Chocolate Doughnuts

Chocolate Doughnuts | Delicious baked chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze. www.asweetpeachef.com

Hard to believe I’ve been sharing recipes on this here food blog for over five years now.

What’s even harder to believe is that I’m just now sharing a doughnut recipe.

Whhhaaaaaaaaat?

Chocolate Doughnuts | Delicious baked chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze. www.asweetpeachef.comChocolate Doughnuts | Delicious baked chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze. www.asweetpeachef.com

I’m just spit-balling here, but I’m thinking – over the course of those 5 years of blogging, I’ve had … um … a LOT of doughnuts.

Plus, I’ve even had readers specifically ask me to share a chocolate doughnut recipe.

And: crickets.

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That is, until TODAY, my friends!  Woohoo!

Yep, I finally got myself a doughnut pan so I can actually make doughnuts all day long.

Well, on cheat days, at least.

Chocolate Doughnuts | Delicious baked chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze. www.asweetpeachef.comChocolate Doughnuts | Delicious baked chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze. www.asweetpeachef.com

Since Dustin and I have started eating healthier and cleaner, treats like doughnuts and fried chicken and cheesecakes now have their time and their place.  And those are on cheat days which come about once a week, if we’re being good.

Glorious cheat days where I get to eat all the foods I avoid the majority of the time.

Until I eat it and then overeat and then don’t want the food anymore.

Or to eat.  Ever again.

Ahh, cheat days.

Chocolate Doughnuts | Delicious baked chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze. www.asweetpeachef.comChocolate Doughnuts | Delicious baked chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze. www.asweetpeachef.com

So, you’ll notice that, even though this is a brand-spanking-new recipe, it includes things like granulated sugar and regular flour which are, for all intents and purposes, a no-no for clean eating.

But not on cheat days 😉

Let there be doughnuts! Donuts? Dough-nuts?  You know.

Chocolate Doughnuts | Delicious baked chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze. www.asweetpeachef.comChocolate Doughnuts | Delicious baked chocolate doughnuts with a chocolate glaze. www.asweetpeachef.com

These chocolate doughnuts are divine – not too sweet or sugary.  Plus, since they’re baked, they avoid all the oils from frying so that’s definitely a plus.  Their texture is more resembling a cake doughnut because of not being fried.

So, here ya go: Chocolate doughnuts with a dark chocolate glaze.  Thanks for waiting 🙂

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Chocolate Doughnuts
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Baked chocolate doughnuts with a dark chocolate glaze. Yep, this is amazing.
Categories: Breakfast
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: baked chocolate donut recipe, chocolate donut recipe, fried chocolate donut recipe
Servings: 18
Calories: 229 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef
Ingredients
For The Chocolate Doughnuts:
  • 2 cups bread flour can substitute all-purpose or GF flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
For The Chocolate Glaze:
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup almond milk can also use regular milk
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar powdered
  • Optional: rainbow or chocolate sprinkles because sprinkles!
Instructions
  1. For The Chocolate Doughnuts:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, including the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. Mix well.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, including the buttermilk, eggs, unsalted butter, greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix, but take care not to over-mix - just mix until barely incorporated.
  6. Pour batter into a large gallon-sized Ziplock bag with the very tip cut off (or can use a piping bag, if you have one) and pipe the batter into the doughnut molds. The batter should fill of the 3/4 the mold, as they will rise when baked.
  7. Place in the oven and bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of a doughnut.
  8. Allow the doughnuts to rest in the mold once removing from the oven for 2-3 minutes, then remove from the mold, and transfer the doughnuts to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  9. Repeat with remaining batter.
  10. For The Chocolate Glaze:
  11. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to let the butter burn, but just to let it melt.
  12. Add the cocoa powder and milk, stirring frequently, until it thickens and comes to a boil, about 2-4 minutes.
  13. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly stir in 2 cups of the confectioners sugar, adding the remaining 1/2 cup, bit by bit, as necessary to make the glaze thick and smooth.
  14. If the glaze gets too thick, you can add a little more milk to loosen.
  15. To Assemble The Doughnuts
  16. TIP: I recommend setting up a station which is covered by parchment paper so you can move from the glaze to the cooling rack and add sprinkles without worrying about dripping.
  17. Holding the doughnut with your fingers, dip the tops of each doughnut into the warm glaze, do a little spin by twisting your wrist, and then shake to remove any excess glaze.
  18. Place the glazed doughnuts onto a cooling rack, glaze-side-up, and top with sprinkles (or other toppings if you desire).
  19. Repeat until all the doughnuts have been dipped, flipped, and topped with sprinkles.
  20. Allow doughnuts to set on the cooling rack for for 15-20 minutes to allow the glaze to harden.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Doughnuts
Amount Per Serving (1 doughnut)
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 71
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.9g12%
Saturated Fat 4.8g24%
Cholesterol 35.9mg12%
Sodium 161.6mg7%
Carbohydrates 38.6g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 25.2g28%
Protein 3.7g7%
Vitamin A 350IU7%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

12 thoughts on “Chocolate Doughnuts

  1. I’ve made these a couple times now, my batch made 23 donuts both times. These are SO delicious, in fact, my son prefers these than Tim Hortons donuts!! (I’m from Canada!!) They never last more than a few days. In fact, I am considering making these for Christmas, but in mini donut molds. How long do you think mini ones would take to bake? Thank you for the awesome recipe!!

  2. I tried making this following the directions twice and my batter keeps coming out dry. It’s more a dough than it is a batter and I don’t know what’s going wrong.

    1. It’s suppose to be really thick. Mine doesn’t come out like a cake batter either. I have to scoop it into my ziploc bag cuz it’s too thick to pour on its own. No worries though, they’ll be beautiful once baked!!

  3. Well, Orly has kept her perfect record – of LOSING!!! Her request for an in injunction in Indiana was DENIED!!!! The judge and the Indiana team really made her look dumber than she usually does. was there to witness her continued failure.

  4. wei pondan sepi oh Sekarang kau nak salah kan ALLAH la sbb menciptakan rupa hamba dia mcm tu????kau kan,dasar bodoh2 juga.cube sesekali depan pc nie buka website keagamaan ckt.baca hadis2 supaya kau tu x sepi.nie asyik mengadap beautifulnara,dgn oh bulan…bangang sungguh!!

  5. Hi Lacey!

    I am in Round Rock, Tx. How fun to know you are in our part of the world!!

    Thanks for all the great recipes!

    Alice

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