May 20, 2013

Chocolate Donuts

If by chance you really need a chocolate donut, these will absolutely, without a doubt, completely and totally satisfy your craving!  They are like mini-baked cakes with all the trimmings.  Nope ... these donuts are not good breakfast food.  Stick with your oatmeal or protein packed smoothie and save these for dessert!  

If you're looking for a donut recipe that's not chocolate check out Sue's blog at The View from Great Island.  Sue posted Birthday Cake DonutsWhole Wheat Espresso Glazed Donuts and a beautiful Glazed Buttermilk Donut Muffin.  They all look amazing!

I've had donuts on my bucket list for a long, long time and finally broke down and bought a donut pan.  They're pretty inexpensive - around $9.95 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  My husband said I could make blueberry donuts next time so I guess I've got the go ahead to make more.  I made chocolate icing for some and the others were drizzled with a simple buttermilk & confectioners' sugar glaze.   As much as I adore chocolate, the icing was just a little too much chocolate for me.  There I said it.  I finally met my match.  I used to think there was no way you could have too much chocolate on anything.   

These remind me of the chocolate cake donuts from Dunkin Donuts.  Soft chocolate cake with just a hint of sweet crunch from the glaze on the outside.  Yum!

My son, daughter-in-law and their good friend Michael stopped by this afternoon.  I made a gift of the donuts and Michael asked me if I was making some sort of reference to cops and donuts.  I forgot he is a police officer so this is perfect!  It's always good to be nice to the boys in blue. 

Chocolate Donuts
Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup mini-chocolate chips, semisweet

Optional Toppings:
Chocolate glaze, buttermilk glaze, powdered sugar and/or sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat the donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, espresso granules, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Whisk the dry ingredients until blended and make a well in the middle.  Set aside.

In a small mixing bowl lightly beat the egg.  Whisk in the milk and then add the melted butter.  Quickly add the egg mixture to the flour and cocoa mixture all at once.  Stir just until the batter is smooth.  Do not over beat.  Stir in the mini-chocolate chips.  Spoon the batter into the sprayed donut pan filling them about 2/3 full.  Bake for about 12 minutes for full sized donuts.  (If using a mini-donut pan cut the baking time to 8 minutes.)

Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for 2-4 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before icing.  If you want to make powdered sugar donuts, roll the warm donuts in a bowl of confectioners' sugar until coated.  Cool on a wire rack.  

This recipes made about 16 full size donuts depending on how full you fill the pan.

Chocolate Glaze:
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons light-colored syrup or Agave
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
3-4 tablespoons hot water

Combine the chopped chocolate and butter in a small saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat until melted, stirring frequently.  Stir in the syrup, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and hot water.  Blend until smooth.  Iced cooled donuts as desired.  Additional water can be added to thin the icing if needed.  

Buttermilk Glaze:
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons buttermilk (milk or cream will work fine too)
drop of vanilla extract

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.  Dip a cooled donut into the glaze and turn it over to coat the other side.  Allow the excess glaze to drop back into the bowl.  Place the glazed donut on a wire rack to dry.

(Adapted from a recipe published in the January 2012 Better Homes and Gardens - Chocolate Special Interest Publication)


Thanks to everyone who passed along favorite recipes for our upcoming pre-wedding cookout.  I love all the ideas and will run them by the bride-to-be.  I have my mother-of-the bride dress (on sale!  whoohoo!) but still need shoes - don't guess you can help me with that one?!?!  

Have a wonderful week and thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Oh Tricia, I am drinking a smoothie for breakfast but I think I'll trade it in for one of your doughnuts. Would they be legal for breakfast if I've already had half of the protein shake? Maybe you could check with your police officer friend. :)

    1. Michael would say no - way -I can't have them back! Stick with your smoothie like I should - enjoy your day Chris!

  2. oh my GOSH! Those look amazing, Tricia. I am going to have to cave to the doughnut pan purchase eventually too!

    P.S. Send me a pic or link to the dress. I betcha I could find you some awesome shoes. My best friend and I do that all the time. It's fun to shop together from a distance. ;)

    1. Oh cool Mary - you want to pick out my shoes! Awesome shoes for me if you please!

  3. Miam.....those look amazing. bravo

  4. Those look sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good! sandie

    1. You need to make these Sandie - so good!

  5. oh my goodness, this is a great way to wake up to a Monday morning! That chocolate glaze looks amazing. I would be willing to taste test and see if it is too much chocolate for me (I doubt it... : )! Great pictures - I feel I can stick my hand in and grab one in the last shot.

  6. I need to break down and buy the donut pan. On secend thought, I better not. These look too good!

  7. OH MY!!!!!!!!! My son is sitting here & I had him look at your pictures...He's a donut kind of kid! AND chocolate donut kid to boot! Then he said, "Daddy can you get me some donuts???" LOL TOO FUNNY!!!!!!!! (They DO LOOK GOOD!) :)

  8. They look really pretty. I tried making donuts a few weeks ago and it didn't work for me--not a good recipe I was using because I wanted to fry them. Anyways...the failures are on my instagram if you wanna have a laugh!

  9. I love Chocolate donuts! These look delicious!! =)

  10. I don't have a donut pan so I always fry my donuts. I'm dying for those chocolate donuts now!

    1. They are so cheap and easy to find now and so much easier than frying - you'll love them!

  11. I see a new doughnut session in the near future for me...that glaze looks unbelievable!

  12. Replies
    1. Except that it makes my pants uncomfortable - glad my son whisked them away!

  13. I'll take about 3 dozen with chocolate glaze please!!!

  14. My husband bought me a donut pan at BB&B for Christmas last year so now I have the perfect use for it. Thank you so much for the donut recipe! ♥

    1. No thank you for stopping by! I hope they turn out great for you too.

  15. My doughnut pan is sorely neglected. These look like just the thing to make it and everyone else happy. :)

  16. Tricia you are killing me with these! I love donuts but this is the season to watch my waist line... Lol.... Love the recipe!!

  17. I don't know if I could wait until dessert!

  18. Tricia, this is nice "right in your face" photography with a macro lens- makes me want to dive right in!

  19. Wow, these donuts look great...I love the intense color.
    Have a wonderful weekend Tricia :)

  20. Oh. My. Goodness!! The Little Men would be beside themselves with these!! I think their Noni needs to be on the hunt for a donut pan! =D

    Tricia, the clematis in your last post is just amazing! Wow! Such a beautiful color.

    Hope you'll share photos of your dress. =) And, I wish I knew something really wonderful to share... but, I steal all my recipes from you and a couple of other blog friends. ;) I do love to smoke or slow roast BIG pieces of beast for family gatherings. That might be my one claim to fame. LOL! I'll be thinking about you as this very special and busy time approaches. blessings ~ tanna

  21. OMG, this is pure temptation.
    The donuts look superb, such a dark and rich color.


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