Chocolate Donuts Recipe

We love donuts in our house. You don’t need a donut maker to make delicious homemade chocolate donuts. All you need is this basic baked donut recipe and a donut pan.

I’ve been making homemade donuts for many years and baked donuts are so much easier than fried! (Although you can find my tried and true fried donut recipe here) I use these donut pans by Wilton for my chocolate donuts. This recipe is so easy your kids can do it.

Chocolate Donuts

Celebrate on a special morning with these homemade chocolate donuts. They are delicious and you can change the glaze color to celebrate all year round. 

Ingredients

Chocolate donut ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tbsp sour cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Donut glaze ingredients

Instructions

Baked Donut Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and baking soda.
  • In a small bowl, beat together the vanilla, egg, sour cream, milk, and oil.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined.
  • Spoon in a greased donut pan.
  • Bake for 8 minutes or until the tops spring back when you touch them.
  • Let the donuts cool in the pan before glazing.

Glaze Instructions

  • Whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and a few drops of orange gel food coloring until smooth.
  • Dunk the donuts in the glaze to fully coat and place on a wire rack to set, about 5 minutes to completely dry.
  • Using a microwave safe bowl, melt half of the Ghirardelli melting chocolate until smooth
  • Pour the chocolate into a piping bag and cut off the tip
  • Drizzle the chocolate over the doughnuts to give it stripes

Let set completely before eating.

Notes

Change the color of your glaze to make these donuts all year long. 

Here are some fun color combinations. 

Red & White: Valentine's Day, 4th of July, Christmas

Green & White: Christmas, St. Patrick's Day

Blue & White: 4th of July, Hanukkah

Pastel & White: Easter

 

easy homemade baked chocolate donuts

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Creamy Lemon Popsicles

By contributing writer Tessa

How about a frozen treat that is made with all wholesome ingredients and YOU get to control the sugar?! With loads of bright lemon flavor, some protein, and even tasteless supplements (like probiotics and vitamin D3) thrown in for good measure, these Creamy Lemon Popsicles are a frozen treat I am happy to feed my kids.

With bright lemon flavor, some protein, and even probiotics and vitamin D3, these Creamy Lemon Popsicles are a frozen treat I am happy to feed my kids.

Since summers are for frozen treats, I consider it my job to make all sorts of popsicles for my kiddos while still not loading them up with pounds of sugar and food dyes. These refreshing lemon popsicles are a real treat!

I have used the blender for quick mixing, but you can whisk all ingredients if you do not have a blender. I have also used popsicle molds to freeze the mixture, but it can be put into an ice cream maker, or frozen as is and thawed to scoop.

With bright lemon flavor, some protein, and even probiotics and vitamin D3, these Creamy Lemon Popsicles are a frozen treat I am happy to feed my kids.

Creamy Lemon Popsicles

Yield 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla whole milk yogurt (could use plain or lemon too)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or full fat coconut milk
  • 2 whole lemons, zested and then juiced for about 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Raw honey or stevia to taste (will vary based upon sweetness of yogurt used)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds (or an ice cream maker).
  3. Allow to freeze for several hours or follow manufacturer's ice cream maker instructions.

 

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Paleo Boot Tracks Cookies

By contributing writer Tessa

Years ago I discovered the creative idea of boot tracks cookies in a magazine, and I used the recipe for years. It is a really fun and easy Christmas cookie that I have modified to be paleo.

These paleo boot tracks cookies are really fun and easy for Christmas. The picture of boot tracks in the snow makes for a festive and unique cookie.

All my favorite recipes of the past have to be modified for our preferences today. These paleo boot tracks cookies are kid pleasers because the whole picture of boot tracks in the snow makes for a festive and unique cookie.

Even better, with no oven, these are a snap to throw together and serve in under 10 minutes. My kids love sprinkling the “snow” over the top, but it is totally optional. You could also drizzle melted dark chocolate or white chocolate (or both!)

These paleo boot tracks cookies are really fun and easy for Christmas. The picture of boot tracks in the snow makes for a festive and unique cookie.

Paleo 'Boot Tracks' Cookies

Yield 30

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (coconut oil should work well too)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar (I used palm sugar, may use part stevia too)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil (this prevents the cookies from sticking to the iron)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat a waffle iron.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and oil.
  4. With the mixer still running, sprinkle in the sea salt, followed by the three remaining ingredients.
  5. You may stir in some white or dark chocolate chips if desired.
  6. Drop about 2 teaspoons of thick batter into each waffle segment (ungreased). Cook for about 1 minute until set.
  7. Remove with a fork to a cooling rack and continue until the batter is gone.
  8. Drizzle with melted white or dark chocolate OR sift some powdered sugar over the top to look like snow!

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Strawberry Jam Cookies

With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to think about holiday baking. These homemade strawberry jam cookies are both pretty and delicious! They’re perfect for holiday parties and gift giving.

These homemade strawberry jam cookies are both pretty and delicious! They're perfect for holiday parties and gift giving.

If you’re looking for more holiday cookie recipes, try our Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies, Chiffon Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Soft Ginger Cookies.

These homemade strawberry jam cookies are both pretty and delicious! They're perfect for holiday parties and gift giving.

Strawberry Jam Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup strawberry jam

Instructions

  1. Sift the all-purpose flour in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Dice the butter and add it to the flour. Mix together until crumbs form.
  3. Add in the egg yolks, sugar, and salt. Stir together then add in the vanilla extract. Mix on medium speed until a dough starts forming.
  4. Lightly flour a working surface and roll out the dough into a large round disc shape. With a cookie cutter, cut out round shapes with a ½-inch hole in the center.
  5. Cover cookies with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove from refrigerator and let sit for 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350° F and line a 16-inch baking tray with parchment paper.
  7. Place cookies on the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes. Let cookies cool on a rack.
  8. Spread strawberry jam on the bottoms of the cookies and join them together like a sandwich.

Notes

For a chewier center and a crispier outside, cook on convection for 10 minutes.

 

 

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