Baked Chocolate Donuts – Sugar Spun Run

These straightforward 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.

Simple 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 straightforward 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.

When 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.
  • Simple to make with no mixer required.
  • Makes an ideal chocolatey breakfast or dessert.

What You Want

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

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

  • Buttermilk. Buttermilk provides tenderness and taste to the donuts. If you happen to can’t discover this in your native grocery retailer, you possibly can at all times make my straightforward buttermilk substitute.
  • Cornstarch. One in all my favourite secret elements! Cornstarch provides softness and makes these chocolate donuts soften in your mouth.
  • Cocoa powder. I favor 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.
  • Very popular water. I whisk the cocoa powder into highly regarded water to be able to “bloom” it, which simply means we’re intensifying the chocolate taste (which may in any other case fall flat if the cocoa isn’t bloomed). If you happen to actually wished to amp up the chocolate taste, you could possibly use highly regarded espresso as an alternative. Both means, ensure 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 if you happen to’re not a coconut fan.

Bear in mind, that is simply an outline of the elements I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the submit!

The right way to 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 recent water and cocoa powder in a big measuring cup (whisk effectively!), 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 all the things is mixed.
  2. Pipe or drop the batter right into a greased/floured donut pan and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350F.
  3. Take a look at 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 fully 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: Identical to any fast bread batter (pancakes, banana bread, muffins, and many others.), these chocolate donuts are liable 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 greatest 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 feel these chocolate donuts will maintain up simply high-quality saved within the freezer in an hermetic container. Be sure to wrap the donuts in plastic wrap earlier than freezing!

If you happen to’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 and not using a donut pan?

You could possibly get away with piping the batter onto a baking sheet, however there’s probability that it’ll unfold and your donuts could have flat bottoms as an alternative of rounded. Personally, I like to recommend shopping for a donut pan (I linked to the one I exploit beneath) for greatest 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 seemingly simply disintigrate within the oil. If you happen to’re in search of a fried donut, see my do-it-yourself 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! If you happen to do this 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 straightforward 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

Prepare dinner Time: 11 minutes

Whole Time: 26 minutes

Servings: 12 donuts

Energy: 274kcal

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  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and evenly 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 gentle 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 effectively.

    1 massive 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 rigorously turning out to a cooling rack to chill fully earlier than overlaying with glaze.


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

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

  • Dip the graceful floor of every donut solely into the chocolate glaze. Return to a cooling rack for the glaze to set earlier than having fun with. If desired, beautify glaze with sprinkles whereas icing continues to be moist.



These donuts style greatest 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 data is predicated on third-party calculations and ought to be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will range primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.

I initially revealed 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 photographs to replicate this and added a how-to video.