Chocolate Chip Mini Donuts

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Chocolate Mini Donuts – the perfect easy mini donut recipe! They bake up light, fluffy, and are topped with a delicious chocolate glaze! Super easy to make, fast, and you can even make full size donuts too!

Are you a sweet or savory breakfast kind of person? I fall firmly in the sweet camp. I will take Chocolate Chip Muffins or Easy Cinnamon Rolls for breakfast any day of the week.

Some members of my family lean towards savory and crave Breakfast Tacos often. But one thing we can all agree on is donuts! For breakfast, a snack or dessert, we all love classic donuts!

baked donut with chocolate glaze and sprinkles

 

These baked donuts are made in a mini muffin tin, but you can really make them in any size or type of pan you have! Full sized baked donuts are delicious. Before I had a donut pan, I made them in a mini muffin tin and I used a muffin top pan. So anything that can hold batter works!

The thing about baked donuts is, it is really just an excuse to eat cake for breakfast. I mean, muffins are pretty much cake without the frosting. But these baked mini donuts have a glaze and everything. But if you cut the center out, it is a donut, not cake and you can eat it at 7am guilt free!

What You’ll Need

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
a dozen chocolate donuts on wire rack

What you top these donuts with is completely up to you! You could toss them in cinnamon and sugar for a more traditional mini donut experience. You can use a vanilla glaze, chocolate glaze, or even use store bought chocolate frosting. I obviously used a chocolate glaze for these pictures, but follow the instructions in this Homemade Donut Recipe for a traditional vanilla glaze.

Chocolate Glaze Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Light Corn Syrup
  • Chocolate
  • Powdered Sugar

The type of chocolate you use will determine how sweet or dark your glaze is. I usually use semi-sweet, because I like things a little sweeter. Bittersweet is great if you like things a little darker.

baked donuts on a cooling rack

How To Make Mini Donuts

  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until it is well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl beat buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla together until smooth.
  3. Add buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until it is just combined. You do not want to overmix.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly dispersed.
  5. Fill a well greased muffin tin about 2/3rd of the way full. Bake for 7-8 minutes until they are golden and a tester comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and let them rest for about 5 minutes before removing from the pan and cooling on a wire rack.

How To Glaze Donuts

  1. To make the glaze, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate, milk and corn syrup and stir until everything is melted and smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar.
  2. Immediately dip the to of a cooled donut into the icing and place back on the wire rack to set up.
  3. If you are using sprinkles, you will want to dip 3-4 donuts and then put the sprinkles on. The icing does set up pretty quickly once it is on the donuts.
mini donut getting dipped in chocolate glaze

What If I Don’t Have A Donut Pan

You can use just about any pan to make these. I have used a mini muffin pan and a muffin top pan before. Honestly, you could use a cake pan and then just cut out small shapes or pieces and they would taste the same. The baking time will just differ if you are baking something bigger.

How Long Do Donuts Last

These will last about 2 days and still be light, fluffy and delicious. If you want to make them ahead, it is best to make the donuts ahead and just add the glaze when you are ready to serve them. This way they will taste fresher and the glaze won’t make them soggy.

chocolate mini donuts on wire rack

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4.50 from 6 votes

Chocolate Chip Mini Donuts

By Erin
Chocolate Mini Donuts – the perfect easy mini donut recipe! They bake up light, fluffy, and are topped with a delicious chocolate glaze! Super easy to make, fast, and you can even make full size donuts too!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Chocolate Glaze

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 425º F. Grease a mini muffin pan well. Set aside
  • In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until it is well combined.
  • In a separate bowl beat buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla together until smooth.
  • Add buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until it is just combined. You do not want to overmix.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly dispersed.
  • Fill a well greased muffin tin about 2/3rd of the way full. Bake for 7-8 minutes until they are golden and a tester comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and let them rest for about 5 minutes before removing from the pan and cooling on a wire rack.
  • To make the glaze, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate, milk and corn syrup and stir until everything is melted and smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the powdered sugar.
  • Immediately dip the to of a cooled donut into the icing and place back on the wire rack to set up.
  • If you are using sprinkles, you will want to dip 3-4 donuts and then put the sprinkles on. The icing does set up pretty quickly once it is on the donuts.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 98mg | Sugar: 12g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 103
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29 Comments

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

  2. 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 🙂

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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!