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. 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!
Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting
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.
Components of decadent chocolate donuts
Wheat flour is used to give the donuts a sturdy texture. Eggs, milk, and butter teeter the texture over to a soft and spongy consistency.
If you want a deeper chocolate taste, try using dark cocoa powder in place of unsweetened.
Of course, 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.
You can have decadent donuts in just a few simple steps
- Mix the dry ingredients
- Mix the wet ingredients
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients
- Transfer to a donut pan and bake
- Top with creamy peanut butter frosting
The ingredients needed for baked chocolate donuts
- Wheat flour
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Granulated sugar
- Unsalted butter
- Vanilla extract
- Peanut butter
- Confectioners’ sugar
- Heavy cream
Tools need for this recipe
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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. 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!Chocolate donuts that are baked and smeared with a creamy peanut butter frosting. So simple and delicious!
- 2 cups white wheat flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the frosting
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease 2 donut pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir with a whisk.
In a separate larger bowl, combine the sugar and butter. Add the milk, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until well combined. Fold the flour mixture into butter mixture, mixing just until moistened. Be careful not to over mix. The mixture will be thick.
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 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
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.
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