Grilled Cheese Donut Recipe

Really. We did not invent this. But we kinda wish we had. It’s pretty cool. The perfect sweet’n savory treat.

Grilled Cheese Donut

Is there a Tom+Chee near you? If so, I know you’ve heard all about it. It’s a chain of grilled cheese and tomato soup restaurants that’s spot on when it comes to making this classic sandwich. Their prices are right and they seem to really get what the grilled cheese is all about.

And then…they take it further than you ever imagined.

That’s right. It’s Tom+Chee that we have to thank for the Grilled Cheese Donut. Wait wait wait. I hear you, “Thank them? Why? They’re crazy! That sounds terrible!”

No no no. They’re brilliant. BRILLIANT. The Grilled Cheese Donut is a seriously great thing.

“Why? How? Wtf?”

Let me explain…

Start with the donut itself. It’s got lots of sugar in it. You slice it in half and then butter the cut sides and put them down into a skillet and what happens? That sugar caramelizes. It gets crunchy. So the outside of your grilled cheese will have this amazing crunch (kind of like our Breakfast Grilled Cheese that has maple syrup mixed with butter on the outside).

OK, so you understand why the donut works as the bread, sort of, but you’re still confused about all that sweetness with the cheese. Stop being confused. Stop it right now. You already know that sweet and cheese work together. Yes, you do. Don’t argue with me. Really.

Think about all those cheese trays with grapes and strawberries and fruity compotes on them. Think about cheddar cheese on apple pie. And seriously, people, think about cheesecake!

Cheese and sweet just plain work. I know it. You know it. I know that you know it. Accept it and go make a Grilled Cheese Donut. Now. Yes, that’s an order.

Grilled Cheese Donut

Yield: 1 sandwich


  • 1 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1 glazed donut
  • 1 slice sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Slice donut in half. Butter cut surfaces. Lay the cheese slice onto the glazed side (the unbuttered side) of one donut half. Top with the glazed unbuttered side of the other donut half.
  2. Put butter side down into a skillet set over medium-low heat. Cook until golden brown on the outside, checking underneath frequently to make sure it isn't browning too quickly and reducing temperature if it is, about 2-3 minutes. Flip sandwich over and grill on the other side until it's brown as well and the cheese inside is melted, another 2-3 minutes. Remove from skillet and cut in half if desired.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.