Baked, Not Fried | Double Chocolate Baked Doughnuts

Double Chocolate Baked Doughnuts | Once Upon a Recipe

Hi friends, happy Friday!

My brain is full of pressing questions. First of all, is it doughnut or donut? Is it simply a matter of preference or is there one correct answer? These are the questions that keep me awake at night. Just kidding…sort of. #firstworldproblems

Secondly, why the blazes has it taken me so long to make baked doughnuts? I mean, I realize that I’m a little late to the party. In my defense, I bought my doughnut pan approximately 11 months ago, when baked doughnuts were gaining popularity. Prior to the creation of the lovely specimen you see above, I used my doughnut pan approximately once. It was a massive fail of a recipe, so perhaps I began to equate my doughnut pan with failure and consequently shoved it to the very back of my cupboard to suffer with the mice poop and other dusty dishes. Just kidding, I don’t have mice poop in my cupboards. At least, not to my knowledge. What you don’t know can’t hurt you!

Double Chocolate Baked Doughnuts | Once Upon a Recipe

In any case, earlier this week I decided to give my doughnut pan another shot. And proceeded to become extremely frustrated when my doughnuts came out of the oven with muffin tops, making them resemble anything but a doughnut. Argh. The doughnuts tasted good, but they didn’t look like doughnuts, and I kind of thought that defeated the purpose. I mean, I may as well make muffins if my baked doughnuts aren’t going to resemble actual doughnuts.

Fortunately, instead of giving up, I pressed on. And I figured out the problem. The key to pretty little baked doughnuts is to refrain from overfilling the pan. Those bad boys rise up in the oven, and you’ve got to give ’em some room! It really helps to put the batter into a piping bag and pipe it into the pan. Spooning it into the pan just might cause you to have a frustration/impatience-induced stroke. Words of wisdom friends.

Double Chocolate Baked Doughnuts | Once Upon a Recipe

If you don’t already own a doughnut pan, I highly recommend the $10 investment. (I have this pan). Baked doughnuts look freaking boss! I mean, they look like a doughnut, which is inherently impressive given the amount of time and energy that goes into making real doughnuts (the amazingly delicious fried kind). But the kicker is, they’re baked, not fried, meaning they take way less effort and they’re way less bad for you to consume. Winning!

They’re cute too, no? Cute food. It’s the little things that make life worth living.

Double Chocolate Baked Doughnuts | Once Upon a Recipe

Don’t even try to tell me that you don’t want to stick your face right into that up there. I’ll totally call your bluff.

Double Chocolate Baked Doughnuts | Once Upon a Recipe

Bonus: These baked doughnuts aren’t all that bad for you. I’m not calling them health food, but they’ll provide you with the satisfaction of enjoying a delicious treat (a doughnut!) without the kind of abuse to your waistline caused by their fried cousins. And the recipe makes six doughnuts. Even if you completely lack any self control, you’ll only have consumed six doughnuts. There are worse things you could do. Just sayin’…

Double Chocolate Baked Doughnuts | Once Upon a Recipe

Double Chocolate Baked Doughnuts

Makes six doughnuts. If you don’t have a doughnut pan, you could make these into muffins (you’ll have to bake them a bit longer), but that really wouldn’t be as much fun, in my opinion. 

For the doughnuts (adapted from Food Family Finds):

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup + 2 TBSP. granulated sugar

¼ cup cocoa powder

½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

¼ cup + 3 TBSP. milk

1 egg, beaten

½ tsp. vanilla

1 TBSP. unsalted butter, melted

For the glaze (from my fried doughnut recipe):

2 TBSP. unsalted butter

1 TBSP. milk

1 tsp. honey

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

2/3 cup icing sugar, sifted


Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray a 6-count doughnut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.

For the doughnuts: In a medium bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. The batter will be very thick. Divide the batter between the six doughnut cavities (each should be about 3/4 full). I recommend piping the batter into the cavities. Bake for about 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into one of the doughnuts comes out clean. Allow the doughnuts to cool in the pan for a few minutes and then invert them onto a cooling rack.

For the glaze, combine the butter, milk, honey, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add in the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and add the icing sugar, stirring until combined. Dip the cooled doughnuts into the glaze and cover with chocolate sprinkles. Enjoy immediately! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for a couple of days.

Double Chocolate Baked Doughnuts | Once Upon a Recipe

Looking for more baked doughnut inspiration?

I highly recommend these baked cinnamon sugar doughnuts by Shutterbean (seriously amazing) and these blueberry doughnuts with lemon and cream cheese glaze (yes please!) by Hungry Girl Por Vida. Bomb. If that doesn’t inspire you to buy a doughnut pan, I don’t know what will. Have a great weekend!


  1. I’ve seen so many fantastic baked doughnut recipes lately and this is definitely one of the best! I *have* to get a doughnut pan.

  2. Those look gorgeous! My little trick for filling the pan … I put my batter in a pastry bag and just pipe it in the rings. There’s still a learning curve to the right amount of batter.

  3. Ahh now I can enjoy my donuts without feeling guilty! But first I need to get a donut pan!

  4. YES these look awesome! I have been desperately wanting to try baked donuts but I can’t get my lazy self to go find and buy a donut pan. There’s been some good baked donuts going around the web… but double chocolate? Yes, I would stick my face all in that! (PS There ARE worse things than eating 6 donuts, aren’t there?)

    • Get one, girl! You won’t regret it! Hop aboard this baked doughnut train!
      PS. Yes, there are definitely worse things than eating 6 doughnuts. Much much worse.

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  6. These doughnuts look perfect! I love that they’re a healthier doughnut and look so moist and full of chocolatey goodness!

  7. *drooling*
    Doughnuts are my weakness…and so is chocolate…why are you doing this to me?! Love you for it though! Thanks so much for this recipe!

  8. I always wonder about dough or do…. There has to be some explanation to both spellings. I have a doughnut pan too. I tried once and ended up with muffin topped doughnuts. I, unlike you, gave up and put the pan away. I think I need to give it another go. I love the airy-ness in these doughnuts. It is calling to me and asking me to maybe put some cute sprinkles that are pink or multicolor on top too!!! I also think some instant espresso or coffee in that glaze would be killer!!!!

    • My limited research told me that the term “doughnut” came first, and was meant to describe sweet dough that had been fried. The term “donut” became popular due to its use by Dunkin’ Donuts. Interesting, eh?
      Give that pan another try! Cute sprinkles would be great, as would espresso in the glaze!

  9. LOVE baked doughnuts! And chocolate! A perfect recipe for today’s breakfast 😀

  10. I love how intensely chocolaty they look and the glaze AND the sprinkles. Pinning these beauties to my donut board!

  11. These look Ah-MAZE-ing! And who cares how you spell donut, what matters is what they taste like! ; ) ha ha

  12. Ok so I need to a buy a donut pan desperately. These donuts will haunt my dreams until I do so.

  13. There are seriously no words to describe how fantastic these look!..Just YUM!! 🙂

  14. i just bought donut pans, i can’t wait to make these!

  15. These look like heaven!

  16. I think I just died and went to chocolate heaven. I need this so bad. I am going to get my donut pan right now and bust these bad boys out. Also I loooove the name of your blog! Super cute.

  17. I had two reactions to this post:

    1st: stop it! don’t you know I don’t have any room for a doughnut pan in my cupboards? And that I don’t have any room in my pants and dresses for doughnut induced muffin-tops?

    2nd: I need that doughnut pan (and then around the last couple of photos) I need those doughnuts in my mouth.

    gaah. I’m totally buying a pan.

  18. Oh my goodness, these look amazing! I have a mini doughnut pan that I have used precisely (wait for it)…once. However! I’m totally making minis of these. They look amazing!! Pinned 🙂

  19. Love this! Also, of course, beautiful photos. Now pair them with a chocolate milk stout and I’m in!

  20. these look amazing! My donut pan was definitely my greatest kitchen investment<$10

  21. girl, you know I love a donut pan!

    PS, I use donut and doughnut interchangeably. I don’t know what the answer is, so it’s both!

  22. You know I love Donuts! And this looks amazing! 🙂

  23. I don’t know who you are, or what kind of a blog you run here, but this post made me realize 2 things…

    You’re hilarious. “Baked doughnuts look freaking boss!” had me laughing. Consider your blog bookmarked!

    and 2… I need an effing doughnut pan.

    Holy crap do these look good. My mom does decorating classes for Wilton, I think I’m going to have to give her a call tomorrow…

    Oh, and I always go doughnut over donut. I see “donut” as a marketing name for the dunkin’ variety.

  24. These look amazing! Another reason to whip out my doughnut pan, yum!

  25. I’ve bookmarked this recipe! I cannot wait to make them! Great photos too! Thanks!

  26. so. going. to. make. these….. mrawwwwwwrllllll….(that was my drooling noise).

  27. This would be such a great recipe for a birthday! In my family, we always have Breakfast in bed for the birthday boy/girl, and these muffins would be fun and different than the usual Krispy Kreme doughnuts or pancakes.

  28. Sabrina Bullock says:

    Yes, chocolate donuts and baked so not so bad for you…yummm. Need to get a donut pan. I love baking, so one more pan won’t ruin me. Think I’ll just go the glaze route and no sprinkles for me. Love the look of sprinkles, but don’t like to eat them…think it’s a texture thing.

  29. Thank you so much for this recipe. I made them and they were absolutely amazing! Best donut recipe I’ve ever tried! So delicious.

  30. My son has an egg allergy too, have you ever tried this recipe with an egg substitute?

  31. Nancy Karriker says:

    Made these this morning. They are wonderful. Recipe is a keeper. Very easy, mixed the liquid ingredients in the measuring cup so fewer dishes. Instead of sprinkles used milk chocolate flakes to make them Triple Chocolate Doughnuts. Luckily they are baked so they are healthy! LOL

  32. Thnk u so so much! I made this donut and its so so good that my children ate it straight from the oven even without a glaze lol! but more yummy when i put a chocolate ganache on it they cant stop eating this so so decadent donut!

  33. Surfing around Pinterest for donuts. Just came out of the oven, yum yum very chocolately but it suppose to be. Yum.

  34. What is icing sugar? Powdered sugar?

  35. Just made these this am, they are fantastic!


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