Chocolate Doughnuts
Chocolate Doughnuts
5 from 1 vote
Master the art of making scrumptious Chocolate Doughnuts at home. This recipe explores the rich history, complexity, and joy of creating a beloved dessert, guiding you through each step to ensure a delightful culinary adventure.
Chocolate Doughnuts

Who can resist the allure of freshly made chocolate doughnuts? This delightful treat brings together the irresistible flavors of cocoa and sweetness, wrapped in a fluffy, golden exterior.

While doughnuts are often associated with morning indulgences or afternoon delights, these chocolate-infused wonders are a timeless classic suitable for any occasion.

Originating from humble beginnings, doughnuts have evolved into a beloved staple of bakeries worldwide. From the bustling streets of New York City to quaint cafes in Paris, the allure of a freshly fried doughnut transcends borders and cultures. And when chocolate enters the equation, the temptation only grows stronger.

Despite their decadent reputation, crafting homemade chocolate doughnuts is surprisingly approachable, even for novice bakers. With a handful of pantry staples and a bit of patience, you can create a batch of these delectable treats to share with loved ones or savor all to yourself.

Expert Tip: For a smoother glaze, melt the chocolate and cream over a double boiler or in short bursts in the microwave, stirring frequently until smooth and glossy.


Plain Flour: Flour serves as the foundation of the dough, providing structure and texture to our chocolate doughnuts. It helps achieve that perfect balance between light and airy while ensuring a satisfying bite with every mouthful.

Cocoa Powder: The star of the show, cocoa powder infuses our doughnuts with rich, chocolatey flavor. Its deep, indulgent notes elevate the taste profile, transforming ordinary doughnuts into a decadent delight that chocolate lovers will adore.

Baking Powder: Baking powder acts as a leavening agent, helping our doughnuts rise to fluffy perfection. It creates those coveted air pockets within the dough, resulting in a light and airy texture that melts in your mouth.

Baking Soda: Working in tandem with baking powder, baking soda contributes to the dough’s rise, ensuring a soft and tender crumb. Its alkaline properties react with acidic ingredients, helping to neutralize any tanginess and achieve a balanced flavor profile.

Salt: Often overlooked but essential, salt enhances the overall taste of our chocolate doughnuts. It acts as a flavor enhancer, bringing out the richness of the cocoa and balancing the sweetness of the sugar.

Caster Sugar: Caster sugar adds sweetness to the doughnuts, creating a perfect harmony of flavors. Its fine texture ensures smooth incorporation into the batter, resulting in a uniformly sweet and delectable treat.

Eggs: Eggs bind the ingredients together, providing structure and stability to our doughnut batter. They also contribute to the dough’s richness, resulting in a moist and tender crumb that’s simply irresistible.

Milk: Milk adds moisture to the dough, ensuring our chocolate doughnuts are soft and tender. It also contributes to the dough’s richness, imparting a subtle creaminess that complements the cocoa perfectly.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the flavor profile of our doughnuts, adding depth and complexity to the chocolatey goodness. Its warm, aromatic notes elevate the taste experience, making each bite a moment of pure indulgence.

Unsalted Butter: Butter adds richness and flavor to our doughnuts, resulting in a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Its creamy goodness infuses every bite with irresistible decadence, ensuring a truly memorable indulgence.

Vegetable Oil: Vegetable oil is used for frying the doughnuts, providing the perfect crispy exterior while keeping the interior light and fluffy. Its high smoke point makes it ideal for deep frying, ensuring our doughnuts achieve a golden brown perfection.

Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is the key ingredient for our decadent glaze, providing a luxurious, indulgent coating for our chocolate doughnuts. Its intense cocoa flavor adds depth and sophistication, elevating the overall taste experience to new heights.

Double Cream: Double cream lends a creamy richness to our chocolate glaze, creating a smooth and velvety texture that coats each doughnut in pure decadence. Its luxurious mouthfeel enhances the indulgent nature of our sweet treat, making it utterly irresistible.

Sprinkles: Sprinkles add a playful touch to our chocolate doughnuts, providing a burst of color and whimsy to each bite. Whether you opt for classic rainbow sprinkles or shimmering metallics, they’re sure to delight both young and old alike.

Expert Tip: Do not overcrowd the pan when frying the doughnuts to allow them to cook evenly and prevent sticking together.

Serving Suggestions

  • Enjoy your freshly made chocolate doughnuts with a piping hot cup of coffee for the ultimate indulgent breakfast or afternoon snack.
  • Serve alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful dessert that’s sure to impress guests at your next gathering.
  • Pack a few doughnuts in your picnic basket for a sweet treat on the go during outdoor adventures or leisurely park outings.
  • Pair with a glass of cold milk for a nostalgic snack that evokes memories of childhood joy and simple pleasures.
  • Share a plate of chocolate doughnuts with friends and family during festive celebrations or special occasions for a memorable and heartwarming experience.

Expert Tip: Ensure your oil is heated to the correct temperature before frying the doughnuts to achieve that perfect golden brown exterior.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do chocolate doughnuts stay fresh?

Chocolate doughnuts are best enjoyed fresh on the day they are made. However, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Can I freeze chocolate doughnuts?

Yes, you can freeze chocolate doughnuts for longer storage. Once cooled completely, place them in a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag, ensuring they are well-sealed to prevent freezer burn. They can be frozen for up to 1 month.

Can I use milk chocolate for the glaze instead of dark chocolate?

While dark chocolate is recommended for its intense cocoa flavor, you can certainly use milk chocolate if you prefer a sweeter taste. Simply adjust the amount of sugar in the glaze to suit your preference.

Can I bake these doughnuts instead of frying them?

While these doughnuts are traditionally fried for that classic texture and flavor, you can certainly bake them if you prefer a healthier option. Simply preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.

Can I omit the sprinkles?

Absolutely! The sprinkles are optional and can be omitted if desired. Feel free to customize your chocolate doughnuts with your favorite toppings or enjoy them plain for a simpler treat.

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Chocolate Doughnuts

Chocolate Doughnuts

by Nabeela Kauser
Indulge in the chocolatey pleasure of these homemade chocolate doughnuts. These delicious chocolate doughnuts, topped with a dark chocolate glaze and sprinkles, are the ideal treat for any chocolate fan.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine British, Western
Servings 12
Calories 278 kcal


For the Doughnuts:

  • 225 g Plain Flour
  • 25 g Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 100 g Caster sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 125 ml Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 50 g Unsalted Butter melted and cooled
  • Vegetable Oil For frying

For the Glaze:

  • 100 g Dark Chocolate Chopped
  • 50 ml Double Cream
  • Sprinkles To decorate


  • Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and caster sugar in a mixing bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients together.
  • In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs, then add milk, vanilla extract, and melted butter to the mixture.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Avoid overmixing.
  • Cover the bowl with clingfilm and let the mixture rest for 10 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat until it reaches 170°C.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop or two tablespoons, drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the hot oil, frying 2-3 doughnuts at a time. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Remove the doughnuts from the oil using a slotted spoon and let them drain on a wire rack lined with paper towels.
  • Melt dark chocolate and double cream together in a heatproof bowl using either a microwave or a pan of simmering water. Stir until the mixture is smooth.
  • Dip each doughnut into the chocolate glaze and add sprinkles for decoration.
  • Leave the doughnuts to set for 10 minutes before serving.


Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 278kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 4gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 244mgPotassium: 137mgFibre: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 224IUVitamin C: 0.1mgVitamin D: 0.4µgCalcium: 91mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chocolate, Comfort Food, Dessert, Donuts, Food, Kids Snacks, Party Food, Recipe, Snack
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