaze
  10. In a deep shallow bowl, add the powdered sugar, water and coconut extract.
  11. Mix with a spoon until all the sugar is dissolved.
  12. Assembly
  13. Place toasted coconut on a large plate.
  14. Once the donuts have cooled, dip donuts into the glaze, and set on a wire rack so the access glaze drips off, about 3 minutes.
  15. After the access glaze drips off, put them on the plate with the toasted coconut and coat evenly.
  16. Set on a wire rack to set completely, about 20-30 minutes.
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