I don’t think I’ve met anyone who didn’t like doughnuts. Never. I mean, really, have you ever offered someone a doughnut and heard them say, “no thanks, I just can’t stand doughnuts.” Uh, no. The few times I’ve heard the offer of a doughnut refused it went something like, “I’d really love to have one, but I’m trying to avoid fried foods.” Ah ha! It’s always the old fried foods excuse, isn’t it? Well, I have the solution for that. Baked doughnuts!
A while back I bought one of those doughnut pans I’m sure most everyone has seen in the kitchen and home goods aisle. I normally wouldn’t buy something with such a specific purpose but, well…it was on sale you see and the price was so good. I had every intention of making delicious baked, cake type doughnuts. Really I did. And what did I do? I put that pan away and forgot all about it.
Until… a while back the people at Betty Crocker asked me and a few other bloggers to come up with some creative ways to use a few of their new products. Did you know they have a bunch of new baking mixes on the grocery store shelves? They do! And one of those is a Reese’s Peanut Butter and Chocolate Premium Cupcake Mix. What a combination, huh? Chocolate and peanut butter. The unique thing about this baking mix is that it contains a peanut butter filling that is piped into the center of cupcakes after they’re baked. Yummy. They even include a piping bag right in the box for you to use. Very thoughtful.
So, to get back to the assignment, it was to use the box mix in a creative way. I was mulling this out loud one day and leave it to BeeBop to always come through when I’m drawing blanks. He said, “how about doughnuts!” Where he pulls these ideas from I’ll never know but thank goodness for him! I got that doughnut pan out and put it to work creating these delicious baked chocolate doughnuts. Hope you enjoy them!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare the cupcake batter by combining the cupcake mix, water, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Increase mixer speed to medium and continue beating for 2 minutes stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
Fill the cups of a doughnut pan 2/3 full with the cupcake mixture.
Bake 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan then remove the doughnuts to a wire rack to cool completely (about 30 minutes).
Dip the top of each doughnut into the peanut butter frosting and place back on the rack, frosting side up.
Sprinkle with your choice of garnishes. I used mini chocolate chips and white chocolate chips. Mini marshmallows or sprinkles would be fun, too.
Other baked doughnut recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts from Shutterbean
- Baked Blueberry Doughnuts from Weelicious
- Baked Eggnog Doughnuts with Eggnog Rum Glaze from Savory Simple
- Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts from Joy the Baker
- Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes from Two Peas and Their Pod
- Baked Red Velvet Doughnuts from Taste and Tell
What I was up to…
- One year ago: Chicken, Bacon, and Mushroom Sandwich
- Two years ago: Country Ham with Red-Eye Gravy
- Three years ago: Pickled Okra
- Four years ago: Chicken Cacciatore
I’m required by FTC rules to disclose to my readers that I am being compensated by Betty Crocker for my work on this post. A girl has to pay the bills, you know. But anything I say here is 100% my own opinion. Always has been, always will be.