Chocolate Glaze That Hardens

Finding a chocolate glaze that hardens can be tough. Ganaches are good but require heating up stuff on the stove. I just wanted a glaze I could dunk a cookie in or glaze a donut with. Was that too much to ask?

It was. I tried a bunch of different chocolate glazes that claimed they would harden but they didn’t work out so good.

chocolate glaze that hardens

This one does. And I even used it to make a great grain free donut recipe that you’ll get to use this recipe for on Friday. I’m making BIG promises of great taste with a grain free dessert so you’ll want to stop back Friday.

chocolate dipped oreos

Of course today you can be really evil and use this glaze to make some chocolate covered cookies with.

chocolate dipped cookies

Chocolate Glaze That Hardens


  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or 2 tablespoons oil (melted coconut oil works fine too)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Mix together ingredients in a bowl. Stir until smooth. Add additional hot water (1-2 teaspoons at a time) to thin if needed. As sauce cools it will begin to thicken. To keep at the same consistency you may need to add in an additional 1-2 teaspoons of water at a time to thin and keep in it's original form. Dip cookies, donuts, or pour over cake or cupcakes for a glaze.
  2. Glaze makes enough to dip the tops of approximately 12 cookies depending on size, 12-18 donut holes, the tops of 6-12 regular donuts, the tops of 12-18 mini donuts, one 9" round cake or the tops of 8-12 cupcakes.



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  1. I’m using this on banana bread mini donuts, sugar cookies and chocolate cookies. It hardened on the donuts already. I had a problem with my frosting and glaze soaking into the donuts, which looked bad. I used coconut oil by the way. I haven’t tried the finished product but the glaze tasted good and hardened so I’m happy!

    • So glad it worked for you. Happy holidays…your recipes sound delicious!

      • The taste was great! Hubby was very happy to see the chocolate glaze??? I’d like to share a picture of our finished goodies! I was also trying to find a way to make other flavors of glaze. Was able to do a lemon but it took lots more of sugar than the chocolate glaze.


  3. Thanks! Do you have any idea how to make a white chocolate coating that hardens? We don’t use dairy and I found some vegan white chocolate chips to experiment with.

    • burntapple says

      I don’t but please tell me where you’ve found some vegan white chocolate chips! None of the health food stores sell any around here and the few I’ve found are not very tasty. Would love to know where I can find some! White chocolate is a lot harder to work with for me than chocolate so I would use a lower temperature to start. Let me know how it goes!

  4. Bill Adams says

    I cut up banana bread into square slices about 2″ and the glaze worked very well (and was absolutely delicious!) But didn’t harden as well as in your photos. Could this be because of the moistness of the bread? Or did I not use enough sugar?

    • burntapple says

      Possibly. Sometimes depending on humidity, I’ll have to adjust a little by using more sugar or moisture to get the glaze to harden. NOt much, but a little. Your recipe sounds delicious!

  5. Hello, can I add hazelnut spread to this? If so, do I have to change anything else?

    • burntapple says

      You can certainly try it! I think it would still set up but it might be a little softer. let me know how it works!

  6. Any suggestion if I want to make this a vanilla glaze as I’m baking black & white cookies?

  7. ian c grimsdick says

    This worked great for me! I did find I needed to add another 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder, but I think that’s because of the kind I used. It hardened the way I wanted and it taste great! Thanks for the recipe.

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