Donuts are life’s way of eating cake for breakfast and you know I am always about dessert all day long.  This Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe is made with pancake mix, so it is super simple to make.  Breakfast recipes should be that way.  Easy!  If your family is anything like mine then they wake up hungry.  You don’t have hours to prepare something.  The easier the better and donuts are one thing that everyone loves.  Keep scrolling to see how you can make them for your family.

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Baked donuts are so much fun!  There is no deep frying or waiting for dough to rise.  All you have to do is make this delicious and quick batter, pipe it into your pan and bake.

Minutes later you are taking a batch of soft and delicious, piping not donuts out of the oven.  A dunk in a chocolate bath is all they need for perfection.

Let me just tell you right this moment that you don’t want to wait to make these babies.  They are loads of chocolate goodness!

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Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

How to make Chocolate Donuts with a Pancake Mix

Using pancake mix to make donuts is such a time saver.  Begin by combining the pancake mix, granulated sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder.

I like to use a whisk to get rid of any lumps in the pancake mix and get a smooth consistency.  You could always sift it instead.

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

To the pancake mix mixture, add the milk, sour cream, egg and melted butter.  Stir to combine.

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Then add your mini chocolate chips.  Stir them into the batter until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Spray your donut pans liberally with non stick spray.  The best way to get the mixture into the pans is to use a Ziploc bag or piping bag to pipe the batter into the pan.

Just spoon the batter into the bag, cut a small triangle and pipe dough in a circle around each mold.  You want to make sure they are about 3/4 full because they will rise a bit.

NOTE:  If you don’t have a bag, then just spoon the batter into each donut mold and smooth.

What can I use Instead of a Donut Pan?

If you don’t have a donut pan then no worries.  You can use a muffin pan for this recipe and even get the iconic hole in the middle by putting a crumpled up piece of parchment paper in the middle of each muffin tin before adding the batter.

Just be sure to spray the muffin pan first.  

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until donuts are cooked through.  I like to check by pressing my finger on the donut and when it bounces back then it is done.

You can also use a toothpick inserted in the thickest part of the donut and when it comes out clean they are ready.

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Let them cool in the pan for a couple of minutes and turn them out of the pan and onto a cooling rack to cool completely.  If you have an area that is stuck then use an offset spatula to release that area.

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

How to Make the Chocolate Glaze for Chocolate Pancake Donuts

Combine the powdered sugar, cocoa, milk and corn syrup in a bowl and whisk it together until it is smooth {add more milk if the glaze is too thick}.  Dunk the cooled donuts {one at a time} into the glaze and pull it back out.

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

You want the glaze to be on the top half of the donut and not the bottom.

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

Lay them your chocolate donuts onto the cooling rack until the glaze sets up and they are ready to serve.

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

They are really awesome served fresh but also store well in an air tight container for a couple of days.  You can also freeze them unglazed for up to 3 months.

I have to tell you that a dozen of these babies won’t last long in a hungry household.  If you aren’t a fan of breakfast {I can’t blame you}, then serve them for dessert with a scoop of ice cream.  You can never go wrong with that.

5 Reasons this Chocolate Donuts Recipe is Worth making Today!

  1. Using pancake mix allows you to make the batter super easy.
  2. Baked donuts can be made from start to finish in less than half an hour.
  3. You have the option of adding sprinkles or extra mini chips to the top of the glaze for extra fun.
  4. You aren’t limited to breakfast…they can totally be a delicious dessert too!
  5. Your family will love every single bite.

Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix featured by top US dessert blog, Practically Homemade

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Easy Chocolate Donuts Recipe with Pancake Mix

Pancake mix is transformed into a soft and delicious Chocolate Donut coated with chocolate glaze. Perfect for breakfast or dessert.

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp butter {melted}
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray donut pans liberally with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a medium bowl combine the pancake mix, sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder. Whisk or sift dry ingredients to get rid of any lumps in the dry mix.

  3. Add the milk, sour cream, egg and melted butter to the dry mixture and mix to combine. Add mini chocolate chips and stir until they are evenly incorporated into the dough. Spoon dough into a Ziploc bag or piping bag and cut a medium sized triangle from the end of the bag. Pipe enough dough to fill each donut mold about 3/4 full because it will rise while baking.

  4. Once the donuts are cooked through {I like to press down and when it bounces back you know they are ready} remove from the oven and let them cool for a couple of minutes. Then invert them to a cooling rack to cool completely. If there is a spot where the donut is sticking to the pan then just use an offset spatula or knife to break that area loose.

  5. While the donuts are cooling combine the glaze ingredients and whisk until the mixture is smooth and thin enough to dunk your donut into but thick enough to stick onto the donut. Dunk each donut halfway into the chocolate glaze and remove back to the cooling rack for the glaze to set up. Serve or store in an air tight container for a couple of days. They also freeze well for up to 3 months unglazed.

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