October 3, 2023


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Baked Chocolate Donuts – Sugar Spun Run

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These simple Chocolate Donuts are baked to perfection and dipped in a 2-ingredient chocolate glaze. My recipe makes 12 donuts in lower than half-hour! Recipe features a how-to video!

Chocolate donuts topped with chocolate glaze and sprinkles on a cooling rack.

Straightforward Chocolate Donuts

Moist, chocolatey, and candy with out being too candy, these baked chocolate donuts are a chocoholic’s dream breakfast. Not solely are they fast and simple to make (lower than half an hour!), however they’re tremendous chocolatey (like my chocolate pop tarts) with chocolate chips within the batter and a silky chocolate ganache-esque glaze.

Whilst you may skip the glaze, these donuts are deliberately not too candy on their very own, so I like to recommend including it. It’s tremendous easy to make (simply 2 elements!) and units up with a semi-firm end. Sprinkles are at all times a good suggestion too!

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Excellent chocolate taste, however not too candy.
  • Lighter and more healthy than your typical fried donut.
  • Straightforward to make with no mixer required.
  • Makes an excellent chocolatey breakfast or dessert.

What You Want

Overhead view of ingredients including buttermilk, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, cornstarch, and more.

Listed here are the important thing elements you’ll must make these gentle and fluffy chocolate donuts:

  • Buttermilk. Buttermilk provides tenderness and taste to the donuts. Should you can’t discover this in your native grocery retailer, you’ll be able to at all times make my simple buttermilk substitute.
  • Cornstarch. One among my favourite secret elements! Cornstarch provides softness and makes these chocolate donuts soften in your mouth.
  • Cocoa powder. I choose pure cocoa powder, however you could possibly additionally use Dutch course of cocoa on this recipe. Dutch course of cocoa will impart a deeper taste and darker coloration.
  • Highly regarded water. I whisk the cocoa powder into highly regarded water with a view to “bloom” it, which simply means we’re intensifying the chocolate taste (which might in any other case fall flat if the cocoa isn’t bloomed). Should you actually needed to amp up the chocolate taste, you could possibly use highly regarded espresso as a substitute. Both means, be sure that the liquid you select is steaming scorching.
  • Coconut oil. That is for the chocolate glaze. You may style a touch of coconut taste from the oil, which I personally like. Vegetable shortening would additionally work in the event you’re not a coconut fan.

Keep in mind, that is simply an outline of the elements I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the publish!

How you can Make Chocolate Donuts

Collage of four photos showing chocolate batter being prepared.
  1. Whisk collectively the dry elements (besides the cocoa powder) in a big bowl, then put aside.
  2. Mix the new water and cocoa powder in a big measuring cup (whisk nicely!), then stir within the melted butter.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk till mixed.
  4. Pour the chocolate combination into the dry elements and fold gently till 50% mixed.
Collage of four photos showing chocolate batter being prepared and piped into a donut pan before baking and cooling.
  1. Add the chocolate chips, then proceed folding till every part is mixed.
  2. Pipe or drop the batter right into a greased/floured donut pan and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350F.
  3. Check for doneness with toothpick, then let the donuts cool for a couple of minutes of their pan.
  4. Take away from the pan and let cool utterly on a cooling rack earlier than glazing.

Chocolate Glaze

Collage of two photos showing donuts being dipped into a chocolate glaze.
  1. Microwave the chocolate chips and coconut oil in 25-second increments till melted.
  2. Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze, including sprinkles if desired. Let the glaze set earlier than having fun with.

SAM’S TIP: Similar to any fast bread batter (pancakes, banana bread, muffins, and so on.), these chocolate donuts are vulnerable to over-mixing. When you mix your moist and dry elements, use a delicate hand (no mixer or whisk!) and stir the batter till simply mixed.

Donuts on a cooling rack with the closest one missing a bite.

Often Requested Questions

What chocolate is finest for donuts?

I like to make use of semisweet chocolate chips for each the chocolate donuts themselves and the chocolate glaze. A chopped semisweet baking bar would additionally work, as would darkish chocolate. Don’t use unsweetened or bittersweet chocolate, which may make the donuts too bitter.

Can these donuts be frozen?

I haven’t tried this myself, however I believe these chocolate donuts will maintain up simply tremendous saved within the freezer in an hermetic container. Be sure you wrap the donuts in plastic wrap earlier than freezing!

Should you’d wish to freeze glazed donuts, I like to recommend inserting the donuts in a single layer on a baking sheet within the freezer and chilling till the icing is agency to the contact earlier than wrapping and storing.

Can I make chocolate donuts with out a donut pan?

You could possibly get away with piping the batter onto a baking sheet, however there’s a great likelihood that it’s going to unfold and your donuts could have flat bottoms as a substitute of rounded. Personally, I like to recommend shopping for a donut pan (I linked to the one I exploit beneath) for finest outcomes.

Can I fry this recipe?

The batter for these donuts is a quick-bread batter, much like the batter used for muffins. Due to this, it’s too skinny to fry and can doubtless simply disintigrate within the oil. Should you’re in search of a fried donut, see my selfmade donuts — they’re a conventional recipe made with yeast and it’s scrumptious!

Overhead view of chocolate donuts in rows on a cooling rack.

Love chocolate for breakfast? Strive my double chocolate muffins!

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video beneath! Should you do that recipe, you should definitely tag me on Instagram, and you may also discover me on YouTube and Facebook

Chocolate donuts topped with chocolate glaze and sprinkles on a cooling rack.

Baked Chocolate Donuts

These simple chocolate donuts are baked to perfection and dipped in a 2-ingredient chocolate glaze. My recipe makes 12 donuts in lower than half-hour! Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Donut

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 11 minutes

Whole Time: 26 minutes

Servings: 12 donuts

Energy: 274kcal

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  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and frivolously however totally grease and flour (or spray with baking spray) a 12 depend donut tin. Put aside.

  • In a big mixing bowl, whisk collectively flour, sugars, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, ¼ cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup mild brown sugar, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt

  • Measure out steaming water into a big measuring cup or a separate mixing bowl. Instantly add cocoa powder and whisk till easy.

    ¼ cup highly regarded water, ¼ cup pure cocoa powder

  • Whisk in butter till mixed (it is OK if small lumps kind).

    4 Tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Add egg and vanilla extract to cocoa combination and whisk nicely.

    1 giant egg, 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Add buttermilk and whisk till easy.

    ¾ cup buttermilk

  • Add chocolate combination to dry elements and use a spatula to softly fold collectively till about midway mixed.

  • Add mini chocolate chips and proceed to softly stir elements till simply mixed (don’t over-mix or donuts may very well be dense, dry, and hard).

    ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips

  • Drop batter evenly into ready donut molds (or pour the batter right into a piping bag and pipe it in, this provides you with neater donuts!).

  • Switch to heart rack of 350F (175C) oven and bake for 10-12 minutes or till a toothpick inserted within the thickest a part of a donut comes out clear or with fudgy crumbs. Enable donuts to chill in pan for a number of minutes earlier than fastidiously turning out to a cooling rack to chill utterly earlier than protecting with glaze.


  • Mix chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small microwave-safe bowl and warmth in 25-second intervals, stirring nicely in between, till chocolate and oil are utterly melted and combination is easy.

    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 2 ½ teaspoons coconut oil or vegetable shortening

  • Dip the sleek floor of every donut totally into the chocolate glaze. Return to a cooling rack for the glaze to set earlier than having fun with. If desired, enhance glaze with sprinkles whereas icing remains to be moist.



These donuts style finest the day they’re made however could also be saved in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 48 hours or within the fridge for as much as 5 days.


Serving: 1donut | Energy: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 4g | Fats: 13g | Saturated Fats: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 1g | Monounsaturated Fats: 3g | Trans Fats: 0.2g | Ldl cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg

Dietary info relies on third-party calculations and needs to be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.

I initially printed my chocolate donut recipe in February of 2016. I’ve up to date the recipe to enhance it and provides it a richer chocolate taste and make it simpler to organize. I’ve additionally up to date the images to mirror this and added a how-to video.

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