Dunkin’ Reveals the Six Finalists of the #DDTopChef Recipe Contest

Dunkin’ Reveals the Six Finalists of the #DDTopChef Recipe Contest

The excitement surrounding our #DDTopChef Recipe Contest has been brewing over the past few weeks! We received a variety of creative and DDelicious recipes from fans on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram. Now, we’re excited to reveal our six finalists who created recipes using Dunkin’ products with our coffee, donuts, Munchkins® Donut Hole Treats and more. Check out their unique and tasty creations below, and be sure to join us tomorrow evening, December 11 at 9:30PM EST, in our Google+ Hangout where we’ll crown the winner of the #DDTopChef Recipe Contest.




DDonut DDessert Nachos

Submitted by Jannine F. from Malden, MA



• 6 Dunkin’ Glazed Donuts 

• 1/3 Cup Sugar

• 1/4 TSP Cinnamon

• Nonstick cooking spray

• 1 Banana, sliced

• 6 Strawberries, hulled and sliced

• 1/2 Cup Chocolate Sauce Topping

• Whipped cream


1.) Heat a griddle or Panini press* to medium-high heat.

2.) Slice the Dunkin’ Glazed Donuts in half, and then cut each slice into four pieces. 

3.) Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow dish. 

4.) Press each donut slice, cut side down into the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Working in batches, spray griddle with nonstick cooking spray and place the donut slices on the griddle, sugared side up. 

5.) Grill for 60 – 90 seconds or until golden brown on both sides. Remove with tongs or a spatula and allow to cool for 10 minutes (they will crisp upon standing).  

6.) When donut “chips” are cool and crisp, arrange on a serving platter and top with the sliced banana and strawberries. 

7.) Drizzle with the chocolate sauce topping and place a dollop of whipped cream in the center of the plate. Serve immediately and enjoy with your favorite Dunkin’ Donuts beverage! 

*If you don’t have a Panini press, you can use a non-stick frying pan and turning once to brown both sides of the donut chips.



Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut Coffee Pancakes with a Coffee Caramel Sauce

Submitted by Jesse D. from San Francisco, CA


Ingredients for Coffee Caramel Sauce:

• 1 Cup Granulated Sugar

• 1/4 Water 

• 1/2 Cup Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut Coffee (brewed)

• 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream

Instructions for Coffee Caramel Sauce:

1.) Bring sugar and water to a boil in a 2 quart heavy saucepan over high-medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. 

2.) Raise heat to high and boil without stirring, until syrup begins to turn golden (this will take about 5 minutes). Continue to boil, swirling pan occasionally, until syrup is a medium golden caramel (this will take another 2-3 minutes).

3.) Remove pan from heat and carefully add coffee and cream. The mixture will bubble up and steam and caramel will harden.

4.) Return pan to heat on medium heat, stir with whisk until caramel is dissolved and sauce is smooth. 

5.) Remove from heat and stir until smooth for about 2 minutes. Set aside once finished.

Ingredients for Coffee Caramelized Bananas:

• 1 Banana, sliced 

• 2 TBSP Butter 

• 2 TBSP Brown Sugar

• 1/4 Cup of Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut Coffee (brewed) 

• Cinnamon (for garnish) 

Instructions for Coffee Caramelized Bananas: 

1.) Melt butter in non-stick frying pan on medium-high heat.

2.) Add 8-10 banana slices, brown sugar and Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut Coffee. 

3.) Cook on medium-high heat until golden and syrupy, about 3-4 minutes. 

4.) Turn off heat and sprinkle the banana slices with cinnamon. 

Ingredients for Hazelnut Coffee Pancakes: 

• 1 Egg

• 1/2 Cup Milk

• 1/4 Cup Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut Coffee (Brewed and cooled)

• 2 TBSP Butter, melted

• 1 Cup Flour

• 1 TBSP Cinnamon

• 1 TBSP Sugar

• 3 TSP Baking Powder

• 1/2 TSP Salt

Instructions for Hazelnut Coffee Pancakes: 

1.) Beat egg until fluffy

2.) Add milk, cooled Dunkin’ Donuts Hazelnut Coffee and melted butter. 

3.) Add dry ingredients and mix well. 

4.) Heat a heavy griddle or non-stick frying  pan with a little butter on medium heat.

5.) Pour about 1/4 cup of pancake batter into pan and tip to spread out. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

6.) When a few bubbles appear on surface and begin to break, turn over and cook the other side for 1 minute. 

7.) Transfer pancakes to a dish and top with your coffee caramelized bananas and coffee caramel sauce. 

8.) Enjoy! 



Old Fashioned Donut Fried Chicken with Dunkin’ Dark® Roast Redeye Gravy

Submitted by Jess W. from Hartford, CT


Ingredients for Old Fashioned Donut Fried Chicken:

• 1 Cup of Oil

• 1 lb. Boneless Chicken Tenders

• 2 Eggs

• 2 TBSP Milk or Cream

• 2 TSP Hot Sauce (you can use more or less to your preference)

• 3 Old Fashioned Dunkin' Donuts Cake Donuts, crushed to fine crumbs

• Salt, Pepper and Paprika (to taste) 

Instructions for Old Fashioned Donut Fried Chicken:

1.) Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan on medium heat.

2.) Mix together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Dredge the chicken this mixture, and then dip each piece of chicken in the Dunkin’ old fashioned donut crumbs until completely coated. 

3.) In your other frying pan, test the oil with a stray donut crumb. Once it sizzles, fry the chicken for 2-4 minutes on each side or until completely cooked and golden brown. 

4.) Place the chicken on a plate lined with paper towels to remove any excess oil. You can even use a leftover Dunkin' brown paper bag!

Ingredients for Dunkin’ Dark® Roast Redeye Gravy:

• 1 TBSP Butter

• 1 TBSP Flour (you can also use leftover donut crumbs)

• 1 Large Dunkin’ Dark® Roast Coffee

• 1-2 TSP of Hot Sauce (to taste)

• 1/8 Cup of Milk or Cream

• Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Instructions for Old Fashioned Donut Fried Chicken:

1.) In a pan, melt butter until it sizzles on medium heat. Add the flour or leftover donut crumbs to make a roux, then slowly pour in the hot sauce and large Dunkin’ Dark® Roast Coffee. 

2.) Increase the heat to high so that the coffee mixture comes to a boil, and then reduce heat to low for 10 minutes or until the gravy becomes thick and dark.

3.) Pour the cream into the gravy at the end, mix with salt and pepper to taste and stir. (The gravy should not be too thick).

4.) Serve alongside Old Fashioned Donut Fried Chicken for a dipping sauce. You can even serve in a Dunkin’ cup! 



Munchkins® Donut Hole Treats Bread PuDDing

Submitted by Kelly B. from Norwalk, CT



• 1 25-Count Box of Munchkins® Donut Hole Treat (Select Munchkins that pair well with your chosen flavored eggnog.  Some suggestions include Glazed, Plain or Chocolate)

• 1 Cup Flavored Eggnog 

• 2 Large Eggs


1.) Spray 7x5 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. 

2.) Crumble half of the Munchkins, not completely to crumbs but still a little chunky, and spread on the bottom of your dish. 

3.) Cut the rest of the Munchkins in half and arrange in a layer on top of the crumbs.

4.) In a small bowl whisk together the eggnog and eggs.

5.) Pour the eggnog mixture over the munchkins and leave to soak for 30 minutes.

6.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30-40 minutes until the tops of the Munchkins are golden brown and the eggnog mixture has set.

7.) Serve warm and enjoy! 



Beer and Dunkin’ Coffee Marinated Brussels Sprouts 

Submitted by Jesse R. from Westport, CT



• 1 1/2 lbs. Brussels Sprouts 

• 1 TSP of Dunkin’ Dark® Roast Coffee Grounds 

• 2 Cans of Dark Beer or Stout Beer

• 3 TBSP of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

• 2 TSP Sea Salt

• 1/2 TSP Ground Pepper

• 1 Large Vidalia Onion, Diced

• 1/2 Stick of Butter

• 3/4 lbs. Thick Cut Bacon, cut into nickel sized pieces

• 1 oz. Dunkin’ Dark® Roast Coffee, brewed 

• 1 oz. Maple Syrup


1.) Cut off the brown ends (roots) of the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Mix them in a bowl with  olive oil, salt, pepper and Dunkin’ Dark® Roast Coffee Grounds. Let sit for an hour. 

2.) Put the Brussels sprouts into a 1 gallon plastic, ziplock bag and add the dark or stout beer. Place in the refrigerator to marinate. We recommend marinated overnight.

3.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

4.) Add Dunkin’ Dark® Roast brewed coffee and maple syrup to a small sauté pan. Boil on high heat and reduce down so the liquid thickens up a bit. Set off to the side.

5.) In a separate skillet, melt butter at medium heat. Once melted, add onion and sweat it down until golden. Set off to the side.

6.) Line a 12x17 inch baking sheet (make sure the baking sheet is at least 1/2” deep) with aluminum foil, and add the pieces of cut bacon to the sheet and spread out. Use a basting brush and paint the bacon with the Dunkin’ Dark® Roast and maple syrup mixture. 

7.) Place in oven and cook until the bacon crisps up. Pull out of the oven and put the bacon in a bowl, while keeping the baking sheet. 

8.) Pull out the bag of Brussels sprouts and drain all the beer. Add the Brussels sprouts and onions to the baking sheet and evenly spread out. Then, sprinkle the bacon pieces across the top. 

9.) Add the remaining amount of salt and extra virgin olive oil and mix with a wooden spoon.

10.) Roast the Brussels sprouts for 35-40 minutes, until crisp on the outside. Shake the pan from time-to-time to brown the sprouts evenly. 




Submitted by Amy C. from Laconia, NH



• Brie Wedge

• Blue Cheese Wedge

• 1 Jar of Ginger Spread

• 1 Jar of Fig Spread

• 3 oz. Prosciutto 

• 1 25-Count Box of Munchkins® Donut Hole Treats (Assorted including plain, glazed and jelly) 


1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.) Line mini muffin pan with parchment papers.

3.) Using a small bread knife, cut a hole in the top of the Munchkins and scoop out the center of the Munchkins about half way down. You may need to squish the Munchkins around a little in your hand to shape it more round.

4.) Stuff Munchkins with a small spoonful of either fig or ginger spread, then a small bit of prosciutto, then finish with a bit of brie or blue cheese.

5.) Place Munchkins on parchment paper in a mini muffin pan and repeat until the pan is filled.

6.) Bake 7 minutes or until cheese is melted on top.

7.) Remove from oven and let stand for about 30 seconds. Then, place each parchment paper with the Munchkins on a serving dish.

8.) Enjoy!


So who will Dunkin’ name #DDTopChef? Head over to the #DDTopChef Google+ page tomorrow, December 11 at 9:30PM EST to watch the cooking competition right in the Dunkin’ Brands test kitchen. Also, be sure to share your comments, questions, and votes for your favorite recipes during the Hangout on Twitter to @DunkinDonuts with the #DDTopChef hashtag. Participants will be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win a $20 mGift. For additional terms and conditions related to the “Cooking with Dunkin’ Donuts Sweepstakes,” visit here.