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Soft and cakey Chocolate Mini Donuts are so incredibly easy to make with a mini donut maker. They are done within minutes and are super scrumptious.
My Mini Donut Maker has not gotten enough attention. This little appliance is perfect for making sweet or savory little donuts for the kids and family to snack on. The donuts are in and out in a matter of minutes. So fast, so easy and the recipe variations are endless. At the moment, the family is loving the chocolate recipe and it is a breeze to whip up.
What you Need to Make Easy Chocolate Mini Donuts
- Whole Wheat Flour
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Baking Powder
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Salted Butter
- Cooking Spray
- Mini Donut Maker
What if I don't have a donut maker?
If you don't have a donut maker, you can use mini donut pans and bake the donuts for 8-10 minutes in a 350° oven. If you don't have a donut pan, you can make your own using a muffin pan. Simply put a ball of aluminum foil in the middle of greased muffin cups and pipe or spoon the batter around the ball.
Glaze, Frosting or Plain?
I personally leave the donuts plain because they are just so good that way, and they make perfect clean snacks for the kids. However, you can add a simple glaze, or a chocolate ganache frosting if you like.
Chocolate Ganache: Heat up ½ cup of cream in the microwave until very steamy. Takes about a minute in the microwave, but keep an eye on it so it don't bubble over. Pour hot cream over 1 cup of your favorite chocolate chips. Let sit 2-3 minutes then whisk until all the chocolate is melted. Drizzle over donuts or dip tops and place on wire rack to set.
How to Make Chocolate Mini Donuts in a Donut Maker
Step 1: Make the batter
Step 2: Bake the donuts
The easiest way to make the donuts, is to add the batter to a zip top bag and use it as a piping bag. Snip about a ½ inch off the corner of the bag and squeeze the batter into the greased donut maker or donut pan. Close the lid on the donut maker and let the donuts bake. My maker takes about 3 minutes, but the follow the instructions on your donut maker. If using the oven, bake the donuts at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
Step 3: Let donuts cool
Once the donuts are done baking, let them cool on a sheet pan or wire rack. Once cooled you can eat them all or store some of them for later. If you would like to add frosting, add it once the donuts are completely cooled.
How to store Baked Mini Donuts
These donuts do really well in an air tight container or zip top bag right on the counter. They'll last 4-5 days on the counter, if they even make it that long.
Can I freeze Chocolate Mini Donuts?
Yes! Let the donuts completely cool and place in a freezer safe air tight container or zip top bag between layers on wax paper. These donuts will last 3-4 months in the freezer.
Here are some more easy snack ideas for you to enjoy!
- Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
- Banana Scones
- Chocolate Chip Scones
- Chickpea Peanut Butter Bites
- Easy Blueberry Muffins
- Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites
- Instant Pot Hard "Boiled" Eggs
- Oatmeal Fruit Bars
- Monster Cookie Protein Bites
- Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
Get out the donut maker and try out these Chocolate Mini Donuts and let me know how you and your family like them in the comments below! Pictures encouraged on Instagram with the hashtag #heathershomemadekitchen You can also follow me on Social Media to see what other crazy things my family and I are doing! If you like what you see, please share with your friends and family!
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Chocolate Mini Donuts
- Mini Donut Maker/Pan
- In a large bowl whisk together: flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- Make a well or hole in the middle of the flour mix and add: egg, milk, vanilla and melted butter.
- Whisk together until smooth.
- Add batter into a zip top bag and snip the corner.
- Pipe batter into greased donut maker and close lid.
- Bake for 3 minutes. (Follow your donut maker instructions.)
- Let donuts cool completely before storing.