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It might not be traditional to bake donuts, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't! Cocoa powder and chocolate chips enrich the batter for these baked beauties, and each one is finished with chocolate glaze and sprinkles or more chocolate—in the form of shavings.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2018

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Credit: Will Anderson

Recipe Summary test

prep:
35 mins
total:
2 hrs 40 mins
Yield:
Makes 18
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Ingredients

Chocolate Glaze
Donuts

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Chocolate Glaze: Combine chocolate, confectioners' sugar, cocoa, salt, and butter in a small bowl. Heat cream in a small pot over medium-high until bubbling around edges, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour hot cream over chocolate mixture; let stand 1 minute. Add vanilla and whisk until mixture is smooth and has the consistency of hot-fudge sauce. If it's too thick, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time. (Makes 1 1/3 cups.)

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  • Donuts: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly brush 3 standard donut pans with butter. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter with both granulated and brown sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk, beating to combine after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips.

  • Transfer batter to a piping bag fitted with a large, plain tip (such as Ateco #807), or to a resealable plastic bag, then snip a 1/2-inch hole in one corner. Pipe 3 tablespoons batter into each cup in pans. Bake until tops spring back when lightly touched, 10 to 11 minutes. Let cool in pans 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks set in rimmed baking sheets and let cool completely.

  • Dip top of each donut in glaze until halfway submerged, turning as needed to evenly coat one side. Place, glaze-side up, on racks. Top with sprinkles or shavings and let stand until completely set, about 1 hour. Donuts are best served the day they are made, but can be stored, unglazed, in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 day; glaze 1 hour before serving.

Cook's Notes

If you don't have three pans, you can bake these in batches -- just be sure to thoroughly wash and dry the pans in between.

Variations

You can skip the chocolate glaze and spread the tops of the donuts with store-bought dulce de leche instead. Our test kitchen likes Nestle La Lechera.

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