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!
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.
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