Moist chocolate baked donuts spread with a soft peppermint and cream cheese frosting.
Meet the Chef: Karlee Flores
Karlee Flores is an award-winning photographer, blogger, and videographer. She’s the creator of Olive and Artisan, a blog that brings home all the comforting words and recipes to her readers. Karlee spends most of her time recipe testing in her Portland Oregon kitchen with her cat, Bruce Wayne and bring back the fun in baking.
- 1/2 Cup Butter, Melted 1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
- 1 Egg 1 Egg
- C&H® Golden Brown Sugar ¼ Cup ¼ Cup C&H® Golden Brown Sugar
- C&H® Granulated Sugar 1/3 Cup 1/3 Cup C&H® Granulated Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 3/4 Teaspoon Salt 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 1/4 Cup Buttermilk 1 1/4 Cup Buttermilk
- 1/2 Cup Cream Cheese, Softened 1/2 Cup Cream Cheese, Softened
- 1/4 Cup Butter, Softened 1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
- C&H® Confectioners Sugar 1 Cup 1 Cup C&H® Confectioners Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract 1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- 1 Tablespoon Cream 1 Tablespoon Cream
- 2 tablespoons Peppermint Candy Bits 2 tablespoons Peppermint Candy Bits
Prepare chocolate donuts
Preheat the oven to 400° F.
With a hand mixer or whisk, mix the butter, egg, C&H® Golden Brown Sugar, C&H® Granulated Sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla just until combined. Add in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Turn the mixer on slow and slowly drizzle in the buttermilk while mixing in the dry ingredients.
Place the batter in a piping bag or large freezer bag and cut a dime-sized hole for the opening.
Spray two mini donut pans with cooking spray and pip in the batter until 3/4ths full. Place in the oven for 9-11 minutes. Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
Prepare peppermint icing
Beat the cream cheese, butter, and C&H® Confectioners Sugar together until combined. Add in the peppermint extract and cream and beat until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds.
Spoon over the cooled donuts and sprinkle with peppermint candy bits.
1. Don’t over bake the donuts, they will cook fast. They’re finished as soon as you can tap the domes and they bounce back and don’t deflate.
2. Peppermint candy bits are easy to find in many stores, or you can place a few candy canes in a plastic bag and beat with a rolling pin into tiny bits.
3. If you only have mini donut pans, reduce the cook time to 7-8 minutes.