Baked Chocolate Donuts with rich, cream Peanut Butter Frosting.
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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. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Yields: 14 donuts
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Jen Sobjack


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


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease 2 donut pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a whisk.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Donuts are best served immediately.

Make ahead tip

  • 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.



Serving: 1donut | Calories: 182kcal

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.