Chocolate Glazed Baked Mini Donuts

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Just, just, just…

Breathe.  And eat a mini donut.

Breathe mini donuts? Yes.

That’s what the voice inside my head is saying these days.  That was when there were still mini donuts left.  That was like a year ago.  It was fun while it lasted.

Mini Donuts

Dessert has always been high on my list of loves, and dessert for breakfast is even higher. So this weekend, when I heard a girl in the restaurant bathroom tell her friends that she hadn’t had dessert in forever, and then went on to specify that actually she hadn’t had dessert in two years, TWO YEARS, I vomited a little bit in my mouth.  Then I punched her in the face.  Air-punched her.  From the stall where she couldn’t see me.

Girl, don’t lie.  You probably ate 87 of these for breakfast and that’s why I don’t have any left.

Dessert, breakfast.  Breakfast, dessert.

Mini Donut. Get. One. Now.

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Chocolate Glazed Baked Mini Donuts
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Serves: 8
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup applesauce (I subbed Greek yogurt)
  • 3 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix all dry ingredients, using ¼ cup brown sugar and setting the rest aside.
  2. Whisk 1 tablespoon milk, 2 tablespoons melted butter, applesauce, and egg. Stir into dry mixture.
  3. Pour batter into a gallon-sized plastic bag and cut the corner off. Pipe the batter into a greased mini-donut pan, filling each donut space about ½ full (for me, this was about 24 mini donuts). Bake for about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and take each donut out of the pan.
  4. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter with ¼ cup brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Bring to a boil and boil for about 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon milk and bring back to a boil. Add powdered sugar, using the last tablespoon of milk to help thin out the frosting if needed. Keep over low heat (otherwise it will start to crystallize) and dunk each mini donut into the frosting. Frosting should set almost immediately, so sprinkle each donut right away.

If you are the girl from the restaurant…

I’d like to extend a peace offering in the form of a cakey pillow of chocolate-frosted sprinklings.

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  1. She’s a liar. It’s not possible to go that long without dessert… Right? I can barely wait until i finish a meal and most of the time I want it as soon as I wake up. That is why I will be making these donuts ASAP. Thank you for feeding my addiction 😉

  2. Yesssssss.

  3. Yessss! This sounds fabulous!

  4. I feel like she must be terribly unhappy. I mean, what kind of person goes two years without eating a dessert? As for baked doughnuts, yes (and now I’m half tempted to make doughnuts, right now.)

  5. 2 years? I am proud if I can go 2 days!

    I don’t have a mini donut pan – do you think a mini muffin pan would work as long as I am okay with having muffin-shaped donuts? Hmm…I like the thought of that!

  6. Ooh, that girl was either lying or completely miserable. Or a space alien.

  7. I’m not sure I can go 2 minutes without dessert.

  8. Haha. I love this post. The conversations you can hear in the bathroom between friends when they don’t know someone else is in there… my my. I once got to hear about how to make a “ghetto” (their words, not mine) version of a feminine hygiene product. Then they panicked when they realized they weren’t alone and ran out.

    Anyway, the donuts look super! And the glaze with the sprinkles is like… fairytale land. Or something super like fairytale land.

  9. I would’ve air punched that girl too….who goes two years without dessert? Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, Mondays? I mean honestly.

    I’m checking out my local Home Goods for a mini-donut pan this weekend. Between this recipe and your mini gingerbread donuts…somethings gotta give.

  10. Who doesn’t have dessert in 2 years?! That is absolutely insane and I don’t even consider myself a dessert person! (Please don’t air punch me). :)
    The donuts are adorable!

  11. Ok, I need a mini donut pan, it’s going on the wish list. And I totally would’ve decked that girl and told her to get out and enjoy life! You had such restraint :)

  12. No dessert in 2 years? Besides thinking that must be impossible, I’m incredibly sad for her :( She needs one of these asap! And so do I even though I had dessert last night 😀

  13. Could these be any cuter? Also, I can’t make it two DAYS without dessert. Two years sounds entirely impossible.

  14. Poor girl, no dessert in 2 years? I want dessert BEFORE every meal! Dessert then breakfast, dessert then lunch, dessert then snack, dessert then dinner, dessert then midnight snack…

  15. 2 years without dessert sounds like absolute torture. I would love to have these donuts now. And dessert for breakfast every day.

  16. Kristen says:

    Wow, these look delicious!!

    Just found your site via pinterest, and absolutely love it! The recipes & photos are fantastic! Your asian chicken salad (which looks delicious, btw) was the pin that I clicked over from, and I think there’s a problem with the link. When you click on the “read more” button on that recipe, it sends you to an error page (“404 Page Not Found”).

    Anyway, I apologize for leaving this sort of message on this post, but I initially tried sending a message through your contact page, and it wouldn’t let me submit my comment (it kept saying the code was incorrect, even though I was typing the correct code… repeatedly.) Have you heard of this being a problem for anyone else?

    Anyway, your site & recipes look amazing! I’m excited to check out your recipe archives. Thanks for sharing!

    • Gahh. Thanks Kristen. We got the contact page fixed last night and I think I fixed the post this morning. Hopefully it works now – let me know if you have any more troubles and thanks for the nice comment! :)

  17. No dessert in 2 years?!? That’s not living. I have breakfast dessert too! I’ve limited myself to the weekends but oh how I look forward to it. Yum!

  18. Those are so adorable! Very creative!

  19. I love these healthy colorful donuts. My daughter really loves sprinkles and we don’t let something as colorful as these treats pass without recreating them in our kitchen. A must try!

  20. I am willing to babysit your mini-donut pan for a year or so…

  21. How does one live without having any dessert? There’s just no point in existing!

    Btw, awesome-fantastic-amazing donuts. I’ll have to eat 100 of these, and I’ll tell the world about it instead of claiming that I haven’t had dessert in 10 years :)

  22. Lol. Girls will be girls?? Just kidding… Guess she didn’t get to see your desserts section in these two years :-)

  23. I’m pretty sure you’re too nice to air-punch anyone but, nonetheless, this post cracked me up!

  24. I can’t even imagine two years without dessert. No one does that. Seriously. It can’t exist. Love these donuts! I think I could eat them for two years…straight. That one’s totally possible.

  25. Lindsay, these donuts couldn’t be more perfect! And I love that they are super mini and covered in SPRINKLES. I have been searching for a perfect thick chocolate frosting for donuts… I think I’ve found it! Thank you for sharing :)

  26. Oh, jeez. Oh my goodness. Yes, I need to make these, like, now.

  27. pssshhh please.. if that’s true, her life sucks.
    my life does NOT suck because i’m making this asap

  28. I made these this morning as part of our Father’s Day breakfast. They were a HUGE hit! The consistency of the cake is excellent and who isn’t thrilled with sprinkles in the morning?! Since I don’t have a mini donut pan, I used my regular sized donut pan (recipe makes the perfect amount for one tray) and increased the baking time by 3 minutes. I wish I had a picture of the adorable chocolate sprinkle mustache faces around my breakfast table. 😉

  29. Hi Lindsey,

    What would you suggest on how to make a vanialla frosting instead of chocolate frosting?


  30. Just made these for my daughter’s “bake sale” stand in the front yard. Biggest seller. So moist! Will make again tomorrow for myself!

  31. Hi there! What kind of flour should I use? Just all purpose? Thanks.

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