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)
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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!
Tricia

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32 Comments

  1. says

    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. :)

  2. says

    oh my GOSH! Those look amazing, Tricia. I am going to have to cave to the doughnut pan purchase eventually too!<br /><br />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. ;)

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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!) :)

  5. says

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

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