One weekend when a friend was visiting, we wanted to hang out in Brooklyn for a little bit, so we grabbed some pizza at Paulie Gee’s and then got donuts at Peter Pan Donut Shop. Normal, right? Well, the next weekend I happened to be in the borough again when my roommate and I went to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Afterwards, we needed lunch and saw that Barboncino was highly rated and nearby, so we headed there and ate pizza. Then, we really wanted dessert and I looked up what was relatively close, which led us to Dough, a place that sells donuts. See the trend here? Long story short, it seems like getting pizza and donuts in Brooklyn was unconsciously starting to become my thing. Cool.
Dough doesn’t sell traditional donuts like Peter Pan though. They specialize in much crazier flavors. Let me just list them out so you know what kind of fun stuff we’re dealing with here:
- Dulce de Leche
- Tropical Chili
- Passion Fruit
- Chocolate with Earl Grey
- Chocolate Salted Caramel
- Cafe au Lait
- Chocolate with Cocoa Nibbs
- Toasted Coconut
- Lemon Poppy
- Glazed (Okay, I know. Not crazy. But they do have it if you want it!!)
- Mixed Berry
- Cinnamon Sugar
- Lemon Ginger
- Coconut Cream
I knew I wanted the hibiscus one from the get go, because that seemed to be their most talked about donut, but when I saw all the other offerings I couldn’t just stop at one, could I? I know I’m not the only one who’s felt like this upon entering the place and seeing all the amazing options. Dough is so far away from where I normally hang out in the city and I didn’t know when I would be back, so I had to try a few! While the chocolate with cocoa nibbs one almost lured me away, I decided to stick with the more unusual flavors and got the passion fruit and toasted coconut kinds.
In addition to the cool varieties, Dough’s donuts are also much bigger than average. Just because I got three doesn’t mean I was able to eat all of them right then. I can draw the line somewhere! I had one at Dough, one, after dinner that night, and one for breakfast the next morning. Isn’t it amazing how donuts can be both breakfast and dessert? America.
Something else that sets these donuts apart is their frosting, which you’ll quickly realize if you happen to get one that has some. It’s gooey and not hardened or stuck to the dough, which makes things pretty messy (please refer to the photo above…my sticky fingers not pictured) but also even more delicious. Just be careful if you’re carrying them around in a bag! Hence, why I ate the hibiscus one first. Yes, very strategic about my donut eating.
These donuts are so moist, light, and fresh. You can see people in the back, working hard and bringing out more and more just baked goodies. And they need to keep churning them out, because there’s often a line out the door here.
In my opinion, these are the best donuts in the city. The hibiscus one stole the show for me, with its unusual sweet and tangy flavor, but all were amazing and above any other I’ve had here. The flavors plus the size plus the price tag ($2.25 each, cash only) plus the dough itself makes a package that’s hard to beat.
Hibiscus donut, passion fruit donut, toasted coconut donut
448 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205