Chocolate Glazed Donut Holes

These baked Chocolate Glazed Donut Holes can be on your table in under 30 minutes. Make a batch for the whole family to share. Just don’t forget to hide a few for yourself. They disappear fast!

With baked chocolate donuts this good, who needs a fryer? After you try these glazed donut holes, give our chocolate powdered sugar donuts a try next.

Chocolate glazed donut holes topped with colorful sprinkles in a white bowl.

Why this Recipe Works

Bring these to your next breakfast meeting or coffee date and watch how quickly they disappear. Everyone loves Chocolate Glazed Donut Holes.

  • These chocolate glazed donut holes are baked not fried.
  • No splattering grease or oil burns to worry about!
  • A simple two ingredient glaze sets in a crackly layer over the moist donut holes. Add sprinkles for a fun finishing touch.
  • You can easily double the recipe to feed a crowd!

They’re simply irresistible! Love easy breakfast recipes? Try our homemade cheese danish!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make chocolate glazed donut holes.
  • Unsalted butter. Melt the butter in the microwave or on the stove before adding to the recipe. If using salted butter, use half the amount of kosher salt called for in the recipe.
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder. Use a good quality cocoa for best flavor.
  • Powdered sugar. Also called confectioner’s sugar, this gets dissolved with milk to make a sweet glaze to coat the baked donut holes.
  • Milk. Any milk works for the glaze. Skim, fat free, whole milk—whatever you have on hand!
  • TOOLS: Just a mini muffin pan is all you need. I love this one on Amazon (under $15- it’s an affiliate link). I use it for brownie bites too!

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make chocolate donut holes.

STEP 1. Make the donut batter

Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and melted butter. Beat to combine.

STEP 2. Bake the donut holes

Divide the batter into a greased mini muffin tin. Fill each muffin cup about half way.

Bake for 7 to 9 minutes.

STEP 3. Add glaze

Once the donut holes are cooled, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth.

Dip the top of each donut hole into the glaze. Place dipped donut holes on a sheet of parchment paper to catch the excess glaze dripping off the sides.

Let the chocolate glazed donut holes set for about 10 minutes. Eat and enjoy!

White stack of plates with glazed chocolate donut holes.

Tips and Tricks

  • Baked Glazed Donuts are best eaten fresh! Do not put them in a container to store. The glaze will get sticky. If you need to store them, put pieces of parchment paper between layers.
  • The glaze will drip down the sides of the donut hole after dipping. To make clean up easier, place parchment paper under the bowl of glaze as you dip.
  • Freeze donut holes BEFORE adding the glaze for best results.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these donuts ahead of time?

I don’t recommend baking these more than a few hours in advance. Like most donuts, they really taste best when they’re fresh from the oven.

Will this recipe work in a donut pan instead?

Yes, you can use a donut pan to make donuts instead of donut holes. You will need more baking time and will (obviously) yield fewer individual servings.

Why did my donut holes get stuck in the pan?

Make sure to spray the muffin tin cups really well with baking spray. You can also rub the inside of a butter wrapper over each tin to grease it.

How many donut holes does this recipe make?

This recipe yields about 36 donut holes. The size of your muffin tin and how full you fill each cup may affect how many you get.

Glazed chocolate donut holes, some with sprinkles, in a white bowl.

More Breakfast Ideas

Yield: 36 donut holes

Chocolate Glazed Donut Holes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

These baked Chocolate Glazed Donut Holes can be on your table in under 30 minutes. Make a batch for the whole family to share. Just don't forget to hide a few for yourself. They disappear fast!


For the Donut holes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the Glaze:

  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk


  1. For the donuts, mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add in eggs, milk, vanilla and butter. Beat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Spray mini muffin pan with baking spray. Fill each muffin cup about ½ full and bake in a 325 degree oven for about 7-9 minutes.
  3. Remove and cool in pan about 10 minutes, then cool completely on wire rack.
  4. For the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Dip each donut hole top into the glaze and place on parchment paper. Repeat until all donut holes are dipped. Glaze will run down the sides, so there is no need to dip entire thing (unless you want to of course). Allow to set, about 10 minutes. ENJOY.


  • Donuts are best eaten fresh. The glaze will get translucent (and sticky) if placed in airtight container.
  • The glaze will drip down the sides of the donut hole after dipping. To make clean up easier, place parchment paper under the bowl of glaze as you dip.
  • Freeze donut holes BEFORE adding the glaze for best results.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 donut

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Perfect bites of donut heaven! This Chocolate Glazed Donut Holes recipe will have everyone racing to the breakfast table.

About Aimee

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Posted on September 23, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. Just pulled these chocolate donut holes out of the oven. Had batter leftover so I grabbed my silicone mini heart shaped muffin pan and it filled it perfectly. Baked those along side. Was wanting a glaze rather than the Powdered sugar so went looking further and “tada” there was the recipe for the glaze! LOL. It’s 10 pm here on a very RAINY Thursday night in NorCal and I can’t wait for these to cool so I can dip! Thank you for sharing! I’m also thinking of filling some with Bavarian cream!

  2. mine were ok. came out more dry and very unsweetened. the glaze had a plastic taste to it… we’ll see what the husband and kiddos think, come morning.

    1. Hmm, I would check your oven with an oven thermometer, and double check your recipe/ingredients!

  3. I was fine with my oatmeal for breakfast until I saw these…I’ve got to stop doing this while I eat! Glazed chocolate donuts have always been a favorite, so these are getting pinned!

    1. Haha, thanks for pinning Marcie. Thanks for the interruption to your regularly scheduled oatmeal 🙂

  4. I was just thinking about how to use my mini muffin pan for something other than muffins. I think this fits the bill perfectly!!

  5. You read my mind–great! I was *just* telling my friend how I absolutely needed donut holes and that I didn’t want to fry them–I’ve been longing to try baked donuts for ages but didn’t find *that* recipe…until now! This is absolutely pinned and looks scrumptious. Guess you’re psychic in addition to everything else awesome, huh? 🙂

  6. Outlander series. I haven’t read much lately until i stumbled on this series. Romance, hisyoric Irelans, time travel and great writing.

    1. I just started the first book in the series, couldn’t get into it. But, I’ll be giving it another try because so many people say stick with it 🙂

  7. No greasy mess? No waiting? But oodles of donut holes? Jocelyn I think I’m in love with you. Or if it helps and is less weird, I’m in love with these donut holes! Yeah, let’s go with that. Delicious donut holes. 😀

  8. I also bake such donuts but I make them with vanilla and apricot. I don`t know why but I don`t like chocolate flavor in this recipe, while fruity tastes is really great.

  9. Whaaat?? This is almost less time than it takes me to order coffee and doughnut holes at my closest coffee place in the morning (apparently people will wait a LONG time to get their coffee fix in the morning). This looks SO good!

  10. Nothing sounds better than a good book and a donut hole! 🙂 Have you read The Husband’s Secret, Reconstructing Amelia or Sycamore Row?

  11. I love all that glaze over the top. I sure wish I had a few this morning with my coffee. Yes, I know I said I wan’t going to ever eat again…but these changed my mind 🙂

  12. YES! I LOVE chocolate glazed donut holes (who doesn’t?) And these are baked…which means that I can eat them all…right?
    Don’t answer that. Pinned!

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