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Triple Chocolate Baked Doughnuts

You can really top these with whatever you want. I might try a peanut butter glaze next time! This recipe should make about 15 doughnuts. Cook time is for 2 batches if you have a doughnut pan with only 6 wells or cavities.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack or Dessert
Servings: 15
Author: Hip Foodie Mom


For the doughnuts:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup any kind chocolate chips or chunks I used semi-sweet

For the ganache:

  • 1 cup 6 ounces good quality chocolate, finely chopped OR semi-sweet or milk chocolate chip morsels
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For toppings:

  • sprinkles of any kind
  • nuts: almond slivers hazelnut bits, almond slices, whatever you want


For the doughnuts:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Coat a doughnut pan with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate, smaller bowl, mix together the buttermilk, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and use a rubber spatula to gently mix the ingredients together. Lastly, mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour the batter to a large gallon size Ziploc bag; cut off a small corner and use the bag to pipe the doughnut cake batter into the pan, filling each well about 2/3 full (for bigger sized doughnuts; you can experiment but be careful not to overfill each well or cavity). Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cake tops spring back when touched. Cool completely on a wire rack.

For the chocolate ganache:

  • Place the chocolate pieces in a small bowl. Combine the heavy cream and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook until small bubbles appear on the outside edge of the cream. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chocolate. Using a wire whisk, gently stir until all of the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Once the doughnuts have cooled a bit, dip each one into the ganache, swirl a little to ensure good coverage and then place back on the wire rack. Sprinkle or decorate with nuts and/or any kind sprinkles and have fun!