Baked Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

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These Baked Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting will take you back to your childhood when things were simpler. They are a reminder of just how tasty breakfast can be. This chocolate donut recipe will give you the best baked donuts you’ve ever had. The recipe walks you through how to make donuts from scratch that are perfectly soft, chocolaty, and not overly sweet. These donuts are great for breakfast, brunch or snack any time of day!

Baked Chocolate Donuts topped rich, creamy Peanut Butter Frosting and a bowl of frosting off to the side.

I am fully convinced that the only way to enjoy a chocolate donut is with peanut butter frosting.

It’s an obvious conclusion.

These chocolate donuts are perfectly balanced, lightly sweet, and decadent without being overly rich. The peanut butter frosting over the top makes them absolutely perfect all around.

It’s a challenge to eat just one, so consider this your warning.

Angled view of Baked Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting on a baking sheet.

This breakfast treat is so easy! It takes just a few minutes to put together and 10 minutes to bake. Overall, it will take you about 30 minutes to make the donuts.

First, you need to whip up the decadent chocolate donut batter. That requires mixing the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another then combining the two. Two bowls and a whisk. Those are the only tools necessary for this recipe.

I used buttermilk and melted butter for an extra rich and tender donut. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can use sour cream or make your own buttermilk by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to 3/4 cup of regular whole milk.

I turned to cocoa powder for an intense chocolate flavor. And naturally, chocolate isn’t complete without its partner in crime – peanut butter.

A thick creamy frosting made with peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and heavy cream is slathered over the top of each donut. This is the ultimate flavor combination.

Peanut Butter Frosting in a glass bowl.

Fluffy baked chocolate donuts in a few short steps

  1. Mix the dry ingredients
  2. Mix the wet ingredients
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients
  4. Transfer to a donut pan and bake
  5. Top with creamy peanut butter frosting
  6. ENJOY!

Love baked donuts as much as I do? Check out this recipe for Strawberry Cake Donuts!

A baked chocolate peanut butter donut with a bite taken out.

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Baked Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

These Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting will take you back to your childhood when things were simpler. They are a reminder of just how tasty breakfast can be. This chocolate donut recipe will give you the best baked donuts you’ve ever had. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate donuts, donuts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yields 14 donuts
Calories 182 kcal
Author Jen Sobjack

Ingredients

For the donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder sifted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted and cooled

For the frosting

  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar sifted
  • 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease 2 donut pans with cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a whisk.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, buttermilk, and butter. Whisk until well combined. Add to flour mixture and mix just until moistened. Be careful not to over mix. The mixture will be thick.

  4. Pour mixture into a large zip-top bag and cut the corner off. Pipe the mixture into the prepared pans, filling each donut mold 2/3 full. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the donuts spring back when touched. Allow the donuts to cool in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

Make the frosting

  1. Place the butter and peanut butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir vigorously to combine. Stir the sugar into the peanut butter mixture. Gradually stir in the cream one tablespoon at a time, stirring well after each addition, until the frosting is smooth. The frosting will be thick. Dip the tops of each donut into the frosting. Use the back of a spoon to smooth the frosting if needed.

  2. Donuts are best served immediately.

Make ahead tip

  1. Store frosted donuts in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

    The donuts can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Nutritional values here on my recipes should be used as a general guide only. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

Jen Sobjack

Jen has a passion for baking and she’s dedicated to bringing you classic dessert recipes filled with more flavor and creativity. When Jen isn’t in the kitchen she’s traveling with her husband in search of the best places with the greatest experiences. You can follow their travel journeys on Instagram and Youtube!

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