Peppermint Mocha Donuts {Plus a Giveaway-CLOSED}

The flavors of chocolate, coffee, and peppermint shine in these Peppermint Mocha Donuts. These baked donuts are surprisingly quick and easy to make. Peppermint Mocha Donuts would be a festive addition to any holiday brunch or dessert buffet!

FUN Donut Pan Giveaway! Plus a recipe for Peppermint Mocha Donuts! | Kristine's Kitchen

This Norpro Nonstick Donut Pan could be yours! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. You must be a U.S. resident and 18 years or older to enter. Please see the full rules in the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway ends on Sunday, December 14th at 12:00 noon PST.Β  Be sure to check your email on December 14-15. I’ll be notifying the winner by email and you’ll have only 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!
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Peppermint Mocha Donuts. Healthier baked donuts with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint! | Kristine's Kitchen

I just couldn’t resist starting off the holiday baking season with a festive seasonal donut! These Peppermint Mocha Donuts taste as good as they look.

Peppermint Mocha Donuts. Healthier baked donuts with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint! | Kristine's Kitchen

When I first got my donut pan a few years ago, it was one of those kitchen tools that I wasn’t too sure about. I resisted buying one for myself because it just seemed a little unnecessary. How often does a person really need to make donuts? Well, now that I do own a donut pan I have to say that I love it! We so rarely buy donuts at the shop, but being able to make my own healthier baked donuts? So. much. fun.

Peppermint Mocha Donuts. Healthier baked donuts with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint! | Kristine's Kitchen

So how did I get my donut pan if I didn’t buy it myself? I won it on a blog giveaway! Winning a fun kitchen tool for free? Always exciting. πŸ™‚ I thought I’d share the love and holiday cheer with a fun giveaway, sponsored by the one and only me. Today, you have the chance to win your own donut pan so that you can make all sorts of baked donuts, including these Peppermint Mocha Donuts.

Peppermint Mocha Donuts. Healthier baked donuts with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint! | Kristine's Kitchen

What is it about the festive holiday beverages offered at coffee shops that make them so hard to resist? I think a big part of it is the holiday cups. They get me every year – coffee totally tastes better when enjoyed from a fun cup or mug. Pretty packaging really does make a difference!

These Peppermint Mocha Donuts are pretty little packages themselves. The mocha flavored donuts are double-dipped in a sweet peppermint glaze and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies. They have all the flavors of the favorite holiday beverage, to be enjoyed from your very own kitchen.

Peppermint Mocha Donuts. Healthier baked donuts with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint! | Kristine's Kitchen

The cake-like donuts are light, moist, and airy. Instant espresso powder adds a hint of coffee and enhances the chocolate flavor of the donuts. The mocha donuts smell incredible as they bake. Seriously, when I opened the oven to check on them I thought I might have to sneak a taste right then and there!

The combination of the mocha donut with the peppermint glaze is pure perfection. Peppermint Mocha Donuts would be a fun addition to any holiday brunch or dessert buffet. If you can resist saving them all for yourself! πŸ˜‰

Peppermint Mocha Donuts. Healthier baked donuts with chocolate, coffee, and peppermint! | Kristine's Kitchen

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Peppermint Mocha Donuts
Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast
Serves: 6
 
The flavors of chocolate, coffee, and peppermint shine in these Peppermint Mocha Donuts. These baked donuts are surprisingly quick and easy to make. Peppermint Mocha Donuts would be a festive addition to any holiday brunch or dessert buffet!
Ingredients
For the Donuts:
  • ΒΎ cup plus 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • 4 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Β½ tsp. baking soda
  • ΒΌ tsp. salt
  • ΒΌ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ΒΌ cup Greek yogurt
  • ΒΌ cup plus 2 tbsp. milk (I used whole)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
For the Peppermint Glaze and Topping:
  • 1 Β½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • ΒΌ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 2 tbsp. crushed peppermint candies
Directions
Make the Donuts:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and both sugars.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, milk, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Whisk in the melted butter.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir together until just combined.
  5. Scoop the batter into a quart-size zip-top bag: Fold the top opening of the bag down and over itself (to the outside) and set the bag in a cup or mug, so that you can scoop the batter into one corner of the bag. Scoop batter into the bag, remove it from the cup, and unfold the rim of the bag. Twist the top of the bag a few times so that it looks like a piping bag, and cut off the bottom corner of the bag. Pipe the batter into the six wells of the prepared donut pan.
  6. Bake donuts for 9-10 minutes, until they are set and tops bounce back when gently pressed. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes while you prepare the glaze.
Make the Glaze:
  1. Whisk together powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Whisk in peppermint extract. Remove donuts from pan to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet (to catch drips).
  2. Warm the glaze in the microwave for 15 seconds. Gently dip the top half of each donut in the glaze and place on the baking sheet. Let the first layer of glaze set for a few minutes and then re-warm the glaze in the bowl, whisking again until smooth. Working with one donut at a time, use a small spoon to drizzle a second layer of glaze onto each donut, spreading it a little bit with the back of the spoon. Immediately sprinkle crushed peppermint candies over each glazed donut before moving on to the next.
Notes: Donuts are best eaten soon after they are made. A few hours after you make them, the peppermint sprinkles will start to melt into the icing, so be sure to glaze them at the last minute if you plan to serve them to guests. Donuts will still taste good for a day or two after baking.

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  1. Chocolate and peppermint have always been a great combination!! These donuts looks amazing. Pinned!

  2. I love using my donut pan too, Kristine! And like you, I resisted buying one for a while because I thought I would hardly ever use it. And while I don’t use it every week, it does make its fair share of donuts for my husband and I!

    These peppermint mocha donuts look beautiful, Kristine! Such a gorgeous presentation, especially with glaze and crushed peppermint. I could totally go for one of these cuties right now, with a festive holiday mug of coffee! And I love your giveaway, too…so fun to give this away after you won one yourself!

    • These donuts are perfect with a cup of coffee. I know – I definitely don’t use my donut pan every week, but after making these peppermint mocha donuts I’m thinking I need to use it more often! They were so good!

  3. What a gorgeous holiday treat, Kristine – Pinned!

  4. I absolutely must make these! I thought I had lost my donut pan but I just found it over Thanksgiving after I moved all my pans to use. I love peppermint anything so these are calling my name!

  5. Absolutely beautiful donuts!!! Pinned.

  6. Kristine, these look absolutely amazing! I love baked donuts, and this chocolate peppermint version looks perfect for the holiday season! Pinned. πŸ™‚

  7. So happy the holidays are here! And guess what? I *just* got a donut pan! So I can actually make these! Pinned the recipe!

  8. These are beautiful and festive!! I love them!

  9. Ginny McMeans says:

    I had to buy my donut pan and I love it too! Your donuts look and sound delicious!

  10. Oh my gosh these donuts looks amazing! So festive! Great giveaway too! Pinning πŸ™‚

  11. These donuts look so festive! I think they would make a fun holiday
    dessert. Thanks for sharing.

  12. These doughnuts are perfect for any morning this holiday season! They look amazing and I would love that little doughnut pan you’re giving away!

    • I think you do need a donut pan, Sara! Then you could make these donuts, and so many others, to enjoy with your morning coffee, tea, or whatever you like. πŸ™‚

  13. I’ve been on the fence on the donut pan thing for a while now, but this one might just push me over onto the pro side! Great post!

  14. Oh man – these peppermint donuts are making me swoon! I LOVE LOVE LOVE peppermint. Also – I don’t yet have a donut pan either…crossing my fingers!

  15. THESE DONUTS ARE EPIC. A MASTERPIECE

  16. These donuts look so good. I love chocolate + peppermint together, especially this time of year.

  17. These donuts are absolutely gorgeous and they’re super festive! I bet Santa might like these πŸ™‚

  18. Wonderful combination, can’t go wrong with chocolate and peppermint especially this time of the year.

  19. These look awesome, Kristine! I got a donut pan a few years ago and I’m so happy with it! Baked donuts are healthy donuts, right?!! I love the flavors you added into these πŸ™‚

  20. My donut pan is one of my favorites, Kristine! I thought it would sit there collecting dust so I held off on buying it for awhile, but I’m super glad I finally did. Donuts are one of my favorite treats to make, and these look FESTIVE and FAB!

  21. Girl, these look like little bites of holiday heaven. Peppermint and chocolate are one of my favorite food combinations of all time, and now you’ve gone and put them in a donut! Great giveaway, too! πŸ™‚

  22. These are completely gorgeous! I agree with you on the donut pan. It’s definitely one of my favorites! And these are ridiculously tempting. Love that glaze!

  23. I love this recipe and that you are already starting out the peppermint season!!! Bring on the peppermint and chocolate!!! I love it! And your photos are GORGEOUS! Pinned…everywhere.

    • It’s December – definitely time for peppermint! I had to do something with the box of candy canes that I picked up at Target a few weeks ago! Thank you, thank you for pinning!

  24. These donuts are beautiful! I wonder what the texture is of the crushed candy cane with the soft donut. I’ll just have to make them to find out! Thanks for the giveaway too. I don’t have a donut pan but have been wanting one!

  25. That glaze looks incredible! I think I would have just eaten it straight from the bowl!! haha! And I agree with you, I resisted the urge to get a donut pan for a long time because I just didn’t think I needed it…..but turns out, everyone needs one! πŸ™‚

  26. Visiting from Saturday Night Fever! Those doughnuts look amazing, I love peppermint and chocolate this time of year, it’s one of my favourite combinations. I can never resist peppermint mocha’s either and I’d find it hard to resist one of these too if they placed down in front of me. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

  27. Kristine, these donuts are gorgeous!! I bet they do smell amazing, and I think I may just have to try them out πŸ™‚ Pinning this for sure!

  28. Chocolate and Peppermint are a great combination year round but especially great during Christmas and winter holiday season. Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for the great giveaway. πŸ™‚

  29. I found these just in time! I’m going to a “bring your favorite holiday goodie”
    party and plan on using my mini donut pan to make these bite sized delights! Thank you for sharing (a year ago). πŸ™‚ Pinned!

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