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Chocolate Donuts


  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Stir dry ingredients together in mixing bowl. Add egg, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until smooth.
  2. Fill each cooking reservoir with about 2 tablespoons of batter.
  3. Bake about 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean.
  4. Glaze or coat with powdered sugar, as desired.

Makes approximately 28 donuts

Tip: If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, pour 2¼ teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar into a glass measuring cup.  Add milk to equal ¾ cup. Allow to stand 5 to 10 minutes, then use in place of buttermilk in this recipe.

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  1. These little chocolate donuts are the best!!! The recipe made the most moist, light, delicious, chocolatey little donuts! I dipped mine in a mixture of confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, milk and vanilla as soon as they came out of the machine and let them cool to slightly harden up the glaze. They are a million times better than the boxed kind! No more donut shop for this family!!!

  2. I have a child who is on a dairy-free diet. I modified this recipe using 2 tsp vinegar and coconut milk to make 3/4 cup. Allow to stand 5 to 10 minutes as instructed in the recipe notes.

    Another thing we do is to whisk the dry ingredients together to remove any large clumps of flour or coca and we also mix the ‘wet ingredients’ together in a bowl before combining them. This helps prevent over mixing the batter.

    They turned out absolutely delicious~

    • This helps because I am highly lactose intolerant and cannot have any dairy unless I take medicine, which I a out of. So this helps me so much! Thank you for posting this idea!

  3. I just bought this but I haven’t tried it yet. I was kinda looking to see if anyone has healthy recipes and that are fat free or low fat. I don’t want to add the oil because that is fattening so I was wondering if I could substitute something for it. I was going to try applesauce and other substiutions but I have never tried this machine before and I don’t want it to ruin it if I don’t add oil. Please and thank you!

    • Sara, I have had success using 1 small container of low fat vanilla yogurt in place of the oil. The result is a richer, slightly more dense cake. I use this trick with cake and muffin recipes too. Good Luck!

      • actually…you can make doughnuts healthy by using the right ingredients and by using the doughnut maker instead of a fryer…just sayin

      • why do you have to be like that? Isn’t it smart to make your own “healthy” donuts if you want a donut??? that’s what we bought ours for! Now I can feed my toddler “donuts” anytime I want W/O GUILT

  4. This particular recipe was not good at all. I did use the vanilla glaze listed in the instruction manual which did help the flavor, but I would not make these again. It would be helpful if there were more recipes available online that are different from the instruction manual.

  5. 10/23/11 1:52
    My family gobbled these up! They started eating them as soon as they cooled enough to handle. Right texture, not too sweet, which allows for the addition of a yummy glaze to bring up the sweetness level. This is a Sunday morning togetherness project full of love and fun! We will make these again.

  6. My daughter has celiac disease and needed a gluten-free donut for a party at school. I made these using Jules Gluten Free flour and they turned out delicious!
    The story of one family’s journey with Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease. It’s a sweet adventure full of gluten-free goodies!

    • Our family has been recently diagnosed with Celiac as well. (Who would have thought, a majority of a family!) and we bought this maker to help with the transition. The first time we made these donuts, my family was in heaven. We actually used 1 tsp Xanthan Gum added to Brown Rice flour to make the 1 1/4 c all purpose flour and my family loved them! I am going to try adding some Buckwheat flour this week!

  7. Something is lacking in this recipe….I should have known that they would not taste great when i licked the beater. I rolled them in powdered sugar and my 5yo was sooo excited, took a bite, said “yeah mom, these are really good” and when i turned my back quietly spit it into the trash along with the rest of the donut. They are barely tolerable without the glaze. WITH the glaze they taste okay (but everything tastes good covered in buttery icing!) but the aftertaste reminds you that the donuts are pretty bad. I wish this wasn’t the first recipe I tried in my sheer excitement of trying it right out of the box. Also, the inside of the donut gets reallllly brown. I am not cooking them too long. As a professional baker that wanted a quick Saturday morning (not yeast) donut for my 4 boys, I’m sure I can figure out a better recipe. But I am really disappointed that there were only 2 donut recipes included, and the one I tried was terrible.

  8. I definitely should have read the reviews before I made them. They are terribly disappointing and I didn’t even bother to finish using the batter.

  9. Not good at all :( I have to say I was bummed that this recipe turned out such a bad tasting donut. I thought it was me but at least I know it wasn’t!

  10. Would like a plain donut recipe. Received this for Christmas and would like to try it but don’t like the receipts that came with it. Would prefera plain donut recipe. Thank you

  11. im so excited 2 try my new d-nut machine i just got it from a cousin 4 x-mas and am so happy about getting it. thou the comments are earthier bad or good so ill have to try em out b4 i decide. i’m hoping they r awesome! fingers crossed!

  12. Very easy recipe. Had to do the vinegar and milk to substitute for buttermilk. They turned out great! With a little glaze they would taste like they were from the donut shop.

  13. FOR HEALTHIER DONUT HOLES- substitue apple sauce for oil and use 2 egg whites instead of the egg. it needs more sugar though healthy or not, so add 1/8c sugar or more to it. very yummy, i just covered them in powdered sugar.

  14. Just got the donut maker for X Mas but I’ve been reading alot of reviews that people just don’t like the recipes. Should I keep it or return it? Are there any good recipes out there?

  15. I tried my new donut maker yesterday and the recipe was okay, but the tops of the donuts didn’t brown very well. Is that normal?

    • same thing happens with the cake pop maker…the heating core is under the bottom pan so the bottoms will get nicely browned. I’m planning on trying to cook 3-4 minutes til set, then flip for 1 minute to brown the other side too

  16. The machine works great but the recipes are terrible. They have no taste what so ever. I am a baker and these recipes don’t cut it. So disappointed. My cousin used brownie mix in hers and they turned out great.

  17. So disappointed – just made the chocolate donuts and they are nasty – must be the cocoa – very bitter flavor, Nreo amount of frosting could help! I hope some better recipes show up for the donut maker.

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  21. Really?this is the best recipe I’ve found. But of course I haven’t found very many. I will agree they don’t really taste like donuts…. something Else though. Any one know good recipes for donut. Pans?

  22. My thought? Ehhhh. They are ok. Just ok. I agree with the others, they need something. Not sure what. They taste better with the glaze, but are virtually inedible without. I am looking for a chocolate cake donut that tastes like Entemann’s. If anyone finds one, please let me know!!

  23. I had to use the lemon juice in the milk to substitute for buttermilk and I didn’t have any vanilla so I used chocolate flavoring syrup (that you use for coffee) and added two teaspoons instead of one. My kids loved them without a glaze or anything extra on them. I think if I would have made a chocolate glaze, they would have been fantastic.

  24. These donuts are delicious.If They are cooked Well, They make great snacks or desserts, not much breakfast foods. I melted hershey’s chocolate bars and drizzled it on top to make it look like a proffesional donuts . I have like three Donut makers and if you line them in a row with the 3 bowls of batter in front, and the cooling racks put together, it makes a little donut factory. I <3 these donuts!!!!!!!

  25. I made the sour cream and chocolte donuts and thought they were awful…way too much baking powder. I assumed it was a typo and would find a corrected version on-line. Am I the only one that thinks this?????

    • I’m with you on this! I followed the recipe as directed and my kids hated them. I’m on a diet, so I wasn’t planning on eating one. I took a small sliver of the donut, and it is so bitter! I can’t believe there are so many good reviews.

  26. First batch-not so great. The texture was good and they were very pretty with icing, but tasted heavy and bland. The next batch I made I reduced the baking powder to just 1 teaspoon, increased the sugar to 3/4 cup and added 3 tablespoons of mini choc. chips. Better….pretty good with icing..I used a can of choc. icing sllightly melted.

  27. What is wrong with you people? These donut holes are not supposed to taste like Dunkin’ Donuts or supermarket holes! Fresh, quick and they disappear as fast as I can make them. Moscato Mom has a delicious plain recipe with sour cream. The chocolate holes made with buttermilk are amazing…real chocolate flavor, not some crap from Krispy Kreme. This cake pop maker is the best appliance I’ve bought in a loooooong time. If you try it with the idea that it is fresh “fast food” you won’t be disappointed! Oh, and it makes great cake pops too…

  28. I’m confused about the bad reviews. We just did this recipe with buttermilk and it was just fine. They are baked donuts so not greasy at all, but my husband and kids are gobbling them up while watching a movie and they were super quick to make. Cooked for 4 minutes, perfect.

  29. tried machine with grandkids …They loved it and their friends also. I bought packaged mixes sold where I bought machine. Mixes tooo high. Looking for recipes made from cake or muffin mixes.

  30. I have to say I adored this recipe! I used it with the cake pop maker but it turned out terrific! after letting them cool down I dipped them in a vanilla glace and everyone said they tasted better than Timhortons Timbits :D

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  34. Just cut the recipe in half and you will get fourteen donuts. If you want to half the egg, mix it up and then divide it in half

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  36. We got about 40 donuts out of the recipe!!

    It definitely tasted MUCH better the next day… I was somewhat indifferent when I first tried them fresh, even with some delicious icing. However, the next day they we WONDERFUL!!

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