Chocolate Chip Mini Donuts


Before we get started I wanted to tell you about an bake sale going on over at The Spiffy Cookie today.  I am making my Malt Double Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Trust me, you want to check it out.

Ok, now onto these “Donuts”.  I am jealous of every one of you out there with a donut pan.  You know who you are, posting about Cookie Dough Donuts, Chocolate Cake Donuts, Key Lime Donuts…it just never ends!  I can’t justify just buying a donut pan, and even if I could, the store I was at the other day didn’t have them.

So, what is a girl to do?  Turn to my mini muffin pan, and make mini “donuts”!  Yeah, I know they look nothing like donuts.  They couldn’t even pass for donut holes, but I don’t care.   If I didn’t over fill the pan, they might be able to pass for donut holes cousin?  No?  Who cares, they taste the same!  Just go with me here!  For all of you without a donut pan, there is hope!

The final straw was when I saw this recipe by Lindsay.  I just couldn’t stay quiet any longer.  Her’s are real donuts, with a gorgeous glaze.  I wasn’t sure how mine were going to work, so I just used chocolate frosting.  Next time….glaze!!


Chocolate Chip Mini Donuts
Slightly adapted from Gingerbread Bagels

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 Tbls butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Chocolate Frosting (store bought is fine)

Preheat the oven to 425.  Spray a mini muffin (or donut) pan with non stick spray.

In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Add buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla.  Stir until just combined.  Do not over mix.  Gently fold in chocolate chips.  Fill the muffin pan about 2/3 full.  I filled mine further, and you can see what happened.

Bake for about 9 minutes.  Let rest in pan for 5 minutes.  Then remove and place on a wire rack to fully cool, before frosting.



  1. My kids would all love these! They do not care if they look like donuts, as long as they taste like donuts 🙂

  2. Cupcake doughnuts! Love it.

  3. That is so resourceful to use your mini muffin pan! Brilliant!

  4. What an excellent idea to use a mini-muffin pan, love it!

  5. Girl, you call ’em whatever you want. When ya’ got something that delicious, you have at it! YUM!

  6. I don’t have a mini muffin pan either. I love that you changed it up though to still make some “donuts”. I have been going back and forth about getting another pan for a really long time. Fun sprinkles!

  7. D’awww. Adorable. I don’t even like donuts, but awww. 🙂 Very cute serving idea!

  8. Such a pretty sweet chocolate treat;-)

  9. Mini is always better… you can eat more! 😀

  10. They say necessity is the mother of invention…if you need a donut, make muffins! Congrats – they look terrific!

  11. Erin, these are simply adorable! i love mini desserts. it justifies me eating more & more & more… 🙂

  12. Mini muffin pans work perfectly for donut recipes. These look so awesome Erin, thanks for the link love!

  13. Donuts, muffins…you can call them sandwiches for all I care just serve ’em up! Yum!

  14. Cool idea Erin! Very ingenious of you. Now those of us with no doughnut pan (I’m one of those people too) can try our hands at a doughnut recipe 🙂

  15. Oooo, My My My,
    these look Amaaazing. Yummms. <3

  16. Oh yum! The cupcakes sound fabolous!!! Perfect for a after dinner treat!!

  17. this is a good day for me…yum…chocolate! and even though they don’t look like donuts, but i can imagine them tasting yummy from across the screen!

  18. I have not tried to make doughnuts because I don’t have a doughnut pan… now I can try it with a mini muffin pan!! Great idea. 🙂

  19. Adorable…love the portion-controlled size!!

  20. I have been so jealous of baked doughnuts, but can’t bring myself to buy a special pan. Now I don’t have to – thanks Erin!

  21. These are so cute. And I bet these taste better than donuts!

  22. What a great idea. I bought a mini doughnut pan months ago but have yet to make mini doughnuts! These look so cute!

  23. I love your donut muffins! I agree, it gets out of control if you start buying all these special baking pans. These look so yummy!

  24. Whatever we are going to call them…I just want some! And I am all for the frosting too 🙂

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