Last updated on May 7th, 2021.

These Chocolate Baked Donuts are not only super easy to make but also moist, tender, and loaded with a dense chocolate flavor.

baked chocolate donuts recipe

It would be true to say that these days we are all in need of some chocolate love. But let’s be honest, this statement is true for any day.

These chocolate donuts are your “any time of day” answer to your “any time of the day” chocolate craving. You can dip it in melted chocolate, dust it with powdered sugar, or frost with plain frosted and sprinkles.

And in addition, this recipe is super easy and fast. All you need are basic ingredients, 2 bowls, 2 pans, and 25 minutes.

baked chocolate donuts recipe

Ingredients Used In This Recipe:

  • AP Flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, I like to use Hershey’s or Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder.
  • Light brown sugar, firstly it enhances the chocolate flavor and secondly, it adds moisture. In addition, you can use dark brown sugar or regular sugar.
  • baking powder
  • Salt
  • Chocolate Chips, dark, semi-sweet, or milk. Your choice. (I like to use mini chocolate chips)
  • Espresso Powder, optional. You can also use instant coffee.
  • Eggs
  • Milk, full fat preferably.
  • Vinegar, regular or apple cider. This is a super important ingredient. It helps the donuts become soft and moist. However, if you do not have any vinegar, use freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Unsalted Butter, melted and slightly cooled. If using salted butter, drop the salt.

How To to make these donuts:

Very simple. Firstly, mix all dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, secondly mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Then lastly pure wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix to incorporate.

I like to pipe the batter into the donut pans, but you can use a spoon to do so.

How to store the donuts:

The donuts can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days, and also bagged unfrosted in a freezable bag and frozen for up to two weeks.

baked chocolate donuts recipe
baked chocolate donuts recipe

Few more notes about this Chocolate Baked Donuts

  • This recipe was adapted from King Arthur Flour and it also calls for an additional 1 tsp of Baking Soda. I chose to skip it because it made the donuts overflow and get flat.
  • Feel free to get creative and add nuts, crushed Oreo cookies, coconut, or whatever you chose instead of the chocolate chips. Same with the topping.
  • You can skip the chocolate icing and just dust with powdered sugar or regular icing.
  • For a smaller batch, cut the recipe in half.


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5 from 2 votes

Triple Chocolate Baked Donuts

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baked chocolate donts, chocolate donuts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 15 Donuts


  • 2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder (57 g/ 2 oz)
  • 1 3/4 Cups AP Flour ( 206 g/ 7 1/4 oz)
  • 3/4 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 1/4 Cups Light Brown Sugar (266 g/ 9 1/3 oz)
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips (170 g/ 6 oz)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 3/4 Cups Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp vinegar, white or cider
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, Melted (or 1/3 cup vegetable oil) (113 g/ 4 oz)

Chocolate Icing

  • 1 Cup Chocolate chips (170 g/ 6 oz)“
  • 4 TBS Whole milk or Half and Half
  • 1 Cup Sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 2 standard donuts pans. 

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, espresso powder, sugar and Chocolate Chips.

  3. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the milk, eggs, vinegar and vanilla extract. 

  4. Pour the liquid mix into the flour mix following the melted butter and mix just to combine.

  5. Pipe or spoon the batter into the Donuts pans 3/4 full.

  6. Baked for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow 5-10 minutes to cook before removing from the pans.

  7. When completely cool, melt the chocolate chips and milk together and whisk until you get a smooth icing.

  8. Dip each donut in the chocolate icing and add the sprinkles.

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10 Comments on " Chocolate Baked Donuts "

  1. Dikla

    So much fun reading this! haha Delicious looking donuts and I can’t wait to try them!

    1. Dikla

      Thank you so much Erica!!!!

  2. Dikla

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. I’ve been looking for a baked donut recipe and finally found the perfect one on your blog. Just made it today, and everyone loves it ❤❤❤❤

    1. Dikla

      Thank you so much Sashy!!! go happy to read this!

  3. Dikla

    5 stars
    These baked donuts are oh so chocolate my and decadent. Will be making these again for sure!!

    1. Dikla

      thank you so much, Nasreen, so glad you liked it!

  4. Dikla

    Unless I’m blind…but I didn’t see in the directions when to add the sugar. I just added it with my dry ingredients.

    1. Dikla

      You are right to add the sugar to the dry ingredients.

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