Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

Warning: getimagesize(/home/justab8/public_html/wp-content/uploads failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/justab8/public_html/wp-content/themes/Total/framework/classes/image-resize.php on line 121
Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

I need more donuts in my life.

Seriously, I don’t eat them that often. The thing is, they’re usually fried, and while that’s delicious, I feel kind of gross after I eat one. The donut pan is a much better option!

Plus, when I bake my own, I can customize flavors at will. Like this chocolate peanut butter version. It has the loveliest, thickest PB chocolate icing. And sprinkles! Can we all just stop for a moment and enjoy the sprinkles?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

When you think about it, sprinkles are a donut’s best accessory. Accessories matter, and I often forget about them. As much as I want to remember to coordinate my jewelry with an outfit along with maybe a scarf or a great hat, it’s just so much work. If I had the dedication to accessorize fully, I’d sure look a lot better. But it’s not high on the priority list.

Neither is makeup. As I get older and paler, I should probably be doing something to make my face look a little less drawn. The effort involved, though, is kind of daunting. I’m totally uneducated about makeup, so there’s a steep learning curve. Plus I’m a face toucher. I seriously run my hands across my face way too many times a day, which would totally ruin a beautiful facial palette. So why bother?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

And in a perfect world, I’d have gorgeous nails. Not only am I a baker, but I also play the guitar. Anything painted on my nails chips right off, and I can’t keep them long if I want to be able to play. But I’m very jealous of women with beautifully decorated hands. Mine are teeny tiny, plain, and don’t look imposing at all.

The only way I make up for lack of accessorizing is by pushing the funky fashion envelope. Clothes are fun, and I don’t mind putting time into picking them out. But still, I wonder how much cooler my outfits would look if I could just get the little details taken care of.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

Like if I’d left the sprinkles off these donuts, they wouldn’t have been nearly as exciting. Thankfully, I remembered the bling this time!

These are chocolate peanut butter all the way up, down and through. The batter has both. The icing has both. These flavors are unbeatable!

And of course, the kids run straight to them. My youngest insisted on having what she called “a whole bagel,” which means she saw the sprinkles and decided that would be lunch. I had a hard time convincing her otherwise without eliciting a major tantrum.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

Any donut that gets baked rather than fried is naturally more guilt-free. Are these a health food? In the normal world, no. But in the world of donuts, you just won!

Whether or not you can accessorize yourself, definitely try to add some flair to your baking. It’s not hard, and everyone loves a little pop of razzle dazzle!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts


3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup buttermilk (you can sub in regular if needed)
1 egg (room temp is best)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
sprinkles (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Coat a 6-yield donut pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the butter and peanut butter for 30 seconds until melted. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Add the peanut butter mixture and stir again until fully incorporated.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and stir until everything is combined, but not further.
  6. Using a spoon (the batter will be thick), fill each donut cavity about three quarters of the way. Take care not to fill them all the way.
  7. Bake the donuts for 10 minutes until firm. Remove from the oven to cool.
  8. While the donuts are cooling, make the icing. Combine the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until smooth and glossy.
  9. Carefully remove the donuts from the pan. One at a time, dip each donut upside-down into the icing bowl, flicking your wrist to remove excess icing. Place each donut on a plate to let the icing set. Add sprinkles if desired.
  10. Once the icing is hardened, serve and enjoy!


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I need more donuts in my life too!! And sprinkles are a donut accessory, that is so true. Half the time they’re my accessory too!!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Peanut Butter Candy Bar PieMy Profile

    1. Mir

      They’re a much more easy accessory than the ones we wear! I love me sprinkles on everything!

  2. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss

    Baked instead of fried sounds like health food to me! I love the sprinkles, too. My birthday is coming up…maybe I’ll finally ask for a donut pan šŸ™‚ these look fabulous! Also, how do you play guitar if you have tiny hands? I have the world’s saddest small hands that totally couldn’t handle guitar.
    Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss recently posted…How to Start Your Own Blog in 10 Easy StepsMy Profile

    1. Mir

      You should get one for your birthday! They’re really worth it. And as for the tiny hands, it’s definitely a challenge. But I’ve played piano all my life, so they are very stretchy by now. šŸ™‚

  3. Jasline (Foodie Baker)

    I’ll gladly eat at least 2 of them, knowing that they are baked not fried! Your donuts look soo good!
    Jasline (Foodie Baker) recently posted…One-Pot Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)My Profile

    1. Mir

      I ate more than two, Jasline. Don’t tell anyone! šŸ™‚

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I could definitely use more donuts in my life, too! I love making my own, because baked is always better than fried! This chocolate pb version sounds delicious, Mir! I love the thick frosting on top. So perfect for a Monday!
    Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla SoupMy Profile

    1. Mir

      Thick frosting makes any Monday much better! šŸ™‚

  5. Megan - The Emotional Baker

    I’m the same way, Mir! I just don’t have the know how for accessories or makeup. Whenever I try, I just feel silly! But I always love jazzing up baked treats šŸ™‚ These are gorgeous, but I’d love them without sprinkles too šŸ˜‰

    1. Mir

      I’d love them without sprinkles too, but they’re prettier this way!

  6. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    I don’t know, I think these TOTALLY count as health food, especially on a Monday! And I’m with you on the accessories – I’m feeling very accomplished today because I actually put on a scarf with my dress. #babysteps
    Kate @ Framed Cooks recently posted…Shrimp in Gorgonzola SauceMy Profile

    1. Mir

      Scarves are the best. Those I can do without a problem. It’s the jewelry and makeup I can’t handle!

  7. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I know what you mean about donuts, all that deep fried grease makes me feel like crap after too. I tried baking them once, but they just didn’t turn out right, so I will be giving these a go!

    1. Mir

      Hope they work out for you, Dannii!

  8. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I LOVE these donuts!!!!! . Iā€™m totally uneducated about makeup too!!! I have no idea how to put it on. . my mom never wore make-up and I’m sure I won’t be able to teach my girls anything either. . I didn’t know you played the guitar! I love it! I do get my nails done. . it’s my “thing” . . plus back in the day, when I would post photos of my hands holding something with the nasty, yucky nails and cuticles, my sister would be the first to comment šŸ™‚ so I’ve taken care of that! šŸ˜›
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom recently posted…No Bake Almond Energy BitesMy Profile

    1. Mir

      I wish I had a sister to mock my cuticles. Then maybe I’d make more of an effort. I’m sure my brothers never notice a thing!

  9. Katie @The Semisweet Sisters

    Your donuts look amazing! Love the sprinkles on top. I feel the same way…I just can’t eat fried donuts, I love the baked option so much!
    Katie @The Semisweet Sisters recently posted…Kentucky Butter CakeMy Profile

    1. Mir

      Yeah, they taste good for a few minutes, and then you feel all gross. Fried donuts aren’t worth it!

  10. Adri

    Oh, but I do love some nice fried dough, but, I too don’t feel so great after eating it. Maybe that’s because I never stop at just one fried treat. But this baked option sounds great. And I’m with you about sprinkles. They are always welcome! About the make-up, the thing is the older i get., the more I realize I look better with even just a touch of blush, a bit of eyebrow and some mascara. I keep it quick and simple!
    Adri recently posted…The Clever Cookbook ā€“ A Book Review and GiveawayMy Profile

    1. Mir

      It’s hard to stop at one! I used to down two donuts back when I had an iron stomach!

  11. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    I just bought a doughnut pan this weekend and made two different kinds yesterday! I really wish I would have had this chocolate peanut butter recipe because these look delicious! I’m glad you didn’t forget the doughnut bling! šŸ™‚

    1. Mir

      Never too late to try it out, Rachelle!

  12. mira

    I can’t believe how long it’s been since last time I made donuts! These look fantastic! Great flavors! I’m not educated about makeup either, but I love doing my nails šŸ™‚
    mira recently posted…Blood Orange Cheesecake SquaresMy Profile

    1. Mir

      I wish you’d do my nails, Mira. I’m so hopeless with that!

  13. annie@ciaochowbambina

    What is it about sprinkles that just make me stop and stare. I’m assuming sprinkles are not shy and can handle all the attention! These are tooo delish, my friend! And make-up? Yeah – I like it…I at least have to put my eyes on before I go out in the world. šŸ™‚
    annie@ciaochowbambina recently posted…Comment on Linguine with Sweet Sausage, White Truffle Butter, Sage & Parmesan by AnnieMy Profile

    1. Mir

      I know. Sprinkles are mesmerizing. šŸ™‚ I can’t do eyeliner to save my life!

  14. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    I love the chocolate and peanut butter combo- you always do that SO well šŸ™‚ Delicious!
    Medha @ Whisk & Shout recently posted…{One Pot} Vegan + GF Mexican Style Fajita RiceMy Profile

    1. Mir

      It’s my favorite combo, ya know! šŸ™‚

  15. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Is there anything you DON’T do, Mir?! You play the guitar too?! Multi-talented up in here. Who needs to know how to apply makeup or accessorize when you are YOU? Love these donuts! Kinda creepy because I JUST purchased a donut pan, so clearly you made these donuts just for me… well just for me to make for Boy. šŸ˜‰ LOVE LOVE LOVE the sprinkles, they just make everything better, right?! And the peanut butter and chocolate combination sounds fabulous, I know Boy will swoon over these babies! Cheers, my dear! <3
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary recently posted…Fig & Balsamic Glazed Chicken Thighs {with Gorgonzola & Walnuts}My Profile

    1. Mir

      Hope Boy enjoys! And you are always waaaaay too kind. I do a lot of things, but I never said I was that good at it! šŸ™‚

  16. David | Spiced

    These doughnuts…err, bagels…err, doughnuts…look perfect, Mir! All of that chocolate frosting on top? Yes, please! Chocolate + peanut butter is definitely a classic combo, and I could totally imagine a plate of these bad boys sitting in my kitchen…at least for a few minutes before I eat them all! šŸ™‚ P.S. I wish I could play guitar. But that would require some sort of musical talent. And I have none. Haha!
    David | Spiced recently posted…Healthy Zucchini BisqueMy Profile

    1. Mir

      You can cook, and that’s more fun than guitar. Or at least as fun. šŸ™‚

  17. Manali @ CookWithManali

    haha same! I am not a donut fan, they are okay but I don’t feel that great after eating them, well generally I don’t feel great after eating anything fried! Love this baked version..chocolate & PB is always a winning combo!
    Manali @ CookWithManali recently posted…Banana Blueberry Streusel Mini MuffinsMy Profile

    1. Mir

      The fried tastes great at the time, and then yep. Not good after!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge