Bourbon Caramel Donut Sundae

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  • Ready in less than 5 minutes, this EASY Donut Sundae Recipe will blow your mind! So easy to customize and the perfect quick sweet treat.

    close up of ice cream donut sundae with caramel sauce

    I have this immense love for donuts. I’ve actually been on a total donut kick lately. So as I was staring in the freezer looking for a midnight snack the other night, I had the most genius idea. Hear me out…a donut sundae!

    What is a donut sundae you ask? Exactly what it sounds like! A gloriously sticky, sweet glazed donut topped with a scoop of ice cream and any topping your heart desires. Are you drooling yet?

    Breakfast or Dessert?

    Donuts are generally considered a breakfast food, but ice cream is most definitely a dessert. So what does that make a donut sundae? I’ll leave that one up to you!

    When we eat pancakes and waffles, we’re drowning them in butter and syrup, so why not have ice cream for breakfast?? Of course, this wouldn’t be something I’d eat every morning; but waking the kids up with a donut sundae for breakfast on their birthday? They’d be in heaven.

    spoon digging into ice cream sundae

    You could even set up a sundae bar for birthday parties or get togethers! Provide a box of donuts with a few different ice cream options. Let your guests scoop their favorite ice cream flavor onto their donut and pile it high with as many toppings as they’d like!

    Make It!

    Making yours is easy. Donut + ice cream + bourbon caramel sauce + candied pecans. Ice cream melts, so these are best eaten right after assembling. Leftovers (if there are any) ca be packaged up, but will be a pool of melted ice cream, so it is not advised.

    how to make an ice cream donut sundae

    Donut Sundae Toppings

    What’s the best thing about sundaes? You can literally do anything you want with them!

    Load them up with toppings, eat it plain, choose your favorite flavor of ice cream- This list is kind of infinite, but here are some of my favorites and suggestions beyond what we’ve already used.

    spooning bourbon caramel sauce over sundae

    Ice Cream

    I used vanilla ice cream for mine, but feel free to change it up and use different flavors. If you’re serving these donut sundaes at a party or get together, you can even offer multiple flavors to choose from. Here are a few other suggestions that I think would work well:

    I would suggest sticking to a plain donut like a glazed yeast donut, however. Having different flavored donuts might be a little chaotic with all of the ice cream and topping options too. But you make your sundaes however you’d like to!

    donut sundae for pinterest

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    Crispy fried chicken sandwiched between a sticky, sweet donut makes this Donut Chicken Sandwich the ultimate sweet and savory!
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    spoon digging into an ice cream sundae
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    Bourbon Caramel Donut Sundae

    Ready in less than 5 minutes, this EASY Donut Sundae Recipe will blow your mind! So easy to customize and the perfect quick sweet treat!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: donut sundae
    Servings: 2
    Calories: 457kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola


    • 2 glazed yeast donuts
    • 2 scoops vanilla or butter pecan ice cream
    • 1/2 cup Bourbon caramel sauce
    • 2 tablespoons candied pecans (pralines)


    • Place donuts on plates and top with a scoop of ice cream.
    • Top ice cream with caramel sauce.
    • Sprinkle with candied nuts.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings.


    Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 1mg
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