The Best Chocolate Baked Doughnuts

The Best Chocolate Baked Doughnuts: These baked chocolate doughnuts are easy to make and so decadently delicious. Studded with chocolate chips inside and full of chocolate flavor, you won’t miss the fryer for these!

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Do you ever get those cravings that hit full force and won’t let go until satisfied?

Uh-huh, you know what I’m talking about. The thing which makes a person tell every poor soul around that they feel like _____ for days, weeks (maybe even months!) on end until the glorious moment when they finally get it. I had been dealing with one of these cravings until it was finally put to rest yesterday. For weeks I had this craving for a sour cream doughnut, and even more specifically, a sour cream doughnut from Krispy Kreme. So yesterday I finally had enough.

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Sometimes on Sunday after church, we as a family like to occasionally to treat ourselves to some goodies from our favorite bakery in Dallas or maybe to some doughnuts from Top Pot. Yesterday was one of those days and the favored choice going around the car was the bakery. But me? I wanted a doughnut, I wanted Top Pot. I don’t know why, but sometimes I would happily pass on a Kouign Amann (seriously??) for the simple pleasure of a doughnut. I don’t know why – maybe it’s like the difference between classical and easy listening music; one is a more involved experience that requires most, if not all of a person’s attention to hear and process the beauties within, while the other requires very little thought and attention and is thus turned to in times when heavy brain involvement is not desired.

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Or maybe it’s like comfort food; that occasional desire for chicken pot pie, pizza, macaroni etc. as opposed to the more refined meal.

Whatever the reason, I wanted a doughnut. And even when the decision for the bakery was made, I was still determined to get my doughnut. So I did. After picking up some croissants and kouign amann, we went to Krispy Kreme and I finally got my long desired sour cream doughnut. I am satisfied. (However, Landon has been dealing with cravings involving a special In n Out burger and I have a feeling we won’t hear the end of it until he gets one. Patience, Landon, patience.)

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I don’t know what cravings you might have right now, but I sure hope doughnuts are in there somewhere, because today I have for you a baked doughnut recipe to end all baked doughnut recipes. I’ve talked before about my thoughts on doughnuts and fried vs baked and how fried is usually better for the authentic doughnut experience, but sometimes there are recipes that will not leave you missing the fried ones. This is one of them.

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This is a recipe my brother Parker has been making for years and it’s always a special treat when he does. Oh my goodness, they are the best home-baked chocolate doughnuts I’ve ever had. They are so perfectly chocolaty and melt-in-your-mouth. Some doughnut recipes can taste fudgy (which, depending on the recipe, can be good or bad) but these have just the right chocolate flavor. They also have a good texture as they’re not (sorry to use this word again) too fudgy and also not dry.

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Unfortunately, I’m not doing this recipe any justice in my description – I’m finding it very hard to explain why these are so so darn good! So all I can do is to strongly urge you to make them for yourself and taste the awesomeness. Make them and see why my family raves about and begs for these doughnuts.

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Please be sure to read the recipe notes before baking!

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  • 2 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 1 C. packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. espresso powder or instant coffee granules.
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 C. buttermilk (or regular milk)
  • 1 C. (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 (12 oz) bag mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Glaze:
  • 4 C. powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/3 C. milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Generously spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, sugar, espresso powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture, set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
  5. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture, stirring until smooth.(Some folding may be required to incorporate all the flour mixture.)
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Spoon batter into pans, filling cavities about ¾ full (please see note below if you haven’t already!).
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until tops spring back when lightly touched or toothpick comes out with moist crumbs attached when inserted.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 5 minutes.
  10. Invert doughnuts onto a cooling rack and let cool almost completely before glazing. During this time you can go ahead and re-spray pan and bake more doughnuts.
  11. For the glaze:
  12. In a medium bowl, combine first 3 ingredients.
  13. Add milk, whisking to combine (start with ¼ C. and add a little more if glaze is too thick).
  14. Place wax or parchment paper under rack/s with doughnuts.
  15. Spread glaze generously over doughnut tops, or dip if making mini doughnuts(if desired, top with sprinkles). Let stand a few minutes to allow glaze to set before serving.
  16. Yields: 15 doughnuts


For mini doughnuts, I would recommend halving the recipe - unless you need more than 36 doughnuts (the recipe as is would yield about 70+). :)

For a mini doughnut pan, fill cavities ½ full instead of ¾. Bake for 6-8 minutes.

These doughnuts are pretty versatile topping-wise. I haven’t tried any of these options personally, but I think some of these glazes/toppings would be fun to play around with:

For a fall theme, try a pumpkin or maple glaze.

For Christmas, maybe a chocolate peppermint glaze with crushed peppermints on top?

A ganache topping would be tasty!

A plain powdered sugar coating would be fun as well.

Feel free to experiment around!

Recipe only slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.



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    November 15, 2016
    You don't need to explain why these are so good... I can tell just from the photos!! That icing is seriously perfect :)
    • Reply


      November 15, 2016
      Haha, thanks, Sues! For some reason, words were evading me while trying to write a description! :)


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