Chocolate Peppermint Donuts

“BLESSED IS THE SEASON WHICH ENGAGES THE WHOLE WORLD IN A CONSPIRACY OF LOVE.”  Hamilton Wright Mabie

Chocolate Peppermint Donuts | From My Sweet Heart

There is a conspiracy going on all right!  And it’s happening at the Chocolate Party!  Led by the amazing, talented and creative Roxana of Roxana’s Home Baking; my fellow bakers and I have conspired to add mint to our chocolate!  Truthfully, I am more of a mellow mint girl.  Spearmint and wintergreen are about all I can handle.  But who can resist peppermint at this time of year?!  So I decided on these rich, moist, chocolate cake donuts with a sweet, fudgey,chocolate peppermint glaze and strewn with chunks of crunchy, chopped peppermint bark!  Conspire to make these for someone you love, here’s what you’ll need to do. . . . .

 

 

Chocolate Peppermint Donuts | From My Sweet Heart

 

YIELDS:  12 donuts

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:  Easy

 

CHOCOLATE CAKE DONUTS:

  • 1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of instant espresso coffee crystals
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of mini semi sweet chocolate pieces

Preheat your oven to 375°F.  I used 2 ( 3 inch, 6 donut) pans.  Spray them liberally with cooking spray and set them aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, cocoa powder, granulated sugar, coffee crystals, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and set aside.  In a medium bowl, combine the egg, milk and melted butter.  Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture and stir until it is just smooth.  Then stir in the chocolate pieces. 

Spoon the batter into a large disposable pastry bag or large resealable plastic bag.  Snip the tip of the pastry bag or corner of the plastic bag.  Pipe the batter into the prepared donut pans filling the pans a little more than half full. 

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched.  Cool in the pan for 2 minutes and the invert the donuts onto a wire rack. 

 

Chocolate Peppermint Donuts | From My Sweet Heart

CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT GLAZE:

  • 4 ounces of chopped, semi sweet chocolate
  • 4 Tablespoons of butter
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of natural peppermint flavoring

In a small saucepan, combine the chocolate and butter.  Cook and stir over medium low heat until melted.  Remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar, corn syrup and peppermint flavoring.  Stir in enough hot water, about 4-5 Tablespoons, one Tablespoon at a time to make a thick glaze.  Spoon the glaze over the donuts, allowing the excess to drip off.  Place the donuts, glazed side up, on a wire rack and sprinkle with chopped peppermint bark, peppermint sprinkles, chopped candy canes, etc.  Let stand until the glaze is set.

The first time I made these donuts, I did not fill the pans quite half full and the batch came out much smaller.  I used the same glaze and sprinkled them with candy cane sprinkles.  They were nice for a smaller bite, but not as moist as the larger donuts.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens.

 

Chocolate Peppermint Donuts | From My Sweet Heart

Enjoy!  And be sure to visit the Chocolate Party to see what everyone else did with chocolate and peppermint!



Comments

  1. Thanks for saying hi on my site! And your donuts look awesome! I haven’t made chocolate donuts in maybe 18 months -eek! I need to – and yours are fab looking!

  2. These donuts look incredible, Anne! So perfect for the chocolate party! :)

  3. Omg, this is beautiful sugar high on steroids…I looove it!

  4. What delicious donuts my friend :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Love chocolate and mint together and I would eat these donuts as dessert after dinner. :) Looks amazing! Hope you are having a wonderful week my friend. :)

  6. These are officially the best donuts ever! Brilliant, sweet Anne! And gorgeous!

  7. I love cake doughnuts more than yeast raised. Unless of course its a hot off the presses Krispy Kreme. These came out perfect and would be hard to share….but I would!

  8. Oh my word, those are heavenly! Way to go Anne, I think I would live on these this time of year!

  9. I like any kind of mint. Peppermint wouldn’t be my first choice, but I’ll gladly take it – it combines so well with chocolate. I don’t think I’ve ever had it in a doughnut – silly me! Definitely time to correct that. ;-) Good stuff – thanks.

    • Thanks John…..you know….peppermint isn’t my first choice either. Somehow, I can do it around the holidays! : )

  10. This looks like a great party to me! It is hard to resist the chocolate-peppermint combo at Christmas. Growing up, one of my dogs always ate candy canes!

  11. Oh, boy, these look fantastic! My sons would LOVE this on Christmas morning…of course, that would mean they’d have to be up before noon :/

  12. These look dangerously addicting! The glaze is extremely rich and delish.

  13. Great addition to the chocolate party!!! The glaze with the peppermint is amazing looking;-)

  14. Are these cookies legal?! Love them, they’re so full of flavour!

  15. Wow what a lovely combo…chocolate and pepermint. Looks fabulous. First time here…you have a fantastic blog with lovely recipes:)

    • Thanks Nina….and I really love your blog! That veggie pizza with Indian spices looks amazing and your photography is so beautiful! : )

  16. Mmm, these are perfect! I am all about peppermint and chocolate this time of year!

  17. A conspiracy of love of chocolate! Anne, this dessert is a stunner (as always). You have an amazing talent for putting the right ingredients together to make little mouthfuls of heaven! Love those glossy chocolate photos!

  18. OH EM GEE these donuts look like everything I could ask for in a donut and more. Amazing! I need to get myself a donut pan this Christmas – there are too many tantalizing recipes out there to continue living without one!

    • Thanks Nancy…..the first time I’ve used my pans and I was pretty pleased with the results! Hope you get one soon! : )

  19. Yes – there’s a conspiracy going on. A conspiracy to how many pounds we can put on our readers before the 25th even gets here! I’m now gaining at a rate of a pound a day and I haven’t even baked anything. :) Your brownies are awesome and definitely a way to pass the love this season! Chocolate donut with a chocolate mint glaze – you’re killing me!!!!

    • Thanks MJ…..I think I’m going to have to install a virtual treadmill widget on the side of my blog!!! ; – }

  20. Round, hole-in-the-middle, yummy goodness, perfect for this time of year. Who doesn’t love chocolate and mint?!?!?

  21. Yes! Best part of Christmas, peppermint! And who doesn’t love donuts? Great mashup :)

  22. This recipe confirms it: I need to buy a donut pan. I can’t fry donuts for the life of me (and frankly, who wants to waste calories on the oil when you can top it with gooey delicious chocolate?)

    • Thanks Kelly and I need to try your peppermint chocolate sandwich cookies…..they look so yummy and I love your pretty sprinkles! : )

  23. These are gorgeous Anne! I still have to make baked donuts. That chocolate glaze, really stunning!

  24. Anne, these look totally decadent and delicious! Wow what a wonderful combination, my mouth is watering!

    • Thanks Chris and your chocolate peppermint cream cheese cupcakes had me drooling over my keyboard….so pretty! : )

  25. I absolutely love chocolate mint at this time of year, and these are some beautiful donuts!

  26. Anne, these donuts look so delicious …. I am drooling on my keyboard :)

  27. i am so glad you are part of the chocolate party coz your creations always look delcious!
    it’s been ages since i made biscottis but i want to make them again now :)

    • Thanks Abeer….and I’m so glad you are a part of the chocolate party, too! Loved your pretty chocolate cake with your peppermint pointsettas! So clever! : )

  28. You’re going to put Dunkin Donuts out of business Anne!

  29. They look amazing! I wish Santa would have brought me a donut pan!

    • Thanks Kris….but I heard you got something way better than a donut pan! Congrats my friend! Sending you another email soon! : )

  30. I missed this post in December. WOW. I love your amazing donuts!!! I really need a donut pan. I’ve been thinking about it for a while now. I want to make these!

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