Have you made donuts at home? It’s quite easy, especially if you go the baked donut route. Today I have a simple baked chocolate donut recipe for you that can also be made gluten free.
The other day I stopped at Dunkin Donuts to pick up a birthday gift for one of my daughter’s teachers. My daughter said that her teacher loved Dunkin Donuts coffee, and that a gift card for Dunkin Donuts would make a great gift for her. That worked for me. I picked up a gift card, along with an empty cup, and packaged it up. I thought I’d share as I know that many of us will be looking for end of the year of the school year teacher gift ideas soon, and this is pretty fun and super simple.
When I was there I saw that they were selling PEEPS Donuts. Um, yay!
I was all excited and about to buy one for each of my girls and then remembered those pesky little details, you know, that one has a nut allergy and that the other is on a gluten free diet, so that bright idea was quickly shot down. Thankfully I easily created my own at home, and used our favorite donut flavor – chocolate.
So fun! If you don’t have a donut pan, you can always use a muffin pan instead to make donuts. This is the donut pan I have. I bought the six count pan but really wish I had purchased the 12 count. You can always leave a few of the cavities empty if you aren’t making 12 donuts.
For this recipe, you can make these donuts gluten free by using a gluten free flour blend. I used Cup4Cup Gluten Free Flour to make mine. If gluten is not an issue in your house, all purpose flour works great and I also love using white whole wheat flour to make these.
- 1¼ cups all purpose flour white whole wheat flour
- FOR GLUTEN FREE - Use A Gluten Free Flour such as Cup4Cup
- ½ cup dark cocoa regular cocoa works fine as well
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously spray donut pan with non stick cooking spray.
- Stir dry ingredients together in mixing bowl. Add egg, buttermilk, vegetable oil and vanilla. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until smooth.
- Spoon batter into donut pan or place batter into a piping bag and pipe the donut batter into the donut pan (this is my preferred method).
- Bake for approximately 11-13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly and remove carefully from pan.
- Add a dusting of powdered sugar, a glaze or chocolate frosting (and sprinkles) if desired. Top with Peeps for even more fun!
For my chocolate glaze, I love this recipe.
Here’s another look at the fun idea for packaging up a gift card from any coffee shop! Such a fun gift idea for teachers.