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Easy Baked Chocolate Donuts Recipe

Enjoy making baked chocolate donuts at home with this easy recipe! You’ll love this rich, delicious treat with chocolate icing on top.

baked chocolate donuts

When the sweet, irresistible aroma of chocolate wafts through the kitchen, it’s hard not to feel a little giddy. That’s the magic of baking, especially when the result is as delightful as a batch of freshly baked donuts.

Today, I’m thrilled to share with you my favorite recipe for baked chocolate donuts, complete with a luxurious chocolate glaze that’s the epitome of indulgence.

These are lovingly crafted in your own kitchen. And the best part? They’re baked, not fried, making them a tad healthier (but let’s be honest, we’re here for the flavor, not the calorie count).

The chocolate glaze gives a double dose of cocoa goodness. Silky, glossy, and decadently sweet, it coats each donut with a layer of joy.

Now, you might be thinking, “But I’m no baker,” or “Chocolate donuts sound complicated.” I’ve designed this recipe to be straightforward and fun, perfect for both seasoned bakers and first-timers.

So, why bake chocolate donuts at home? Because there’s something incredibly satisfying about creating your own baked goods.

It’s about more than just the flavors; it’s about the experience, the joy of sharing, and the pride in saying, “I made these!”

baked chocolate donuts recipe

Whether it’s a special occasion, a treat for the family, or just a way to brighten a regular day, these baked chocolate donuts are sure to bring smiles all around.

You’re about to discover just how easy and rewarding it can be to bring the bakery experience into your home. And who knows?

This chocolate donuts recipe might just become your new go-to for satisfying those sweet cravings.

Tips for Making Delicious Donuts

Before you dive into this recipe, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) donuts. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom.

Use Quality Ingredients

Start with high-quality ingredients, especially when it comes to the flour and cocoa powder for chocolate donuts. Using good quality cocoa powder will greatly enhance the chocolate flavor.

Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. You don’t want clumps. However, overmixing can result in tough donuts.

Use a Donut Pan

Use a non-stick donut pan for even baking and easy release. If you don’t have a donut pan, a muffin tin can work in a pinch, but the shape will be different.

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Try the Piping Bag Trick

For a smooth and even distribution of batter in the donut pan, use a piping bag or a large zip-top bag with a corner cut off.

Avoid Overfilling

Fill each donut well about two-thirds full. Overfilling can cause the batter to overflow and lose that classic donut shape.

Cool in the Pan

Let the donuts cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps them set and makes them easier to remove without breaking.

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Ready to try the recipe? Here’s what you’re going to need.


  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted (or unsalted, add 1/2 tsp salt)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

Tips and Thoughts for This Recipe

You can use regular, dark, or Dutch process cocoa powder in this recipe. We typically use regular cocoa powder since the glaze will add more flavor as well.

For a richer donut, you can use dark chocolate chips. For a sweeter donut, you can use milk chocolate chips.

To increase the chocolate flavor on these donuts, try adding a cup of mini chocolate chips to the batter.

It is important to make sure no clumps of flour or cocoa powder remain unincorporated in your batter. This is a major factor when it comes to developing a soft, well-structured donut.

We like to use a mix of cream and milk to add some extra moisture to the donuts, but you can also use entirely whole milk.

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Store your donuts in an airtight container on the counter for up to 5 days. You can enjoy these donuts at room temperature or reheat them for 30 seconds in the microwave.

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Get the printable recipe for these donuts below:

Yield: 1 dozen donuts

Chocolate Donuts

baked chocolate donuts

These homemade baked chocolate donuts, featuring a perfect blend of a soft, cake-like texture and rich, deep chocolate flavor.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Bake Time 16 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes



  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder


  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a donut pan in butter or nonstick cooking spray.Donut pan
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use a whisk to beat together the milk, heavy cream, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter until homogenous.milk, heavy cream, eggs, vanilla, and melted butter in a bowl
  3. Add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and baking soda to the mixing bowl. Gently whisk the ingredients together until combined and no clumps of dry flour or cocoa powder remain.Flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and baking soda mixed with the wet ingredients in the bowl
  4. Fill the pan with batter and bake your donuts for 16 minutes.Chocolate donut batter added to a donut pan
  5. Once your donuts have finished cooking, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for about 45 seconds, or until fully melted.Chocolate donuts baked and cooling in a donut pan
  6. Dip the top of each donut in the chocolate and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Serve your donuts immediately or wait for the chocolate to set.Baked donuts with chocolate frosting setting on a wire rack

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 donut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 3gSugar: 30gProtein: 6g

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If you enjoyed these delicious baked goods, let me know in the comments! I’d also love for you to check out these other sweet donut recipes and posts:

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