Chocolate Chocolate Donut


Chocolate chocolate donuts are what the name says! A cakey chocolate donut topped with a chocolate ganache glaze and optionally, chopped pecans added on for the extra crunch!

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If you were to ask me my least favorite doctor in the world, I would have to say the dentist. It’s ironic that I’m saying that because I’m posting a sweet donut post today, but I really do loathe the dentist. I don’t loathe my dentist on a personal level; he’s a great guy and we’ve been going to him since I was old enough to have to get my teeth cleaned, but I loathe the dentist on a general level. Like, if I never had to go, I’d be happy. Although, we all know why dental cleanings every 6 months is imperative. It’s all these darn sweet treats! ;)

Anyway, so I had my regular teeth cleaning on Saturday. Well, Wednesday, Thursday, and today, I’m left with freaking inflamed gums and an infection of some sort, and it’s making my lymph nodes go completely whack on me. I’m in such excruciating pain! Thank goodness there are such miracle pills called ibuprofen because I honestly don’t know if I would be able to be polite right now if you came up to talk to me :)

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Despite being in a freakish amount of pain (yes, already spoke with doctor), I would still eat one of these chocolate, chocolate donuts. Actually, no, I’d eat two because I need to sample both versions. OF COURSE.

These were so chocolatey delicious and the perfect treat for those who are craving chocolate, or pecans, or donuts, or fried things in general.

It’s the last day of donut week, too! I hope you’ve enjoyed our frying adventures this week as we brought you some sinfully delicious fried dough! Here’s a recap of this past week:

Monday: Triple Coconut Donuts
Wednesday: Sugared Donuts

Chocolate Chocolate Donut
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Chocolate chocolate donuts are what the name says! A cakey chocolate donut topped with a chocolate ganache glaze and optionally, chopped pecans added on for the extra crunch!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 14 -16
Calories: 325 kcal
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour sifted
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 oz bittersweet chocolate, grated
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, plus 2 yolks
  • 1 quart canola oil, for forming and frying
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate, grated
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  1. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together sugar, butter, chocolate, vanilla extract, buttermilk, and eggs + yolks until incorporated.
  3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl of the stand mixer and mix until a soft, sticky dough forms.
  4. In a 5 1/2 quart dutch-oven, or similar, heat up 1 quart (4 cups) of canola oil to 370 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. While the oil is heating up, using lightly oiled hands, roll 1/4 cup of dough into a loose ball and gently pat down on it forming a disc. Using your thumb, form a 1 1/2-inch hole in the center (or you can use a small biscuit cutter to cut out the center). Do this for the remaining dough.
  6. Once the oil has heat up to the correct temperature, gently drop the donuts, 2-3 at a time, into the hot oil and fry until puffed and golden on both sides, about 3 minutes.
  7. Using a slotted spoon or spider strainer, transfer donuts to a wire rack covered with two paper towel layers to cool completely. Repeat until all donuts have been fried.
  8. While the donuts are cooling, make the glaze.
  9. In a medium bowl big enough for you to dip the donuts, whisk together chocolate and confectioners sugar. In a small pot, bring cream and 2 tbsp. of water to a boil then pour over chocolate and confectioners sugar. Let sit for 2 minutes then whisk everything together.
  10. Dip the tops of the donuts in the chocolate glaze. If topping with pecans, immediately dip into chopped pecans.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chocolate Donut
Amount Per Serving (1 donut)
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 19g
Protein 7g 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Posted on January 17, 2014

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  1. 01/17/2014 at 7:46 am

    I hope you’re feeling better sooner than later!! Being in pain is no fun. But a donut would surely help a little ;)

  2. 01/17/2014 at 7:52 am

    Chocolate chocolate – you know the way to a girls heart ;D Loved all the doughnuts this week.

  3. 01/17/2014 at 7:54 am

    Oh my goshhh! I just bought a donut pan and this will likely be the first recipe I try. Do you think they would bake well, as opposed to frying? Thanks!

    • 01/17/2014 at 9:15 pm

      I don’t think the dough would work for donut pans. It’s not batter-like consistency – it’s a much more thicker dough. Like it becomes a ball of dough after you mix everything together so it probably wouldn’t fit into the donut pans – however, if you just formed them and placed them on baking sheets, I bet they would bake that way.

  4. 01/17/2014 at 8:16 am

    I am LOVING your donut week! Forget the diet, bring on the donut goodness :) xoxo

  5. 01/17/2014 at 8:24 am

    I just woke up and haven’t eaten breakfast yet and then I come and see these donuts, now my mouth is watering and I have to have some now! Please send me a few!

  6. 01/17/2014 at 8:31 am

    I NEED to get into making donuts at home! These look so good!

  7. 01/17/2014 at 8:42 am

    My 2014 plan is to dust off my donut pans. It’s been way too long & these are stunners! That glistening chocolate calls my name! Pinned

  8. 01/17/2014 at 8:47 am

    loving all the donuts! hope you feel better, tooth pain is the worst!

  9. 01/17/2014 at 8:54 am

    A little sad that I don’t have one of these with me right now to dunk in my coffee!

  10. 01/17/2014 at 9:04 am

    LOVE this recipe, Julie! Thank you for a fabulous week of the best donut flavors on the planet. Chocolate cake donuts (yes, the fried type) are my very favorite donuts in the world–that is, unless it is Fall, then it is pumpkin of course. I am completely enamored with your photography and styling here. I’m drooling and need to make these soon! Thanks for sharing and feel better soon, my friend. Pinning (of course)! xo

  11. 01/17/2014 at 9:42 am

    Double chocolate? I am in!

  12. 01/17/2014 at 9:59 am

    My one and only donut I get from Dunkin Donuts is the double chocolate that looks like this. I rarely eat sweet breakfast items, but it’s my one indulgence once in a while. Having this recipe could get me in trouble! But, I may just have to try my hand at donut making & pin this. I have donut pans I’ve never used, do you think this recipe would work as baking and not frying? ~ MamaGing

    • 01/17/2014 at 9:15 pm

      I don’t think the dough would work for donut pans. It’s not batter-like consistency – it’s a much more thicker dough. Like it becomes a ball of dough after you mix everything together so it probably wouldn’t fit into the donut pans – however, if you just formed them and placed them on baking sheets, I bet they would bake that way.

  13. 01/17/2014 at 10:39 am

    Sorry that you are dealing with that! But I am with you- I would be medicating with these chocolate donuts :)

  14. 01/17/2014 at 10:50 am

    Julie, feel better! Thinking of you!

    Is there a better donut for breakfast than double chocolate? These are wonderful!

  15. 01/17/2014 at 11:07 am

    ooooh. Sorry about your mouth! that is not cool. I hope you get some antibiotics for that. But oh a positive note- these donuts are just gorgeous Julie. Major Eye Candy.

  16. 01/17/2014 at 11:43 am

    Chocolate on chocolate? Yes, I’ll take a dozen to eat in the car on the way home and another dozen for later. :)

  17. 01/17/2014 at 12:05 pm

    Oh my gosh, tooth pain is the worst! I hope your dentist gets you fixed up soon. I hate the dentist also, but probably because I don’t have dental insurance and it is SO expensive. One time my dentist told me I had to get a root canal I started crying. Not because I knew it would be painful, but because he told me it cost almost $2000! Not fun on a students budget. But these donuts would have cheered me up! These pictures are gorgeous Julie. Have a good weekend friend : )

  18. 01/17/2014 at 12:18 pm

    Ugh. Tooth pain. I know the feeling all the well. I went through an issue with a root canal for over 2 years. I hope you feel better soon! Now, onto these donuts. I love chocolate on chocolate. Especially when sprinkled with pecans. Thank you so much for taking part of doughnut week. All of your creations looked delicious!

  19. 01/17/2014 at 2:19 pm

    These look amazing!! Sorry your mouth is in pain – the dentist sucks. But I think a doughnut will help!!

  20. 01/17/2014 at 3:45 pm

    love the pecans on top. . yum!

  21. 01/17/2014 at 4:58 pm

    I hate the dentist too! But who could resist these donuts! So delicious!

  22. 01/17/2014 at 5:10 pm

    Toothaches are the worst, especially when you’re surrounded by those chocolate donuts with that luscious chocolate glaze.

  23. 01/17/2014 at 6:20 pm

    SO many donuts! I loved donut week and I have to say this is my absolute favorite because I am a chocolate kind of gal. I hope your teeth feel better!

  24. 01/17/2014 at 7:26 pm

    These look incredible, love the chocolate ganache! Hope you are feeling better – on the bright side, these donuts would make any day better!

  25. 01/17/2014 at 11:22 pm

    Feel better soon!!

    These doughnuts would sure help me feel better!

  26. 01/18/2014 at 12:33 pm

    You had me at double chocolate! I hope you feel better soon!

  27. 01/19/2014 at 9:21 am

    Anything with double chocolate in the title wins my heart!

  28. Marisa
    01/19/2014 at 11:00 am

    These donuts looks fantastics for breakfast !, I´m spanish and I would like to ask you if I can use olive oil instead canoal oil. Thank you very much you´re a very good cooking, I love your recipes .

    • 01/19/2014 at 1:37 pm

      Hi Marisa! No, you cannot fry with olive oil. The oil temperature needed for frying is not suitable for olive oil because of the smoking point of olive oil. Also, olive oil has a natural flavor to it so using it in baking is not a good idea.

  29. 01/19/2014 at 11:49 am

    Oh my gosh – I hope your chompers are feeling better!! Pop a couple IBprofens and snack on one (or two) of these for SURE!! Gorgeous!

  30. 01/19/2014 at 6:57 pm

    “That’s too much chocolate”, said NO ONE EVER! :) Your killing me and have me craving donuts!

  31. 01/21/2014 at 7:46 pm

    Wow! I could easily stuff with these donuts!

  32. 01/29/2014 at 8:30 am

    Just pinned these beauties 3 times! Love :)

    • 01/29/2014 at 8:37 am

      Aw thank you Marla! :)

  33. Joy Martin
    12/29/2014 at 9:53 pm

    hi, I am just starting in the donut world. I made these tonight and they have great flavor. My problem is they were a tad bit dry. I followed everything to a tee except sifting the flour, do you think that could be It? Or, did I cook them too long? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

    • Julie
      12/30/2014 at 8:11 am

      These particular donuts aren’t yeast donuts, they’re cake donuts, so they can be a bit dry if you cook them too long. So, yes, I’d suggest you cook them a bit less next time. Maybe take them out of the oven 2-3 minutes before they’re supposed to be done. Your oven might be hotter than some (all ovens vary) and maybe your oven racks are too high. Either way, if you take them out a few minutes before they’re supposed to be done, they might not be as dry. They still cook a bit after they’ve come out of the oven so if the donuts were already overcooked to begin with, then they’re still cooking away after you’ve taken them out! Hope that helps.

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