Cordial Cherry Doughnut Recipe {Valentine’s Day}

cordial cherry doughnut recipe

I was raised in a home where my parents loved each other dearly.  They had the typical problems you’d expect of living stretching dollars and pinching pennies, but we never doubted that Mom and Dad adore each other.  It never fails that for their anniversary and Valentine’s Day they give each other chocolate covered cherries, so those candies have a special place in my memory.

I decided to take the structure of a cordial cherry and put together a breakfast recipe that my family could enjoy together in the morning for this Valentine’s Day.

You Will Need:

{For the Doughnuts}

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Grenadine Syrup
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 12 Chopped Maraschino Cherries

{For the Glaze}

  • 2 1 ounce squares of semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • Sprinkles of your choice


For this I use my Bella Cucina Donut Maker, but you can use any doughnut baking pan.  Mix together your doughnuts dry ingredients.  Add in the egg, oil, grenadine, and milk then mix with a hand mixer.  Chop up your cherries and mix them in by hand.  Fill up your doughnut pan or doughnut maker and cook according to normal directions (if using a standard size doughnut pan, around 16 minutes at 350 degrees,  until a toothpick comes out clean).  The outsides will look the same brown as a normal doughnut, but the inside is pink and filled with little red cherries.

chopped cherries

While the doughnuts are baking, put your chocolate and butter into a small saucepan over low heat until they are both melted.  Stir this frequently or it will burn.  Add in the powdered sugar a couple of tablespoons at a time until you have a thick paste.  Pour in the milk and heat it thoroughly.  Set this aside to cool slightly while you’re finishing up the doughnuts.  Dip each doughnut into the chocolate glaze and place them on a plate glaze-side-up.  Finish this up with your favorite sprinkles.  I used pink sugar sprinkles for Valentine’s Day.  Enjoy!

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I'm busy diving into motherhood stilettos-first while earning a modest living from my couch. I have an obsession with baking and a passion for handmade products. Connect with me on Google+.

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