Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut butter frosting is spread all over a baked chocolate donut, resulting in the most amazing breakfast ever! Sweet & salty and totally delicious!
Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

Ohh it is a good morning at Chez CateyLou. A great morning in fact. And that is because I have the best donuts I have made thus far to share with you. That’s right, the best. And I have made a lot of donuts since I bought my little pan back in the fall. The name says it all – chocolate donuts with peanut butter frosting.

If you are a chocolate peanut butter lover, then you are going to agree that these donuts are insanely delicious! And also that they really are dessert and not breakfast. But anything goes on Saturday mornings in our house.

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

So why are these the best? Peanut butter frosting spread all over a baked chocolate donut – need I say more? These are literally TheBetterHalf’s dream come true. He is the world’s biggest chocolate peanut butter fan, and has been begging me to make a donut with peanut butter frosting for months now. And I finally (happily) obliged. Luckily, these lived up to his standards.

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

They are seriously SO good. A moist and chocolatey baked donut is topped with sweet and creamy peanut butter frosting. The frosting has a touch of salt in it for that addicting sweet and salty taste. And then the topping game begins, which is so much fun! As a choco pb lover, I happen to have tons of peanut butter goodies on hand at all times (mini reese’s, reese’s pieces, peanut butter chips…), so I went crazy decorating these! But if you don’t have a ton of pb accessories, you can use sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or even leave these plain. They will still taste amazing.

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

In addition to tasting absolutely amazing, these donuts will instantly put you in a good mood. I mean just look at these chocolate donuts with peanut butter frosting and try not to smile. I don’t think it is possible! They are so fun and happy!

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

I will say that these are rich! If they are actually breakfast rather than dessert is definitely debatable. But I think that all donuts are really just cupcakes disguised as breakfast. These just happen to be extra rich cupcakes (thanks to the peanut butter frosting) disguised as breakfast. Nothing wrong with that. Because really, what are weekend mornings for? Indulging a little bit and relaxing. Then you can workout later :)

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting | chezcateylou.com

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

Yield: 10 Donuts

Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut butter frosting is spread all over a baked chocolate donut, resulting in the most amazing breakfast ever! Sweet & salty and totally delicious!

Ingredients

    For the Donuts
  • 1 cup flour (4 1/4 oz)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (3 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (3 3/4 oz)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (4 3/4 oz)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (4 oz)
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk

Instructions

    For the Donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 2 donut pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, and egg until well combined and no lumps remain. Add buttermilk and yogurt, and whisk until well incorporated. Stir in the vanilla.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined (do not over mix). Fold in mini chocolate chips (if using).
  5. Spoon the batter into donut pans, filling 2/3 way full. Bake for 5 - 7 minutes. Cool in pans for 2 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. For the Frosting
  7. Heat the peanut butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds, until slightly melted. Whisk in powdered sugar and milk. Continue whisking until frosting is smooth, adding more milk if necessary.
  8. Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread frosting on each donut. Top as desired (sprinkles, chopped Reese's peanut butter cups, mini chocolate chips, etc)
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If you are a chocolate peanut butter lover, I have some great recipes for you!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Munchies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Munchies | chezcateylou.com

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Bars
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars| chezcateylou.com

Skinny Peanut Butter Brownies
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Comments

    • says

      You and Chelsea are the sweetest!! Can I get a crown that says, “Donut Queen”? That would be so awesome! Thanks for pinning, Taylor!

    • says

      Thanks, Durga! If you don’t have Greek yogurt, you could use regular yogurt. Or you could leave out the yogurt and use a little more buttermilk. Or try applesauce or sour cream instead.

  1. says

    Just stop it! These look crazy delicious! I’m going to have to make a trip to NYC just so you can make me some of your famous donuts. Hope your week is going well!

  2. says

    If I could use emoji’s in my comments, I would use the one with the eyes bulging out of the face because these look AMAZING! I love peanut butter and chocolate. And I actually prefer baked donuts over fried. Probably because then my house doesn’t reek of frying oil all day. Pinning!

    • says

      Thank you so much Natalie! I love your emoji reference! And I agree – I actually prefer baked donuts too! It makes me feel better about myself when I can’t stop eating them…

  3. says

    My goodness … these look soooo beautifully rich and chocolatey! And are they peanut butter m&m’s I can see there? It’s such a bummer that we can’t get those over here! Oh well, I’ll just have to be content with drooling over my screen right now and imagining what these taste like. For the moment, anyway … definitely pinning these for later!

    • says

      Thanks, Helen! They are actually Reese’s Pieces! But pb M&Ms would be great on here too! Thanks for pinning! It is so sad that Europe hasn’t really embraced PB, but I guess nutella is a close second!

  4. says

    Your site looks great! I haven’t seen it since the update. : ) I’ve taken to making baked donuts with my 8-yr old and chocolate ones are next on our list. These look awesome!

  5. says

    Cate, this is DEFINITELY the perfect breakfast food, lol. Just gimme a giant mug of coffee, a dozen of these donuts and all the fixin’s and I’ll be an extremely happy girl! They look amazing! Good call on the chopped peanut butter cups on top of that delicious frosting. Beautiful photos and styling too!

    • says

      Thanks, Justine!! If you make them, let me know what you think! You could probably use some beer instead of buttermilk in the batter!

  6. says

    These donuts are amazing, Cate! I lovelovelove the ones with peanut butter cups on them! I would totally eat these for breakfast. I really need to dig out my donut-maker and make some of these! :)

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