Baked Chocolate Almond Donuts Recipe

Is there anything better than a chocolate donut for breakfast? While fans of savory early-morning meals may dare to disagree, it's safe to say that most of us would love nothing more than to start our day with a rich, chocolatey treat. Now, thanks to this baked chocolate almond donut recipe from Jessica Morone, you really can have your donut and eat it too — and without the fuss or messy concern of frying. 

Morone describes these donuts as "easy to make since they are baked and not fried," though there's a lot more to love than just the cooking method. "My favorite thing is that these donuts are really rich and if you love chocolate you will love these," she says, adding, "The almond flour in the dough and the almond extract in the glaze give them a nice almond flavor that isn't too overwhelming." Though many of us tend to treat donuts as a specialty treat reserved for cafe outings, you can (and should) enjoy all of that sweet goodness right in your own kitchen.

Gather the ingredients for baked chocolate almond donuts

You'll need both all-purpose and almond flour to serve as the base for these donuts, along with cocoa powder, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, unsalted butter, whole milk, an egg, vanilla extract, and either white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, which is something of a unique ingredient in this recipe. "The special ingredient in these is the vinegar, which adds acid to the flavor of the donuts so they don't end up tasting too sweet, and also reacts with the baking soda while baking to make them moist," Morone explains.

Of course, no donut is complete without the finishing garnishes, so you'll need semi-sweet chocolate chips, heavy cream, and almond extract for the icing. And, optionally, you can garnish your donuts with sliced toasted almonds for a little bit of a nutty perk.

Make the donut batter

Start by preheating your oven to 350 F. Because these donuts are baked, you'll need a couple of donut baking trays/pans, so go ahead and prep those by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray.

Meanwhile, get the batter going. Add the all-purpose flour, almond flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl and whisk to combine. Next, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter and add that to a separate bowl along with the milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients — about ⅓ at a time — until you have a smooth, cohesive batter. 

Bake the donuts

Either use a spoon or piping bag to transfer the donut batter to the prepared donut pans; be sure to fill each well evenly, and keep in mind that you should have enough batter to make 12 donuts. Transfer your pans to the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the donuts have gotten nice and puffy and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the donuts cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

Glaze and garnish the donuts

Add the chocolate chips, heavy cream, and remaining butter to a bowl and microwave in 20-second increments until you have a melted, smooth icing. Be sure to stir the mixture in between zaps. Once you've got a smooth substance, stir in the almond extract.

Dip a donut into the icing, plunging it about halfway, then remove it and place it non-icing side down back onto the wire rack. If you're going to garnish with sliced almonds, do so right away so that the nuts stick to the still-wet icing. Then, repeat the process with each donut until you have 12 iced, garnished pastries. Let the donuts sit for about 20 minutes, which will give the icing enough time to set — as tempting as it may be to dive right in, this step will help you avoid a sticky mess.

Enjoy your baked chocolate almond donuts

Once the chocolate glaze has set, you can enjoy one of your sweet little treats. "These are good to eat anytime, they make for a sweet breakfast or a delicious dessert or snack," Morone suggests, adding, "They are great served with a cup of coffee."

And, unless you have a rather large family, then you might be left with some residual donuts. No worries, luckily, as these donuts "will keep for up to 5 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge," per Morone.

Baked Chocolate Almond Donuts Recipe
5 from 35 ratings
These chocolate almond donuts are easy to make since they are baked and not fried, with rich chocolate and a decadent almond glaze.
Prep Time
Cook Time
chocolate donut with bite taken
Total time: 43 minutes
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ¼ cups whole milk
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
Optional Ingredients
  • sliced toasted almonds, for garnishing
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly spray 2 (6-well) donut trays with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, almond flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
  3. Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter in the microwave. In a medium bowl whisk together the melted butter, milk, egg, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Whisk about ⅓ of the flour mixture into the milk mixture at a time until fully combined.
  5. Spoon or pipe the dough into the wells of the prepared donut pans until the wells are full.
  6. Bake the donuts in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until the donuts have puffed up and a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes, then invert onto a wire cooling rack.
  7. In a small bowl combine the chocolate chips, remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and heavy cream. Heat in the microwave in 20-second increments, stirring between each increment, until the chocolate and butter have melted.
  8. Add in the almond extract and stir until the mixture is smooth and combined.
  9. Dip a cooled donut in the glaze and place it back on the wire rack. Immediately top with toasted almonds, if desired. Continue dipping and adding almonds until all donuts are glazed.
  10. Let the donuts sit until the glaze is set, about 20 minutes, then enjoy.
Calories per Serving 273
Total Fat 15.3 g
Saturated Fat 6.7 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 36.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 31.1 g
Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
Total Sugars 16.9 g
Sodium 174.1 mg
Protein 5.9 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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