Chocolate Chip Cookie Donuts

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I’ve been craving doughnuts lately.  I get these cravings approximately every three months, give or take.  Sometimes you just need a big blob of fried dough slathered in sugary icing, you know?  Ugh, they’re so bad for you, but so good.

I made homemade doughnuts the other day.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to blog about them or not, because I was experimenting and didn’t know if they’d turn out.  I used a yeast dough to make doughnut holes and rolled them in cinnamon glaze.  It was a lot of work, the apartment smelled like grease, and I didn’t fry the doughnut holes all of the way through, so they were still gooey in the middle.  So yeah, those definitely didn’t make the blog.

You’re better off going to Dunkin, that’s what I’m saying.  No work, it’s probably cheaper in the end, your house will smell good, and you can have a Boston cream pie donut, which is what I had the other day.  (I hadn’t been to a Dunkin Donuts since I was a kid.  They’re everywhere here!)

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If you don’t feel like going to Dunkin, and you don’t feel like deep frying dozens of doughnuts for an hour, you can make these chocolate chip cookie donuts in no time at all.  The “donut” (let’s be honest, these really aren’t donuts because they’re not fried) is made from chocolate chip cookie batter.  The batter is placed in a mini donut pan and baked into fluffy, cakey donuts loaded with chocolate chips and toasted pecans.  If you don’t have a mini donut pan, you can bake the batter in a mini muffin pan and make chocolate chip cookie muffins.

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I piped the glaze onto those with a star tip.  It’s made from butter, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk and corn syrup… pretty basic.  It was the right consistency for the donuts, but it didn’t look as good on the muffins. 

That’s that.  I hope you have a good weekend!  Oh one more thing – does anyone like those packaged mini donuts you buy from the gas station?  You know, the ones that have the chocolate glaze, or the ones coated in powdered sugar?  I guess you can buy them from the grocery store too.  I secretly want some.  They smell good and remind me of childhood summer vacations.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Donuts

1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup finely chopped toasted pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 tablespoon corn syrup

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a mini donut pan with cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy.  Beat in egg, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour and milk until just combined.  Beat in pecans and chocolate chips until just combined.  Fill donut pan with dough.  Bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.  Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
To make the frosting, in a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, milk and corn syrup until creamy and well combined.  Frost donuts with glaze.

Makes 2 dozen mini donuts


  1. yum!!! i haven't had a donut in forever, and after reading this post, i suddenly need one!

  2. I really like the milk glass (Bottle)

  3. Haha, yes! I recently read a book in which a character ate "a plate loaded with sugared donuts" for breakfast and I've been craving those little powdered ones ever since. That's what we used to get when I was a kid - those grocery store boxes that came with four white, four cinnamon, and four plain donuts (no one wanted the plain).

    ANYWAY - cookie donuts sound genius!

  4. perfect! today is national doughnut day!!

  5. Cute doughnuts! My friend's mom bans food from being fried in her kitchen because of how it smells.

    I looooove convenience store cake doughnuts, the cinnamon powdered sugar flavor. It's my ultimate road trip food.

  6. I love those donuts!! My dad always used to buy them when I was a kid. The ones rolled in cinnamon sugar were my fav

  7. Apparently today is National Donut Day? Don't ask, I got it from Serious Eats :) In an case, you are very timely and appropriate with these cookie donuts! I love them; they're delicious!

  8. To be honest, I'd much rather have my donuts in unfried form. Still just as tasty and, well, healthy, right? These sound deeeelish!

  9. This is my favorite Dunkin Donut:

    It's hard to find where I live, so if I happen to be at a Dunkin's that has one, I always feel justified in eating one :)

  10. This is my favorite Dunkin Donut:

    It's hard to find where I live, so whenever I'm at a Dunkin's that happens to have them I always feel justified in eating one :)

  11. Now that you're in Chicago, you should try Do-rite donuts downtown. I just had one last week, and YUM!

  12. These look great :) I looove donuts and was so sad I missed national donut day!

  13. I have a mini donut pan!!! Can't wait to make these :-)

  14. I bet your doughnut holes were better than you said, but you're right about the fried food smell. It's tough to get rid of.

    These doughnuts are a great idea no matter what shape you bake them in.

    Have you ever taken a plain doughnut - no sugar, no chocolate...nothing - and heated it up in the oven? OMG, it's soooooo good. All the grease comes to surface and it gets slightly crispy on the outside. Don't tell anyone I told you about that.



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