Decadent Chocolate Donuts

One bite of these yummy chocolate donuts and you'll be hooked. Cover in powdered sugar or chocolate glaze for a delicious breakfast dessert!

Decadent Chocolate Doughnuts
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Cool Time:
2 mins
Bake Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
36 doughnuts


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder or instant coffee crystals

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

  • 1 recipe Chocolate Glaze, Powdered Sugar Glaze, granulated sugar, and/or powdered sugar

  • Sprinkles (optional)

Chocolate Glaze

  • 3 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • 3 tablespoon butter

  • 3 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon light-color corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 4 tablespoon hot water

Powdered Sugar Glaze

  • 4 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoon light-color corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously coat a 2-inch doughnut pan with cooking spray; set aside.

  2. In a large bowl stir together flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, the 1/4 cup granulated sugar, the coffee powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture. In a medium bowl combine egg, milk, and melted butter. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture; stir just until smooth. Stir in chocolate pieces.

  3. Spoon batter into a large resealable plastic bag; snip off one corner of the bag. Pipe batter into the prepared pan, filling rings about half full.

  4. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes.* Invert doughnuts onto rack. Cool pan and spray with nonstick cooking spray between batches.

  5. To coat doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze and/or Powdered Sugar Glaze, cool doughnuts completely. Spoon or spread glaze atop doughnuts, allowing excess to drip off. Place doughnuts, glazed sides up, on wire racks. If desired, top with sprinkles. Let stand until glaze is set.

  6. To coat doughnuts with granulated sugar and/or powdered sugar, place sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Working in batches, add hot doughnuts to bag. Seal bag; shake gently to coat.

Chocolate Glaze

  1. In a small saucepan combine chocolate and butter. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla until combined. Stir in enough hot water to make a thick glaze. If necessary, as glaze stands, stir in additional hot water to thin to its original consistency. Makes about 1-1/2 cups.

Powdered Sugar Glaze

  1. In a large bowl stir together powdered sugar, corn syrup, and vanilla. Stir in enough milk to make a thick glaze of drizzling consistency. Makes about 1-1/2 cups.


For best results, don't skip the 2-minute cooling time before removing the doughnuts from the pan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
7g Fat
24g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 2g
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 53mg 1%
Folate, total 8.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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