Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts with Peanut Butter Glaze

It wouldn’t be a proper Chocolate Peanut Butter Week without a breakfast recipe, am I right?

Of course I am.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Luckily, peanut butter is full of protein! And chocolate has antioxidants (I think). And there is milk in this recipe, so you’re getting some dairy. And flour for your grains!

Totally reasonable and healthy breakfast right here, folks.

Eat ’em up!

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Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts

Yield: 6 donuts


!For the donuts:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk (or regular milk with a teaspoon of white vinegar added)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
!For the glaze:
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk or cream


!To make the donuts:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease a donut pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa, and salt.
In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and butter.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.
Fill the donut pan and bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through.
Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
!To make the glaze:
In a small sauce pan, heat the butter and peanut butter until melted over low heat.
Remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar and milk.
Dunk the donuts in the glaze when cool enough to handle.

donut recipe adapted from Allrecipes, glaze recipe from my peanut butter lovin' brain!

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27 Responses to “Baked Chocolate Cake Donuts with Peanut Butter Glaze”

  1. Pam August 10, 2012 @ 4:45 pm (#

    I love you Karly! There, I’ve said it. I’m totally making these Sunday for brunch time fun.


    • Karly replied: — August 10th, 2012 @ 4:48 pm


      Love you back!


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks August 10, 2012 @ 4:57 pm (#

    love choc/pb donuts – one of my fave things to eat, actually :) well choc/pb anything is!


  3. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel August 10, 2012 @ 5:25 pm (#

    I’ve never tried chocolate pb donuts, but judging by the looks of these ultra-drippy, ridiculously fudgy looking numbers, I need to get on with this whole choco-pb donut thing.


  4. Melinda August 10, 2012 @ 6:39 pm (#

    These sound so yummy! Is there anyway to make these without a donut pan? They don’t sell them in the part of the world where I live. =0(


    • Karly replied: — August 10th, 2012 @ 6:44 pm


      Yes, ma’am! Just use a muffin tin instead. Won’t be shaped like a donut, but same taste. You’ll just need to adjust your baking time. :)


      • Melinda replied: — August 10th, 2012 @ 6:48 pm


        YIPEE!! Thanks! Muffins are one of our favorite things! Thanks!!


        • Karly replied: — August 10th, 2012 @ 7:04 pm


          Oh, good! Keep in mind this recipe only makes six donuts, so I’m not sure how many muffins you’ll get. Mini muffins would be fun if you have a mini muffin tin!


  5. Tina August 10, 2012 @ 7:25 pm (#

    Great brekkie idea :) !


  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie August 10, 2012 @ 9:13 pm (#

    Breakfast is very important, which is why it should definitely include the most important thing of all – peanut butter!


  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 11, 2012 @ 6:21 am (#

    I want to eat a vat of that glaze!! Mmm.


  8. Kelsy August 11, 2012 @ 3:47 pm (#

    This is my favorite flavor combo so I love the idea of bringing it to breakfast. I’ll be topping these with chopped Reese’s and still calling it breakfast. Maybe I’ll even get crazy and dunk it in some chocolate milk. That’s fine… right?


  9. Michelle MacPhearson August 12, 2012 @ 3:47 am (#

    You made me hungry just by looking at the pictures. How much more if I do this recipe tonight for my boys? I can’t wait for breakfast.


  10. Jocelyn August 12, 2012 @ 12:57 pm (#

    Chocolate and peanut butter anything is my favorite!! I love the thought of my favorite combo for breakfast:-) Although I really just want to slurp that frosting!!!


  11. Joanne August 12, 2012 @ 7:32 pm (#

    I knew you’d come through on the breakfast front. Although…your other PB+Choc recipes seemed pretty breakfast appropriate to me as well 😛


  12. Kelly November 3, 2012 @ 9:24 am (#

    I just made these and they were wonderful! Chocolate and peanut butter rock together!


  13. Jamie December 20, 2012 @ 11:49 pm (#

    How many doughnuts does this make?


    • Karly replied: — December 21st, 2012 @ 7:55 am

      Six donuts! :)


  14. Mandy December 24, 2012 @ 12:58 pm (#

    Yum! Do you think these would be good to make the night before?


  15. Melody June 23, 2013 @ 7:45 am (#

    These are absolutely delicious, and so easy. The batter can be whipped up before the oven preheats, and the glaze is done before the donuts are! Made these as a surprise for the hubby one night when he was craving chocolate and about to send the Junior out for ice cream from Sonic.

    I did use Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa, which kicked these up another notch, if that’s at all possible. Thanks so much for posting this!


    • Karly replied: — June 24th, 2013 @ 7:41 am

      So glad y’all liked them! :)



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