Baked Chocolate Doughnuts

Mother's Day is the perfect day to break in that new doughnut pan. You could make apple cider doughnuts, blueberry doughnuts, cinnamon doughnuts with maple glaze. But, really, what’s better than chocolate for breakfast?

And these chocolate doughnuts couldn’t be more simple to make. They really take just 30 minutes from start to finish. They're fluffy, moist, and much more healthy than their fried counterparts -- even with a drizzle of buttermilk glaze on top.

So go ahead and spoil your mom this weekend! She deserves it.

Baked Chocoalte Doughnuts

Makes 6 doughnuts.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain salt
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon buttermilk

Lightly grease a doughnut pan, and preheat the oven to 350°F.

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Then whisk in the sugar, salt, and nutmeg.

Add the butter, and using your fingers or a pastry blender, rub it into the dry ingredients until it becomes crumbly.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, yogurt, vanilla, and egg. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture, and stir until just combined. Do not overmix, or your doughnuts will be rubbery.

Fill each cup of the doughnut pan 1/2 to 3/4 full. You can do this with a spoon, a piping bag, or a plastic bag with a hole cut into the corner.

Bake for 6 to 10 minutes (depending on the size of your doughnut pan), until the doughnuts spring back when touched. Let them cool slightly on a wire rack before glazing.

For the glaze: Combine 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon buttermilk. Add more buttermilk, if necessary, in small amounts until a smooth paste forms. Drizzle onto warm doughnuts and serve.

(Adapted from Lara Ferroni via Iowa Girl Eats)