Peppermint Mocha Donuts
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!
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.
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.
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.
These 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! 😉
Tips for making these peppermint mocha donuts:
- This nonstick donut pan works perfectly for this recipe (and cleans up really easily). If you’re feeding a crowd, double the recipe and use this 12-donut pan.
- Use white whole wheat flour instead of all purpose for a whole grain donut.
- The chocolate donuts are delicious on their own, even without the glaze!
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Peppermint Mocha Donuts
For the Donuts
- ¾ cup plus 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 4 tsp. instant espresso powder
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ 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 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp. milk
- ¼ tsp. peppermint extract
- 2 tbsp. crushed peppermint candies
Make the Donuts:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and both sugars.
- In another medium bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, milk, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Whisk in the melted butter.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir together until just combined.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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).
- 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.
Chocolate and peppermint have always been a great combination!! These donuts looks amazing. Pinned!
I agree – I love the chocolate and peppermint combo! Thank you so much for pinning, Oriana!
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!
What a gorgeous holiday treat, Kristine – Pinned!
Thank you, Melanie, and thanks so much for pinning!
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!
You found that donut pan just in time! 😉 I hope you love these as much as we do!
Absolutely beautiful donuts!!! Pinned.
Thank you so much for pinning, Jocelyn!
Kristine, these look absolutely amazing! I love baked donuts, and this chocolate peppermint version looks perfect for the holiday season! Pinned. 🙂
Thank you for pinning, Marcie! Aren’t homemade baked donuts great? I love how the flavor possibilities are endless!
So happy the holidays are here! And guess what? I *just* got a donut pan! So I can actually make these! Pinned the recipe!
Yay! So glad you have a donut pan so you can make these! Thank you so much for pinning!
These are beautiful and festive!! I love them!
Thank you, Kelly! I love how festive they are too!
I had to buy my donut pan and I love it too! Your donuts look and sound delicious!
Thank you, Ginny! Aren’t donuts fun to make? And the baked ones are surprisingly easy!
Oh my gosh these donuts looks amazing! So festive! Great giveaway too! Pinning 🙂
Thank you, Katie! And thanks so much for pinning!
These donuts look so festive! I think they would make a fun holiday
dessert. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you! You’re right, these are definitely more of a dessert than breakfast. But I think I could eat them any time of day!
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. 🙂
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!
Thank you so much, Nicole! I know, a donut pan seems like one of those things that’s completely unnecessary, but it is so fun to have! 🙂
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!
If you love peppermint, then you would LOVE these, Sarah! Wishing you luck in getting your very own donut pan soon! 🙂
THESE DONUTS ARE EPIC. A MASTERPIECE
Thanks, Kelsey. You made me smile. I’m glad you like them!
These donuts look so good. I love chocolate + peppermint together, especially this time of year.
Thank you, Amy!
These donuts are absolutely gorgeous and they’re super festive! I bet Santa might like these 🙂
Thanks, Bri! I think Santa would definitely like these. Maybe a plate of donuts in place of the cookies this year? 🙂
Wonderful combination, can’t go wrong with chocolate and peppermint especially this time of the year.
I totally agree! It is the time for all things chocolate and peppermint!
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 🙂
Of course baked donuts are healthy! At least they are homemade so you know what’s in them. Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Isadora!
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!
Thanks so much, Alyssa! It seems I’m not the only one who resisted buying a donut pan. Now, I’d be so sad if I didn’t have it! 🙂
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! 🙂
I love that – little bites of holiday heaven. Thanks for your sweet comment, Ashlyn!
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!
Thank you, Mir! I’m kind of sad these donuts are gone, but kind of not because they are just too tempting!
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!
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!
Yes, you will have to make these to find out! Sending you luck in getting a donut pan of your own soon!
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! 🙂
I did have to sneak a few taste tests of glaze from the bowl, just to make sure it was good, ya know? 🙂
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!
I don’t know who could resist one of these donuts! They were sooo good, I’m sad they’re all gone now! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
Kristine, these donuts are gorgeous!! I bet they do smell amazing, and I think I may just have to try them out 🙂 Pinning this for sure!
Thanks, Serene! And I appreciate the pin! 🙂
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. 🙂
I hope you enjoy these! I’d like to make another batch soon, but so many other treats are competing for my baking energy!
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). 🙂 Pinned!
I am so glad!!! I bet these will be perfect in bite-size!