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Chocolate Powdered Sugar Donut Holes

Chocolate Donut Holes rolled in powdered sugar make a delicious breakfast or after school treat! Perfect homemade donut holes are ready in just 30 minutes and pair perfectly with a cup of coffee or cold glass of milk.

We’re a little bit obsessed with baked donut recipes around here. Make sure to try these Chocolate Glazed Donut Holes too!

Chocolate powdered sugar donut holes in a teal bowl.

Why this Recipe Works

These chocolate donut holes are just as easy to make as muffins, but with a lighter crumb and sweeter taste.

Served for breakfast, brunch, or even dessert, they’re sure to leave a smile (and some powdered sugar!) on your face.

  • Baked, not fried!
  • 30 minute donut recipe.
  • No special equipment needed.
  • Decadent chocolate flavor.
  • Rolled in powdered sugar just like the ones from the donut shop.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make chocolate powdered sugar donut holes.

Making today’s recipe is simple enough with ingredients you may already have in your pantry. Be sure to scroll down all the way to the recipe card for a complete list with exact measurements.

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – The cocoa gives these donut holes their chocolate flavor, so try to use a higher quality brand rather than the cheaper varieties. I always love Ghirardelli cocoa for baking!
  • Milk – This provides the liquid needed for the batter while adding more rich flavor than plain water. Any kind of unsweetened milk, including nondairy milks work well.
  • Powdered sugar – Baked donuts get rolled in this finely processed sugar before serving to give them a dose of extra sweetness and make them look even better!
  • Unsalted Butter – You will use this both in the donut batter and in the coating. It makes the donut holes moist and soft, and helps the powdered sugar stick to the outside of the donut.

Easy Instructions

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

Preparation:

First, spray a mini muffin pan with plenty of baking spray. Then, mix together all the donut hole ingredients to form a smooth batter.

Baking the donut holes:

Divide the dough into the cavities of the muffin pan and bake for about 8 minutes. Let the donuts cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Powdered sugar coating:

Now, the final touch! you’ll roll each cooled donut hole in melted butter, then powdered sugar.

They’re ready to eat right away so feel free to pop one of these chocolatey delights right in your mouth after you’ve given them a spin through the confectioner’s sugar!

Tips and Tricks

  • Store any donut holes you don’t eat right away in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • These donut holes taste best fresh. Try to enjoy all of them the same day they’re baked for best flavor and texture.
  • Make clean up easier by placing a sheet of parchment paper under the plate of powdered sugar to catch the excess.
Stack of chocolate donuts rolled in powdered sugar.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this recipe in a regular donut pan?

Yes, you can use this recipe to make baked chocolate donuts if you have a donut pan! You will need to add a bit of extra baking time.

Will this recipe work in a full size muffin pan?

You can make this recipe in a regular muffin tin too. They won’t look like donut holes due to the larger size but that doesn’t stop them from tasting delicious.

How can I tell when donut holes are done baking?

Press the top of a donut hole gently, then release. If it springs back right away, the donut holes are ready to come out of the oven. These chocolate powdered sugar donut holes take anywhere from 7 to 9 minutes to bake, depending on your oven.

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Yield: 36 donut holes

Chocolate Powdered Sugar Donut Holes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Chocolate Donut Holes rolled in powdered sugar make a delicious breakfast or after school treat! Perfect homemade donut holes are ready in just 30 minutes and pair perfectly with a cup of coffee or cold glass of milk.

Ingredients

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 coating:

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  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. When cool, dip each donut into the melted butter and roll in powdered sugar. Eat and enjoy!

Notes

  • Store any donut holes you don't eat right away in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • These donut holes taste best fresh. Try to enjoy all of them the same day they're baked for best flavor and texture.
  • Make clean up easier by placing a sheet of parchment paper under the plate of powdered sugar to catch the excess.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    36

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 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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    Delight your family with a batch of homemade Chocolate Powdered Sugar Donut Holes this weekend! These sweet bites of donut heaven are made with simple ingredients and baked in a mini muffin tin for an easy breakfast treat.

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    Posted on May 20, 2022

    Comments & Reviews

    1. When you make the batter can you refrigerate or freeze any remaining dough for the next few days or longer if you freeze it?

    2. Hello, I was wondering if this recipe would work for normal or mini donuts too? I’m asking because these donut holes remind me of these mini chocolate powdered sugar donuts I use to buy all the time but I can’t find them anywhere and I can only find vanilla at the store, I really miss the chocolate ones.

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