Triple Chocolate Donuts

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Save some coin and bake your own triple chocolate donuts.

Triple Chocolate Donuts

I baked four and a half dozen donuts in the making of this post. I did it all for you.

Last week I took the plunge and purchased a couple donut pans. Yeah, I know, I’m late to the donut baking party. Joy bakes them. Amy bakes them. Lynn even bakes them gluten free. I just didn’t know if they would taste all that donuty. I was skeptical. But, I asked the Facebook peeps, and the consensus was that I should give it a go.

So, I bought two donut baking pans (affiliate link). There’s no way I’m making only six donuts at a time. Not with six children. I bought two pans, but I might be tempted to buy a third. They nest very compactly and take up very little space. Plus, now that my girl’s walnut and peanut allergies have been confirmed, I’m a little hesitant to buy donuts from a shop where the risk of cross-contamination is pretty high. We’ll start experimenting with some new donut recipes, me thinks.

And just for the record, both spellings donut and doughnut are correct. In case you were wondering….

We’ve fried donuts before, but the mess is not exactly worth the results. Plus, all that oil is a pain to deal with. Baking sounded like a doable option.

Making donuts myself.

I started my recipe testing over the weekend, making an adaptation of Gramma John’s Buttermilk Donuts. I upped the baking soda and liquid, and they were good. Going to retest those again next week

But, I decided to go with a chocolate version for extensive testing. I tweaked a few more times until it was deemed perfect by my family. Chocolate cake with mini chocolate chips and a chocolate glaze: superyum. There are about six unglazed that went into the freezer. The rest have disappeared.

making chocolate donuts

Making them cheaper.

A dozen donuts at our regular shop is about $6. A box of 8 at the grocery store runs about $3.68. This means that commercially made donuts are running 46 to 50 cents each.

My donut costs break down this way:

  • unbleached, non-bromated flour $0.75
  • sugars $0.50
  • hormone-free milk $0.20
  • cocoa powder $0.30
  • eggs $0.40
  • oil $0.20
  • generous allowance for leavenings and extract $0.25

The total comes to $2.60 for 18 donuts, making them about 15 cents a piece. While these aren’t as melt-in-your mouth amazing as traditional fried donuts, they’re still tasty and they are a lot cheaper.

Plus, the people you feed will think you’re a rockstar. You made donuts?

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  1. Jen says

    These look great! I also just joined the doughnut party and have the same pan. I think I will give these a try for Saturday morning. The boys will be thrilled!

  2. Danielle says

    I make fried donuts once a year for Hannukah and I agree it is really messy, never tried making cake donuts though.

  3. Amy says

    Oh please, please, please post more donut recipes!!!! I use my donut pans all the time!

  4. Nia says

    Thanks Jessica for writing this post and sharing this recipe. This is my second or maybe third time reading it and I have to say thanks. My baby asks for donuts about every other day and it makes it difficult to say “no”. We live across the street from a 24 hour donut shop and we smell them cooking about 3 times a day. Now that I think about it, donuts might be his comfort food, he seems to ask for them when he’s upset about not getting something else or things aren’t going his way. Anyhoo, thanks again for the recipe. I too have one of those pans and have yet to break it in!

  5. Deja Armstrong says

    THIS post prompted me to put donut pans on my Christmas wish list! I just made 2 dozen for my family of 8! I used the recipe on the packaging for a spiced donut (delish!) and will be making a batch of your triple chocolate as soon as I get some mini chips!

  6. Heather M says

    This post came at the best time! I just bought myself a mini donut pan! And, I haven’t even started looking for recipes yet. I’m definitely starting with this recipe! Love chocolate, can hardly wait!

  7. Nikki says

    I found this recipe a couple of weeks ago, and I finally bought the donut pans and made these dough nuts. Yum!! Thank you for developing this recipe and posting it!

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